The week ahead

national geographic photographer ami vitale rhino talk

National Geographic photojournalist Ami Vitale will be at Skidmore for talk titled "Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions."

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad), to the stage, to photography, to science, to hoops, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, windy, low 40s.
Tuesday: Sunny and upper 40s.
Wednesday: Sunny and around 50.
Thursday: Sunny and mid 40s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe rain, upper 40s.

Not bad, November.

She Loves Me

Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of She Loves Me. "This confection of a musical is based on the timeless story by Miklos Laszlo that also served as inspiration for the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You've Got Mail." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Arts and sciences

Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions
Monday: National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale will be at Skidmore's Tang Museum to talk about her work. "Ms. Vitale has traveled to more than 90 countries for her work. Her work has been integral to conservation efforts for the world's last white rhinos, elephants at the Reteti Sanctuary in Kenya, and the giant pandas in China's Wolong Nature Reserve. She has produced stories on subjects as diverse and consequential as the Israeli Palestinian crisis; climate change; and the cultural, societal, economic costs of coal." Monday 7 pm -- free

Astronauts of Inner-Space
Tuesday: The Brain Food for the Curious series of lunchtime talks at the State Museum has New York State Historian Devin Lander talking about The Millbrook Commune, "Timothy Leary's 'Grounded Space Colony' housed on a 2,500 acre estate in Dutchess County." Tuesday 12:10 pm -- free

Science on Tap
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series is at the Albany Pump Station. This month Albany Med neurologist Dr. David Hart "will talk about what we currently understand about disease mechanisms in Alzheimer's, and how those processes give us an opportunity for treatments which slow or stop the disease's progress." Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

John Yau
Tuesday: Art critic and poet John Yau will be at the UAlbany art museum. "Inspired by the poets of the New York School, he has made the dialogue between visual art and poetry the hallmark of his work and career. His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the former arts editor for the Brooklyn Rail and in 2012, he helped start the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend." Tuesday 4:30 pm -- free

Hisham Matar
Thursday: Hisham Matar -- who won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between -- will be at UAlbany has part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. The book is "an account of the author's return to the Libya of his family's origin, and his search for his missing father, a political activist who disappeared during the regime of Muammar Gaddafi." Thursday 8 pm, uptown campus, Campus Center Assembly Hall -- free

Heavenly bodies
Thursday: The Siena College Physics Club will have a free public viewing, with an eye (and telescopes) toward the moon, Uranus, the Pleiades, Orion, the Andromeda Galaxy, Perseus Double Cluster, and M39. Park in Lot F near the baseball field -- if it's cloudy, the event is canceled. Thursday 7:30 pm -- free

Azmat Khan
Friday: Award-winning journalist Azmat Khan will be at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. She was the co-author of that recent NYT Mag cover story -- "The Uncounted" -- about the US military significantly undercounting the death toll from air strikes against ISIS. Friday 7 pm -- $10

The art of still photography on the movie set
Friday: Photographer Phillip Caruso will be at UAlbany for a talk titled "The Art of Still Photography on the Movie Set." It's a NYS Writers Institute event. "The iconic image of Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump on a park bench in Savannah. Robert DeNiro's malicious eyes in CAPE FEAR. Kurt Russell as a firefighter emerging from a blazing building in BACKDRAFT. Those are the images taken by photographer Phillip Caruso you see on giant movie posters at movie theaters and in newspaper and magazine advertisements." Friday 7:30 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free


Wednesday: The Siena men's basketball team takes on St. Bonaventure at the TU Center. Wednesday 7 pm -- $12 and up

Wednesday: The UAlbany men's basketball team faces Colgate at SEFCU Arena. Wednesday 7 pm -- $8 and up


Albany tree lighting / holiday market
Thursday: The Albany tree lighting is at city hall, with a reception inside the rotunda following. That same evening, the Albany Holiday Market will be at locations around downtown. Thursday tree lighting 5:30 pm / holiday market 4-9 pm -- free

Victorian Streetwalk
Thursday: The annual Victorian Street Walk returns to downtown Saratoga Springs. Broadway will be closed to car traffic for all sorts of holiday whatnot. Thursday 5-10 pm -- free admission

Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market
Thursday: The Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market is at the village hall. "[P]ottery, paintings, fiber art, cards, knitting, jewelry, blacksmithing, honey, candles and more." Thursday 4-8 pm -- free admission


Wednesday: Them Fangs at The Low Beat
Rock. With: Good Fiction, Hasty Page. 6 pm

Thursday: Josh Turner at Troy Music Hall
Country. With: Locash. 7 pm -- $23 and up

Thursday: Alsarah and the Nubatones at Proctors
"East African retro-pop from Brooklyn." A Music Haven show. 7:30 pm -- $25

Thursday: Will Dailey at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 7 pm -- $18

Friday: Ghostface Killah + Beat*Shot showcase at Putnam Den
Hip hop ironman + a bunch of local performers and DJs. 9 pm -- $30

Friday: Richard Thompson at The Egg
Solo and acoustic. 8 pm -- $45

Friday: Northern Faces at The Hollow
Hometown show. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 at door

Friday: Sara Watkins at Helsinki Hudson
From Nickel Creek. 9 pm -- $25 and up

Friday: MIRK Toys and Noise at Parish Public House
Annual fundraiser/toy drive. With: Victory Soul Orchestra, The Age, Ozymandias, Big Rush, and Mic Lanny. 8 pm -- $10 or new, unwrapped toy

Friday: The Ballroom Thieves at Caffe Lena
Rock/folk/blues. With: The Novel Ideas. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: Blue Machine at The Hangar
Rock. 9 pm

Saturday: The Figgs at The Low Beat
The annual around-the-holiday show. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: An Evening with David Rawlings featuring Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and Brittany Haas at The Egg
Americana. 8 pm -- $36

Saturday: 8th Step Celtic Holiday at Proctors
"Celtic Holiday extravaganza with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally. Traditional Irish accordion, Scottish fiddling, and Americana String Band." 7:30 pm -- $26 and up

Saturday: Martin Sexton Trio at Helsinki Hudson
Singer/songwriter. 9 pm -- $45 and up

Saturday: The Suitcase Junket at Caffe Lena
One-man band. 7 pm -- $20

Saturday: J.E.D.I. @ The Hollow
Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation, with members from Brazilian Girls, Break Science/Pretty Lights, Lettuce, and The Nth Power. 8 pm -- $16

Saturday: Christine Pedi Snow Bizness at Proctors
Part of the cabaret series. 7:30 pm -- $40 and up

Saturday: The Refrigerators at Cohoes Music Hall
A benefit for the Waterford Museum. 7 pm -- $25

Saturday: Dana Fuchs at Massry Center
Blues rock. 8 pm -- $35

Saturday: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Putnam Den
Psychedelic funk. With: Flamingosis. 9:30 pm -- $14 ahead / $17 day of

Saturday: Old Songs Community "Barn" Dance with the Walker Family Band
"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. Yummy desert potluck during intermission." 7 pm -- $8 / kids 12 and under free

Sunday: Albany Symphony - The Magic of Christmas at The Palace
The annual holiday show. 3 pm -- $28 and up adults / $14 and up kids 12 and under

Sunday: Zucchini Brothers Holiday Show at The Egg
Annual show for kids. 3 pm -- free

Sunday: Hot Tuna at the Cohoes Music Hall
An acoustic show. 8 pm -- $52 and up

Sunday: LlÅ·r Williams at Union College
Classical pianist. 3 pm -- $30'

Sunday: The Wynotte Sisters' Holiday Concert at Caffe Lena
Sara Milonovich, Daria Grace, and Vibeke Saugestad. 7 pm -- $18


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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On Tuesday at 7pm, there is a free screening at UAlbany of "I Am Not Your Negro", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
It also airs on WMHT on 1/15.

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