Here are a few things to keep in mind, look ahead to, or keep busy with this week -- from the weather (cold snap), to The Track, to cheese, to theater, to the orchestra, to music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Rain. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Highs in the low 80s.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in low 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny and mid-80s.
Thursday: Like that, but a bit warmer.
Friday: The same, but with a chance of thunderstorms.
Weekend: Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.
It's like a cold snap, or something.
It's the first full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. Friday is "college day" -- free grandstand admission with a valid college ID. Also that day, racing starts a little later: 2:30 pm (instead of 1 pm). And remember, there's no racing on Tuesdays.
Wednesday at Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza: a local cheese class with Gustav Ericson, the popular cheese counter manager at the Honest Weight Food Co-op. In addition to a cheese tasting, Gustav will be demonstrating how to make a leek and goat cheese tart and as well as "puffy pastry snacks." 6 pm - $69
The Bakerloo Theatre Project
The Troy company continues its season with Twelfth Night and The Love of the Nightingale. Shows start at 8 pm, check for what's playing. $15
The WTF's lined up this week: Ibsen's A Doll's House, starring Lily Rabe, Josh Hamilton and Lilly Taylor. And opening Wednesday: She Stoops to Conquer, "raucous 18th- century comedy of big costumes, big sets, big hair, and even bigger laughs."
Adirondack Theatre Festival
Playing this week: Hello Out There, a musical about teenage day traders.
Leslie Uggam's Uptown Downtown closes at the end of this week.
Earlier on AOA: A quick guide to summer theater festivals.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its season at SPAC this Wednesday (with violinist Sarah Chang). Special event nights this week: "Date Night" on Thursday (a screening of Casablanca with a live soundtrack performed by the orchestra); "Family Night" on Friday: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra will be narrated by David Hyde Pierce.
Tuesday: Ironweed, Skeletons in the Piano, Maggot Brain at Valentine's
It's a Swordpaw show. 7 pm - $5
Wednesday: Lisa Loeb at Universal Preservation Hall
Ms. Loeb and her glasses will be playing two shows -- a kids show at 4 pm ($15) and a "grown-up" show at 8 pm ($35). You can buy tickets online. (And the answer is... true.)
Thursday: Parrot Beach at Alive at Five
It's a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. 5 pm - free
Thursday-Saturday: The Big Up Festival in Ghent
It's an electronic music and arts festival on a farm in Columbia County. There are a bunch of acts on the lineup. A Saturday day pass is $65, otherwise 3-day tickets at the gate are $120.
Saturday: Helado Negro at Helsinki Hudson
"Gauzy textures, gently aloof vocals and vintage-pop-recorded-in-a-bathtub-on-an-alien-planet ambiance." He's on Asthmatic Kitty, so Sufjan's probably a fan, too. 9 pm
To do list
1. We have just about one solid month of summer left. So if you've had some sort of summery thing you've been wanting to do -- pick fruit, go to the lake, watch the fireflies -- just do it. Sure, you're busy and there's other stuff going on, but you'll be happy you took the time come the middle of winter.
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.
Yep, SPAC does advertise on AOA.
photo: Juan Patino
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