Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (sunny and...), to the Travers, to Bela Fleck and Tchaikovsky, to the Civil War, to Wonka on the Plaza, to music...
WeatherHere's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 81.
Tuesday: Sunny and 84.
Wednesday: Sunny and 88.
Thursday: Sunny and 89.
Friday: Sunny and 83.
Weekend: Sunny and 80.
It's Travers Week at the Saratoga Race Course, with racing every day of the week (except for Tuesday, of course). Among the events this week: the Stewart's ice cream eating contest is Wednesday, and the "Battle of the Brews" is Friday. Saturday is the Travers Stakes, the the biggest race of the season (it was first run at Saratoga in 1864).
Because it's Travers Week, there are also events around Saratoga Springs. The "Travers 1864 Restaurant Week" runs through Thursday at participating restaurants.
This is the last week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's run at SPAC this season. This week:
+ Wednesday: Bela Fleck will be performing with the orchestra.
+ Thursday: Cellist Johannes Moser will be accompanying the orchestra.
+ Friday: The orchestra will be playing music from Fantasia.
+ Saturday: The Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Washington County Fair
County fair season continues with the start of the Washington County Fair on Monday at the fairgrounds in Greenwich -- it runs through Sunday. It includes the usual fair fare: rides, music, ag demonstrations, pig races, a demolition derby.
This is the last week at Proctors for the contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize -- its "Cirkopolis" show closes Saturday.
History and architecture
Wednesday: Historic Albany has lined up a walking tour of the Manning Boulevard parkway between Washington and Western avenues. That stretch includes houses built in the Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Arts and Crafts styles in the early 1900s. 5:30 pm - $10
NY women at war
Thursday: University of Kentucky historian Amy Murrell Taylor will be at the State Museum for a talk about the role of women from New York in the Civil War. "This talk will explore the Civil War lives of a variety of women, from those who worked as nurses and Sanitary Commission workers in the field and traveled into the South to assist slaves seeking freedom, to those who filled cartridges at New York's arsenals." 7 pm - free
Thursday: The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting a talk by Michael Cassin, from the Clark, about American landscape painters from the late 19th century. It will look at "the work of painters such as Winslow Homer, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt and the Hudson River School- painters who recorded the splendors of the North American landscape, from New England to the Rockies, from sea to shining sea." 5:30 pm - free
Willy Wonka on the ESP
Wednesday: Outdoor movies return to the Empire State Plaza with a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). The movies are shown on a screen at the State Museum end of the plaza -- the museum's outdoor steps serve as seating. (We went to one of the movies last year and it was fun.) 8 pm - free
Space Beyond the Pines
Saturday at Proctors: Space Beyond the Pines, an all-day sci-fi movie marathon organized by It Came From Schenectady (as mentioned). The lineup includes some cheese (Starcrash), but also some solid old-school stuff (Brazil) and newer under-the-radar offerings (Serenity, Attack the Block). There will also be games and prizes. The films are being shown in two blocks -- it's $15 per block, or $25 for the whole slate.
Friday: C. Amanda Boutahorse's Cult Classics burlesque series returns to the Hangar in Troy with a tribute to Monty Python & The Holy Grail. 9 pm - $10
Saturday: Film Night at Tanglewood
Annual tradition: John Williams and the Boston Pops playing music from film scores. 8:30 pm - $21 and up
To do list
1. Eat tomatoes -- the kind that were grown outside, preferably in someone's backyard. They won't taste better any other time of the year.
These are a just a few things for this week. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!
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photo: Valerie Remise / Cirque Eloize
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