The week ahead

russell shorto revolution song

Author/historian Russell Shorto will be at the State Museum Monday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (more November), to hoops, to stories, to history, to art, to illusions, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Rain, maybe snow early. Low 40s.
Tuesday: Sun, mid 40s.
Wednesday: Sun, mid 40s.
Thursday: Cloudy, upper 40s.
Friday: Sun, mid 40s.

It is November.


Monday: The Siena men's basketball team has its home opener at the TU Center against Florida Gulf Coast. Monday 7 pm -- $7 and up


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

Arts and sciences

Russell Shorto
Monday: Author/historian Russell Shorto will be at the State Museum to talk about his new book, Revolution Song. "In his epic new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, author and historian Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to explore six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light." (We hear that one of the stories is about a man from Albany.) Monday 7 pm, Huxley Theater -- free (but pre-registration is recommended)

Contemporary Native American art
Tuesday: The Brain Food for the Curious series of lunchtime talks at the State Museum has a talk from Curator of Ethnology Gwen Saul about recent acquisitions to the collection of contemporary Native American art. Tuesday 12:10 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Illustrating The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tuesday: Carl Sprague -- who's worked with Wes Anderson on the art direction for films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Royal Tenenbaums -- will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk. Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

The iPhone as a talisman of desire
Tuesday: Photographer/video artist Sara Cwynar will be at the UAlbany Art Museum for a talk about her film Rose Gold. "Focusing on Apple's Rose Gold iPhone, Cywnar tracks how the phone acts as a talisman of desire for objects, people, power, and money and how features such as touch and 3D resonate directly with the user's emotions and imagination." (Here's an interview with The New Yorker about her work.) Tuesday 7 pm -- free

Thursday: Author/journalist gargoyle John Freeman Gill will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. His new novel is The Gargoyle Hunters, and he'll be giving an illustrated talk titled "Anchoring Flights of Fancy: Research & Imagination in the New York Novel The Gargoyle Hunters." Thursday 7:30 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

US v. Susan B. Anthony
Thursday: The federal courthouse in Albany is hosting a re-enactment of the 1873 trial in which Susan B. Anthony was tried for voting in the presidential election. Thursday 6 pm -- free

Museum of Political Corruption
Thursday: The Museum of Political Corruption will be grant its first Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Reporting award to Susanne Craig of the New York Times. The event also includes a panel discussion about government and media. Thursday 6 pm -- $40


The Illusionists Present Adam Trent
Wednesday: Magician/illusionist Adam Trent -- from the Broadway show The Illusionists -- will be at Proctors for a show. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

The Olate Dogs
Thursday: The Olate Dogs -- a traveling act in which dogs perform all sorts of tricks -- will be at the Cohoes Musical Hall. "The all-new LIVE theatrical show include the infamous jumping rope, twirling spinning and fun-loving Olate Dogs made famous on America's Got Talent... but there's much more. With a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine by Richard Olate, music by Nicholas Olate and amazing cycling and juggling by his wife, the Olate Dogs show is fun for kids of all ages." Thursday 7 pm -- $25 and up


Tuesday: The Beach Boys at Proctors
"Captained by Mike Love." 7:30 pm -- $30 and up

Tuesday: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal at Troy Music Hall
Playing as a duo. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Tuesday: Dream Theater at The Palace
"Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour." 8 pm -- $29.75 and up

Wednesday: So Percussion at Troy Music Hall
"For over a decade, So Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture." 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Regina Spektor at The Palace
Performing solo. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Thursday: Spyro Gyra at The Egg
Jazz fusion. 7:30 pm -- $34.50

Thursday: Ron Gallo at The Hollow
Rock. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $14 day of

Thursday: Blues Beatles at The Upper Room
Pretty much what it sounds like. 7 pm -- $15 and up

Friday: Bob Dylan at The Palace
The one and only. With: Mavis Staples. 7:30 pm -- $52.50 and up

Friday: David Crosby at The Egg
"Joining him will be five musical friends..." 8 pm -- $49.75 and up

Friday: Gobsmacked at Proctors
"The Amazing A Capella and Beatbox Show." 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Laura Luna at EMPAC
Multimedia concert inside the 360-degree panoramic screen. 7:30 pm -- $18

Friday: B3nson Funsgiving at The Low Beat and Pauly's
Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, BEWARE! The Other Head of Science, Oceanator, Bear Grass, The Black Kennedys, The Parlor, TAOTSS, Scientific Maps, Swamp Baby, Burly. 7 pm -- $7

Friday: Wurliday + Girl Blue at The Hollow
Soul and funk. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: Danielle Bradbery at Upstate Concert Hall
Country, The Voice winner. With: Craig Wayne Boyd. 7 pm -- $8 ahead / $10 day of

Friday: Jonathan Richman at The Hangar
With Tommy Larkins on drums. 8 pm -- $15 and up

Friday: The Accidentals at The Linda
Indie folk. With: Jake Allen. 8 pm -- $15

Lori Lieberman at Caffe Lena

First to record "Killing Me Softly with His Song." 8 pm -- $25

Friday-Saturday: Beatlemore Skidmania at Skidmore
The annual Beatles tribute shows. Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm -- $10

Saturday: Albany Symphony at The Palace
Performing Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and other works. 7:30 pm -- $15 and up

Saturday: Saint Motel at Upstate Concert Hall
Indie pop. With: Gibbz. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Ashley Bathgate at The Egg
Cellist from Bang on a Can All-Stars. 7:30 pm -- $28

Saturday: Albert Cummings at The Upper Room
Blues. 7 pm -- $22

Saturday: The Mallett Brothers Band at The Hollow
With: The Slaughterhouse Chorus. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: The Lustre Kings at Caffe Lena
Rockabilly. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: The Sean Rowe show at The Hangar is sold out.

Sunday: Hollywood Undead at Upstate Concert Hall
Rap rock. With: Butcher Babies. 7 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Sunday: John McEuen & The String Wizards: Will the Circle Be Unbroken at The Egg
Americana. 3 pm -- $29.50

Sunday: Justin Townes Earle at Helsinki Hudson
Folk rock. With: Joshua Hedley. 8 pm - $25 and up

Sunday: Modigliani Quartet at Union College
French classical ensemble. 3 pm -- $30

To do list

1. Rake those leaves.

2. Nail down Thanksgiving plans because... it's next week!

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.

photo: Shervin Lainez


The Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild 39th Annual Show & Sale starts Thursday!

The Spring Street Gallery at 110 Spring St in Saratoga Springs is hosting a benefit Art Show for Camp Little Notch featuring over 50 paintings and photographs based on the amazing beauty of the camp. Quite a few of the pieces have sold, and it is a treat to see! Please visit before the show closes on November 25.

Saturday: Songs of George Ward—Until the Black Flies Go
with Dave Ruch, John Roberts, George Ward, and special guests. 7:30 pm -- $20 online/$22 door

On Thursday at 7pm, EMPAC is hosting Laure Prouvost: They Are Waiting for You, FREE

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Laure Prouvost’s new performance. Laure Prouvost (based in Antwerp, Belgium) is known for her films and installations, characterized by richly layered stories, acts of mis-translation, and surreal moments.

In this new performance, theatrical and cinematic technologies—projection, light, and haze—interact with dancers, musicians, objects, and the audience in a characteristically surreal and perceptually disorientating performance.

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