The week ahead

author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be at UAlbany this week as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. His new short story collection -- Friday Black -- has been getting glowing reviews. (Oh, and he's a UAlbany alum.) / photo: Limitless Imprint Entertainment

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warmer), to Halloween, to the arts, to farming, to science fiction, to magic, to music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, rain in the morning, upper 40s.
Tuesday: Sun and 51.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some rain, low 60s.
Thursday: Cloudy, probably rain, around 60.
Friday: Cloudy, probably rain, near 60.

A touch warmer.


It's Wednesday evening this year. Get the candy ready and keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters making their away around neighborhood streets.

A few more Halloween-themed or spooky events this week...

Monday: The Palace's movie series is the showing the 1996 film Scream, which was directed by Wes Craven. Monday 7 pm -- $5

Tuesday: Proctors is showing the National Theatre production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Tuesday 2 pm and 7 pm -- $15

Trick or Treat Street (inside)
Wednesday: Albany Law is hosting its annual indoor trick-or-treating event for kids. "Looking for a spooky, safe, and fun place to celebrate Halloween? Bring your family to Trick or Treat Street at Albany Law School for an evening of games, activities, ghastly treats, and candy!" Wednesday 5-7 pm -- free

Capitol Hauntings
Monday-Friday: This is the last week for the Capitol Hauntings tours at the state Capitol. "The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling, ghostly tales might haunt you forever." The tours have been extended through November 2. Monday-Friday 1 pm and 5:30 pm -- free (but you must make a reservation and they fill up)

Historic Haunted Pub Crawl
Tuesday: 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

Halloween Ghost Tours at Canfield Casino
Tuesday: The Canfield Casino building Congress Park in Saratoga Springs will have a ghost hunt led by members of the Olde Saratoga Paranormal Group. (Tours leave every 15 minutes.) Tuesday starting at 6-8 pm -- $10 / ages 6-17 $8 / under age 6 free

Arts and sciences

Rex Smith
Monday: Times Union editor Rex Smith will be at Skidmore for a discussion about "news, truth, and digital media." "He will address the challenges faced by newspapers and journalists since the advent of digital news, the relationship between digital media and fake news in the post-truth era, and more." Monday 6 pm, Davis Auditorium -- free

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Tuesday: Author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. His short story collection Friday Black has been getting glowingly good reviews. It's "a satirical look at what it's like to be young and black in America, offering surreal tales and dystopian satire about American consumerism and race." Adjei-Brenyah is also a UAlbany alum. (There's also a craft talk at 4:15 pm.) Tuesday 7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center -- free

Brainfood for the Curious
Tuesday: The Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks at the State Museum continues with a sneak peak of a collection of Woodstock Art Colony pieces that was recently donated to the museum. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Farming While Black
Thursday: Leah Penniman will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media to talk about her new book Farming While Black. Penniman is a writer, educator, and activist, and one of the founders of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

Jean Shin
Thursday: Sculptor Jean Shin will be at UAlbany for a conversation as part of the Creative Life series. She'll be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Shin is also the juror for the 2018 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition, which is currently on display at the University Art Museum. Thursday 7 pm, performing arts center -- free

Screenprint Biennial
Thursday: The 2018 Screenprint Biennial opens at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus. It "seeks to showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, and posters." It will be on display through December 14.
+ Artist lecture: Tonja Torgerson 6:30 pm
+ Opening reception 6-8 pm (Jurors' tour at 5 pm)
+ Screenprint Symposium, with keynote address by famed printmaker, Luther Davis, co-founder of Forth Estate, a fine art publisher focused on producing limited editions with emerging artists. 8:30 am-1:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of / $10 students

Sonification: Making Data Sound
Thursday: Chris Chafe -- director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics -- will be at EMPAC for a talk about sound and data. "Computers and music have been mingling their intimate secrets for over 50 years. These two worlds evolve in tandem and where they intersect they spawn practices that are entirely novel. One of these is "sonification," turning raw data into sounds and sonic streams to discover new relationships within the data set by using a musical ear. This is similar to data visualization, a strategy that reveals new insights from data when it is made for the eye to perceive as graphs or animations." Thursday 6 pm -- free

Classics of Science Fiction

Thursday-Sunday: The Classics of Science Fiction festival will be at The Linda. Blurbage:

Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business owners, and professors. From November 2-4 at The Linda we will screen a diverse selection of international science fiction films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, live music, a silent auction, live podcast tapings, and a Benefit Masquerade Ball.

The lineup includes a talk with Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs (Friday 6 pm), and screenings of films such as the 1902 Georges Méliès classic A Trip to the Moon, Fritz Lang's Metropolis with live score, Ridley Scott's Alien, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, and the Alfonso Cuarón masterpiece Children of Men. The event is organized by the Department of Writing and Critical Inquiry at UAlbany. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $2 per screening / $5 for a day pass / $10 for a weekend pass / free for students with valid ID

The Naked Magicians

Thursday: A show called The Naked Magicians will be at Proctors. "This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to 'now you see it'." Thursday 7:30 pm -- $40 and up


The Albany Lantern Parade is this coming Sunday (November 4) in Washington Park. Here are a handful of workshops this week at which you can make your own lantern.


Monday: Metallica at TU Center
Still kicking. 7:30 pm -- $65 and up

Tuesday: tUnE-yArDs at MASS MoCA
Art pop. With: U.S. Girls. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $35 day of

Tuesday: Kosha Dillz at The Low Beat
Rapper. With: Devmo, Moleown. 7 pm -- $10

Wednesday: At The Gates at Upstate Concert Hall
Melodic death metal. With: Wolves In The Throne Room. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Wednesday: Geek Musica Halloween Spooktacular at The Low Beat
Candy, drinks, costumes, music. 6:30 pm

Thursday: Matisyahu at Troy Music Hall
Acoustic show. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Thursday: The Subdudes at The Egg
"[T]he subdudes draw their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B into their soulful repertoire." With: Vance Gilbert. 7:30 pm -- $34.50 and up

Thursday: Mile Twelve at Caffe Lena
Contemporary bluegrass. 7 pm -- $20

Friday: Bobby Brown + Bell Biv Devoe at The Palace
Old-school R&B. With: Case, Kid Capri. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Friday: Chris Barron at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
From the Spin Doctors. 7 pm -- $23 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: The Figgs at The Low Beat
Annual holiday show at The Low Beat... a little bit early. 8 pm -- $10

Friday: Marc Cohn at Helsinki Hudson
"Walking in Memphis." 8 pm -- $45

Friday: Driftwood at The Hollow
Americana. With: Blind Crow. 8 pm -- $12

Friday-Saturday: Bob Warren Band at Caffe Lena
Two nights of shows. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: The Wonder Years
Pop punk. With: Have Mercy, Oso Oso, Shortly, Roxbury. 6:30 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Empire State Youth Orchestra at Troy Music Hall
"From Spain to the New World." 7:30 pm -- $20

Saturday: Marco Benevento at The Hollow
Multi-instrumentalist indie rock. With: WOLF (featuring Scott Metzger). 8 pm -- $16

Saturday: Haley Moley at The Low Beat
EP release show. With: Sun Natives, Blood Blood Blood. 8:30 pm -- $5

Saturday: Old Songs Community "Barn" Dance with Fennig's All Stars
"Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission." 7 pm -- $8 / kids 12 and under free

Sunday: Shtreiml at Caffe Lena
"Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music." 7 pm -- $22

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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