The week ahead

the band The Infamous Stringdusters

The Grammy-winning Infamous Stringdusters are the music headliners for the Hops and Harvest Festival at the ESP Wednesday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sun and rain), to holy days, to stories, to authors, to woodworking, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun during the day, rain in the evening. 82.
Tuesday: Lots of rain, maybe 1-2 inches. Upper 70s.
Wednesday: Sunny and 75.
Thursday: Sun and low 70s.
Friday: Some sun, maybe some rain, upper 70s.

That rain Tuesday is expected remnants of Florence.

Yom Kippur

The Jewish High Holy Days conclude with Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset on Tuesday and ends at nightfall on Wednesday. It is the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar.


Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Gettin' Schooled." Monday 7:30 pm

Arts and sciences

Amy Siskind
Monday: Amy Siskind will be at Skidmore to talk about her book The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year, an even organized by Northshire. "The book is based on the viral Internet phenom 'The Weekly List.' In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline: 'Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember.'" Monday 8 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

UAlbany downtown campus walkabout
Wednesday: Historic Albany Foundaton's Walkabout Wednesday series as a walking history/architecture tour of the downtown UAlbany campus with city historian Tony Opalka and Kim Alvarez of Landmark Consulting. Wedensday 5:30 pm -- $10 (reservation required)

Creating Time Through Design
Thursday: University of Texas-Austin professor Dawna Ballard will be at EMPAC for a talk about communication, design, and time. "Dawna Ballard presents a talk on 'chronemics,' the study of the relationship between time and human communication. Ballard's research focuses on how communication affects communities, organizations, and individuals. Her work explores the history and context of work-life balance in our contemporary 'always-on,' information-overloaded, 24/7 multitasking culture. Particular to EMPAC, Ballard will explore a new perspective of chronemics in relation to time-based arts." Thursday 7 pm -- free

Sean Penn
Friday: Sean Penn will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be talking his novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, "the tale of an 'odd job man' who kills off the weak and the sick as part of a secret contract with the government." Friday 7:30 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Hops and Harvest Festival

Wednesday: The Hops and Harvest Festival will be at The Empire State Plaza. The event "features the best of fall in Upstate New York with activities like a pie eating contest, hops demonstration, food vendors, music, and more!" The music lineup includes The Infamous Stringdusters -- winners of the 2018 Grammy for best bluegrass album -- along with The Lonely Heartstring Band, and Honeysuckle. Wednesday 5-9 pm -- free admission

Sip & Saw

Tuesday: The "Social Media" drinks-and-crafts series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region has a "Sip & Saw" night. "Sip some cocktails while creating a piece of functional art in our woodworking studio. Using re-purposed barn wood, we'll construct a rustic yet elegant shelf for your home." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- $50

Looking ahead to the weekend

A heads up that LarkFest is this Saturday.


Monday-Tuesday: The Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary Concert featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & Marty Stuart shows at The Egg are sold out.

Wednesday: Rooney at The Hollow
Alt rock. With: Mating Ritual. 9 pm -- $18

Wednesday: Bear Tooth at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Knocked Loose, Sylar.

Wednesday: Bear Grass at The Linda
With: Thelma, gobbinjr, Nxnes x Pink Nois. 7 pm -- $10

Wednesday: Moonwalker at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
With: The Color Blue, LAME, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 6 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of

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

Thursday: Ani DiFranco at The Egg
Now on her 20th studio album. With: Peter Mulvey. 8 pm -- $35

Thursday: Popa Chubby at Caffe Lena
Blues guitarist. 7 pm -- $25

Friday: The Hosanna Experience 2018 at The Egg
"The Hosanna Experience 2018 is a Gospel Worship Concert." 6 pm -- free

Friday: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Troy Music Hall
"One of the world's foremost chamber orchestras, Orpheus has recorded 71 albums, including the Grammy-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and has commissioned and premiered 42 original works." 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: Nell & Jim Band at The Linda
"Beloved Bay Area bluegrass stars." 8 pm -- $20

Friday: MIRK at The Hollow
Album release party. With: The Northway, D3V, Bad Mothers, Kory Alexander. 9 pm -- $15

Saturday: Oro Solido at Hispanic Heritage Celebration at ESP
Also: Charlie Cruz, Cynthia, and DJ Boy Boy. 5:30 pm -- free

Saturday: Black Uhuru at Helsinki Hudson
Reggae. 9 pm -- $28

Saturday: Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis at The Linda
"Wild! Wild! Wild!, the new collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock-and-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, gleefully lives up to its title. It's Americana music that's as butt-shakin' as Beale Street, deep-rooted as the Grand Ole Opry, and hip as a trip to The Strip." 8 pm -- $18

Saturday: Ryan Montbleau Band at Putnam Place
With: The Big Takeover. 9 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 day of

Saturday: Ímar at Old Songs
"A five piece ensemble with a strong shared background in Irish music." 7:30 pm -- $25 / $5 kids

Sunday: Outlaw Music Festival starring Willie Nelson & Neil Young at SPAC
Also: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and others. 2:30 pm -- $45 and up

Sunday: Celtic Thunder X at The Palace
"Celtic Thunder has become one of public television's largest draws." 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Sunday: Escape The Fate at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Famous Last Words, Picturesque, Set to Stun. 6:30 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 day of

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 Infamous Stringdusters Facebook


"Sip and Saw" sounds like it could turn into "Snip and Sew".

Or "Rip and Suture." I know my accuracy with a table saw increases when I drink alcohol. And talk about getting hammered.

Great lineup at The Cohoes Music Hall

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