The week ahead

The trailer for Paprika, one of the films in Proctors' animation festival.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look ahead to, or keep busy with this week -- from the weather (nice), to theater, to Yo-Yo Ma, to animation, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Warm. Chance of rain. Highs in the upper 80s.
Tuesday: Sunny and 85.
Wednesday: Sunny, but a chance of showers. Highs in the low 80s.
Thursday: Sunny, mid-80s.
Friday: Same.
Weekend: Sunny, but a chance of scattered showers.

Nice, August.


Park Playhouse
Continuing this week: The Producers. Opening Tuesday: Thoroughly Modern Millie, which starts at 5:30. The Producers starts at 8 pm. Tickets are free, but reserve ahead tickets are available for purchase.

The WTF's line up this week: She Stoops to Conquer,, a "raucous 18th- century comedy of big costumes, big sets, big hair, and even bigger laughs." Opening Wednesday: Touch(ed), a "tender comedy [that] explores the scope, limits, and sometimes dangerous side effects of familial love."

Berkshire Theater Festival
This week: Dutch Masters continues, and the comedy In the Mood premieres Saturday (with previews earlier in the week).

Earlier on AOA: A quick guide to summer theater festivals.


The Philadelphia Orchestra continues its run at SPAC this week. Among the highlights: Yo-Yo Ma on Wednesday, and "Cirque de la Symphonie" on Friday and Saturday.


Virgin Alexander
The indie comedy that shot in Saratoga last summer -- Virgin Alexander -- will be shown at The Spectrum Wednesday night in two AOA-organized screenings. The first screening is already sold out. The second -- at 9 pm -- still has tickets available. You can buy them online ahead, which we recommend, because the second screening is filling up. Tickets are $9.25, the Spectrum's regular price.

Ballston Spa Film Festival
The annual film festival starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Here's the lineup. All the screenings are free.

paprika anime still

Proctors' animation festival starts Friday, with three films including an evening screening of the the Japanese film Parika (reportedly an inspiration for Inception). The 9-day event includes screenings of 20 animated films that range from kids stuff to adult fare. Tickets are $3 per screening, or you can buy a $15 pass that gets you into 10 screenings.

Saturday at MASS MoCA: a screening of the restored full length Metropolis with the score played live by Alloy Orchestra, which specializes in playing with silent films. 8:30 pm - $15 ahead / $19 day of


Wednesday: The Airborne Toxic Event at Northern Lights
Toxic? They're going to be on a Muppets album. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $17 day of

Wednesday: Start Making Sense at Rockin' on the River in Troy
A Talking Heads tribute band. 5 pm - free

Thursday: Ed Kowalcyzk at Alive at Five in Albany
The former singer from Live. This is the last Alive at Five concert of the summer. 5 pm - free

Thursday: Living Walls Benefit at Valentine's
A benefit for the Living Walls project -- with Monster Movie, Girls of Porn, Banzai Washouts and three performance artists. 7 pm

Thursday: The Black and White Years at Putnam Den
Art rock from Austin. With Black Mountain Symphony and Sunrise Skyline 9 pm - free

Thursday: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at Helsinki Hudson
"Gut-busting soul, earthy rock, and New Orleans-inspired beats" from a nine-piece soul band. 8 pm - $15

Friday: Steve Earle, Felice Brothers at Brewery Ommegang
It's a festival with a handful of other acts, too. $40

Friday: Lia Ices at Helsinki Hudson
Both the Fork and Brian Williams like the ethereal singer, so... that's something. 9 pm - $10

Friday: Three Day Threshold and Eastbound Jesus at Red Square
A night of "good country gone terribly terribly wrong." 8 pm - $7

Friday: Erin Harkes Band at Jillian's

Saturday: Railbird, Sgt Dunbar, Matthew Carefully at Putnam Den
Dunbar heads up the Northway to play with Railbird and Mr. Carefully. 9 pm - $3

Saturday: Olivia Quillio, Bryan Thomas, Tara Emelye, The Midnight Society at SwordPaw HQ
9 pm - $5

Saturday: Bon Iver at Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA
A bit of a drive. But: it's Bon Iver. His latest album is at the top of many year-so-far lists. 7 pm - $25 and $35

Sunday: Fishtank Ensemble at Caffe Lena
"High-energy, cross-pollinated gypsy music" from California. 7 pm - $16 ahead / $18 at door

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. And AOA is a media sponsor of the BSFF.

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