Prepare to declare your independence from boredom.
We've got a three day weekend coming and a metric ton of stuff to do with it. OK, maybe not that much -- but a lot. A really, really lot.
Well, you'll see.
After the jump, a few things to keep you busy and happy this holiday weekend.
Albany is kicking off Independence Day weekend tonight with the 1st Friday Art Walk. A few things to check out:
+ The Danni Rash, Depot, Magpi show at Marketplace Gallery looks at the language of color.
+ If you haven't seen the 33rd annual photo regional at Albany Center Gallery this is your last chance. The closing reception is tonight.
+ The SNUG Student Anti-violence exhibit of art and poetry at The Albany Barn.
After the walk, there's the Capital Swing Dance at 25 South Allen, music at Valentine's and Tierra Coffee Roasters, and a comedy showcase at The Iron Gate Cafe on Washington Ave.
The annual Beat*Shot Festival at Red Square started last night and runs through Saturday with DJs from all over the East Coast and local spinning hip-hop, R&B, house, funk, electro, reggae, bub-step, jungle, breaks, drum and bass, and dance. $15 gets you into the entire festival.
+ Tonight at Tanglewood: James Taylor and the Boston Pops (with John Williams). 8:30 pm - $21 for the lawn
+ Tonight at Valentine's: act-name-of-the-week candidate JP Harris and the Tough Choices, setting out "to right the wrongs done to a music so classically and quintessentially American" (the music in question would be country). With Dan Johnson and the Expert Sidemen. 9 pm
You can see fireworks displays every night this weekend. Here's a list.
Saratoga's All-American Celebration
The Spa City is celebrating Independence Day all weekend with music, art, a run, car show, fireworks and more.
Summer theater festival season is in full swing. Here are a few of the shows you can catch this weekend:
+ Boeing-Boeing at The Theater Barn
+ A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival
+ Guys and Dolls at Barrington Stage Company
+ The K of D, an Urban Legend at Adirondack Theater Festival.
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Garrison Keillor and company perform A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday at Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed. 5:45 pm - $21-$71
The Waterford Steamboat Meet and Fourth of July Celebration starts tomorrow morning at 8 and ends with fireworks at dusk.
A two day summer festival in Sand Lake's Butler Park with fireworks on Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday the Valley Cats host the Batavia Muckdogs at 6. There are fireworks after the game. $5-$11
Mike Mills' Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, opens locally this week at the Spectrum. Reviews have been good and Plummers' performance is great, apparently. And if the movie is anywhere as charming as its trailer, it should be a worthwhile see. Also recently opened: The Tree of Life, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
+ The Jericho is showing Cars 2 and The Green Lantern.
+ The Hollywood is showing Cars 2 and Mr. Popper's Penguins.
+ The Malta Drive-in is showing Cars 2 and Mr. Popper on one screen and Transformers and Super 8 on the other.
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