The week ahead

the band Superorganism

Superorganism headlines PearlPalooza later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (return to summer), to restaurant and beer week, to primaries, to dance, to design, to music festivals...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Rain, maybe a lot. 65.
Tuesday:Probably more rain. Around 80.
Wednesday: Sunny and 80.
Thursday: Some sun and 81.
Friday: Some sun and 82.

Return to summer.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish religious new year and the start of the High Holy Days -- starts at sunset Sunday and continues until sundown on Tuesday. The High Holy Days conclude with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar, which begins this year at sunset on September 18.

Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week

Monday-Sunday: It's Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week. Restaurants around downtown Troy will be offering specials and there will be beer-focused events at many places.

Primary day

Thursday is New York's primary day for state elections. Of course, the headline primary this time around is the Democratic primary for governor. But there's also a Democratic primary to fill what will be an open state Attorney General seat, as well as handful of primaries for other offices. Don't know what's on your ballot or where to vote? Check with your county board of election website or the state Board of Election.

Arts and sciences

Listening Creates an Opening
Wednesday-Saturday: The Mary Armentrout Dance Theater will be at EMPAC for a work called Listening Creates an Opening. It "focuses on how various types of technology impact our physical experience of moving through the world. By inviting the audience to move with the performers through a variety of environments, the performance explores what types of histories and contexts reveal themselves from a consciously embodied perspective." Wednesday-Saturday 5:30 pm -- $18 / $13 students and seniors

Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks
Wednesday: Alice Green -- one of this year's Albany Public Library Literary Legends -- will beat the Washington Ave Branch "as she recalls childhood memories of life in the Adirondacks and her father's work in the local mining industry. She'll also talk about the historical presence of African Americans in the region." Wednesday 6 pm -- free

Corning Riverfront Bike Tour
Wednesday: The LocalXDesign series has a bike tour of Corning Riverfront Park. "This month we are taking you on a 3 mile bike adventure along the Hudson River. Join us for a public tour of the Corning Riverfront and learn how the experience of the park has changed overtime." (You can also sign up ahead of time to note you'd like to ride one of the CDTA bike share bikes.) Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free, registration requested

John Leland: Happiness Is a Choice You Make
Thursday: Journalist John Leland will be at UAlbany for a craft talk about this book Happiness Is a Choice You Make as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. (A talk earlier in the day about the book is already full.) Thursday 4:15 pm, Alumni House Conference Room, uptown campus -- free

The Great Fire of 1848
Thursday: Albany city historian Tony Opalka, Paul Grondahl, and Lt. Tim Blaney and Lt. Bill Tobler (retired) of the Albany Fire Department will lead a Historic Albany Foundation walking tour of the "burnt district" from Albany's Great Fire of 1848. A reception with a display about AFD history will follow at 48 Hudson. Thursday 5:30 pm -- $25

In the last Days of the City
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute will be showing In the Last Days of The City in Page Hall on the downtown UAlbany campus with commentary by writer/director Tamer El Said. "This film within a film is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke." Friday 7 pm -- free

Music festivals

Looking ahead to a big weekend for music festivals weekend...

Saturday: PearlPalooza -- the annual day of music on Pearl Street in downtown Albany organized by WEQX -- returns. This year's lineup: Superorganism, Caroline Rose, The Greeting Committee, Kitten, Good Fiction, and El Modernist. There's also yoga in the morning and a cornhole tournament. Saturday 11 am-8 pm -- free admission

Basilica Soundscape
Friday-Sunday: Basilica Hudson again hosts Basilica Soundscape, a music and art festival. This year's music lineup includes Grouper, Lightning Bolt, Haxan Cloak x Nick Zinner, and many others. (Sunday is a day of free events with art, music, and food.) Friday-Sunday various times -- $40 day music pass / $75 weekend pass

Fresh Grass
Friday-Sunday: The alt-country/folk/bluegrass festival Fresh Grass is back at MASS MoCA. This year's lineup includes Flogging Molly, Trampled By Turtles, Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddens, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, and many others. Friday-Sunday various times -- adults day passes $49 and up / adult festival passes $119


Tuesday-Wednesday: Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Caffe Lena
"Although the Quartets style is rooted in straight-ahead jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music." 7 pm each night -- $45

Wednesday: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes at the ESP
"The 4-piece ensemble's performance will feature straight ahead jazz standards, Latin-American songs, and original material." 5:30 pm -- free

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

Thursday: Real Estate at Helsinki Hudson
Indie rock. With: Wet Tuna. 8 pm -- $38

Thursday: Jonathan Edwards at Caffe Lena
Folk singer. 7 pm -- $28

Friday: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at SPAC
Was part of a somewhat famous music group in the past. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: The Skatalites at The Linda
"The Skatalites are Jamaica's premier ska band since 1964 who backed artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day." 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Friday: John Pizzarelli Trio featuring Catherine Russell at The Egg
"The world-class jazz guitarist and singer of standards John Pizzarelli joins forces with jazz vocalist Catherine Russell in a program entitled 'Billy and Blue Eyes' - a tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra." 8 pm -- $39.50

Friday: Hot Club of Saratoga at Brown's Walloomsac Taproom
"Saratoga/Capital Region's premier gypsy swing ensemble." 6:30 pm

Friday: Harpeth Rising at Caffe Lena
"Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe." With: David Huckfelt. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: The Dead Boys show at The Low Beat is sold out.

Saturday: Wyclef Jean at Putnam Place
From The Fugees. With: Jazzy Amra, Sophistafunk. 8 pm -- $40 ahead / $47 day of

Saturday: Kid Rock + Brantley Gilbert at SPAC
"Red Blooded RocknRoll Redneck Extravaganza." With: Wheeler Walker, Jr. 6:30 pm -- $24 and up

Saturday: Stellar Young at The Hollow
PearlPalooza after party. 9 pm -- $10

Sunday: Holly Bowling at Cohoes Music Hall
Classically-trained pianist "who infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style." 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Sunday: Che Apalache at Caffe Lena
"Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States." 7 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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photo via Superorganism Facebook


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