The week ahead

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Alive at Five returns from a week off with Lord Huron.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (as promised), to stories, to ballet, to a hard body, to the new Clark, to cherries, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny to start, probably rain later in the day, maybe a thunderstorm. Upper 80s.
Tuesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Near 90.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe a thunderstorm or two. Mid 80s.
Thursday: Sunny and 82.
Friday: Repeat.
Weekend: And so on.

July, as promised.


Front Parlor
Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series returns to The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "red flags." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Sunday Funday
Sunday: Looking ahead to the weekend, Pine Hills Review Sunday Funday Reading Series will be at The Low Beat sharing stories about Albany: "Fuze Boxes, spray-tanned mayors, and kegs & eggs." Sunday 3 pm

New York City Ballet

Tuesday: The New York City Ballet opens a six-day run at SPAC with performances every day through Sunday. The run opens with a program of George Balanchine works, and ends with the annual ballet gala, the theme for which this year is "A Tribute to Britain."


Hands on a Hard Body
The Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park has open its summer season with Hands on a Hardbody, a musical based on the documentary about people trying to win a truck by being the last person to stop touching it. (The show features a book by Doug Wright, and a score by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green.) The production runs through July 26. Tuesday-Sunday at 8 pm - amphitheater seating is free / reserved seating starts at $16

The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues this week with a production of June Moon. Opening this week: A Great Wilderness, which stars Jeffrey DeMunn (from The Walking Dead).

The Clark

The much-anticipated expansion of The Clark Art Institute -- designed by architect Tadao Ando -- is now open. The Clark is in Williamstown, about an hour's drive east of Albany. If you're headed that way, you might think about a combo ticket for The Clark, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art.


Cherry season has arrived in the Capital Region and it will be gone before you know it. Columbia County has a handful of orchards where you can pick your own. Be sure to call ahead or check the orchard website before heading out to pick.


A bunch of Capital Region pools and beaches are open for the season. Here's a collection of public pools around the area.


Friday-Saturday: The annual Beat*Shot Music Festival returns -- it's at The Hollow this year. "This two day celebration of Hip-Hop, DJs, beat boxers, vocalists, film, dance, and poetry features some of the most talented performance artists from around the country." two-day pass $20 ahead / $25 at the door / $15 per day


Tuesday: WEXT 7th Birthday Party at The Low Beat
With Grizfolk, and Party Boat. 8 pm

Wednesday: Maxwell at The Palace
Soul/R&B singer. 8 pm - $40 and up

Wednesday: Adrenalize at Rockin' on the River
Def Leppard tribute. With: Second Heat. 5 pm - free

Wednesday: Broods at The Hollow
Indie pop from New Zealand. With: Bear Grass. (A discount show thanks to EQX.) 7 pm - $1.02 ahead / $2 at the door

Thursday: Lord Huron at Alive at Five
Indie folk. With: MaryLeigh Roohan. 5 pm - free

Friday-Sunday: The Hudson Project in Saugerties
New music festival from some of the organizers behind Camp Bisco. Lineup includes: Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, and many others. single day tickets $95 / festival pass $225

Friday: Snoop Dogg at Upstate Concert Hall
Or maybe it's Snoop Lion now. With: Jedi Ry, D3V, DJ Playground. 9 pm - $39.50 ahead/$42 day of

Friday: Tumbling Bones and Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show at Caffe Lena
Roots/folk. 8 pm - $16

Friday: Mini-festival of old-time American roots music at Helsinki Hudson
With: 13 Strings and a Two Dollar Bill, Intuitive Compass, and the Lost Dog Street Band. 9 pm - $15

Saturday: Countryfest at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds
WGNA's annual festival, with: Jake Owen | Montgomery Gentry | John Michael Montgomery | Scotty McCreery | Dan and Shay. gates at 11 am - $45

Saturday: Circa Survive at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt rock. $20 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Otan Vargas at Helsinki Hudson
Singer/songwriter. 7 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: Accents at The Low Beat
Indie rock. With: The Quick & The Dead, The Enlightened Machine. 8 pm

Sunday: Queens of the Stone Age at The Palace
Rock. 8 pm - $39.50 and up

Sunday: Boston Pops Orchestra with Jason Alexander at Tanglewood
Performing selections from The Music Man, Pippin, and Merrily We Roll Along. (Oh, and Alexander's hair has reappeared.) 2:30 pm - $22 and up

Sunday: Eileen Ivers at Music Haven
Fiddler. With: Annalivia. 7 pm - free

Sunday: The Lone Bellow at Helsinki Hudson
Alt country. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $25 day of

Sunday: Marshall Crenshaw at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 7 pm - $28


These are a just a few things for this week, not a comprehensive list. Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

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