The week ahead

Capital Rep Sex With Strangers

Capital Rep's production of Sex With Strangers opens this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sizzle), to the stage, to the environment, to apartment touring, to food, to music...


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Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and... 91.
Tuesday: Sunny and... 88.
Wednesday: Sun, maybe some rain, 85.
Thursday: Sun and 75.
Friday: Sun and 68.

September sizzle.

Sex With Strangers

Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep opens its new production, Sex With Strangers (it was in previews this past weekend). Blurbage:

When Ethan, a strapping twenty-something blogger ends up snowbound at a Bed and Breakfast with his literary idol, forty-ish novelist Olivia, sparks fly! One thing leads to another, as these two savvy writers give in to their mutual attraction -- but oh, in the morning....things are not quite what they seemed to be the night before. Soon it becomes clear that this passionate weekend will turn into a life-altering experience - all just a click or a tweet away.

The production runs through October 15. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

"The Federal Assault on the Environment"
Tuesday: Former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "The Federal Assault on the Environment." Tuesday 6:30 pm, Filene Auditorium -- free

48 Hudson
Tuesday and Thursday: Historic Albany Foundation has two talks at the Fort Orange General Store lined up this week about the archaeology of the site of 48 Hudson -- Albany's oldest building. A tour of the nearby 48 Hudson site will follow the talks. Part of the proceeds will go toward preserving the historic building. Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 pm -- $20

Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Thursday: The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is hosting a screening of Eames: The Architect and The Painter, a documentary about the famous design duo. Thursday 6:30 pm -- free

"Stories that Speak to Us"
Thursday: Piper Anderson, founder of the Mass Story Lab, and documentarian Sylvia Ryerson will be at Skidmore to talk about "the power of storytelling as an instrument of justice." Thursday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Telepathic Improvisation
Thursday: EMPAC will be showing a film produced this past spring at the venue by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. "Telepathic Improvisation, takes as its starting point the late Rensselaer Professor Pauline Oliveros' 1974 score of the same name. However, the audience for this filmed performance is not only called upon to telepathically communicate with the performers (as is the case with Oliveros' original score), but also to communicate with the other elements on stage, from the theatrical lights to a group of autonomous white boxes that glide across the stage." Thursday 7 pm -- $6

Sarah Jaffe
Friday: Journalist Sarah Jaffe will be at Northshire Saratoga to talk about her book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt. "Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans become activists. As Jaffe argues, the financial crisis in 2008 was the spark, the moment that crystallized that something was wrong. For years, Jaffe crisscrossed the country, asking people what they were angry about, and what they were doing to take power back." Friday 7 pm -- free

Downtown Albany open house

Thursday: The Downtown Albany Residential Open House returns with tours of recently-converted residential properties around the neighborhood. Check-in for the self-guided tour is at the Pearl Street Pub (59 North Pearl Street). There's also a guided tour of the properties and historic downtown spots starting at 6 pm. Thursday 5-8 pm -- free

Autumn Evening in the Garden

Thursday: The annual Autumn Evening in the Garden event to benefit Capital Roots is at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy. More than 20 prominent local chefs will be preparing food from more than 40 local producers. Thursday 6-9 pm -- $150 for individuals / $250 for couples / $75 for people age 35 and younger

Music

Monday: Rodriguez at Troy Music Hall
Of Searching for Sugar Man fame. With: Sammy Brue. 7:30 pm -- $49 and up

Wednesday: Ben Sollee & The Kentucky Native at The Hollow
Cellist/composer, bluegrass/folk. 9 pm -- $12.50 ahead / $15 day of

Thursday: Cowboy Junkies at Helsinki Hudson
Still kickin'. 8 pm -- $50 and up

Thursday: Liquid Stranger + Manic Focus at Upstate Concert Hall
Electronic. With: Luzoid. 8 pm -- $17 / $20 day of

Thursday: Robbie Fulks at Caffe Lena
Alt-country. 7 pm -- $22

Friday: Digitour at Lucky Strike
"DigiTour is the #1 social media tour - giving fans the 'Best Day Ever' for over 5 years." 5 pm -- $25

Friday: Corey Harris at Old Songs
Blues. 7:30 pm -- $23

Friday: Van Gordon Martin at Parish Public House
Reggae. With: Benjamin Franklin Band. 8 pm

Friday: Life Of Agony at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Madball Leeway, Brick by Brick, Born Low.

Saturday: Tango Fire at The Egg
"[T]welve spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians from Buenos Aires..." 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Bobby Long + Brian Dunne at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriters. 8 pm -- $16
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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!

Capital Rep and the Downtown Albany BID advertise on AOA.

photo: Douglas C. Liebig

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