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.
Friday: Cloudy, low 80s, chance of rain.
Weekend: Cloudy, upper 70s, chance of rain.
Saving the rain for the weekend.
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
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).
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 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
Wednesday: Blues for Breakfast at Troy Rockin' on the River
A Grateful Dead tribute band. 5 pm - free
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
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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