The week ahead

some people hear thunder

Some People Hear Thunder opens at Capital Rep this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very spring), to the stage, to film, to remarkable stories, to startups, to tulips, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. 70s.
Tuesday: Some sun, but also some rain. Mid 60s.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Upper 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, probably some rain. Around 60.
Friday: Repeat.

Very spring.

Some People Hear Thunder

Tuesday-Sunday: The musical Some People Hear Thunder opens at Capital Rep (it was in previews this past weekend). Blurbage:

Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story - an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality. Set between 1914 and 1915, in New York and southern Turkey, in the midst of shocking historical events, Some People Hear Thunder comes to life through song, dance and beautiful storytelling.

It runs through May 21. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up


Chasing Trane
Tuesday: Proctors is showing Chasing Trane, a new documentary about John Coltrane. Tuesday various times -- $5

Your Name
The Spectrum is showing Your Name this week. It's a very popular anime film released last year in Japan that's gotten strong reviews.

Nitty Gritty

Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Arts and sciences

Dael Orlandersmith
Monday: Award-winning playwright and actor Dael Orlandersmith will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "The latest work by Orlandersmith, Until the Flood (2016), was commissioned by the St. Louis Repertory Theatre in response to the police shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in 2014. Rosalind Early, of, explains that Orlandersmith took a provocative approach in shifting focus away from 'the disputed details of the shooting,' instead focusing on 'how individuals from different walks of life responded to what happened" in hopes of sparking "much-needed conversations between people with differing views.'" Monday 8 pm, uptown campus, Performing Arts Center -- free

Behind Enemy Lines
Tuesday: Marthe Cohn will be at Union to talk about her WWII memoir Behind Enemy Lines. Cohn, who's Jewish and was born in France, posed as a German nurse while working for the French military, gathering intelligence during the war. Tuesday 6 pm, Nott Memorial -- free

Deconstructing the Beatles
Thursday: Musicologist/composer Scott Freiman will be at HVCC to deliver one of his Deconstructing The Beatles talks -- this time about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "Freiman examines Sgt. Pepper from many angles, exploring the history behind the music and leading his audiences on an amazing journey into the creative process of The Beatles' performances and recording sessions." Thursday 11 am, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium -- free

David Ebershoff
Friday: Author David Ebershoff will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute. He's the author of The Danish Girl, and will be talking about the story following a screening of the Oscar-nominated film adapted from the book. Friday 7 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

StartUp Tech Valley

Wednesday: The StartUp Tech Valley series is back at Revolution Hall in Troy. Startup companies will be giving short presentations followed by Q&A sessions. This month's lineup includes companies focused on LED displays, sign language education, a juice bar, and local investing. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)


The tulip beds in Albany's Washington Park are in bloom and it looks like this week will be the prime part of the season. So go see them. Don't wait until Tulip Fest.


Tuesday: Catfish and The Bottlemen at Upstate Concert Hall
British rock. With: The Worn Flints. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Tuesday: Knox Hamilton at The Hollow
Pop dance rock. 8 pm -- $15

Wednesday: Rakeem Miles at The Madison
Rap/hip-hop. 7 pm -- $10

Wednesday: The WGNA Secret Star Acoustic Jam at Proctors is sold out.

Thursday: The Wailin Jennys
Folk trio. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Harpeth Rising
Folk/newgrass string trio. 7 pm -- $22

Friday: Chase Rice
Country. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: Mary Gauthier
Americana singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: Northern Faces at The Low Beat
Rock. 8 pm -- free

Friday: Cassie & Maggie MacDonald
Celtic music duo from Nova Scotia. 7:30 pm -- $23 / kids 12 and under $5

Saturday: Enter the Haggis at The Egg
Celtic rock. 8 pm -- $29.50

Saturday: My Bubba at MASS MoCA
Swedish/Icelandic vocal duo. With: Jacqui Alpine. 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace at EMPAC
Albany Pro Music and Capital District Youth Chorale. "'The Armed Man' outlines the growing menace of war, interspersed with moments of reflection, and ends with the hope for peace. " 7:30 pm -- $35 / $15 students

Saturday: PROJECT Trio with Empire State Youth Orchestra
"Virtuosic trio and YouTube sensation, PROJECT Trio, teams up with the exceptional youth musicians of Empire State Youth Orchestras Repertory and String Orchestras." 3 pm -- $20

Saturday: The Orange at The Low Beat
Together again. With: Haley Moley, S.E. Ward. 8 pm

Saturday: Garland Jeffreys at The Linda
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $18

Saturday: All About the Drum: Reggie Harris & Co at Proctors
An 8th Step show. 7:30 pm -- $24 and up

Saturday: Tragedy : The All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees
Like it says on the label. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: The Killswitch Engage + Anthrax show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out.

Sunday: Mayday Parade
Pop punk. With: Knuckle Puck, Milestone. 7:30 pm -- $25

Sunday: The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Chamber music trio. 3 pm -- $35 and up

Sunday: Marbin at The Low Beat
Jazz fusion. With: Miss This, The Gazebo Effect. 7:30 pm -- $8

These are a just a few things for this week, not a comprehensive list. Look for out "Stuff to do this weekend" list for the upcoming weekend on Friday.

Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

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photo: Douglas C. Liebig


This Saturday and Sunday M&D Farm in Westerlo,NY is hosting a seasonal market where you can shop local makers, eat food, explore the grounds and gardens of the farm, and even take a workshop. There are some cool workshops like Spring floral arranging with Flower Scout, macrame, textile dying, or even how to cook outdoor paella! Sign ups for workshops are on their website but the rest of the event is FREE!

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