The week ahead

the band Cults

The band Cults is at The Hollow this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (briefly October), to words, to film, to small business, to design, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Some sun, upper 50s.
Tuesday: Sunny, upper 50s.
Wednesday: Sunny, upper 60s.
Thursday: Sunny, low 70s.
Friday: Sun and 70.

October, for a few days.


Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "It Is What It Is." Monday 7:30 pm

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


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Monday: Proctors is showing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the big screen in the GE Theater. various times -- $5

Silent Film Spectacular
Wednesday: The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular series continues at the Washington Ave branch with a screening of the 1923 silent Our Hospitality with live score by Ryan Devine and Justin Fuld. Wednesday 7 pm -- free

Thursday: There's a screening of the Hedy Lamarr documentary Bombshell at Skidmore. "The film tells the story of actress Hedy Lamarr, who became known as the 'most beautiful girl in the world' during the Golden Age of Hollywood and was also a creative genius who patented a "secret communications system" that is the basis of the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite, and military technology millions of people use today." The film's director will be there for a post-screening discussion. Thursday 4:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Troy Small Business Summit

Tuesday: The Troy Small Business Summit returns to the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. The event includes talks and breakout sessions about various aspects of running a business, with speakers from many local businesses and orgs. Tuesday 10 am-4:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Arts and sciences

Ten Thousand Women Descend on Albany
Tuesday: The Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks starts up again at the State Museum with "Ten Thousand Women Descend on Albany: The 40th Anniversary of the NYS Women's Meeting." Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Claire Messud
Tuesday: Author Claire Messud will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her new novel. "The Burning Girl (2017) [is] the story of two girlhood best friends as they navigate adolescence, divergent lives, and painful adult realities." Tuesday 8 pm, Campus Center -- free

Luba Lukova
Tuesday: Designer Luba Lukova will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk organized by AIGA Upstate New York. "Internationally recognized, New York-based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most original image-makers working today. She creates arguably some of the most iconic and indelible imagery in the realm of contemporary poster design." Tuesday 6:30 pm -- $20 / free for students with ID

150 years of the Albany Fire Department
Tuesday: Albany city historian Tony Opalka will be at the Albany Public Library's Washington Ave branch for a talk about the 150th anniversary of the Albany Fire Department. "Hear about some of Albany's fascinating historic fires and the havoc they wreaked on Albany's buildings, citizens, and firemen." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- free

Climate change
Thursday: Judith Enck and Curt Spalding -- regional EPA directors during the Obama administration -- will be at UAlbany's Rockefeller College for a discussion, "Is Climate Change the Paramount Public Policy Issue of the 21st Century?" Thursday 4:30 pm, downtown campus, Milne Hall -- free (registration required)

Other Uses
Thursday: The Other Uses series continues at EMPAC. "The third program in the Other Uses series turns the lens on unseen processes, people, and objects. The motion we see in the works--whether produced through montage, camera movement, or distortion of the recorded image--directly connects the action on screen to the hand of the artist." Thursday 7 pm -- $6


Monday: TV Girl at The Low Beat
Indie pop. With: BrotherTiger, Titanics. 7:30 pm -- $10

Tuesday: The Wailers at Cohoes Music Hall
Remaining members of Bob Marley's band. With: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets. 8 pm -- $27 and up

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
Back for one night this month. 7 pm

Thursday: Cults at The Hollow
Indie pop. With: Cullen Omori, Hideout. 8 pm -- $13.27 ahead / $20 at door

Thursday: JJ Grey and Mofro at Upstate Concert Hall
Southern rock. With: The Commonheart. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Thursday: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo at Proctors
Venezuelan Afro soul. Part of the Music Haven at Proctors series. 7:30 pm -- $25

Thursday: Festival of South African Dance at Proctors
"Featuring 20 dancers with live musicians, the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies use dance to respond to cultural and political issues in their communities by conveying real-life stories of hard work, human struggles, and longing for a better life." 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Our Lady Peace at Upstate Concert Hall
Like tuning into Much Music. 8 pm -- $30 ahead / $32 day of

Friday: Actress + Toxe at EMPAC
"[T]his evening promises hard-edged beats tinged with mystery and mayhem." 9 pm -- $18

Friday: The Brazen Youth at Parish Public House
Ambient indie rock. With: LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, Hill Haints. 8 pm -- $8

Friday: Gabriel Kahane at MASS MoCA
Composer/singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $14 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Ryan Montbleau at Cohoes Music Hall
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Cathy Fink + Marcy Marxer at Proctors
Folk. With: Sam Gleaves. 7:30 pm -- $26 and up

Friday: The Lonely Heartstring Band at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass quintet. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: Patrick Ball at Old Songs
"Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world..." 7:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $22 at door

Friday: "Let It Rock" A Tribute to the Music of Chuck Berry
Featuring a bunch of local musicians. 8 pm -- $15

Saturday: Cardi B at TU Center
Chart-topping rapper. With: YFN Lucci, Charly Black, Famous Dex & Lil Pump. 8 pm -- $45 and up / $30 college students with ID

Saturday: Bruce Hornsby at Troy Music Hall
An evening with. 8 pm -- $30 and up

Saturday: The Lox with Westside Gunn & Conway at Upstate Concert
Hip hop. With: Smoke DZA, Statik Selektah, DJ Green Lantern. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Paula Cole at The Egg
Touring support of an album of jazz and folk classics. 8 pm -- $29.50

Saturday: Melvin Seals & JGB at Cohoes Music Hall
Keyboardist from the Jerry Garcia Band. 8 pm -- $30 and up

Saturday: Alexis P. Suter Band at The Linda
Blues/soul. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Melissa Aldana Quartet at Sanctuary for Independent Media
Jazz. 7 pm -- $20

Saturday: Elvis Perkins at Helsinki Hudson
Folk rock. 9 pm -- $18

Saturday: Tyler Childers at The Hollow
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $10 ahead / $12 at door

Sunday: Paco Pena at Troy Music Hall
"Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco." 3 pm -- $34

Sunday: Carlo Aonzo Trio at Caffe Lena
"[A] glorious musical journey from Italian folksongs to bluegrass, from soundtracks to jazz and Brazilian music, from Italian popular song to a review of the classical repertoire..." With: Alan Epstein, Hui Cox. 7 pm -- $20

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: Shawn Brackbill


Sunday: Lawler + Fadoul—Clickable: The Art of Persuasion at Old Songs
A theatrical concert merging Sing-alongs, abstract art, instrumental virtuosity, and dance on flute and marimba. Part of a live CD recording. 3 pm -- $18 online / $20 at door

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