The week ahead

musician Andrew Bird playing violin in river

Andrew Bird starts off the week at The Egg. / photo: Reuben Cox

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (more winter), to basketball, to the stage, to dance, to talks, to art, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, maybe some snow in the morning. Low 40s.
Tuesday: Sun, low 40s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, probably snow, possibly moderate to heavy. Mid 30s.
Thursday: Cloudy, maybe some snow. Upper 30s.
Friday: Cloudy, mid 30s.

Winter extension.


Monday: The Times Union Center hosts the championship games for the MAAC men's and women's basketball tournaments. (The MAAC is Siena's conference.) The winners get a spot in the NCAA tournament. Monday, women's final 2:30 pm, men's final 9 pm -- $18.50 and up


The Humans
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway play The Humans will be at Proctors:

Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare.

It won the 2016 Tony for best play. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Dublin Irish Dance Company
Tuesday: The Dublin Irish Dance Company will be at The Egg. "Choreographers Ciarán Connolly and Alan Scariff unites world champion step dancers, with an accomplished band of Celtic musicians, to journey from rural Ireland to America where ancient Celtic melodies fuse with African rhythms, to create the foundation for tap dance and early roots music." Tuesday 7 pm -- $34

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Thursday-Sunday: The Park Playhouse production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues at the Cohoes Music Hall. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $25 / $15 kids

Thursday-Friday: Proctors will be screening the National Theatre production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Thursday 6:30 pm, Friday 1 pm -- $15

Arts and sciences

Nicole Eisenman
Monday: Artist Nicole Eisenman will be at The Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus for a talk about her work. "[Eisenman] has created a body of psychologically revealing work that includes installations, drawings, animations, and paintings. Her unique sense of humor permeates her work. Simultaneously playful, biting, and raunchy, she challenges cultural and social norms associated with gender and sexuality, popular culture, and the current art scene." Monday 5:30 pm -- free

Joachim Frank
Tuesday: Joachim Frank -- co-winner of the the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry -- will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Frank, a former UAlbany professor, is also a poet and fiction writer. Tuesday 7:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Tuesday: The Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks at the State Museum continues with museum geologist Chuck Ver Straeten talking about the challenges of sampling underground rock in the Catskills. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

The Business of Digital Games
Wednesday: The Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy hosting The Business of Digital Games: Understanding the Landscape of the Industry, an afternoon of talks and discussions about the industry. Reps from many of the games companies with local presences will be there. Wednesday 1-7 pm -- free, but pre-registration is recommended ($10 donation)

Wednesday: Photographer Frédéric Brenner will be at UAlbany as part of The Creative Life series. "A leader in the field of photography, Brenner conceived of and launched his most recent project This Place, in 2007, inviting eleven world-renowned photographers to join him in exploring Israel and the West Bank as place and metaphor." He'll be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Wednesday 7 pm, Performing Arts Center Recital Hall -- free

Startup Tech Valley
Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series is back at Revolution Hall in Troy with more quick presentations from startup companies, including projects focused on independence for seniors, clothing, and shoes. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
Wednesday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip returns to The Low Beat. "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..." Wednesday 6 pm -- $12 / $8 students

June Millington
Thursday: Musician/actor June Millington will be at HVCC for a talk about her autobiography. "June Millington, a Filipino American guitarist, songwriter, producer, educator and actress, may be best known as the lead guitarist for Fanny, the band she co-founded in 1970 and the first all-female rock band to release an album with a major label (Reprise)." Thursday 7 pm, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium -- free

Women of the Albany Institute
Thursday: The Albany Institute has a tour exploring stories of women at the museum. "We will highlight stories about the suffrage and anti-suffrage movements in Albany, female artists of the Hudson River School, and much more!" (There's free museum admission that day from 5-8 pm.) Thursday 6 pm -- free


Monday: Andrew Bird at The Egg
"Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter..." 7:30 pm -- $40

Monday: The Song Remains the Same at The Palace
Led Zeppelin concert film. 7 pm -- $5

Tuesday: Bombay Rickey at Troy Music Hall
"The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals." 7:30 pm -- $20

Tuesday: Aaron Carter at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Pop. 7 pm -- $15

Wednesday: Rebirth Brass Band at Putnam Place
Grammy-winning New Orleans brass band. With: Hot Club of Saratoga. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Wednesday: Motionless in White at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Every Time I Die, Like Moths To Flames, Ice Nine Kills. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Thursday: The Matt and Kim show at The Hollow is sold out.

Thursday: Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin at Troy Music Hall
Acoustic show. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Ellen Arkbro at EMPAC
"Ellen Arkbro is a musical alchemist whose work oscillates between the pop music of the '90s and the American minimalism of the '60s, while exploring microtonal realms that blur the standard tunings and harmonies of Western music." 7:30 pm -- $18

Thursday: InnVasion 2018: Benefit for Caffe Lena
More than 15 acts at the Union Gables Inn. 6:30 pm -- $60

Friday: Kung Fu at The Hollow
Funk. With: Wurliday. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Andrew Collins Trio
"The 7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mandolin maestro Andrew Collins is at the epicenter of Canada's burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene." 8 pm -- $18

Friday: Pete's Posse at Old Songs
"Vermont's own trad roots power trio..." 7:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $22 at door

Saturday: Albany Symphony at The Palace
A preview of the Kennedy Center performance. 7:30 -- $19 and up

Saturday: Eli Young Band at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Chelsea Sulkey Band. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Saturday: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at MASS MoCA
Post rock/experimental. With: Tashi Dorji. 8 pm -- $26 ahead / $33 day of

Saturday: Dumpstaphunk at Helsinki Hudson
Funk/jam. 9 pm -- $25

Saturday: Chip Taylor at Caffe Lena
"Known for writing chart hits like 'Wild Thing' and 'Angels in the Morning,' he has been deemed by Rolling Stone as 'one of America's finest songwriters as well as a masterful singer and performer.'" 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: Roots of Creation at The Hollow
Reggae rock. 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: Brian Dunne at The Linda
Singer/songwriter. With: Girl Blue. 8 pm -- $15

Saturday: Digital Future - Jake Lama, Jen Haley, Jonathan Capra, Jay Clark at Lost and Found
"Underground house and techno all night featuring some local old-school veterans!" Saturday 10 pm

Saturday: Crowder at Troy Music Hall
Contemporary Christian. 7 pm -- $25 / $20 students

Sunday: Mike Gordon at The Egg
From Phish. 8 pm -- $35

Sunday: Antje Duvekot at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 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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