The week ahead

musician Karl Denson

The Alive at Five season starts this week with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summer is missing), to pride, to scandalous history, to film, to free summer concerts...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Probably rain, mid 60s.
Tuesday: Probably more rain, low 60s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, mid 60s.
Thursday: Sun and 71.
Friday: Some sun, scattered showers. Mid 70s.

Summer, where are you?


The annual Capital Pride celebration continues with multiple events through this Sunday, June 11, the day of the big pride parade and festival in Washington Park.


Prohibition Troy
Monday: The Rensselaer County Historical Society has a "Prostitution & Prohibition" talk at Plumb Oyster Bar with Troy city historian Kathy Sheehan "about Troy's promiscuous and unprincipled history." It's a fundraiser for the org. Monday 6:30 pm -- $25

Scandalous Schenectady
Wednesday: The Schenectady County Historical Society has a "Scandalous Schenectady" walking tour. "From bootleggers to brothels, Schenectady's Stockade is no stranger to scandal. Join us for a walking tour of Schenectady's sordid moments, and stay late for a drink special at the reputed Stockade Inn!" Wednesday 6:30 pm -- $8

Nitty Gritty

Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam is back at The Low Beat. 7 pm


National Theatre Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tuesday: Proctors is showing the National Theatre production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Imelda Staunton, in the GE Theater. Tuesday 2 pm and 6:30 pm -- $15

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Tuesday: The Spectrum is showing the National Theatre Live production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. Tuesday 7 pm -- $15

Thursday-Sunday: The Madison is screening the latest batch of short films from the award-winning YouthFX program at multiple times each day. On Saturday there will be a special screening -- YouthFX filmmakers and crew will be there for a Q&A following the screening. And on Sunday there will be screening of the Which Way Is Home series of films that look at the concept of home for range of young people in Albany. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $5

Screwball Comedy Surprises
Thursday: The latest series from the Pine Hills Film Colony at The Madison is "Screwball Comedy Surprises" -- and it's showing the 1920 film The Matrimonial Bed. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season is in full swing this week...

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park opens its season with Almost Queen and the Troy Music Academy All-stars. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Made in the Shade
Wednesday: The Made in the Shade series of lunchtime shows outside The Egg opens its season with the New Breed Brass Band. Wednesday at noon -- free admission

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront opens its season with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Let's Be Leonard. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Brown's Summer Sessions
Thursday: The Brown's Summer Sessions series behind the brewpub in Troy continues with Ron Gallo, Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band, and The Late Shift. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Looking ahead to the weekend...

Art on Lark is this Saturday. Lark Street between Madison and Washington will be closed to vehicle traffic for the art street fair.


Tuesday: John Mayall at Cohoes Music Hall
"The Godfather of British Blues." With: Olivia Quillio. 8 pm -- $42 and up

Tuesday: Ghost at The Palace
Swedish costume metal. With: Zombi. 8 pm -- $35 and up

Thursday: Barns Courtney at The Hollow
Singer/songwriter. With: Foxtraxx. 9 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 day of

Thursday: Hayes Carll at The Hangar
Roots. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Ween at Ommegang
"An evening with..." outside at brewery. 7 pm --- $45

Friday: Circa Waves at The Hollow
Indie rock. With: Blaenavon. 9 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: Moon Worship at The Low Beat
Album release show. With: Hill Haints, Sun Natives. 8 pm

Saturday: Foster The People at Ommegang
Outside at the brewery. With: Miya Folick. 7 pm -- $37.50

Saturday: Kimock at Helsinki Hudson
Rock guitarist. 9 pm -- $28

Sunday: Birds of Chicago at SPAC
Part of a Caffe Lena at SPAC series of a free Sunday afternoon shows at the Gazebo stage. With: The Pines. 1 pm -- free

Sunday: Ahn Trio at Helsinki Hudson
Chamber trio playing "works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and others." 7 pm -- $20 and up


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!

The Spectrum, The Madison, and Downtown Troy BID advertise on AOA.

photo: Mathias Cruz


I figured you guys would've caught the misspelling in the original article, but it's spelled wrong two more times here. It's Karl Denson, not Karl Denison.

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

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