The week ahead

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 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 (hot), to stories, to the stage, to science, to cooking, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Low 60s.
Tuesday: Sunny, 74.
Wednesday: Sunny, 86.
Thursday: Sunny, 87.
Friday: Sunny, 74.



Front Parlor Albany
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is at the Olde English in Albany. The theme: "Can't Get Enough." Monday 7:30 pm

Front Parlor Troy
Tuesday: In a rare occurrence, the Front Parlor series is also at The Ale House in Troy this week. The theme: "Long distance." Tuesday 7:30 pm

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


Top Gun
Monday: The Palace wraps up its current movies series season with a screening of Top Gun. Monday 7 pm -- $5

How To Defuse a Bomb
Tuesday: The Irish American Heritage Museum will be screening How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story at the AOH hall in Albany (375 Ontario). Documentary blurbage:

In 1975 Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy of the NYPD bomb squad - gathered a group of family, friends and neighbours to start a program offering children from Northern Ireland a chance to temporarily escape the violent turmoil of their daily lives. From modest beginnings Project Children ultimately brought over 20,000 Catholic and Protestant children to suburban US for summer-long visits where they forged unexpected friendships and found they had more in common with the "enemy" than they thought.

Denis Mulcahy will be at the screening for Q&A afterward. Tuesday 7 pm -- free (registration requested)

Becoming More Visible
Thursday: The Food For Thought series at The Linda will be screening Becoming More Visible, a documentary following the lives of four young transgender people. The director will be there for Q&A afterward. Thursday 7 pm -- $8


Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Tuesday-Wednesday: A touring production of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch is at Proctors. It's the rock musical that was an off-Broadway production, then adapted as a film, then a Tony-winning Broadway production. Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Some People Hear Thunder
Tuesday-Sunday: This is the last week for Some People Hear Thunder at Capital Rep. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Smart cities
Monday: The Saratoga Go project is hosting a talk at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy with John Norton, chief technology officer of Cloud&Things, about smart cities. There will be a Q&A led by Janet Carmosky from AlbanyCanCode. Monday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Pearl Street walkabout
Wednesday: Historic Albany Foundation has a walk-and-listen podcast tour about the history of Pearl Street in downtown Albany. (It requires a smartphone.) Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free

RPI President's Commencement Colloquy
Friday: The theme of this year's RPI President's Commencement Colloquy is "Criticality, Incisiveness, Creativity." This year's panelists are:
+ Ernest Moniz, who was United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017.
+ Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and chief executive officer of TIAA
+ Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Friday 3:30 pm at EMPAC -- free (registration required)


A few cooking classes this week that could be fun/interesting...

Classic Polish Cuisine
Tuesday: Gio Culinary Studio in Voorheesville has a class about making favorites of Polish cuisine: pierogi, galumpki, and paczki. "Students will learn how to make authentic and classic Polish cuisine, including doughs, fillings all from scratch! We will be using traditional and professional techniques that can be easily duplicated at home." Tuesday 6:15 pm -- $65

Hands-on Rolled Pasta
Tuesday: Mazzone Hospitality a class about making fresh pasta by hand at its facility in Clifton Park led by chef Adam Foti. "You will make and roll fresh pasta. Marinara, Alfredo, and Pesto sauces will be demostrated and tasted with the pasta you roll. Everyone will leave with the pasta you make." Tuesday 6 pm -- $65

Crepes, Hands-on
Wednesday: Deanna Fox leads a hands-on class at Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza about making crepes. "In this workshop, students will gain hands-on experience making crepes with everyday equipment you likely already have at home, then fill them with an array of accompaniments (from fruit to chocolate to savory toppings), then we'll take cooled crepes and layer it with custard cream to make a mille feuille, a unique style of cake." Wednesday 6 pm -- $69


Tuesday: Seether at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt metal. With: Letters From the Fire. 7:30 pm -- $30 ahead / $33 day of

Wednesday: Daniel O'Donnell at The Palace
"One of Ireland's best loved artists..." 7:30 pm -- $40.50 and up

Thursday: Sean Rowe at Helsinki Hudson
With: Girl Blue. 8 pm -- $20

Thursday: Big Head Todd & The Monsters at The Egg
More sweet than bitter, bitter than sweet. With: Cris Jacobs. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Thursday: Good Charlotte at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Less Than Jake, Crown the Empire. 7:30 pm -- $28.50 ahead / $32 day of

Thursday: Cris Williamson at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter/activist. 7 pm -- $25

Thursday: Kat Wright at The Hollow
Soul. With: Hartley's Encore. 8 pm -- $12

Thursday: Two Cow Garage at The Low Beat
With: American Pinup, Bosses Daughter. 8 pm

Friday: Drake White and The Big Fire at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Dave Kennedy. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Friday: The Sean Rowe show a The Hangar is sold out

Friday: Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band at The Upper Room
Guitarist from the Gregg Allman Band. 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Emma's Revolution at Proctors
Folk. An 8th Step show. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Friday: Jon Snodgrass at The Low Beat
From Drag The River. With: Postage, Mikey Erg. 8 pm

Saturday: Sisters of Slide: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar at Caffe Lena
Blues. 8 pm -- $40

Saturday: Carl Palmer ELP Legacy at The Egg
"A drummer's drummer." 8 pm -- $38

Saturday: Freedom Fest 2017 With Ramallah at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: All Out War, Terror, 100 Demons, and others. 12:30 pm -- $30 ahead / $40 day of

Sunday: Girl Blue at Caffe Lena
Rescheduled from February. 7 pm -- $16

To do list

This is sort of the lull before summer starts in full. So it's a good time to get summer plans nailed down -- whether it's a trip, or just a vow to eat more ice cream. (And you should -- eat more ice cream, that is.)

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!

Mazzone Hospitality advertises on AOA.

photo: Joan Marcus


Plan on an Alive at 5 announcement before week's end, likely in the form of a news conference with the mayor at Jennings Landing...

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