The week ahead

New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly

Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, will be at Skidmore to talk about cover designs for the magazine that didn't make it publication. / photo: Sarah Shatz

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (bonus), to words, to cartoons, to the new civil rights movement, to history, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun and 79.
Tuesday: Cloudy, maybe a shower, 75.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe some rain, upper 70s.
Thursday: Sun and 79.
Friday: Sun and 80.

Bonus summer.


Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "The Moral of the Story." Monday 7:30 -- free admission

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

Arts and sciences

Covers of The New Yorker
Monday: Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See." It's this year's Fox-Adler Lecture. Monday 5:30 pm, Gannett Auditorium -- free

Political cartoons
Monday: SUNY Oneonta historian Susan Goodier will be at Saint Rose for a talk about the suffrage/anti-suffrage movement in New York State and the role political cartoons played in it. The talk is connected to the new anti-suffrage exhibit at the Albany Institute, for which Saint Rose president Carolyn Stefanco was a guest curator. Monday 5 pm, Touhey Forum (1009 Madison Ave) -- free

Ndaba Mandela
Tuesday: Ndaba Mandela -- founder of the Africa Rising Foundation, and grandson of Nelson Mandela -- will be at RPI for a talk titled "The Village Idiom: Empowering Youth through Education, Interconnectivity and Employment." Tuesday 7:30 pm, EMPAC -- free (ticketing online)

The 21st century civil rights movement
Thursday: Kekla Magoon -- author of the award-winning young adult novel How It Went Down -- will be at Skidmore for a talk about new perspectives and empathy in the 21st century civil rights movement. Thursday 6 pm, Gannett Auditorium -- free

History walks

Capitol Hill
Wednesday: Historic Albany Foundation debuts its new Capitol Hill walking tour podcast. "We will show you how to download the tour and then you explore on your own. Hear about the New York State Capitol, the State Education Building and the Empire State Plaza." Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free

Schenectady Suds
Thursday: The Schenectady County Historical Association has another "Schenectady Suds" historic beer tour of the Stockade. "This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today's craft brew revival." The tickets include a pint at Mad Jack. Thursday 6 pm -- $15

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish new year and the start of the High Holidays -- starts at sunset Wednesday and continues until sundown on Friday. The High Holy Days conclude with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar, which begins this year at sunset on September 29.

Looking ahead to the weekend...

Saturday: LarkFest returns in Albany The street festival will close off Lark Street from Madison to Washington for vendors, activities, and entertainment. This year's music lineup is headlined by Cloud Nothings. Saturday 10 am-6 pm -- free admission


Tuesday: Midnight North at The Hollow
Country/folk rock. With: Space Carnival. 8 pm -- $12

Wednesday: Company of Thieves at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Indie rock, reunited. With: Talia Dennis, Lucy. 8 pm -- $15

Wednesday: Matthew Sweet at Helsinki Hudson
Power pop prince. 8 pm -- $30 and up

Wednesday: Hot Club of Saratoga at ESP Jazz Night
Gypsy jazz swing. 5:30 pm -- free

Thursday: The High Kings at The Egg
"Ireland's Folk Band of the year." 7:30 pm -- $34

Friday: Kip Moore at The Palace
Country star. With: Cale Dodds. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Friday: Yarn/Wire at EMPAC
"New York-based quartet Yarn/Wire performs an evening of work by contemporary German composer Enno Poppe, including the world premiere of the EMPAC-commissioned piece Feld. The program will also feature Tonband, Poppe's co-composition with Wolfgang Heiniger." 7:30 pm -- $18

Friday: Poppa Chubby at The Upper Room
Blues guitarist. 7 pm -- $15 and up

Friday: Ana Popovic at Helsinki Hudson
Funk/rock/blues. 9 pm -- $30 and up

Friday: That 1 Guy at Parish Public House
One-man band. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: Downtown Albany Hip Hop Showcase at The Low Beat
Featuring a bunch of acts. Friday 10:30 pm

Friday: Dark Honey at The Hollow
With: Girl Blue, Good Fiction. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Roger Waters at TU Center
Playing songs from Pink Floyd. 8 pm -- $55.50 and up

Saturday: Young Dubliners at Cohoes Music Hall
Celtic rock. 8 pm -- $19 and up

Saturday: Coast Modern at The Hollow
Indie pop. 9 pm -- $10 ahead / $12 at door

Saturday: Heather Maloney at The Linda
Singer/songwriter. With: Belle Skinner. 8 pm -- $18

Saturday: Selector Dub Narcotic at The Low Beat
Calvin Johnson. With: Sun Burdens, Mr. Cancelled. 8 pm

Sunday: Blind Boy Paxton at Caffe Lena
"Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton is a visually impaired, Jewish, African American multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, piano and guitar) who brings out the playful side of old-school music." 7 pm -- $22


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!


Friday: The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc at Old Songs
Unique blend of Fiddle tunes from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands.
7:30 pm -- $23 online / $25 at the door

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