The week ahead

On Your Feet touring production credit Matthew Murphy

A touring production of On Your Feet is at Proctors this week. / photo: Matthew Murphy

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summer), to Memorial Day, to the stage, to crafts, to history, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Some sun, upper 70s.
Tuesday: Sunny, 85.
Wednesday: Sunny, 82.
Thursday: Some sun, maybe some afternoon rain. Upper 70s.
Friday: Clouds, maybe some rain, low 80s.


Memorial Day

It's Monday, as you know, as a result some things will be closed. (Check before you head out.) It's a federal holiday dedicated to remembering people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

On Your Feet!

Wednesday-Sunday: A touring production of the musical On Your Feet! is at Proctors. It's about Emilio and Gloria Estefan. "From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet." Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up


Tuesday: Proctors is screening the National Theatre Live production of Macbeth. Tuesday 2 pma and 7 pm -- $15

The documentary RBG -- about Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- is playing at The Spectrum. It's gotten good reviews.


Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
Tuesday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip is back at The Low Beat in Albany. "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

Craft + Draft
Wednesday: Collar City Candle's Craft + Draft series is at Nine Pin Cider in Albany. "Choose from over 25 scents and we'll help you design & create a one of a kind candle to take home. The process is fairly quick so feel free to come at any time after 5..." Wednesday 5-8 pm -- $15

Science on Tap

Tuesday: The Science on Tap series will be at The Ruck in Troy. The Tech Valley Game Space will have hands-on demonstrations about how to build video games. Tuesday 7 pm

Peter F. Baltimore

Wednesday: The Rensselaer County Historical Society is celebrating its acquisition of a 19th century of watercolor portrait of Troy resident Peter F. Baltimore. "Baltimore was a prominent member of an important free black family who came to Troy in the late 18th-early 19th century. Baltimore's family worked as key members of the community, particularly in the area of abolition. Peter himself worked as a barber and his barbershop was a documented part of the local Underground Railroad system." Wednesday 7 pm -- RSVP


Thursday: WAMC is hosting a debate at The Linda with the Democratic challengers for the 19th Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican John Faso. Thursday 1 pm -- registration required


The annual Capital Pride celebration is gaining momentum with events this week and next. There's a Pride kick-off barbecue at the Washington Park Lakehouse this Thursday. And the big Pride weekend is not this weekend but the weekend after -- with the Black and Latino Gray Pride celebration on Saturday and the Capital Pride parade and festival that Sunday.

American Music Festival

Thursday-Sunday: The Albany Symphony's annual American Music Festival has multiple events in Troy. Festival blurbage:

Hear more than 25 new works by 18 American composers, including 14 stunning world premieres by today's best composers. American master, David Del Tredici returns to the Albany Symphony for a performance of "Adventures Underground," one of his most famous works inspired by the literary classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and Water Music NY composer Loren Loiacono premieres a brand new Piano Concerto with the Albany Symphony on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

An all-festival pass is $99. But the cap to the festival is a free Albany Symphony concert in Troy's Riverfront Park on Sunday that starts at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday: The Security Project at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
"The timeless music of Peter Gabriel and beyond." 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Thursday: Séan McCann at Caffe Lena
From Great Big Sea. 7 pm -- $18

Thursday: Radiator King, Tears of Joy, Abbey McGrath at Pauly's
Punk blues + indie + singer/songwriter. 8:30 pm -- $7

Friday: The Sea The Sea at The Hollow
Indie folk pop. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: Brick + Mortar, The Unlikely Candidates at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Indie rock. 7 pm -- $15

Friday: Lara Hope and The Ark Tones
Rockabilly/roots. (Free dance lesson at 7 pm.) 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Marcia Ball at The Upper Room
"Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-­?Mex flavored zydeco..." 7 pm -- $30 and up

Saturday: Start Making Sense at Cohoes Music Hall
Talking Heads tribute. 8 pm -- $22

Sunday: Festival of Young Artists at SPAC
Featuring Empire State Youth Orchestra, Northeast Ballet Company, and the Capital District Youth Chorale. 2 pm -- free (registration required)

Sunday: The Suitcase Junket at Caffe Lena
One-man band. 7 pm -- $22

To do list

1. June starts Friday. It is time for all the summer things. This is not a drill.

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!


Super Dark Thursday at the River St Pub in Troy has a wild lineup for the 31st,
featuring Brooklyn-based Nighttime, a beautiful and haunting female vocalist accompanying herself with looped guitar and violin. Also up are Ukulele Hayley, a sweet young lass sharing some acoustic empathy, plus a swing toward the sleazy and demented with local un-favorites Moon Worship and raw W. Mass punk from Chemical Bags. Hell of a ride, all for free, 9:30pm this Thursday.

For anyone interested in the upcoming Belmont, and Justify's try for the triple crown, Tom Durkin will be speaking at the National Racing Museum at 7pm Thursday 5/31. From the website:

Legendary thoroughbred racing personality Tom Durkin, who called 25 editions of the Belmont Stakes from 1990 through 2014 for the New York Racing Association, will discuss several of his favorite calls of the iconic race during a special program at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. The program is open to the public and free to attend. Retired jockey and Capital OTB racing analyst Jeff Carle will serve as the program moderator.

Date: May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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