The week ahead

DESCENT Kinetic Light at EMPAC

A dance performance called DESCENT is at EMPAC later this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (November for real), to Veterans Day, to stories, to basketball, to history, to dance, to cooking, to all sorts of music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and upper 40s.
Tuesday: Rain, low 40s.
Wednesday: Some sun, around 32.
Thursday: Sun and 39.
Friday: Some sun, low 40s.

November for real.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Sunday and will be observed this Monday. It's a federal holiday so some things will be closed, including schools. The roots of Veterans Day are in Armistice Day, which was declared to commemorate the end of WWI. The holiday was officially changed to Veterans Day in the 1950s. Veterans Day is intended to honor all veterans of the armed forces. (Memorial Day honors those who died while serving.)

The annual Albany Veterans Day parade is Monday. It starts at Central and Ontario and heads east on Central to Hawk Street by the Capitol. It starts at 11 am.

Also Monday: The USS Slater on the Albany riverfront has a ceremony at 9 am, followed by tours of the ship all day.


Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "From Where I Stand." Tuesday 7:30 pm


Wednesday: The UAlbany women's and men's basketball teams have their season home openers at SEFCU Arena. The women face Manhattan at 5 pm, followed by the men against Boston University at 7:30 pm. (One ticket gets you into both.) Wednesday 5 pm and 7:30 pm -- $8 and up

Arts and sciences

Daniel Libeskind
Monday: The RPI School of Architecture's fall lecture series a talk by famed architect Daniel Libeskind at EMPAC. Monday 6 pm -- free

A Documentary History of the United States
Tuesday: Alexander Heffner -- author and host of The Open Mind on PBS -- will be at the State Museum for a talk about the new release of A Documentary History of the United States. Ahead of the talk, community members will reading "memorable lines from America's founding documents." (There's also a craft talk on the UAlbany campus at 4:15 pm.) Tuesday 7 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Buddhism and the environment
Tuesday: Buddhist writer David R. Loy will be at Saint Rose for a talk about his book A Healing Ecology? A Buddhist Perspective on the Environmental Crisis. The talk is part of annual series about ethics and leadership. Tuesday 7 pm, Lally School of Education (1009 Madison Avenue) -- free

On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards
Wednesday: A talk / presentation called National Geographic Live On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards will be at Proctors. "Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India's Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the "American lion" or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face-to-face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans." Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $30

Crime + Punishment
Wednesday: The Sanctuary for Independent Media is screening the documentary Crime + Punishment. It's "a film chronicling the struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City." After the screening the film's director, Stephen Maing, will be there for a talk. Wednesday 7 pm -- $10

Possessing Harriet
Thursday: The State Museum will be hosting a staged reading of Possessing Harriet. It's "a new play by Kyle Bass inspired by the real story of an enslaved woman, Harriet Powell, who escaped from her owners, and a conversation she had with a young Elizabeth Cady (later Stanton), who later became a fierce advocate for women's rights." (It's a public event that's part of this year's Researching New York Conference.) Thursday 7 pm -- free

Designed for Hi-Fi Living
Thursday: Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder will be at The Tang Museum at Skidmore about vinyl records in midcentury America. "Few accounts of Cold War cultural diplomacy mention vinyl records or their liner notes, music, and cover art. This presentation explores the contribution of midcentury American vinyl records, as media artifacts, to the imagination and construction of consumer lifestyles, modern US identity, and global citizenship, and examines resonating soft power concerns of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow." Thursday 6 pm -- free

More Than Words: The Photography of Newsman Bob Paley
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute will be showing the new documentary More Than Words: The Photography of Newsman Bob Paley at UAlbany. "MORE THAN WORDS (co-directed by Mary Paley and Jon Russell Cring) tells the story of how a small city in upstate New York coped with the powerful forces that were unleashed as America came of age in the years following World War II. The film is truly a newspaper story; a tribute to the tireless crusaders of America's fact-based media." Friday 7 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free


Thursday-Friday: The Kinetic Light collective will be staging the dance performance DESCENT at EMPAC. Blurbage:

DESCENT reimagines the story of Greek mythical figures Venus and Andromeda as an interracial love story with choreography that conjures the aesthetics of August Rodin's sculpture Toilet of Venus and Andromeda. Performing in wheelchairs, dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson traverse a stage built with hills and curves. The duo climb to the summit of a ramp where they precariously balance on its edge and let gravity take over as they barrel back down, moving together and apart. Through emotional peaks and valleys, DESCENT explores themes of disability, race, and beauty to reveal how mobility is fundamental to participation in civic life.

Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm -- $18 / $6 students


A few cooking classes this week ahead of Thanksiving:

Gluten-Free Holiday Treats - Hands-On | Different Drummer's Kitchen
Tuesday: "Learn to modernize a few holiday classics by making them gluten-free! Students will learn how to make a traditional croquembouche -- a tower of small eclairs filled with pastry cream and held together with a rich, sticky caramel -- in gluten-free fashion starting with a choux pastry than can also be made into savory appetizers." Taught by Melanie O'Malley, owner of the gluten-free baked goods company O'Malley's Oven. Tuesday 6 pm -- $65

Ric's Thanksgiving 101 | Different Drummer's Kitchen
Thursday: "Looking to add a little kick to your Thanksgiving menu? Rely on flavor expert Ric Orlando to teach you how to add some global flair to your classic turkey..." Thursday 6 pm -- $75

Mastering Classic Pies | Gio Culinary Studio Friday: "Students will learn how to make a perfect pie every time. All butter pie crusts along with three classic pie fillings! We will be using scratch ingredients along with traditional techniques and professional tricks of the trade that can be easily duplicated at home." Friday 6:15 pm -- $65


Tuesday: Alan Doyle at The Egg
"Country-tinged, radio-ready tunes." 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Wednesday: John Medeski's Mad Skillet at Cohoes Music Hall
"Mad Skillet's grooves are deep - New Orleans steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and R&B - a treat for the body and mind." 8 pm -- $32

Wednesday: The Suffers at The Egg
"A contemporary version of the great R&B/funk bands of 70s and 80s." 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Wednesday: Silverstein at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn, Capstan. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at Caffe Lena

"Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument." (Also playing Helsinki Hudson Friday.) 7 pm -- $22

Wednesday: Ghost Light at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang. 8 pm -- $15

Thursday: The Ballroom Thieves at the Massry Center
"Rock band in a folk suit." With: Odetta Hartman. 8 pm -- $25

Thursday: Groovin' at Proctors
Tributes for acts from the 60s and 70s. 7:30 pm -- $22 and up

Friday: Art Garfunkel at Troy Music Hall
Singer, walker. 8 pm -- $38.50 and up

Friday: Chicago Plays The Stones at The Egg
"Guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks, harmonica player Billy Branch and the Living History Band ... performing classic Rolling Stones hits - from Satisfaction to 'Let it Bleed' to 'Sympathy for the Devil' - Chicago blues-style." 8 pm -- $29.50

Friday: B3nson Family Funsgiving at The Linda and The Low Beat
NXNES/Pink Noise, Neighborhood of Make Believe (album release!), Oceantor, Bear Grass, Abyssmals, Groupie, Burly, Secret Release. 7 pm -- $10

Friday: Moriah Formica at Cohoes Music Hall
Backed by a full band. With: Katie Louise and Madison VanDenburg. 7:30 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Jon Langston at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Country. With: Austin Jenckes. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: Musicians from Marlboro Festival at Union College
"We welcome back extraordinary young artists from the legendary Vermont festival where so many of today's musical leaders have spent their formative years. " 7:30 pm -- $30

Friday: Stelios Petrakis Cretan Quartet at Caffe Lena
"Focuses on the great musical traditions of Crete." 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: Dark Star Orchestra at The Palace
"Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead's decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from the set list of these historic shows." 8 pm -- $35.50 ahead / $38.50 day of

Saturday: Richard Thompson Trio at The Egg
Folk rock. With: Sisters of Slide. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Saturday: David Wilcox at The Linda
Singer/songwriter. With: Lonesome Val and The Lonesome Units. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 at door

Saturday: The Lustre Kings at Caffe Lena
Rockabilly. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Dooojj at The Hollow
Album release show. With: Paradox Saints, El Modernist. 9 pm -- $10

Sunday: The Travelin' McCourys at Caffe Lena
Progressive bluegrass. 3 pm and 7 pm -- $45

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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At the University Club this week:

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America: A Series of Conversations with Giacomo Calabria
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST

David Pietrusza Book Event: TR's Last War: TR, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy
Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST

Ed Lengel Lunchtime Book Talk--Never In Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion
Friday, November 16, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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