The week ahead

Youtube star Tyler Oakley

YouTube star and LGBTQ+ activist Tyler Oakley will be at UAlbany this week. / photo: Luke Fontana

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (springy), to basketball, to ballet, to all sorts of talks, to holidays, to music...



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


NCAA basketball tournament

Monday: The NCAA women's basketball tournament regional is at the TU Center. UConn -- ranked #1 overall -- will take on South Carolina -- last year's champ, and ranked #7 this year -- for a spot in the Final Four. This is a high-level, marquee game. Monday 7 pm -- $21 and up / $12 and up kids and seniors


Bolshoi on film
Tuesday: Proctors is screening a filmed Bolshoi Ballet production of The Flames of Paris. Tuesday 2 pm and 6:30 pm -- $15

Swan Lake on stage
Thursday: The Moscow Festival Ballet will be at Proctors for a performance of Swan Lake. "A company of 50 dancers, direct from Moscow, performs the tale of a beautiful woman doomed to be a swan in this opulent production set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score." Thursday 8 pm -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

"Women and Leadership: Equipping the Next Generation for Success"
Monday: The annual William Randolph Hearst Lecture at Saint Rose has a panel discussion -- "Women and Leadership: Equipping the Next Generation for Success" -- with Denise Gonick, CEO of MVP Health Care; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of RPI; and Elizabeth Miller, president of Miller Mechanical. Monday 7:30 pm, Lally School of Education -- free

Monday: Vice Media chief strategic officer Spencer Baim will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "Branding in the Bardo: What it means to be a brand today." Monday 5:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Tyler Oakley
Tuesday: YouTuber/LGBTQ+ activist Tyler Oakley will be at UAlbany's SEFCU Arena for a talk as part of the university's speaker series. "With more than 7.5 million subscribers on YouTube and 23 million across his social media platforms, Oakley has been established as one of the nation's most influential LGBTQ+ vloggers. Among his many accomplishments, Oakley has been a consultant for President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama on using digital platforms to connect with youth; raised more than $1 million for The Trevor Project; and has been nominated - and won - numerous awards." Tuesday 7:30 pm -- free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required

Mystery, science, and crime
Tuesday: The NYS Writers Institute has a conversation -- "Corpses, Blow Flies, and Post-Mortem Forensics" -- between bestselling mystery author Archer Mayor and UAlbany chemist Rabi Musah. Mayor is the author of the Joe Gunther detective series, and Musah "is pioneering a process to pinpoint a corpse's time-of-death based on a chemical analysis of blow fly eggs." Tuesday 7:30 pm, Life Sciences Research Building D'Ambra Auditorium -- free

Kate Stoneman Day
Tuesday: Albany Law's annual Kate Stoneman Day has Emory University law professor Martha Albertson Fineman as its keynote speaker. "An internationally recognized law and society scholar, Fineman is a leading authority on vulnerability theory and feminist jurisprudence." Tuesday 5 pm, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom -- free (registration required)

Here's more on the life of Kate Stoneman, and Albany resident who became the first woman admitted to practice law in New York State.

Making Democracy Work: The First Amendment
Tuesday: The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County "Making Democracy Work" series continues at Skidmore with an event focused on the First Amendment featuring Justin Harrison, an attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union. Tuesday 6:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Wealth inequality
Tuesday: The Conversations to Build An Inclusive Community series at Caffe Lena has an evening of conversation about wealth inequality featuring Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Amani Olugbala of Soul Fire Farm, and Bonnie Nelson of CAPTAIN Community Human Services. Tuesday 6:30 music, 7 pm discussion -- free

Garth Fagan
Wednesday: The Creative Life series at UAlbany has Lion King choreographer -- and Tony winner -- Garth Fagan at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. He'll be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue and answering questions from the audience. Wednesday 7 pm -- free

Alison Gaylin
Wednesday: Author Alison Gaylin will be at Hattie's in Saratoga Springs for a lunch event organized by Northshire Bookstore. Gaylin will be talking about her new novel If I Die Tonight. Tickets include a buffet lunch and copy of the book. Wednesday at noon -- $37 / $54 for two people and one book

Race and power
Thursday: Villanova sociologist Glenn Bracey will be at Skidmore for a talk about racial integration. "Not only is racial integration rare in practice; Dr. Bracey argues our theoretical understanding of what constitutes 'integration' is misguided. Drawing on ethnographic research in predominantly white institutions, Bracey explores how experiential and metaphysical segregation is sustained even when people of color enter formerly all-white organizations. Ultimately, Dr. Bracey goes beyond tackling questions about why integration has proven so difficult; he urges us to be far bolder in our pursuit of racial justice." Thursday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Thursday: Albany Poets has an event at The Low Beat -- Getting Down to Brass Tacks -- "an evening of poetry, spoken word, and stories featuring the first team from Albany to ever compete at the National Poetry Slam." Thursday 7 pm


Ulysses Jenkins
Monday: The Other Uses series at EMPAC is featuring the work of Ulysses Jenkins, "whose videos examine television's power to shape current events and historical episodes." Monday 7 pm -- $6

Point and Shoot
Tuesday: The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is screening the documentary Point and Shoot. "Matt VanDyke was a recent grad with a love of videogames and action movies when he decided to embark on a 'crash course in manhood.' As VanDyke worked to reshape himself, he also helped create a stunning portrait of how the ever-present cameras in our 'selfie society' not only record our lives, but also craft who we become." Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free


Wednesday: The UAlbany men's lacrosse team -- undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation -- takes on Harvard at Casey Stadium. The Great Danes play fast and score and tend to score a lot of goals. 7 pm -- $10 and up

Passover and Easter

Looking ahead to the weekend...

Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, begins at sundown on Friday and runs through April 7.

Easter, the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, is this Sunday. Good Friday, which is commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, is Friday. Christmas gets the hype, but Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian religious calendar.


Wednesday: Celtic Woman at Proctors
"Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage." 7 pm -- $55 and up

Wednesday: Robin Trower at The Egg
Blues-rock guitarist. With: Sly Fox and The Huslters. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Wednesday: KAYZO at Upstate Concert Hall
DJ. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Thursday: The McKrells at Caffe Lena
Celtic. 7 pm -- $20

Friday: Mike Doughty at The Linda
Performing "Soul Coughing's legendary album Irresistible Bliss in its entirety alongside a rotating selection of songs spanning Mike's entire career." (It's the album with "Super Bon Bon.") 9 pm -- $20

Friday: The Gangstagrass show at Caffe Lena is sold out

Friday: Dark Honey + Stellar Young at The Hollow
With: Summer Legs. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Ryan Montbleau Band at Putnam Place
Singer/songwriter with full band. With: Goose. 9 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Mickey Avalon at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rap. With: Dirt Nasty. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: The Sylvan Esso show at MASS MoCA is sold out (and has been for a long time)

Saturday: The Revelers at Helsinki Hudson
Grammy-nominated "swamp-pop." 9 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Maswick & Brown at Caffe Lena
Folk pop. 8 pm -- $20

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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