The week ahead

zoppe circus big top tent

The big top comes to Schenectady this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summery), to Star Trek, to circus, to dogs, to ice cream, to the Wizard of Oz, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Sunny mid 80s.
Tuesday: Repeat.
Wednesday: Like that, but hotter.
Thursday: Repeat, chance of thunderstorms.
Friday: Cloudy, low 80s, more chance of rain.
Weekend: Cloudy, upper 70s, 50 percent chance of rain.


Movie on the ESP

Wednesday night at the Empire State Plaza: an outside screening of Stark Trek (the JJ Abrams one). The movie will be set near the State Museum end of the plaza. Bring chairs and/or blankets. movie starts at 8:30 pm - free

Circus in Schenectady

The Zoppé Italian Circus will be in Schenectady this week, set up in a big-top tent outside Proctors. The Zoppé is old -- 170 years old -- and old school, like something out of a story. It'll be at Proctors Thursday through Sunday. various times - $25 and up adults / $15 and up under 17


Starting Wednesday at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds: the Adirondack Circuit AKC Dog Show -- show dogs from all over the region will be competing for prizes. The show runs through Sunday and the list of events and competitions is long.

The Track

It's the third full week or racing this season at the Saratoga Race Course (remember: no races on Tuesday). The season will be half over by the end of the week.

The orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra's summer residency at SPAC continues this week. Part of the slate this week:
+ Thursday is a "date night" -- the orchestra will be performing selections from Italian operas, there will be food and wine tastings, and photobooths.
+ Saturday is Wizard of Oz night -- the orchestra will be playing the score for a re-mastered version of the classic film.

Ice cream

Friday at Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza: a class on making "exotic ice cream," taught by Michelle Hines Abram. The flavors to be made during class: honey lavender, maple porter, chocolate chipotle, pear ginger. 6 pm - $50

Hudson Music Fest / Basilica Music Festival

The annual Hudson Music Fest is back this weekend, Friday through Sunday, with more than a hundred acts at more than 30 venues around the city.

Also this weekend in Hudson: the Basilica Music Festival at Basilica Hudson on Friday Saturday with a lineup that includes Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, Liturgy, and Mick Barr. It's being "presented in association with" Pitchfork. $15 each day or $25 for both (advance)


Tuesday: Japanther at Valentine's
Performance art rock. With: Dezmatic & Grizzly Grimace; Dead Friend. 8 pm

Tuesday: The Black Angels at Upstate Concert Hall
Psych rock. 8 pm - $15

Tuesday: Tanglewood on Parade
Beethoven, Stravinsky, the 1812 Overture, John Williams, magicians, fireworks. grounds open at 2:30 pm / concert at 8:30 pm - $21 and up

Wednesday: Tuba Skinny at Helsinki Hudson
1920s and 30s-style New Orleans jazz. 8:30 pm - $15

Wednesday: Country Night at Rockin' on the River in Troy
With Skeeter Creek. 5 pm - free

Thursday: The Beach Bums at Alive at Five
A Beach Boys tribute group. The last Alive at Five of the summer. With: Grand Central Station. 5 pm - free

Thursday: Real Estate at MASS MoCA
Indie rock. A 'fork fave. 8 pm - $14 ahead / $18 day of

Friday: Eastbound Jesus at Red Square
Americana/bluegrass. 8 pm

Friday: Steven L. Smith Band at Upbeat on the Roof at the Tang
Roots rock/alternative country. 7 pm - free

Saturday: Chris Smither at The Linda
Folk/blues. 8 pm - $25

Saturday: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade at Valentine's
With: The KillBillies. 8 pm

Saturday: Bass Fix at Red Square
A bunch of DJs playing stuff they don't normally play. 8 pm - $7 before 11 pm / $10 after

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.

The Saratoga Race Course advertises on AOA, as does SPAC.

photo: Zoppé Circus


If you read this now, one of the most important missions in NASA's history is happening tonight. We're attempting a revolutionary landing technique...on Mar's. Coverage begins at 11:30pm, the landing should happen..or 1:30am. It's pretty awesome.

Here's the stream.

@jamband: And, as you might know, RPI's dean of science -- Laurie Leshin -- is part of the science team for the mission.

Laughs on Lark is celebrating its 2nd anniversary this Wednesday, and we're kicking off our third year with a NEW earlier start time of 8pm!

This month: Terence Green, Kevin Marshall (yay!), Pat Lynde, and the Mop & Bucket Company!

Event page:

And don't forget to like Laughs on Lark on Facebook!

Oh, and I was remiss in not mentioning our host, Jaye McBride.

Open Jam on Monday night at Putnam Den (63A Putnam Street - formerly Backstreet Billiards) in Saratoga Springs, hosted by Ralph Renna and Capital Underground Radio. Show starts at 9PM with Hard Soul - - performing full band acoustic along with your chance to step up to the mic and perform! Bring your guitar/bass/drum sticks and show your stuff (amps and drum set are provided)! All music genres are welcome!

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