The week ahead

author Elizabeth Acevedo

The NYS Writers Institute starts a new season of its visiting writers series with best-selling YA author -- and national poetry slam champ -- Elizabeth Acevedo. / photo via Elizabeth Acevedo Twitter

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (still summer), to authors, to pottery, to startups, to playoff baseball, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 90.
Tuesday: Sunny and 90.
Wednesday: Sunny and 91.
Thursday: Some sun, probably some thunderstorms. Upper 80s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. Upper 70s.

Still summer.

Labor Day

It's Monday, of course. The holiday sprang from the labor movement of the late 1800s to honor American workers. New York State was among the first states to recognize the holiday.

Arts and sciences

Social Media: Pottery
Tuesday: The "Social Media" crafts-and-drinks series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region starts up a new season with a pottery night. "Enjoy a drink with your friends, and then get your hands in the clay in the ceramics studio. Learning to throw on a potter's wheel takes practice, so for one night, just have fun trying! You'll create your own bowl then pick from two glazes to finish it. Our team of potters will fire your work for you and you can collect your piece at a later date." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- $50

Bibbe Hansen
Wednesday: The Creative Life series at UAlbany will have Bibbe Hansen -- "pop cultural icon, performance artist, musician, and actress known for her work with Andy Warhol" -- talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Wednesday 7 pm, University Art Museum -- free

Elizabeth Acevedo
Thursday: The NYS Writers Institute starts off its fall visiting writers series with Elizabeth Acevedo. "The daughter of Dominican immigrants, [Acevado] a National Poetry Slam Champion (2014) and author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel, The Poet X (2018), the story of an Afro-Latina teenager growing up in New York City. She confronts prejudice and sexual harassment while discovering her voice and her literary ambitions." Thursday 7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center uptown campus -- free

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series kicks off a new season with short presentations from four startup projects at Revolution Hall in Troy, including a marketplace for students, an IT company, a coworking space, and a drone/agriculture startup. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)


Later this week: The ValleyCats have are in line to probably be playing some playoff games at The Joe later this week. Keep an eye out Tuesday or later.

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Looking ahead to the weekend: The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival returns to Jennings Landing on Saturday. This year's headliner is Maurice "Mobetta" Brown. The lineup also includes Mike Stern, The Brighton Beat, Jeff "Siege" Siegel Sextet, and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. Saturday 1-9 pm -- free admission


Monday: The United States Army Field Band at SPAC
"The Musical Ambassadors of the Army." 2 pm -- free (registration required)

Tuesday: Chapel at The Hollow
Indie pop rock. 7:30 pm -- $12

Tuesday: Insect Ark + Pandiscordian Necrogenesis + Foisy-Hardiman at Pauly's
"Combining elements of horror-film soundtracks, psychedelic doom metal, and atmospheric noise" + metal noise + noise. 8:30 pm -- $7

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
Back for a September residency. 7 pm

Thursday: Paa Kow at The Linda
"[B]oldly explores the music of the African Diaspora by fusing Ghanaian highlife with elements of jazz, funk, and African pop to create his unique Afro-Fusion sound ..." 8 pm -- $15

Thursday: Les Poules à Colin at Caffe Lena
"An indie roots band that channels the old medieval ballads and sugarshack dance tunes of Québec, this band of young Francophone musicians was raised on folk music." 7 pm -- $18

Thursday: The Light Switches + Boat Dares + Lame Dude at Pauly's
Dream pop + accordion and drum + punky rock and roll. 8:30 pm -- $7

Friday: 888 at The Hollow
Electro pop. 9 pm -- $12

Friday-Saturday: The Gibson Brothers at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass stars. Friday 8 pm -- $35 | Saturday 3 pm -- $35

Saturday: Obituary at Upstate Concert Hall
Death metal. With: Emortus. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Nanda Lala: An Indian Dance and Music Spectacular at The Egg
"Nanda Lala is set to four styles of Indian music, six forms of Indian Classical dance, including Bharatanatyam, Kathak and folk; and songs in seven languages." 5 pm -- donation requested

Sunday: David Byrne at The Palace
The one and only. With: Tune-Yards. 7:30 pm -- $49.50 and up

Sunday: Duke Robillard Band at Caffe Lena
Blues/swing. 7 pm -- $30

To do list

1. Start thinking about orchards and apples...

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 Thursday.

Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!


The Front Parlor series is a week early in Troy this month. Happening Tuesday 9/4, theme is "Fall," 7:30 at the Ale House.

ExitDome 11 on Friday Sept. 7 at the WMHT/WEXT studios, 4 Global View, Troy NY. With Sean Rowe, Acoustic Super 400, Darling Valley, Sorrow Estate, Motorbike. Court Jester Troubadours Steve Candlen and Taylor Wing. Tickets via or call 1.800.272.6492

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