The week ahead

the band Phish 2018 credit Brantley Gutierrez

Phish is at the TU Center for two shows this week. / photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (fall), to haunts, to stories, to all sorts of writers and thinkers, to film, to art, to chocolate, to music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, rain. Upper 50s.
Tuesday: Sun and mid 50s.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Low 50s.
Thursday: Sun and mid 40s.
Friday: Sun and upper 50s.

It really is fall.


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
Tuesday and 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. Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 7 pm -- $25

Arts and sciences

Appreciate | Appropriate
Monday: The Tang Museum's Accelerator series has a discussion titled "Appreciate | Appropriate":

In an age in which images, ideas, and sounds are widely accessible, the topic of cultural appropriation particularly within popular culture has become even more of a hot button issue. This conversation, moderated by Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier, will include the artist Renee Cox, whose work is in the Tang collection; Matthew Morrison, Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts who has written about race, music, and appropriation; and Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue Digital Fashion Editor, who has written about cultural appropriation, "Heavenly Bodies," and the 2018 Met Gala.

The Tang is on the campus of Skidmore. Monday 6 pm -- free

Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Falling." Monday 7:30 pm -- free admission

Monday-Friday: EMPAC continues the US premiere of Maria Hassabi's SlowMeDown, which was commissioned for the venue's 10th anniversary. " Partially filmed while Hassabi and her dancers were in residence this spring, the work features material from Hassabi's live installation, STAGING (2017), which was presented internationally in public spaces, museums, and exhibition contexts. Blending collage and post-production effects, SlowMeDown builds a hyper-real frame that augments this footage and participates in the construction of what Hassabi calls a 'performative surreality.'" Monday-Friday noon-5 pm -- free

Education, Art, Space, and Place
Tuesday: Architect/writer David Gersten will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series for a talk "Developing New Ways of Knowing: Education, Art, Space, and Place." It's also part of the College of Arts and Sciences 25th Anniversary celebration. (There's another conversation at 4:15 pm.) Tuesday 7 pm, uptown campus, Performing Arts Center -- free

Brass Tacks: Mugabi Byenkya
Tuesday: The Brass Tacks spoken word series is bringing Mugabi Byenkya to The Low Beat. "Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015, has been featured on Brittle Paper, The Good Men Project, African Writer, Arts and Africa, and The Kalahari Review amongst others. ... An advocate of the intersections between chronic/mental illness, disability, writing and trauma, Mugabi leads effective workshops to unpack and channel pain." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Radix Center tour
Wednesday: The LocalXDesign series will be at the Radix Center in Albany for a tour of "sustainable tools and technologies including a solar greenhouse, aquaponics, beehives, microlivestock, rainwater collection, renewable energy and composting." Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Thursday: Taina Asili and Gaetano Vaccaro will be at HVCC for a screening of their documentary Resiliencia, which is about Puerto Rico. "In "Resiliencia" (2018, 35 min), filmed and edited by Vaccaro with Asili's original score, four women artists and activists share their stories of resiliencia (resilience) during and after hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Asili and Vaccaro traveled across Puerto Rico documenting how the official response to the storms was as devastating for the island's people as the storms themselves, yet the film also captures the indomitable human spirit of those determined to see their communities rebuilt." Thursday noon, Bulmer Telecommunications Center -- free

Amy Wallen
Thursday: Memoirist/novelist Amy Wallen will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "Amy Wallen grew up in Nigeria, Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere, the daughter of a blue-collar Southern father employed as an exploratory driller by the oil industry. Her memoir, When We Were Ghouls (2018), is an attempt to recover the elusive memories of her unusual childhood." Thursday 4:15 pm, uptown campus, Science Library -- free

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Thursday: The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is hosting a screening the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. After the screening, Urban Grief -- an org that "works to increase awareness about the emotional and mental health impact that results from exposure to violence and death" -- will be hosting a a panel discussion on the subject of trauma and resilience. Thursday 5 pm -- free

Virginia Eubanks
Friday: Virginia Eubanks will be at the University Club in Albany to talk about her much-praised book Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor. It's part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Eubanks is an associate professor of political science and women's studies and Troy resident. Friday 7 pm -- free

2018 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

Ongoing: The 2018 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition is now open at the UAlbany Art Museum. "The exhibition focuses on contemporary artists living and working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital Region and rotates annually among the University Art Museum, the Albany Institute of History & Art, and The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls." This year's is Jean Shin. There's an artists' reception this Friday from 5-8 pm. on display through December 8


Tuesday: The Social Media crafts-and-drinks series at The Arts Center of the Capital Region has "Bean to Bar: Chocolate Treats" with Oliver Holecek of Primo Botánica. "In this chocolate making workshop we will hand temper chocolate and make chocolate bark with tasty seasonal ingredients." Tuesday 5:30 pm -- $45

Silent Film Spectacular

Wednesday: The Albany Public Library continues its new Silent Film Spectacular season with a screening of the 1923 The Three Ages, starring Buster Keaton. Ryan Devine and Friends will perform the live score. Wednesday 7 pm, Washington Ave Branch -- free admission


Monday: NYS Performing Arts Showcase at The Egg
Garth Fagan Dance, Maria Muldaur, Bridgman Packer Dance, Bobby Previte's "Blueprints" Ensemble, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton. 7:30 pm -- free

Tuesday-Wednesday: Phish at TU Center
Very possible that both nights will be sold out. 7 pm -- $55 and up

Wednesday: The 107.7 GNA Secret Star Jam at Proctors is sold out.

Wednesday: Sofi Tukker at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
EDM/pop. 8 pm -- $15.50 ahead / $20 day of

Thursday: Kathy Mattea at Troy Music Hall
An evening with. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Bumpin Uglies at The Hollow
Reggae. With: Victory Soul Orchestra. 9 pm -- $15

Thursday: Elizabeth Cook at Caffe Lena
Nashville singer/songwriter. With: Caleb Caudle. 7 pm -- $24

Friday: Gunna at Upstate Concert Hall
Rapper on the rise. 8 pm -- $50 ahead / $60

Friday: Carla Cooke: The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience
Daughter of Sam. 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Melvin Seals and JGB at Putnam Place
"JGB and Melvin Seals bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the Jerry Garcia Band table." 8 pm -- $20

Friday: Chandler Travis Three-O at Caffe Lena
With: Kami Lyle. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Justin Timberlake at TU Center
His "Man Of The Woods" tour. 7:30 pm -- $53.50 and up

Saturday: Dirty Heads at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt rock/ska/reggae. With: Jukebox The Ghost, Just Loud. 8 pm -- $30.50 ahead / $32 day of

Saturday: Randy Rainbow at The Egg
Comedian/singer famous for his YouTube videos and political parodies. 7 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: Jane Monheit & Frank Vignola play Bernstein with the John DiMartino Trio at The Egg
"Celebrate the music of Leonard Bernstein on the occasion of the legendary composer's centenary in 2018 with music from West Side Story, On the Town, Candide and more." 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors
Six acts headlined by The Letterman. 7 pm -- $39.75

Saturday: The Black Feathers at Caffe Lena
Americana from the UK. 8 pm -- $18

Saturday: Shareef Keyes & The Groove at MASS MoCA
Funk. 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $26 day of

Sunday: Bach Bliss at Troy Music Hall
"This performance features the unique sound of The Boy Choristers of The Cathedral of All Saints surrounded by the exceptional voices of Albany Pro Musica, over beautiful accompaniment performed by ACRONYM on period instruments in the legendary acoustics of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall." 3 pm -- $25 and up

Sunday: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Proctors
Tribute To Leonard Bernstein. 3 pm -- $15 and up

Sunday: Ezekiel's Wheels at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Klezmer. 2 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 at door

Sunday: Joywave + Sir Sly at Upstate Concert Hall
Indie rock. With: Flora Cash. 7:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Sunday: Stephane Wrembel at Caffe Lena
Gypsy jazz. 7 pm -- $25

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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