Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hot and cool), to smirkus, to bobblehead night, to ballet, to a moon rock, to ballin', to Bisco, to music...
Here's the paraphrased forecast:
Monday: Sunny, low 80s.
Tuesday: Repeat. Small chance of rain.
Wednesday: Sunny and low 80s.
Thursday: Sunny and mid 80s.
Friday: Sunny and upper 80s.
Weekend: More of the same.
Lovely daytime weather, and cool nights -- nighttime lows are forecasted to be in the upper 50s. So there should be plenty of opportunity to cool the house down over night.
Monday and Tuesday: Circus Smirkus will be at the Saratoga Race Course for four shows with its touring youth circus in a 750-seat, one ring big top tent. We've heard these shows are a big hit with kids (and they sound like fun for adults, too). (If you don't get tickets online (recommended), be sure to call before heading out in case there's a sell out.) 1 pm and 7 pm - over age 13 $20 / ages 2-12 $17 / under 2 free
The packed summer theater festival season continues. A few highlights for this week:
Lewis Black will be doing stand up at the Williamstown Theatre Festival Monday night. 7:30 pm - $40 and up
Earnest and Red Hot
Also from Williamstown: This week is the last chance to catch the David Hyde Pierce-directed, gangster version of The Importance of Being Earnest. And opening this week: Last of the Red Hot Lovers, the cast of which includes Leslie Bibb and Susie Essman.
The Bakerloo Theatre Project is back in Troy this weekend with a contemporary warfare version of Henry V -- "Once more unto the breach, dear friends..." -- (Friday and Saturday), and an updated version of George Bernard Shaw's Candida (Saturday and Sunday). Performances are at RPI's Academy Hall -- and they're pay what you will.
This year's main production at the Park Playhouse in Albany is Cabaret -- it just opened this past Friday. There are shows Tuesday through Sunday until July 29. The production includes table seating built into the stage design -- those tickets are $20. Center section seating is $15, and side section seating is $13. Lawn seats are free.
Thursday and Friday: the NASA "Driven to Explore" touring exhibit will be at the Schenectady Museum. The exhibit is about space travel. But what sounds like the biggest draw: you get to touch a moon rock. Thursday noon-9 pm / Friday noon-5 pm - $7.50 adults / $5 children / $6.25 seniors
Ballin' at the Graveyard
Ballin' at the Graveyard is a gritty, deeply personal look into the culture and community of pickup basketball as told by a group of hardcore ballers at Albany's Washington Park - aka, the Graveyard. It offers a courtside view of the unwritten rules; hierarchy and special code of ethics of pickup ball, and provides a revealing glimpse into the off-the-court struggles and triumphs of a core group of players who call the court their home. A thought-provoking portrait of urban basketball that will challenge what you think you know about the world behind the chain-link fence.
(We'll have more about this doc this week.)
Thursday-Saturday: the annual electronic music festival Camp Bisco in Mariaville, just west of Schenectady. Among the lineup: Disco Biscuits (of course), Bassnectar, Skrillex, Crystal Castles. Here's the day-by-day schedule.
$190 three day pass / $85 Saturday
Sound of Music sing-a-long
Saturday at the Mahawie in Great Barrington: a sing-along screening of The Sound of Music. "The movie is projected in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along." (As if you need the subtitles to be able to sing along.) Also: there's a costume contest. It sounds cheese-tastic. 7 pm - $15 and up
Saturday: Michael Eck: 100 Years of Woody Guthrie at Caffe Lena
A new one-man show on Guthrie's 100th birthday. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $17 at door
Saturday: Blues Band Showdown at The Linda
Four local bands competing for prizes and a chance to compete in Memphis. 7 pm - $12
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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