The holiday lull has ended and it is time to get out and enjoy the arts. Here’s a rundown of some of the most interesting events taking place in the region this week.
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Front Parlor Storytelling at the Ale House in Troy
Share the story of the best, worst, funniest or strangest gift you’ve ever received at this session of the Front Parlor open mic.
Jan. 8 at 7:30 PM.
ACE Creative Economy Mixer: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Featuring a short performance by Albany Pro Musica, a tour by Taste of Troy Food Tours, and beer tastings by Rare Form Brewing Company.
Jan. 9 at 5:30 PM. Reservations required.
Enjoy a menu of chili, butternut squash soup, Cuban-style sandwiches and sausage sliders, mac and cheese and more to pair with your favorite cider. For the full menu, visit Nine Pin Cider on Facebook.
Jan. 10 from 5-8 PM.
Starving Artist Poetry Open Mic at Hudson River Coffee House
Come perform your latest musical rendition, poetry and/or spoken word in the comfort of this Albany coffee house every Thursday. Break a leg!
Jan. 10 at 8 PM.
Light Up Productions presents “Ordinary Days” at Albany Barn
Catch a musical comedy about making authentic connections in a city of millions. Follow four New Yorkers whose lives intersect in fun and unexpected ways in “Ordinary Days.” The play will run through Jan. 13. Check online for more showtimes and ticket information.
Jan. 11 at 7 PM. Tickets at the door from $12-$15.
Max Weinberg’s Jukebox at Proctors
Help the E-Street drummer craft a playlist in real time and then dance all night as Weinberg and his band deliver the goods.
Jan 11 at 7:30 PM. Tickets $55-$170.
Aeon Ritual at MASS MoCA
Get ready to have your mind blown. This immersive musical performance aims to capture the space between a religious ceremony and a concert. Featuring new work by composers Hanna Benn, William Bittelle, Ian Chong, Topu Lyo, Seth Olinsky, Darian Thomas, Emily Wells and Daniel Wohr this insane experience is set to overwhelm all your senses.
Jan 12. $14.
The Hudson River School and American Environmentalism at The Albany Pine Bush Preserve.
“This program by Patrick Stenshorn of the Albany Institute of History and Art will provide insights into the Hudson River School and its impact on the conservation movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries.”
Jan 12 at 1 PM. Reservations required.
Bear Grass, Sinnet, Onlyness at The Low Beat
Troy’s Bear Grass mix trip hop and folk and top it with sultry vocals and the quirky songwriting of Katie Hammon. The band’s latest album is available on Five Kill Records. Label mates Onlyness will open the show.
Jan 12 at 8 PM. $5.
Stavros Halkias’ “But the Breakfast Tour” at MOPCO Improv Theatre
The comedian and podcast host (“C*m Town”) will perform a stand-up set at the Schenectady venue. Halkias has appeared on Adult Swim, XM Satellite Radio, IFC and the MSG Network. He is also set to appear on the upcoming Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring series.
Jan. 13 at 7:30 PM. Tickets $15