The week ahead

nathaniel rateliff the night sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be at Brewery Ommegang this week with The Head and the Heart. / photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (spring redux), to the stage, to trivia, to ballet, to authors, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Rain the first half, then showers in afternoon. Highs around 60.
Tuesday: Probably more rain, Low 60s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Low 60s.
Thursday: Sunny and 72.
Friday: Some sun, mid 70s.

Spring redux.

Next Act!

Monday: The NEXT ACT! New Play Summit wraps up with Tira Palmquist's The Way North at The Rep in Albany. Play blurbage:

On a cold winter night in Northern Minnesota, a mysterious traveler - completely unsuited to hiking and the climate - stumbles onto former Sheriff Freddy Hansen's property. Now a wilderness expert and trekking guide, Hansen knows how to keep people alive and quickly goes to work to save the young woman's life, in doing so Hansen discovers not one, but two important facts about her. She's a Sudanese Refugee attempting to cross the border into Canada, and she's seven months pregnant. Hansen is forced to choose between what's lawful and what's right, to find the way north again.

Next Act is focused on the development of new works and the opportunity to share them. Monday 7:30 pm -- $10 / $5 students

Tri-County Trivia

Tuesday: The historical societies of Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties are teaming up for a Tri-County Trivia tournament at Zaloga American Legion Post on Everett Road. The questions will touch on the histories of all three counties, along with more general New York State and United States history. Also: a few pop culture bonus questions. There will prizes, along with a cash bar and food. Teams can include up to six people. Tuesday 6:30 pm -- $25 per person / $125 per team

National Ballet of Cuba

Wednesday-Friday: The National Ballet of Cuba will be at SPAC for three performances of Giselle. "Based on a fairy tale about a peasant girl who falls in love with a dashing prince disguised as a commoner, Giselle follows its heroine through a haunting story of betrayal, heartbreak, forgiveness and redemption." Wednesday-Friday various times -- $30 and up

An Evening with the Authors

Thursday: The recipients of this year's Albany Public Library Foundation Literary Legends honor -- Alice Green and Frankie Bailey -- will be at the APL Washington Ave Branch for an evening-with-the-authors reception and talk. There will be wine and tea and coffee and dessert, and then the two authors/scholars will talk about their work, both collaborative and individual. Thursday 6 pm -- $25

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert series starts to swing this week...

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park opens its season with Moriah Formica and opener Margo Macero. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany's Corning Riverfront Park opens its season with Great White and Joe Mansman and the Midnight. (The rain location is the Corning Preserve Boat Launch at Colonie and Water streets.) Thursday 5 pm -- free admission


The annual Capital Pride celebration continues with events this week. The Black and Latino Gray Pride celebration is Saturday and the big Capital Pride parade and festival is Sunday.

Looking ahead to the weekend...

Art on Lark is this Saturday. Lark Street between Madison and Washington will be closed to vehicle traffic for the art street fair from 11 am-6 pm.


Tuesday: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + The Head and the Heart at Ommegang
Soul/blues/Americana + folk rock. With: Brent Cowles. 7 pm -- $45

Wednesday: Smile Empty Soul at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rock. With: Flaw, Eve to Adam. 7:30 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 at door

Wednesday: Io and Titan at Pauly's
"In his live set, Schlatter shows his mutli-instrumental genius and technical wizardry, dancing around the stage using a drum pad, guitar, wurlitzer, his voice and his laptop to recreate the dense musical landscape." With: Sinkcharmer, Bare Mattress. 8:30 pm -- $7

Thursday: Phil Vassar at The Egg
Country singer/songwriter. 7:30 pm -- $28 and up

Thursday: A Million Yellow Flowers at Pauly's
Indie rock. With: Fine Grain, Sean Jones. 8:30 pm -- $7

Friday-Sunday: Aleda Or The Flight Of The Suff Bird Women at Glenville Business & Technology Park
The Musicians of Ma'alwyck present a new one-act opera about early airplanes and women's suffrage. various times -- $25 / $10 students

Friday: Dance Gavin Dance at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: I See Stars, ERRA, Sinavar.

Friday: Black Pistol Fire at The Hollow
Rock. 9 pm -- $19

Friday: Tin Can Alley at Caffe Lena
"Kevin McKrell, Brian Melick, Michael Eck, Greg Haymes and Katie McKrell[ -- ]harks back to the first great folk scare of the 1940s." 8 pm -- $16

Saturday: Kendrick Lamar at SPAC
A strong claim to being the best rapper in the game in the right now. His album Damn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize this year, the first non-classical or non-jazz album to win the prize. With: Schoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SiR, Lance Skiiwalker, and Zacari. 7:30 pm -- $35

Saturday: The Albert Cummings show at the Massry Center is sold out.

Saturday: Gaelic Storm at The Egg
Celtic fusion. 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: The Parlor at The Hollow
They have a new album. With: Another Michael, Blue Ranger. 9 pm -- $10

Saturday: King Django
Ska. With: Cresente, Taran It Up & Company. 7:30 pm

To do list

1. Dream of fresh local strawberries. They'll be here soon.

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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