The week ahead

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Atlas Genius is at Lucky Strike's Jupiter Hall Wednesday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (October-ish), to Columbus Day, to drama, to comedy, to stories, to media, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Rainy. Low 70s.
Tuesday: Maybe showers in the morning, then some sun. Upper 70s.
Wednesday: Sun and upper 60s.
Thursday: Sun, maybe some afternoon showers, mid 60s.
Friday: Some sun, mid 60s.


Columbus Day

Columbus Day is Monday. It's one of those unevenly-observed holidays, so if you're headed out for whatever and you're not sure it will be open, it's a good idea to check.


The Color Purple
Tuesday-Saturday: The touring production of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version of The Color Purple continues at Proctors. Tuesday-Saturday various times -- $20 and up

Sex With Strangers
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production, Sex With Strangers. The production runs through October 15. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Tape Face
Thursday: The mime/clowning/prop comedy entertainer Tape Face is at Troy Music Hall. "So what does he do exactly? Well, simply mentioning any aspect of this diverse show would be a disservice - the less you know the more you will enjoy this show." Thursday 7:30 pm -- $27


Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Misunderstanding." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Arts and sciences

Skylar Kergil
Wednesday: Transgender activist -- and Skidmore alum -- Skylar Kergil will be at Skidmore for a talk about his work. "His [Youtube] videos, which offer an honest and thorough look at the process of gender transition, have educated, uplifted, and inspired thousands." Wednesday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Kurt Andersen
Thursday: Author/journalist/radio host Kurt Andersen will be at UAlbany to talk about his book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History. It's the kickoff for the NYS Writers Institute "Telling the Truth in a Post-truth World" symposium this Friday and Saturday. Thursday 7 pm -- $30 (includes a copy of the book)

Thursday: The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is showing Iris, the documentary about fashion and design icon Iris Apfel. There will be a panel discussion following the film. Thursday 6:30 pm -- free

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series makes its way to Saratoga Springs this month for a night of presentations at The National Museum of Horse Racing & Hall of Fame. A handful of startup companies -- ranging from agriculture to tech -- will be giving short talks about what they have going on. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free


Wednesday: Atlas Genius at Lucky Strike
Alt rock. With: Magic Giant, Half The Animal. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Wednesday: Joan Shelley at The Linda
Folk, live broadcast. With: James Elkington. 8 pm -- $15

Wednesday: Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders at Helsinki Hudson
Charles Bock, Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield, Dave Hill, Daniel Mendelsohn, Stephin Merritt, Suzzy Roche. 8 pm -- $50 and up

Wednesday: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers at The Upper Room
Blues rock guitarist. 7 pm -- $25 and up

Thursday: Charly Bliss at The Linda
Power pop. With: Noods, Yucky Duster, Poppies. 8 pm -- $10

Thursday: Brand X at The Egg
Jazz fusion. 7:30 pm -- $36

Thursday: Eli McFly at The Low Beat
Hip hop. With: Peshy Kruger, Mahadi Walker, Luca Sand. 8 pm -- $5

Friday: Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at The Egg
Gramming-winning singer. (You might remember her from Twenty Feet from Stardom.) 8 pm -- $34

Friday: The Eric Krasno Band at The Hollow
From Soulive and Lettuce. With: Hartley's Encore. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Roy Book Binder at Caffe Lena
Blues. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: The Yavin 4 at The Low Beat
Star Wars-themed rock. (Your lack of faith is disturbing.) With: The Hellasexuals, Losers Circle, Dead Aces. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Albany Symphony: Star Wars & More at The Palace
Season opener with a performance of music from Star Wars films and other music. 7 pm -- $19 and up

Saturday: Glenn Miller Orchestra at Troy Music Hall
Big band. 7:30 pm -- $28 and up

Saturday: Theory Of A Deadman at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Ayron Jones. 8 pm -- $20.50 ahead / $23 day of

Saturday: The Sam Bush Band at The Egg
"Father of Newgrass." 7:30 pm -- $38.50

Saturday: Aztec Two-Step at Proctors
Album release show. An 8th Step show. 7:30 pm -- $28 and up

Saturday: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at Caffe Lena
Blues and roots rock. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Ronnie Baker Brooks at The Upper Room
Blues guitarist. 7 pm -- $20 and up

Saturday: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends at The Hangar
From the Cure and David Bowie. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: The Blind Owl Band at The Hollow
Bluegrass/country/folk. With: Grassroots Rebels. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: Black Mountain Symphony at Parish Public House
Genre-mixing rock. 9 pm

Sunday: The Ray LaMontagne show at Troy Music Hall is sold out.

Sunday: The Bobs at Caffe Lena
Farewell tour of a cappella group. 7 pm -- $25

Sunday: To Puerto Rico, With Love at The Low Beat
A benefit for Puerto Rico featuring a bunch of local acts. 2 pm


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!

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photo: Frank Maddocks


Friday: 3 Ravens—Donna Hébert, Lui Collins & Max Cohen at Old Songs
The trio crafts an evening out of their originals, instrumentals and traditional songs, as well as verses by poet Jane Yolen set to music. 7:30 pm -- $20 online, $22 at the door

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