The week ahead

The Rep The Royale photo by Douglas C. Liebig

This is the last week for The Royale at The Rep. / photo: Douglas C. Liebig

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (a bit more warmth), to spooky stories, to the stage, to fame, to film, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, maybe some rain. 66.
Tuesday: Cloudy, upper 70s.
Wednesday: Sunny and 78.
Thursday: Rain and low 70s.
Friday: Sun, maybe some rain. 60.

Septemberish for a few more days.


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)

Historic Haunted Pub Crawl
Thursday: Historic Albany Foundation, Ten Broeck Mansion, and The Original Albany Ghost Tour have joined up for a series of historic haunted pub crawls. It starts with a ghost tour of the Ten Broeck Mansion and then heads to a trio of downtown pubs with stories along the way. Thursday 5:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 7 pm -- $25


Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway show Anastasia will be at Proctors. "From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family." Tuesday-Sunday various times --

The Royale
Tuesday-Sunday: This is the last week for The Rep production of The Royale. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Brainfood for the Curious: Watkins Glen
Tuesday: The new season of the State Museum's lunchtime talks series -- Brainfood for the Curious -- opens with a talk about the history of auto racing at Watkins Glen. (Your welcome to bring your lunch.) Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Justine Bateman and the hijacking of reality
Tuesday: Actor/author/activist Justine Bateman will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her new book Fame: The Hijacking of Reality. (She'll also be doing a craft talk at 4:15 pm.) Tuesday 7:30 pm, uptown campus, Campus Center Ballroom -- free

Front Parlor
Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Shangri-La." Tuesday 7:30 pm -- free admission

Muslim Women in 21st Century America: Mona Haydar and Ibtihaj Muhammad
Wednesday: Rapper/poet/activist Mona Haydar and Olympic fencer/memoirist Ibtihaj Muhammad will be at UAlbany for a talk "Muslim Women in 21st Century America." "Mona is a Syrian American rapper, activist and artist whose debut song Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab) was named one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time by Billboard. A fencing champion, Ibtihaj became the first female Muslim-American athlete to win an Olympic medal. They share the stage to tell their stories." It's a collaboration between the NYS Writers Institute and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. (There's also a craft talk at 4:15 pm.) Wednesday 7:30 pm, uptown campus, Recital Hall -- free

An Evening with Local Writers
Thursday: HVCC will be hosting an evening with local writers reading and talking about their work: "This year's event is occurring on National Coming Out Day and will feature poet Sarah Giragosian (author of "Queer Fish," winner of the 2014 American Poetry Journal Book Prize), fiction writer Rone Shavers (multi-genre writer of Afro-Futurism, with work in the Los Angeles Reader and PANK Magazine), poet Jil Hanifan (author of "whethergirl: wind rose") and fiction writer Richard Hartshorn (Hudson Valley Community College instructor and recipient of the 2011 Bausch Short Story Prize)." Thursday 7 pm, Bulmer Telecommunications Center -- free

Evan Narcisse and Black Panther
Friday: Comic book author/cultural critic Evan Narcisse will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He co-authored a recent run of the comic book Black Panther with Ta-Nehisi Coates. And he'll be taking part in a conversation and Q&A following clips of the movie Black Panther. Friday 7:30 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free


Monday: Proctors will be screening Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., the new documentary about the musician and activist M.I.A. 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students and seniors

Paws and Play Movie (rescheduled from last week)
Tuesday: 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!" Tuesday 6 pm games and trivia, 7 pm film -- free admission

Silent Film Spectacular
Wednesday: The Albany Public Library opens its new Silent Film Spectacular season with a screening of George Melies' The Prolific Magic Egg (1903) and Sherlock Jr., starring Buster Keaton (1924). Psychedelic Snakeskin will perform the live score. Wednesday 7 pm, Washington Ave Branch -- free admission

Brought to Light
Thursday: The Albany Institute will be hosting a screening of Brought to Light: Unearthing the History of an African-American Cemetery in Kinderhook, NY. "This one-hour film tells the story of how a cleanup effort of stone markers in an overgrown field lead to the rediscovery of a forgotten, "slaves' cemetery" where hundreds of African Americans were buried during the 1800s." Thursday 6 pm -- free admission

Found Footage Festival
Thursday: The Found Footage Festival returns to Proctors. "Found Footage Festival hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) take audiences on a guided tour of their all-time favorite VHS finds. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found." Thursday 8 pm -- $15


Thursday-Saturday: EMPAC will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a multi-day series of events: concerts, dance, film, theater, talks. The celebration opens with a concert that will take place in each of EMPAC's performance spaces, and it ends with a 25-member ensemble performing work through a sonic dome surrounding the audience. Thursday-Saturday various times and prices


Monday: Wye Oak at Helsinki Hudson
Indie rock. 8 pm -- $25

Tuesday: Hayes Carll at Proctors
Folk/country singer/songwriter. 7:30 pm -- $30.50

Wednesday: Sona Jobarteh at Proctors
"Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. ... The Kora (a 21-stringed African harp) is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding peoples of West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau)." 7:30 pm -- $25

Wednesday: Darden Smith at The Linda
"Singer-songwriter Darden Smith will release his first book, "The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living)"... With a combination of songs, stories and images from the book, Smith will be performing a show that brings the tales to life." 8 pm -- $15

Wednesday: R&R Kickback with The Age at Albany Distilling
Happy hour + soul music. 7 pm -- $7

Thursday: The Moth & The Flame at Brown's Fall Sessions
Outdoor concert behind the brewery in Troy. With: The Parlor. 6 pm -- free admission

Friday: Ladama at Sanctuary for Independent Media
"Harnessing music from their respective countries of origin -Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States, the group utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments from across the Americas, but with a modern twist, to produce Latin Alternative music." 7 pm -- $20

Friday: Mississippi Heat at The Linda
"Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band." 8 pm -- $20

Friday: West End Blend at The Hollow
Funk/soul. With: The Age. 8 pm -- $12

Friday: The Feelies at Helsinki Hudson
Post punk. 9 pm -- $25

Friday: Ustad Shafaat Khan at Old Songs
"His unique concert presentations include Indian classical/folk music on Sitar, Tabla and vocal, Sufi inspired compositions, and a multi-cultural fusion ranging from western classical, jazz, and rock, to pop, flamenco, and African rhythms." 7:30 pm -- $25 / $5 kids

Saturday: Albany Symphony: Ride of the Valkyries at The Palace
Opening night of the new symphony season, featuring violinist Stefan Jackiw. 7 pm -- $19 and up

Saturday: Lea DeLaria at Massry Center
"This adored and outspoken actress (Orange Is the New Black's Big Boo), comedian, singer and gay icon combines side-splitting comedy with a velvety jazz voice and sassy stage presence, mingling choice jazz standards and jazzy covers of classic David Bowie tunes." 8 pm -- $40

Saturday: The Melissa Etheridge show at The Egg is sold out.

Saturday: Atmosphere at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop duo. With: Dem Atlas, The Lioness, DJ Keezy. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Bonnie "Prince" Billy at MASS MoCA
Folk rock. 8 pm -- $30 ahead / $40 day of

Saturday: Sun Natives at The Low Beat
Album-release show. With: Rechorduroys, Candy Ambulance. 8 pm

Saturday: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at Caffe Lena
"Roadhouse blues, roots rock and sweet ballads..." 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: The Plimsouls feat Cait O'Riordan at The Hangar
With: Trailer Park Moonlight, Smittix. 3 pm -- $10 ahead / $15 at door

Saturday: Strings in Harmony by Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan at The Egg
"The Mohan Brothers, Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan, are reviving the lost art of playing the duet of Sitar & Sarod." 7:30 pm -- $30 / $15 students

Sunday: Modest Mouse at The Palace
Looks like this show is close to being sold out. With: Tropical F*@k Storm. 8 pm -- $49.50

Sunday: Dark Tranquility & Amorphis at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum. 7 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Sunday: The Hot Tuna show at The Egg is sold out.

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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This is a great list! Thanks for publishing it. Hint hint: I would love to see such a list of events more often—not just for weekends—with cities for the venues. Some of us don't know where everything is.

Peter, you'll be happy to know this list is posted every Sunday and it covers events every day of the week.

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