The week ahead

jazz musician Stefon Harris credit Elizabeth Leitzell

Acclaimed jazz vibraphonist -- and Albany High School grad! -- Stefon Harris is playing a show at The Egg later this week. / photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (typical), to the stage, to journalism, to technology, to the holidays, to skating, to music...

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Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Rainy. Low 40s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, maybe rain. Upper 30s.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe some snow. Upper 30s.
Thursday: Sun and 40.
Friday: Some sun, mid 30s.



Rebel Without a Cause
Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing Rebel Without a Cause. Monday 7 pm -- $5

The Winter's Tale
Tuesday: Proctors is showing a filmed version of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre production of The Winter's Tale in the GE Theatre. Tuesday 2 pm and 6:30 pm -- $12

What we left unfinished
Thursday: Mariam Ghani will be showing a work-in-progress version of her film What we left unfinished at EMPAC (she's working on the film there). Afterward Ghani and the film's composer, Qasim Naqvi, will be talking about sound and images. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley

Tuesday-Sunday: The Rep opens its production of Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, based on characters from Pride and Prejudice. "In this charmingly imagined sequel to Jane Austen's masterwork, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family visits for Christmas, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match -- and possibly even love?" Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $22 and up

Arts and sciences

Daesha Devón Harris
Tuesday: Artist Daesha Devón Harris will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus to talk about her work using photography, video, and experimental print techniques to explore individual and collective stories and history. Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Harry Rosenfeld
Wednesday: Former Times Union editor Harry Rosenfeld will be at The Book House to talk about this new memoir Battling Editor: The Albany Years. Wednesday 6 pm -- free admission

Artificial intelligence
Wednesday: The Rockefeller Institute is hosting a "comprehensive discussion of artificial intelligence's current and future effects on labor, the economy, ethics, and society with leading experts and practitioners in key fields." Wednesday 2-5:30 pm -- free (pre-registration required)

DNA ancestry and biosurveillance
Wednesday: Heather Dewey-Hagborg will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media for a workshop about DNA, ancestry, and surveillance. "In this workshop we will take a tour of diy biotech including DNA extraction, phenotyping, and concoction of our own genetic obfuscation spray. We will explore the present and future of biological surveillance and discuss what you can do to resist it." Wednesday 3-7 pm -- $10 suggested donation

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Thursday: The Museum of Political Corruption will be honoring Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey with this year's Nellie Bly Award at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. The two New York Times journalists won the Pulitzer Prize this year in the public service category, along with Ronan Farrow, for "impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood's most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women." Kantor and Twohey will appear at the event via Skype and answer questions from the audience. The evening will also include a roundtable discussion about the #MeToo movement. Thursday 6 pm -- $40 / $15 students

Ali Stroker
Thursday: Actress Ali Stroker will be at Skidmore to talk about her career. Stroker has appeared on Glee and multiple other shows, and she was the first wheelchair-using actress to appear on Broadway. Thursday 6 pm, Filene Recital Hall -- free

Alvaro Enrigue
Thursday: Novelist Alvaro Enrigue will be at UAlbany for a talk about this work as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Thursday 4:15 pm, uptown campus, Science Library -- free

Ronald Kitchen
Friday: Ronald Kitchen will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media to talk about his memoir My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge's Police Torture Ring and Death Row. "In 1988, Ronald Kitchen was tortured by Chicago Police detectives into confessing to a murder he did not commit. After 21 years in prison and more than a decade on death row, he was finally exonerated. In My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge's Police Torture Ring and Death Row, Kitchen and co-authors Thai Jones and Logan M. McBride tell his story." Friday 7 pm -- $10

One Funny Mother

Wednesday-Thursday: Dena Blizzard -- AKA the Target mom -- will be at Proctors for two performances of her comedic one-woman show One Funny Mother in the GE Theater. Wednesday-Thursday 7:30 pm -- $42.50


Victorian Streetwalk
Thursday: The annual Victorian Street Walk returns to downtown Saratoga Springs. Broadway will be closed to car traffic for all sorts of holiday whatnot. Thursday 5-10 pm -- free admission

Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market
Thursday: The Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market is at the village hall. "Shopping Local and Handmade is made easy with our eclectic collection of gifts including cookies, pottery, skincare, fiber art, cards, creative critters, jewelry, honey, candles and more" Thursday 4-8 pm -- free admission

Albany tree lighting
Friday: The annual Albany city tree lighting is at city hall, with a reception inside the rotunda following. That same evening, the Fort Orange Holiday Market opens for the season at the Arcade Building and Fort Orange General Store. Thursday tree lighting 5:30 pm / holiday market 5-9 pm -- free

Ice skating

Friday: The ice skating rink on the Empire State Plaza is scheduled to open for the season late Friday afternoon (weather permitting). Skating is free, and skate rentals will be free that day, too. Friday 4:30-8 pm


Wednesday: Trans Siberian Orchestra at the TU Center
Christmas music, very loud. 7:30 pm -- $46.75 and up

Wednesday: Dave East at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rapper. 7 pm -- $25

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
Last night of November residency. 7 pm

Thursday: Generation Axe at The Palace
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi. 8 pm -- $34.75 and up

Thursday: Brand X at Cohoes Music Hall
Jazz fusion. 8 pm -- $39 ahead / $45 day of

Thursday: The Wiyos at Caffe Lena
"Re-introducing the folk revival's old-timey style to today's folk audience, a Wiyos' show ranges from riotous rural novelty songs to Vaudeville, early swing, surf harmonies, and any other vintage sound that catches their fancy." (Also playing Helsinki Hudson Friday night.) 7 pm -- $20

Thursday: King Buffalo at The Low Beat
Psych rock. With: Front Business. 8 pm -- $10

Thursday: Gary Hoey at The Upper Room
Rock guitarist. 8:30 pm -- $15

Thursday: Marvel Years at The Hollow
Glitch-hop/electro-soul DJ. With: Evac and DJ Reddi. 8 pm -- $12

Thursday: Convictions at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Christian metalcore. With: Roseview. 7 pm -- $12

Friday: Jason Mraz + Toca Rivera at The Palace
"Live In Stereo." With: Gregory Page. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Friday: Kaia Kater at the Massry Center
"African-Canadian roots phenom." 8 pm -- $30

Friday: Edmar Castaneda at Proctors
"Colombian-born harp virtuoso." Part of the Music Haven Passport Series. 7:30 pm -- $25

Friday: The Brubeck Brothers at Cohoes Music Hall
Jazz. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Friday: Coco Montoya at The Upper Room
Blues rock guitarist. 7 pm -- $20

Friday: Swift Technique at Lost & Found
"Philadelphia's fiery funk extravaganza." 10 pm -- free admission

Friday: The National Reserve at The Hangar
Americana/rock. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Stefon Harris & Blackout at The Egg
Acclaimed jazz vibraphonist -- and Albany High School grad. 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: David Crosby and Friends at The Egg
Crosby + Becca Stevens, Michael League of Snarky Puppy, and Michelle Willis. 8 pm -- $49.75 and up

Saturday: The Klezmatics at Troy Music Hall
"Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah." 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: The Refrigerators at Cohoes Music Hall
"Dashin' & Dancin' 2." 7 pm -- $25

Saturday: Pop Fest 518 at The Linda
Sydney Worthley, Blockhouses, Sarah Kohrs and Coyote, Daniel Conley, and Sandy McKnight's Pop Clique. A benefit for the Columbia Arts Team. 8 pm -- $15 / $10 students

Saturday: Consider the Source at The Hollow
"[P]an-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math..." 8 pm -- $12

Saturday: The Wynotte Sisters at Caffe Lena
"The frontwoman and fiddle player of alt-country band Daisycutters; a bassist/ukulele player who has played everything from Hawaiian swing to noise rock; and a Norweigan power pop vocalist, all coming together to play holiday tunes? Well, Wynotte?" 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: Albany Symphony: The Magic of Christmas at The Palace
Annual holiday show. 3 pm -- $28 and up

Sunday: Seth Glier at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 7 pm -- $20


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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Jason Mrza => Jason Mraz (unless there's a hot new singing sensation named Jason Mrza I haven't heard of!)

Editors: Fixed. Thanks.

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