The week ahead

Moriah Formica The Voice 2017

Moriah Formica plays the 518 Songfest later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very May), to votes, to the Adirondacks, to history, to watercolors, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun, mid 70s.
Tuesday: Maybe rain, mid 70s.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe afternoon rain, mid 70s.
Thursday: Sun, upper 70s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Upper 60s.

Very May.

School district votes

Tuesday is the day for school board and school budget votes (library budget votes, too). Don't know where to vote? Check with your school district's website.

Monday: The League of Women Voters ?of Albany County is hosting a forum at Myers Middle School with the four candidates for Albany school board. Monday 7 pm

Arts and sciences

Adirdondack Week
Union College's Kelly Adirondack Center has a week of events focused on the Adirondacks, including a panel discussion about 46ers (Monday) and a screening of the documentary The 46ers with an intro from the filmmaker (Tuesday).

The Women of the Schuyler Mansion
Tuesday: The Schuyler Mansion opens for the season this week, and the historic site's Jess Serflippi will be talking about the daughters of Philip Schuyler. "The 'Schuyler Sisters' have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five Schuyler sisters? Jess Serflippi, Schuyler Mansion Site Interpreter, will present an in depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their family's history." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- free

"Healthcare at the tipping point"
Tuesday: The Bethany Presbyterian Church in Menands will be hosting a screening of the documentary Fix It: Healthcare At The Tipping. Local doctor David Ray -- chair of the Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare and the Physicians for a National Health Program Capital District -- will be leading a discussion following the screening. Tuesday 7 pm

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

Slavery in New York
Thursday: The Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany is hosting about the history of slavery and farms in New York State. "Usually considered a Southern issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. [Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites Travis] Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys." Thursday 6:30 pm -- $5 suggested donation

RPI Commencement Colloquy
Friday: RPI's commencement events this year will again include a colloquy -- a conversation -- with the people getting honorary degrees. This year's group: jazz great Herbie Hancock; Mary Jo White, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Alicia Boler Davis, executive vice president of General Motors Global Manufacturing and an RPI alum. They'll be talking on stage with RPI president Shirley Ann Jackson. Friday 3:30 pm at EMPAC -- free (registration required)

Urban Watercolors & Cosmos

Tuesday: The Social Media series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region has a "Urban Watercolors & Cosmos" evening. "Take painting out into the world. Sit in monument square and enjoy the metropolis that is Troy while learning how to paint this vibrant city with watercolor paints." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- $40

Workforce Team Challenge

Thursday: The CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge race returns to Albany. (Registration is already at capacity.) The 3.5-mile route starts at the State Museum, heads up Madison into Washington Park, and then returns to the State Museum. So keep an eye out for road closures and parking restrictions. The race starts at 6:25 pm.


This upcoming weekend will be a big weekend for local plant sales.

The St. Anne Institute in Albany gets things started on Friday with its annual sale of plants grown by its work experience program students. It's at the St. Anne greenhouse at 160 North Main Ave. Friday 8:30 am-5:30 pm


Tuesday: Magic Giant at The Hollow
Indie folk rock/pop. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Tuesday: Rochmon Record Club: The Doors' "The Doors" at Caffe Lena
"A Rochmon Record Club Listening Party is meant to inform and deepen our understanding of the history of the individual performers, and the songs and the stories that went into the making each carefully selected iconic album." 7 pm -- $8

Thursday: Remember Jones presents 808s & Heartbreak at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
"A 10th anniversary LIVE celebration and revival of the entire KANYE WEST album starring soul sensation Remember Jones + 25-piece orchestra band plus an opening set of super-soul originals from Remember Jones." 8:30 pm --$15 ahead / $20 day of

Thursday: Montgomery Gentry at Upstate Concert Hall
Postponed from March. With: Halfway to Hazard, The Kyle Bourgault Band. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Thursday: Slaid Cleaves at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 7 pm -- $24

Thursday: Useless Cans at The Low Beat
EP release show. With: Hospital Corners, Belle-Skinner. 8 pm

Thursday: Keep Flying at Pauly's
Pop punk. With: El Modernist, Lame. 8 pm -- $7

Thursday: Kiefer Sutherland at The Egg
Yep, that Kiefer Sutherland. 7:30 pm -- $34.50

Friday: 518 Songfest at The Egg
This year's lineup: Moriah Formica, Super 400 (playing an acoustic set), singer/songwriter Sydney Worthley, Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique, and Grammy award-winning songwriter Julie Gold. 7 pm -- $9.77 and up

Friday: The Figgs at The Low Beat
Thrash for McGrath. 8 pm

Friday: Stephen Clair and The Pushbacks at The Linda
Rock. 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 at door

Friday: Mihali Savoulidis at The Hollow
From Twiddle. With: Girl Blue. 8 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 at door

Friday: Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals at Putnam Place
Jam, Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Vilray at Caffe Lena
"Vilray's unique take on the Tin Pan Alley style is gaining wide acclaim." 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Albany Symphony at The Palace
Gershwin Immersion. 7:30 pm -- $19 and up

Saturday: Blackberry Smoke at Upstate Concert Hall
Southern rock. With: Brother Hawk. 8 pm -- $29.50 ahead / $32 day of

Saturday: Rory Block at Caffe Lena
Blues. 8 pm -- $35

Saturday: Matthew Logan Vasquez at Helsinki Hudson
Former frontman of Delta Spirit. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: LAtoQC at Old Songs
"Veteran fiddlers David Greely (Louisiana) and Claude Méthé (Québec) invite you to connect the dots between their two vibrant traditions." 7:30 pm -- $23 ahead / $25 at door

Sunday: Justin Townes Earle at The Egg
Americana singer/songwriter. With: Lilly Hiatt. 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Sunday: Geoff Muldaur at Caffe Lena
Folk/blues. 7 pm -- $25

To do list

1. This time of year there's usually a little bit of lull before things really start up for the summer season. So it's a good time to nail down summer plans or just make an informal list of the fun things you want to do this summer.

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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