The week ahead

Rev Sharon Risher

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher will be at Siena for a talk titled "Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores Loss, Faith and Forgiveness." Her mother was killed in the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (melt), from strange things at the Circle K, to the first New Yorkers, to forgiveness, to cooking, to wrestling, to music...


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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, probably some rain. Upper 30s.
Tuesday: Rain. Upper 40s.
Wednesday: Some sun, 33.
Thursday: Some sun, 25.
Friday: Sun, upper 20s.

The warmth and rain should clear out a lot of the snow.


Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Monday 7 pm -- $5

The Final Year
Monday-Thursday: Proctors is screening The Final Year, a documentary about the inner workings of the last year of the Obama administration. Monday-Thursday various times -- $9 / $6 students, seniors, and kids

Arts and sciences

The Origin of Life on Earth
Tuesday: The Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks at the State Museum continues with a talk about the origin of life on Earth. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

The First New Yorkers and the Ice Age Landscapes of New York
Tuesday: The State Museum's Science Cafe series is back at The Hollow in downtown Albany with a talk from curator of archaeology Jonathan Lothrop. He "reviews recent archaeological evidence for when and by what routes Native Americans may have colonized the region, and in turn, how these Paleoindian peoples may have used and traversed these subarctic landscapes to survive in late Pleistocene New York." Tuesday 6 pm -- free admission

Ephraim Asili
Tuesday: Artist/filmmaker Ephraim Asili will have a performance from the his work in progress, Inheritance. "Based on real events, the film's protagonist inherits a house in West Philadelphia that becomes home to an urban Collective for activists of color. The tension builds as day-to-day domestic issues compete with the collective's political agenda. Filmed predominantly inside the house, the increasingly claustrophobic drama unfolds as the group attempts to live together and find consensus through Black political discourse and social philosophy--a commitment that will climax in explosive action." Tuesday 7 pm -- free

Loss, faith, and forgiveness
Wednesday: Rev. Sharon Washington Risher will be at Siena for a talk titled "Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores Loss, Faith and Forgiveness." Her mother was killed in the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. The eight others killed also included two of her cousins and a childhood friend. "Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation's gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense." Wednesday 6 pm, Key Auditorium (Roger Bacon Hall 202) -- free


Winter's a good time to take a cooking class...

Fresh pasta
Monday: Gio Culinary Studio has a hands-on class about making fresh pasta at home. "Students will learn to make a no-fail perfect pasta dough, and create various pasta shapes using Kitchen Aid pasta attachments as well as a manual pasta machine. Each pasta will be paired with its own unique sauce." Monday 6:15 pm -- $65

Scorched and torched
Tuesday: Jaime Ortiz from 677 Prime will be at Different Drummer's Kitchen for a class about about scorched and torched foods: flaming Greek cheese, Chicken Calvados, Steak Diane, Crepes Suzette, Bananas Foster. Tuesday 6 pm -- $79

Chinese takeout
Tuesday: Gio Culinary Studio has a hands-on class about making Chinese takeout classics: General Tso's chicken, crab rangoon, vegetable lo mein with homemade noodles, and fortune cookies. Tuesday 6:15 pm -- $65


Thursday: The WWE's NXT Live! tour is at the Washington Ave Armory. Thursday 7:30 pm -- $15 and up

Ice skating

One of the best things about winter? Ice skating. Here are a bunch of ice skating spots around the Capital Region.

Looking ahead to the weekend

Saturday: The annual Mayor's Cup showdown between the Union and RPI hockey teams is at the TU Center. Saturday women's game 3 pm / men's game 6 pm -- $15 / $10 students and kids


Tuesday: Sleeping with Sirens at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Set it Off, The Gospel Youth, South Paw. 7:30 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Wednesday: The Greensky Bluegrass show at The Egg is sold out.

Wednesday: SYML at The Hollow
Brian Fennell from Barcelona. With: Scott Hannay. 8 pm -- $10

Wednesday: Boombox at Putnam Den
Electronic. 9 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
January residence continues. 7 pm

Friday: The John Legend / James Taylor "grand reopening" show at the TU Center has been canceled.

Friday: Granger Smith at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Smithfield. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: Tinsley Ellis at The Linda
Blues. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: The Dupont Brothers + The Sea The Sea at Helsinki Hudson
Indie folk. 9 pm -- $15

Friday: Bill Staines at Caffe Lena
Folk. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Joey Alexander at Troy Music Hall
Piano jazz prodigy. 7:30 pm -- $39 and up

Saturday: Donna McKechnie at Proctors
Tony winner appearing as part of cabaret series, in the GE Theater. 7:30 pm -- $40 and up

Saturday: Kuinka at Caffe Lena
"Described by NPR as joyous folk pop, Kuinka laces modern folk and Americana with an electronic jolt." With: Ramblers Home. 8 pm -- $18

Saturday: Alicia Hall Moran at MASS MoCA
"In the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, two figure skaters representing America and East Germany battled for Olympic gold, both accompanied by music from Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, herself a former figure skater, tells Georges Bizet's epic story in an all-out musical fantasy for the concert stage, joined by fearless NYC jazz trio Harriet Tubman." 8 pm -- $14 ahead / $20 day of

Saturday: Winter Warm-UP at The Linda
Four bands spanning folk, roots, rock, and world. 7:30 pm -- $10

Sunday: Frank Jaklitsch Legacy at Caffe Lena
"Join hosts Good Things (Michael Eck, Bobby Long and Kathi Quinlan) along with Kevin McKrell, Amy Collins and others to remember Frank's amazing sold-out nights at the Caffe and to raise funds for SongwritingWith:Soldiers..." 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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