The week ahead

chico and rita still

The Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita is playing as part of Proctor's animation festival this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather, to animation, to stories, to the fair, to The Track, to the orchestra, to the Figgs, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast:

Monday: Sunny mid 80s.
Tuesday: About the same, but with a chance of thunderstorms.
Wednesday: Sunny and low 80s.
Thursday: Repeat.
Friday: Cloudy, low 80s, chance of rain.
Weekend: Cloudy, upper 70s, chance of rain.

Saving the rain for the weekend.

Animation festival

Proctors' annual animation festival is back this week. The schedule runs Monday through Sunday and includes all sorts of animated work, from mass market kids stuff (Happy Feet Two) to award-winning (Oscar nominated shorts) to adult stuff (Chico and Rita) to the cheesy (Transformers: The Movie (1986)). The slate opens with a free screening of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine Monday night. individual screenings are $5 adults / $3 kids (an all-screenings pass is $20, available through Monday


The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Ale House in Troy Tuesday evening. This month's theme: heat. 7:30-9:30 pm

By the way: storytelling comic Ophira Eisenberg is at MASS MoCA Saturday. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $16 day of / $10 students

The Fair

The Altamont Fair -- the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties -- is this week. It includes all the usual county fair fare: rides, games, shows, ag displays, racing pigs. The fair runs Tuesday-Sunday. Tickets are $15 and include shows, parking, and unlimited rides (kids under 3 feet tall are free).

The Track

It's the fourth full week or racing this season at the Saratoga Race Course (remember: no races on Tuesday). There are two more weeks after this one. A few of the events this week:
+ Friday is "Fabulous Fillies Day" -- women dressed in pink get in free.
+ Sunday's giveaway is a Saratoga beer glass.

The orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra's summer residency at SPAC finishes this week. The slate this week:
+ Wednesday's performance includes Joshua Bell, one of the world's most famous violinists.
+ Thursday's performance includes Yo-Yo Ma.
+ Friday is "Sinatra and Beyond" night.
+ And Saturday's closing performance is the "Tchaikovsky Spectacular."

ESP Food Festival

Fifty vendors will at the Empire State Plaza Wednesday selling samples for lunch or dinner. And there's music, including Alta Mira, and Tonic (remember that one song from the 90s). 11 am - 9 pm

The Figgs

Still kicking, The Figgs are playing two shows in the Capital Region this week as part of a 25th anniversary celebration:
+ Friday at Valentine's 9 pm - $10
+ Saturday at Putnam Den 10 pm - $10


Tuesday: The Cowboy Junkies at Helsinki Hudson
Best known for a cover. 8 pm - $45 ahead / $55 day of

Wednesday: Blues for Breakfast at Troy Rockin' on the River
A Grateful Dead tribute band. 5 pm - free

Thursday: Pitchblak Brass Band at Red Square
A 10-piece brass band. Funky. With: The Fresh Kicks; Way Down. 8 pm - $10

Friday: John Prine and Lucinda Williams at The Palace
Two mainstays of American country/folk. 8 pm - $47 and up

Friday: Zongo Junction at Red Square
Afrobeat from Brooklyn. 8 pm

Friday: Albany Public Library Garage Band Series
This time with Henry's Rifle, and Complicated Shirt. 6-8 pm - free

Friday: Three Gals and Their Buddy Larry at Upbeat on the Roof at the Tang
Folk rock. (Three Gals: Nancy Walker, Rosanne Raneri, Kate McDonnell. Larry: Larry Clyman) 7 pm - free

Saturday: SAWFest Music Festival at Salem Art Works
My Pet Dragon, Railbird, The City Never Sleeps, The Black Ships, Eric Margan and more. 5 pm - $20

Saturday: John Williams' 80th Birthday Celebration at Tanglewood
Boston Pops honor the famous composer. 8:30 pm - $21 and up

Saturday: Girl Talk at Mountain Park (Holyoke, MA)
Mashup master. 7 pm - $25

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, SPAC, and the Palace advertise on AOA.

still: Chico & Rita / Estudio Mariscal


What about the Park Playhouse Kids production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which will be followed by Hairspray at 8pm? In case the notice slipped off your desk, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens 8/14 at 5:30 and runs through Sunday.. Of course, it's free theater and at Washington Park.. What a wonderful way to support the arts and the very talented kids of the 518 who have been working so hard to bring this show to the community!

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