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This Week’s Event Previews

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This Week’s Event Previews

The Aluminum Show

The Aluminum Show will be presented at Proctors in Schenectady on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 PM

As the title suggests, this family-friendly show will transport you to another universe—a universe made of shimmering aluminum. Created by artistic director Ilan Azriel, writer Lior Kalfo and choreographer Ido Tadmor, The Aluminum Show sees aluminum tubes and abstract silvery shapes brought to life by skilled dancers whose acrobatics are designed to dazzle. The show has pleased audiences all over the world; as the UK’s The Independent observed, “After sheets of fountains and flames, and cannons firing silver rockets, lining the roasting tin will never be the same again.”

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence will perform at the Times Union Center in Albany on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8 PM

“Mar-tinnnnnnnn!” Influential comedian, co-creator of the iconic 1990s sitcom Martin and big-time movie star Martin Lawrence recently restarted his standup career with a hit Showtime special and current Doin’ Time: Uncut Live Tour. As you’d expect, Lawrence will be spending a lot of time at this week’s Times Union Center gig riffing about sex; it’s just that, now, he ruefully factors in the unhappy effects of aging on his middle-aged body. But don’t let this self-deprecation fool you: Lawrence is as energetic as ever, according to the critic for the Chicago Tribune: “I’m not sure I’ve seen a comedian cover as much physical ground Lawrence did in [his] set.” So strap in and get ready for Lawrence’s unique brand of comic raunch.

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs will perform at Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 PM

From gigging in bars around Western New York to international success, 10,000 Maniacs (pictured) forged a distinctive folk-rock/pop sound that’s remained compelling for three decades. The longtime lineup coming to Cohoes on Saturday features founding members Jerome Augustyniac, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson and John Lombardo, with Jeff Erickson and singer-violist Mary Ramsey. In a recent phone interview, Ramsey talked about the Maniacs’ most recent album, Playing Favorites, a live collection of “fan favorites” recorded in the group’s hometown, Jamestown (released last June), and their well-received 2015 collection of traditional British Isle folk songs, Twice Told Tales. The band’s been writing songs for their next project, Ramsey says, and will be touring South America early next year. This show is part of the revitalized Cohoes Music Hall concert and film series, under the new management of the good folks at Albany’s Palace Theatre. If you’ve never experienced the grand intimacy of this Cohoes gem, seeing the Maniacs will be a great introduction.

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin will speak at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 PM

Co-founder of Code Pink, author of nine books, world renowned civil rights leader Medea Benjamin will address a gathering at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on Saturday. The event  is cosponsored by Women Against War. Benjamin has been deeply involved in protesting U.S. intervention in the Middle East and the use of drones. Benjamin new book Kingdom of the Unjust questions why the U.S. remains allies with the kingdom, in spite of its checkered record on human rights.

Ted Leo

Ted Leo will perform at The Low Beat in Albany on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7 PM

The accomplished indie rock artist Ted Leo is known for, as Pitchfork observed, “the ease with which he synthesizes punk and its many roots and branches into something distinctly his own.” From his involvement in explosive punk rock bands like Citizens Arrest in the early ‘90s to his frontman status for Chisel and duo with Aimee Mann in The Both, Leo has shown his affinity for experimentation before exploring a solo career.

Here in Albany, he wraps up an intimate solo tour as he prepares to release new music for the first time since The Brutalist Bricks in 2010.

Ion Dissonance

Ion Dissonance will perform at the Fuze Box in Albany on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7 PM

Montreal’s Ion Dissonance have built their reputation on playing skull splittingly technical metal by smashing together spasmodic grindcore with the technicality and brutality of death metal. The band has been MIA for the last few years, but are set to return with new LP Cast The First Stone, set to be released on Nov. 18. With a reinvigorated band, the intimate setting of The Fuze Box and the area’s rabid metal fan base, it’s fair to say that all signs point to chaos.

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