The week ahead

Cabaret tour 2017

A touring production of Cabaret is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (meh), to the stage, to art, to science, to history, to tulips, to all sorts of music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, maybe some rain late. Low 50s.
Tuesday: Maybe some *snow* in the early morning, then rain. Mid 50s.
Wednesday: Some sun, low 60s.
Thursday: Some sun, maybe some rain, low 60s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some rain, low 60s..



Tuesday-Sunday: A national touring production of Cabaret is at Proctors. Its a revival of the Kander and Ebb classic with direction from Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Some People Hear Thunder
Tuesday-Sunday: The musical Some People Hear Thunder continues at Capital Rep. "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." It runs through May 21. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Why Your Five Year Old Can't Paint That
Wednesday: The State Museum's Lunch Bite Tour series turns its attention to The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. "Overcome your issues with abstraction! Come find out why artists like Jackson Pollock were so innovative and what drove them to create original style." Wednesday noon -- free

Albany-Nijmegen: Sister-City History
Wednesday: Researcher Anja Adriaans will be at the Albany Institute to talk about the history of the relationship between Albany and Dutch sister city Nijmegen. Wednesday 6:15 pm -- free

Science Cafe
Thursday: The State Museum's Science Cafe series is at The Hollow with a talk by geologist Chuck Ver Straeten. "Grab a drink and join a rousing conversation about ancient New York - a land of tropical seas, Earth's first forests, and volcanic ash from nearby explosive eruptions." Thursday 6 pm -- free admission

Uncovering the Albany Wampum Factory
Thursday: Artist Renée Ridgway and archaeologist Paul Huey will be at the Albany Institute to talk about the "wampum factory" that once operated in what's now downtown Albany, "where the occupants of the almshouse were kept busy with the painstaking process of making the tiny beads from shells that were used as legal tender." Ridgway's Wampum World exhibit is currently on display a the institute. Thursday 6 pm

Tulip Trivia

Wednesday: There's a Tulip Trivia night at the University Club in Albany hosted by Matt Malette of Albany Archives and Albany city gardener Jessica Morgan. Trivia questions will focus on Washington Park, the Tulip Festival, and general Albany history relating to tulips. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $10

Champagne on the Park

Thursday: The annual Champagne on the Park party is in Washington Park near the tulip beds. The evening includes live music, food from Lark Street-area businesses, drinks, and of course, champagne. It's a fundraiser for the Lark Street BID. Thursday 6 pm -- $80


Sign Painters
Thursday: The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Campus is hosting a screening of the documentary Sign Painters. Thursday 6:30 pm -- free

Thursday: The Madison is screening Kedi, a documentary about the stray cats of Istanbul. It's gotten very good reviews. Thursday 7 pm -- $5

Tulip Festival

Looking ahead: This coming weekend is the annual Tulip Festival in Albany, with events Friday-Sunday in/around/near Washington Park, including traditions such as street scrubbing and the crowning of the Tulip Queen. And, as usual, there will be music on two stages, both national and local acts.

Go see the tulips
The Washington Park tulips are already in bloom -- so don't wait, go see 'em now.

Mother's Day

Just a reminder that it's Sunday. Your mom is the best, so if you don't have already have plans, you should make them now. (That's especially true if you're hoping to go out to eat somewhere that day -- if you don't have reservations, stop this very moment and make them.)


Monday: I Prevail at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Starset, Vamps, Cover Your Tracks. 7 pm -- $22

Tuesday: Lucinda Williams at The Egg
The one and only. With: Erika Wennerstrom. 8 pm -- $37.50 and up

Tuesday: Poison and Tesla at TU Center
Still rocking. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Tuesday: Garry Tallent at The Hangar
Bassist for The E Street Band. 8 pm -- $25

Tuesday: The Machine Gun Kelly show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out.

Wednesday: Mona at The Hollow
Rock. With: Flagship. 9 pm -- $12

Wednesday: NF at Upstate Concert Hall
Rap. With: Kyd The Band. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Thursday: Say Anything + Bayside at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Reggie and The Full Effect. 7:30 pm -- $22 ahead / $26 day of

Thursday: Sarah Lee Guthrie at Caffe Lena
Folk. 7 pm -- $18

Thursday: Bella's Bartok at Putnam Den
"[T]his 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party..." 9:30 pm -- pay what you will

Friday: Dwight Yoakam at The Egg
Country icon. With: Elliot Root. Friday 8:30 pm -- $59.50

Friday: David Bromberg Quintet at Cohoes Music Hall
"A musician's musician, his mastery of various stringed instruments and multiple styles is legendary..." 8 pm -- $42 and up

Friday: Tom Paxton & The DonJuans at Proctors
Folk icon. 7:30 pm -- $30 and up

Friday: Kingston Trio at Troy Music Hall
Folk. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Friday: Tom Chapin at Caffe Lena
Three-time Grammy winner. 8 pm -- $25

Friday: The Adrian Belew Power Trio show at The Egg is sold out.

Saturday: The Manhattan Transfer at the Zankel Center
Longtime a cappella jazz/fusion group. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Saturday: BoDeans at The Egg
30th anniversary tour. 8 pm -- $29.50

Saturday: Super 400 at The Hangar
Hometown heroes. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: State Champs at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Against the Current, With Confidence, Don Broco, Young Culture. 6:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Saturday: Slaid Cleaves at The Linda
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Marshall Crenshaw at The Upper Room
Rock singer/songwriter. 6 pm -- $20

Saturday: Hollis Brown + Lost Leaders at The Hollow
Rock. 9 pm -- $12

Saturday: Spring into Uke at Old Songs
A day-long intensive for ukulele players ($45), with a concert in the evening. concert at 6:30 pm -- $15


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!

Troy Music Hall, Albany Institute, and The Madison advertise on AOA. And AOA is a sponsor of the Tulip Trivia night.

photo: Joan Marcus

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