Here are a few things to keep in mind, look ahead to, or keep busy with this week -- from the weather (champ-like), to bones, to ballet, to theater, to all sorts of music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Sunny. Hot. Highs around 90.
Tuesday: The same, but with possible bonus thunderstorms.
Wednesday: Sunny and cooler (in this case, that means highs in the low 80s).
Weekend: Yep, you guessed it. Repeat.
July is delivering like a champ.
Blood, Bones and Butter
Gabrielle Hamilton -- the chef/owner of Prune in Manhattan and the author the well-reviewed memoir Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef -- will be reading and talking at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts late Monday afternoon. Chances are the event is already sold out, but it's worth a call if you'd be interested in seeing her. (The reading starts at 4 pm -- but, you're summering, aren't you, dahling). 4 pm - $10
This is the last week of The New York City Ballet's run at SPAC. There are performances lined up Tuesday-Saturday. Each night has a different event associated with it. Among them: Tuesday is American Girl Night (kids are $5), Thursday is "Date Night" (food and wine tastings), and Saturday is a "Glee Night" (a Columbia University a capella group will be performing ahead of the ballet).
The Williamstown Theater Festival continues its season. Jon Robin Baitz's Three Hotels, starring Steven Weber and Maura Tierney, is still running. And One Slight Hitch, a comedy written by Lewis Black, is in its last week (among the cast: Justin Long -- the "I'm a Mac" guy -- above). $50 and $33
Fiction and non-fiction
The NYS Writers Institute summer reading series continues at Skidmore. This week's lineup includes William Kennedy (Friday). Monday-Friday, 8 pm - free
Laughs on Lark is back at Elda's in Albany Wednesday night. Four comics are on the slate. 9 pm
The final Harry Potter movie -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 -- opens Friday. The big mutli-plexes and The Spectrum are showing midnight screenings Thursday night. If you'd like to go, buy tickets ahead -- 8 screenings at Colonie Center and 8 at Crossgates have already sold out. And, we kid you not, the Regal Crossgates even has a 3 am IMAX screening scheduled.
+ Wednesday at Rockin' on the River in Troy: Soul Session. 5 pm - free
+ Saturday at MASS MoCA: http://www.bukeandgass.com/, "oddly catchy prog-punk" that was an All Songs Considered fave last year. And as Stereogum notes: "the buke is 'a self-modified six string baritone ukelele' and the gass is 'a guitar-bass hybrid.'" (One of the members builds instruments for Blue Man Group, the other fixes bikes.) 8 pm - $14 ahead / $18 day of
These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!
Look for our "Stuff to do this weekend" post on Friday.
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