The week ahead

author Tara Westover photo Paul Stuart

Tara Westover will be talking about her bestselling memoir Educated at UAlbany this week as the part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writer series.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (still Septemberish), to the stage, to authors, to history, to tattoos, to films, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Probably some rain in the afternoon. Around 60.
Tuesday: Rain, maybe thunderstorms. Mid 70s.
Wednesday: Sunny and 71.
Thursday: Some sun, mid 70s.
Friday: Some sun, mid 70s.

More September than October.

Capitol Hauntings

Monday-Saturday: The popular Capitol Hauntings tours have started up for the season at the state Capitol. "The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling, ghostly tales might haunt you forever." Monday-Friday 1 pm and 5:30 pm / Saturday 1 pm -- free (but you must make a reservation and they fill up)

The Royale

Tuesday-Sunday: The Rep continues its production of The Royale. Show blurbage:

Jay "The Sport" Jackson needs one more win to become heavyweight champion of the world, but in the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America, his greatest opponent may not be in the ring. Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix's Daredevil, Orange is the New Black). This powerhouse of a play brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a man's place in history and packs a punch that will leave you breathless.

Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Science on Tap: Helen Rothenberg
Monday: Helen Rothberg -- author of The Perfect Mix: Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned as a Bartender -- will be at the Albany Pump Station for a joint Science on Tap / NYS Writers Institute discussion. (She'll also be on the UAlbany uptown campus at 4:15 pm for a craft talk.) Monday 7 pm -- free admission

Science on Tap: climate change
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series will be at Slidin' Dirty in Schenectady for a talk about figuring the change in climate change by Brian Rose, an assistant professor in UAlbany's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

Creative economy mixer
Wednesday: The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy has a mixer at the new Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts venue in Catskill. "Our event will include productive networking, exciting entertainment, a facility tour, food, beverage and a group discussion." Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration requested)

Tara Westover
Thursday: Tara Westover will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her bestselling memoir Educated. "Educated details Westover's experiences as the daughter of strictly Mormon anti-government survivalists on a remote mountain in Idaho that devoted its time and energy to preparing for the End of Days in the mountains of Idaho. ... When she grew older, seeking to escape a violent older brother, and lacking any formal education, Westover taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement." She'd go on to get a PhD in history. (She's also giving a craft talk at 4:15 pm on the uptown campus.) Thursday 7:30 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

The Bandleader Who Changed America
Thursday: The Egg is hosting a program about James Reese Europe, an influential jazz bandleader who also served with the Harlem Hellfighters during WWI (the same unit with which Henry Johnson served). Event blurbage:

Through the use of photos, film, and live music, this multimedia presentation will focus on the life and music of James Reese Europe (1880-1919), an extraordinary individual who was not only instrumental in the success of the Harlem Hellfighters, an African-American military regiment from New York that was dispatched to fight for France in World War I, but had a major influence in the development of jazz, swing, and contemporary dance music.

Thursday 6:30 pm -- free admission

Literary Local History Walk
Thursday: Maeve McEneny Johnson is leading a walking tour of Albany's literary history. "We'll admire the buildings, visit some Albany neighborhoods, but more importantly, Maeve will tell us the stories behind Albany's surprising literary history. Albany was the home to many literary legends, such as our own William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire." It's a collaboration between the Albany Institute and WMHT as part of the f Great American Read PBS. Wednesday 6 pm -- free

Tattoo Flash Art

Tuesday: The "Social Media" crafts-and-drinks series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region has tattoo design night. "Discover the art of classic tattoo design while sipping on a cocktail! You'll also have the opportunity to draw out your own design with the guidance of the professional tattoo artists from Albany's Curly Wolf Tattoo Club!" Tuesday 5:30 pm -- $40


Paws and Play Movie POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 9
Monday: There's a free, dog-friendly, outdoor screening of Frankenweenie at Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany. "Dogs are encouraged to attend this Halloween-themed movie night featuring Tim Burton's spooky animated 2012 film. Special "doggy bag" style dinners for both pups & people will be available for purchase from the The Olde English Pub so you can dine while you watch!" Monday 6 pm games and trivia, 7 pm film -- free admission

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
Tuesday: Proctors is the screening the new documentary John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection. "A documentary set at the final of the 1984 French Open between John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl at a time when McEnroe was the world's top-ranked player. " Tuesday 2 pm, 4:30 pm, 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students and seniors

Godzilla on Tap
Wednesday: The It Came from Schenectady series at Proctors is showing a surprise Godzilla film. It's in collaboration with Science on Tap and the the miSci Science Festival. Wednesday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students and seniors


Tuesday: Madeleine Peyroux at The Egg
"Madeleine continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity." 7:30 pm -- $39.50

Tuesday: Iration at Upstate Concert Hall
Reggae. With: Common Kings, Katastro. 7:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Tuesday: Justin Townes Earle at Caffe Lena
Americana. 5 pm and 8 pm -- $37

Thursday: The Decemberists at MASS MoCA
Rescheduled from June. 8 pm -- $45 ahead / $55 day of

Thursday: Alice Cooper at The Palace
"A paranormal evening with..." 8 pm -- $39.75 and up

Thursday: The Blue Stones at Browns Fall Sessions
Outdoor concert behind the brewery on the riverfront. With: The Late Shift. 5 pm -- free

Thursday: The Way Down Wanderers at Caffe Lena
Roots. 7 pm -- $20

Friday: The Australian Pink Floyd Show at The Palace
What is says on the label. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Friday: Shawn Holt and the Teardrops at The Linda
Blues. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: We Came as Romans at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Bad Omens, Ghost Chant. 8 pm -- $17.50 ahead / $20 day of

Saturday: Steven Page Trio at The Egg
Formerly of the Barenaked Ladies. With: Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding. 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Mamadou Kelly at The Linda
"With an encyclopedic knowledge of Mali's music, Kelly represents the link from great traditions to the new sophistication of Mali." 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Virtual Garden of Eden: Chris Cool Peeples at The Low Beat
With: Lord Ozymandias, Clarisse Harbour, Promise the Unbreakable, Andrew Wolfgang Williams. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: One King Down
Return for the hardcore punk band. With: All Our War, Wisdom in Chains, Downswing. Scavengers. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $24 day of

Saturday: Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher: The Final Tour at Caffe Lena
Folk. 4 pm and 8 pm -- $35

Saturday: Turkuaz at Putnam Place
Funk. With: Butcher Brown. 9:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Harold López-Nussa at MASS MoCA
Cuban jazz. 8 pm -- $26 ahead / $40 day of

Sunday: Dwight Yoakam at The Palace
Country star. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Sunday: Birds of Chicago at Caffe Lena
"Their rock and roll poetry, acapella spirituals, acoustic balladry and driving country rock is built on a blend of harmonious instruments that feature Nero's fractured country soul croon and Russell's silver and gold voice." 8 pm -- $25

Sunday: Horse Feathers at The Hangar
Indie folk. With: Lowland Hum. 7 pm -- $15


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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