The week ahead

touring production Fun Home

The national touring production of Fun Home is at Proctors this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (actual autumn), to Halloween, to the stage, to authors, to volunteering, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, rainy, windy. Mid 50s.
Tuesday: Sun. Mid 50s.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe a shower. Low 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, probably some rain. Upper 50s..
Friday: Some sun, maybe a show. Upper 50s

Actual autumn weather.


It's Tuesday, so here's a reminder to stock up on some candy for trick-or-treaters. Also: keep an eye out for them if you're driving in the evening.

If you're around Albany and looking for an indoor place to trick-or-treat, Albany Law has its annual Trick or Treat Street event at its campus gym. (The entrance is via the doorway that faces New Scotland Ave, opposite Albany Med.) Tuesday 5-8 pm -- free


Fun Home
Tuesday-Sunday: The touring production of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home will be at Proctors. It's based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Ghosts of War
Wednesday: The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting a production of Ghosts of War, an adaptation of Ryan Smithson's memoir of his time serving in Iraq. (Smithson grew up here and is a UAlbany alum.) Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $20 / $15 students

Arts and sciences

Doug Wright
Monday: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Doug Wright will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writer Institute visiting writers series. He'll be reading from, and talking about, his work, which includes Quills and I Am My Own Wife. Monday 8 pm, Performing Arts Center -- free

David Brooks
Monday: New York Times columnist David Brooks will be at a Skidmore's Zankel Center for "an evening with" talk. Monday 7:30 pm -- free (ticket required)

"Confessions of a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Soldier"
Monday: Journalist and Iraq War veteran Rob Smith will be at Siena to talk about his memoir Confessions of a Don't Ask, Don't Tell Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and the War in Iraq. A Q&A and meet-and-greet will follow. Monday 7 pm, Sarazen Student Union -- free

Constitutional Convention
Monday: There's a forum at the Albany Public Library Washington Ave branch to sort through the pros and cons of a state constitutional convention -- the question of whether to have one is on the ballot this November. Erika Lorshbough -- legislative counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is very much against a convention -- will present the con side. Laura Bierman -- executive director of the League of Women Voters of New York State, which supports the idea -- will present the pro side. Monday 6 pm -- free

Ghost or Ghoul?
Tuesday: The State Museum's "Brainfood for the Curious" series of short lunchtime continues with a talk about costume and dress in the museum's collection, including items with a Halloween theme. Tuesday 12:10 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Mixed reality
Wednesday: EMPAC is hosting < href="">a hands-on demonstration of the the Microsoft HoloLens "mixed reality" tech:

Microsoft's HoloLens is the world's first fully untethered, self-contained holographic computer. Wearing the headset, users scan their physical surroundings and use gestures to place and manipulate digital 3D objects. Distinct from virtual-reality environments, the HoloLens creates a "mixed reality" where computer-generated elements are integrated into the human world. From the classroom to the operating room and into the performing arts, applications for the system are just starting to be explored.

It'll be available to try on the EMPAC mezzanine from 10 am-9 pm. That evening Microsoft developer Kayla Kinnunen will be at EMPAC for a talk about the tech and its implications for the future. Wednesday 7 pm -- free

Serve Albany

Thursday: The Serve Albany project's Ignite event -- kind of like a job fair, but for volunteer opportunities -- is at the at the Sage College Armory on New Scotland Ave in Albany. More than 30 non-profit orgs will be there with info about what they do and opportunities to lend a hand. Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan will give a talk. And there will also be food from New World, along with art and music. Thursday 5:30-8 pm -- free


Tuesday: Bonerama at Parish Public House
New Orleans brass funk. With: Oobleck. 8 pm -- $18 ahead / $22 day of

Thursday: The John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring show at The Egg is sold out.

Thursday: Last in Line at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Untaymed, More Than Human. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Thursday: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons at Caffe Lena
Fiddle and banjo. 7 pm -- $18

Friday: J Collin at The Low Beat
With: Wovoka, Creepy Club, Grab Ass Cowboys, Brooks Strause, Extravision. 8 pm

Saturday: Old Dominion at The Palace
Country. With: Morgan Evans. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Saturday: The Cowboy Junkies at The Egg
Alt country. 8 pm -- $38

Saturday: Flogging Molly at Upstate Concert Hall
Celtic rock. With: Anti-Flag, John Snodgrass. 8 pm -- $33.75 ahead / $36 day of

Saturday: The Weepies at MASS MoCA
Folk. With: Benjamin Jaffe. 8 pm -- $26 ahead / $34 day of

Saturday: John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band at The Upper Room
Blues. 7 pm -- $15 and up

Saturday: The Fleshtones at The Hangar
Garage rock. With: Big Frank and The Bargain Binger, The Va Va Voodoos. 3 pm -- $10 ahead / $15 at door

Saturday: Lucy at The Hollow
With: The Boobies, Good Fiction, Bad Mothers. 9 pm -- $10

Saturday: Jeffrey Biegel and ESYO Youth Orchestra at Troy Music Hall
Performing a new composition by P.D.Q Bach. 7:30 pm -- $20

Saturday: Community "Barn" Dance with Fennig's All-Stars at Old Songs
"Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares." 7 pm -- $8 / age 12 and free

Sunday: GRiZ at The Palace
DJ/producer/saxophonist. With: Opiuo, Muzzy Bearr. 8 pm -- $25 and up

Sunday: Bruce Cockburn at The Egg
Backed by a full band. 7 pm -- $29.50 and up

Sunday: Acoustic Alchemy at The Egg
Smooth jazz. 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Sunday: Benjamin Grosvenor at Union College
Classical pianist. 3 pm -- $30


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!

Troy Music Hall advertises on AOA. And AOA is a sponsor of Serve Albany and Albany Law Trick or Treat Street.

photo: Joan Marcus

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