The week ahead

music duo Birds of Chicago

The music duo Birds of Chicago is at Caffe Lena later this week. / photo: Natalie Ginele Miller

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (springy), to film, to restaurants, to college basketball, to history, to science, to talents, to all sorts of music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Fog then sun. Upper 40s.
Tuesday: Sun. Low 50s.
Wednesday: Some sun. Mid 50s.
Thursday: Cloudy, maybe rain. Upper 40s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe rain and snow. Around 40.

A bit springy.


Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing Casablanca. Monday 7 pm -- $5

Best Picture Film Festival
Regal Cinemas has lined up another Best Picture Film Festival -- it will be screening all nine films nominated for the 2018 best picture Oscar leading up to the Oscars this Sunday. The Regal theaters at Colonie Center, Crossgates, Clifton Park, and Queensbury are participating. Monday-Sunday various times -- all-movie pass $35

Oscar-nominated shorts
The Spectrum is screening the Oscar-nominated short films -- both animated and live action -- this week. various times

Wednesday: Proctors is showing the filmed version of a Royal Opera production of Tosca. Wednesday 2 pm and 6:30 pm -- $15

Dark Waters
Thursday: The It Came From Schenectady series at Proctors is showing the 1994 horror film Dark Waters. Thursday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students and seniors

Schenectady Restaurant Week

Monday-Sunday: It's restaurant week in Schenectady -- 26 restaurants around the city (and just beyond) will be offering multi-course meals for $25. As with any restaurant week, reservations are a good idea.

College basketball

Tuesday: The UAlbany men close out their regular season with a game against Binghamton at SEFCU Arena. (They have an America East conference tournament game against Stony Brook at SEFCU Arena on Saturday.) Tuesday 7 pm -- $12

MAAC tournament
Thursday-Monday: The MAAC -- Siena's conference -- will be at the TU Center for its men's and women's tournaments. Thursday-Monday various times -- all-session passes $97 and up

Friday: Along with the tournament, the MAAC-n-Cheese Fest (get it) event returns to the Albany Capital Center. "Fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Albany-area restaurants; as well as many varietals of craft beer from New York breweries." Friday 4-6:30 pm -- $8 for five mac sample tickets / $5 for three beer sample tickets

Arts and sciences

Racism and the Future
Monday: Albany Law's first James Campbell Matthews Black History Month Lecture will be from Anthony Paul Farley and it's titled "Racism and the Future." (James C. Matthews was the first African-American to graduate from Albany Law and the first African-American judge in New York State.) Monday 6 pm, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom -- free

Memory and Monuments
Monday: The Tang Museum at Skidmore is hosting a discussion about memory, monuments, and public spaces with with artist and director of exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Dan Borelli, painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, and sculptor and installation artist Karyn Olivier. Monday 6 pm -- free

Dying to Vote
Tuesday: The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County "Making Democracy Work" series is back at Skidmore with talk from the Brennan Center's Chris Deluzio, "Dying to Vote in America: Countering Strategic Efforts to Suppress Voting Rights." Tuesday 6:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Booker T. Washington and Sojourner Truth
Tuesday: Albany City Hall is hosting a dramatic reading of monologues by Booker T. Washington and Sojourner Truth. "The monologues will showcase these two pioneer African-American leaders whose profound contributions to education, social justice and women's rights still impact American society today. Actors Donald Hyman and Penny Meacham bring these historic leaders to life in this revealing and dynamic dramatic portrait of their lives, revealing their strength and determination in spite of frequent conflicts and confrontations." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- free

Science on Tap: Opioid Crisis
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series will be at The Ruck in Troy for a talk from Dr. Tomoko Udo of the UAlbany School of Public Health about the opioid crisis in America. Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

If Beale Street Could Talk
Wednesday: UAlbany's Performing Arts Center has a production of If Beale Street Could Talk, part of the university's celebration of James Baldwin. "Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron for American Place Theatre, this Literature to Life offering is a verbatim adaptation of Baldwin's powerful novel of the same name, one which remains disturbingly poignant even 60 years after it was first published." Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $15 ahead ($10 students and seniors) / $20 day of ($15 students and seniors)

Taxes and small business
Wednesday: Albany Law has an info event about the recent federal tax overhaul and small businesses. "Tax law experts -- faculty and practitioners -- will provide a description of changes to the tax code, and how these changes will affect individuals and small companies." Wednesday 5-6:30 pm -- free

History Cafe: Votes for Women
Thursday: The State Museum's History Cafe series will be at The Hollow for a talk about the centennial of women's suffrage in New York with chief curator of history Jennifer Lemak and senior historian Ashley Hopkins-Benton. Thursday 6 pm -- free admission

The Wrong Show

Wednesday: A new monthly talent show hosted by Ragliacci at the River Street Pub in Troy: The Wrong Show. "Contestants will each have up to 3 minutes to beat the gong with their skills in front of a rowdy live audience. Any skills welcome! Whether you can gargle an entire bottle of tequila, down a pint full of real spiders, or hop on one foot blindfolded in a pool of warm banana pudding singing "I'm a Little Teapot," we need to see it. Musicians, dancers, poets, and comedians are also always welcome. Take risks, be zany, and get yourself off!" Wednesday 8 pm


Tuesday: McCartney/Clapton: Concert for George (concert film) at Proctors
"On November 29, 2002, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Monty Python and a great many others performed at London's Royal Albert Hall in a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death." 7 pm -- $9 adults / $6 students and seniors

Wednesday: Staatskapelle Weimar at Troy Music Hall
"The Staatskapelle Weimar, founded in 1491, is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world." 7:30 pm -- $45 and $55

Thursday: Robbie Fulks at The Linda
Folk/alt-country. With: Zan Strumfeld. 8 pm -- $18

Thursday: Birds of Chicago at Caffe Lena
"Secular gospel." 7 pm -- $24

Friday-Saturday: Rain at Proctors
"RAIN -- A Tribute To The Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, Rain will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular in addition to recreating all your early favorites!" Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm and 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Wylcef Jean at Putnam Place
With: Jazzy Amra, Culture crew, Beards, Victory Soul Orchestra, Decora, DJ Trumastr. 9 pm -- $40 ahead / $48 day of

Friday: Future Generations at The Low Beat
Indie pop. With: The Undercover Dream Lovers, Imaginary Friends. 7:30 pm -- $10

Friday: Moondance at The Linda
"The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert." 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Montgomery Gentry at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: The Kyle Bourgault Band. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: The Duke Robillard Band at The Upper Room
Rock and blues. 8 pm -- $28

Friday: Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray at Old Songs
Fiddlers. 7:30 pm -- $23

Friday: Shannon McNally at Helsinki Hudson
Americana. 9 pm -- $15

Saturday: Del & Dawg at The Egg
Del McCoury & David Grisman. 8 pm -- $41.25 and up

Saturday: Cedar Green + Riviera at The Low Beat
Pop rock + pop punk. With: American Runaways, Parallel. 7 pm

Saturday: Lord Electro at The Hollow
Jam. 8 pm -- $12

Sunday: West Point Concert Band at The Egg
"The concert pays homage to the way Sousa's own band played concerts, highlighting masterworks, soloists, and a multitude of marches for military band." 2 pm -- free

Sunday: Albany Pro Musica: Broadway! at Troy Music Hall
"Back by popular demand, Albany Pro Musica and Pro Musica Pops present tour de force performances of some all-time favorite Broadway tunes." 3 pm -- $25 and $35

Sunday: Insane Clown Posse x Attila
With: Sylar, Cage, Lil Toenail, Lyte & Ouija. 6:30 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Sunday: Jocelyn and Chris Arndt at Caffe Lena
Blues rock. 7 pm -- $18

Sunday: Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Union College
Classical pianist. 3 pm -- $30

Sunday: Young Culture at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Pop punk. With: View Points. 8 pm -- $10

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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