The week ahead

Jason Isbell The 400 Unit

Jason Isbell -- who won two Grammys this past weekend -- will be at The Palace Wednesday. / photo: Danny Clinch

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (maybe), from drama, to ballet, to William Kennedy, to art, to basketball, to music...

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Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Some sun. Maybe snow in the evening. Mid 30s.
Tuesday: Maybe snow from overnight. Cloudy. Upper 20s.
Wednesday: Sun, 27.
Thursday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Around 40.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe snow. 31.

A maybe-end to January.

Hoops

Monday: The Siena men's basketball team takes on St. Peter's at the TU Center. 7 pm -- $10 and up

Stage

Paris Time
Tuesday-Sunday: The Rep opens its world premiere production of Paris Time (it was in previews this past weekend):

A gripping and sophisticated drama that looks behind the headlines at anti-semitism in today's France. When Deborah, the wife of a successful American executive based in Paris, becomes an activist defending a young Jewish Frenchwoman, Charles gets caught in the corporate hot seat. Company policy demands him to withdraw from the political limelight or lose his career, but if he won't get involved, he may lose his marriage.

The production runs through February 18. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Bodyguard
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the stage version of The Bodyguard is at Proctors. Deborah Cox plays the lead (Whitney Houston) role. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Swan Lake
Tuesday: The State Ballet Theater of Russia will be at The Palace for a production of Swan Lake. Tuesday 7:30 pm -- $38 and up

Arts and sciences

Gish Jen
Tuesday: The New York State Writers Institute opens the new season of its visiting writers series with Gish Jen at the State Museum. "Gish Jen is a beloved and prize-winning chronicler of the Chinese-American experience in fiction. Her new work, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap (2017), explores stark differences between Eastern and Western ideas of the 'self.'" Tuesday 7:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Chewing the fat
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series returns to Slidin' Dirty in Schenectady with a talk by Dr. Vishnudas Pai about obesity and weight loss surgery. Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

Graphic design and abstraction
Tuesday: Painter Andrew Brischler will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk. "Andrew Brischler is a painter whose work explores the intersection of graphic design and abstraction through playful, hand-drawn text and imagery." Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Responding to addiction
Tuesday: The Conversations to Build An Inclusive American Community is at Caffe Lena with a discussion about addiction. "Our panel will get an open conversation started by sharing their insights and life experiences regarding the affects of taking a punitive (incarceration) approach versus a therapeutic (treatment) approach to addiction." And poet/activist Amani Olugbala will open the evening. Tuesday 6 pm -- free

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
Tuesday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip is back at the Low Beat. "A different kind of art event, Learn or practice figure drawing with live, alternative figure models, with local artist and educator Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you sketch. All skill levels welcome, attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials but limited materials will be provided to get you started." Tuesday 6 pm -- $12 / $8 students with ID

A Celebration of William Kennedy's 90th Birthday
Wednesday: Albany City Hall is hosting a celebration of William Kennedy's 90th birthday and the 35th anniversary of the NYS Writers Institute, of which he is the founder. There will be a ceremony honoring Kennedy and he'll then give a talk. Wednesday 7 pm -- free

Ice skating

Depending on how the weather shakes out, there could be chances to ice skate this week. (And February starts this week, so there's not a ton of time left for outdoor rinks.) Here are a bunch of ice skating spots around the area.

Music

Tuesday: The Wood Brothers show at The Egg is sold out.

Wednesday: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at The Palace
Alt-country. With: James McMurtry. 8 pm -- $32.50 and up

Wednesday: Turkuaz at Cohoes Music Hall
"Turkuaz is a rock band at its core that blends soulful sounds with potent funk grooves." 8 pm -- $21

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
Last night of January residency. 7 pm

Thursday: Driftwood at Caffe Lena
"Incorporating folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock..." 7pm -- $24

Thursday: Grass is Dead at The Hollow
Bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead songs. With: Dustin Sawyer. 8 pm -- $10 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: Lissie at The Linda
Indie pop. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: Hartley's Encore at Parish Public House
Soul/funk/dance. With: Ryan Jordan. 9 pm

Saturday: Brantley Gilbert at TU Center
Country. With: Aaron Lewis, Josh Phillips. 7 pm -- $29.75 and up

Saturday: Get The Led Out at The Palace
Led Zeppelin tribute act. 8 pm -- $31.50 ahead / $33.50 day of

Sunday: Red Canna & Decho Ensemble
Chamber jazz + sax duo.

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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!

Comments

Gotta give a big recommendation for Hamell On Trial on Wednesday. Combining the best aspects of singer/songwriter, punk rock attitude, poetry slam and comedy show, it's safe to say that there is no performer anything like Ed Hamell. And you've never seen an acoustic guitar played like that. Note: this is not for those with delicate sensibilities, as you will hear every profanity in the book (multiple times). Albany is lucky to get these month-long residencies from Hamell as he has settled into the Low Beat as a place to work out new material. Early show, starts @ 7:45, ends around 9. $10.

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