The week ahead

Altamont Fair ferris wheel

The Altamont Fair is this week. / photo: Kimberly Dunham

Corrected.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (look past a few days), to summer things, to the fair, to The Track, to the orchestra, to stories, to Rest Fest, all sorts of music...

Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 86.
Tuesday: Probably a thunderstorm in the afternoon. 75.
Wednesday: Rain, probably a thunderstorm. 75.
Thursday: Sunny and 71.
Friday: Sunny and 72.
Weekend: Sunny and upper 80s.

We're going to look past Tuesday and Wednesday.

Summer is happening. It has almost happened.

As we said last week, we're into August and it's time to do all those summer things you've been wanting to do. There is no planning, only doing.

Altamont Fair

Tuesday: The Altamont Fair opens at the fairgrounds in (surprise) Altamont. It's the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties.

Fair admission is $15 for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and it's $17. (You can buy tickets online ahead for all days at $15.) The tickets include shows, parking, and unlimited ride. Kids under 36-inches tall are free -- but they're not allowed to ride the rides.

The Track

It's the fourth full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. Saturday is the running of the Alabama Stakes, which was first run in 1872. (And it is named after Alabama the state -- sort of.) And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.

Philadelphia Orchestra

Wednesday: The Philadelphia Orchestra continues its annual run at SPAC with a "POPS: On Broadway" performance: selections from West Side Story, Carousel, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Smokey Joe's Café, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and other Broadway shows.

Thursday marks the return of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Friday is a multi-media performance called "Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women." Saturday is an art-and-music night.

Chamber Music Society
Monday: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center opens its first season at SPAC with a performance of works by Beethoven, Barber, and Dvorak.

Stories

Monday: Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "summer love stories." 7:30 pm

New York State Food Festival

Wednesday: The New York State Food Festival returns to the Empire State Plaza with food vendors for lunch and dinner. And a music lineup headlined by Eddie Money. Wednesday 11 am-9 pm - free admission

Park Playhouse

This is the last week for production of Oliver at The Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park. (Amphitheater seating is free.)

Restoration Festival

Friday-Saturday: Rest Fest is back at the CAC Woodside in Troy with two days of music from a bunch of good local bands. $25 festival pass / $15 Friday / $20 Satuday

Music

Tuesday: Drake + Lil Wayne at SPAC
Degrassi vs. Cash Money. 7 pm - $47.50 and up

Wednesday: Who's Bad at Rockin' on the River
Michael Jackson tribute. With: GoodSir.

Wednesday: Jeremy Denk at Tanglewood
Pianist, MacArthur Grant winner. 8 pm - $18 and up

Wednesday: Liz Longely at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. With: Barnaby Bright. 7 pm - $22

Thursday: Jackson Browne at The Palace
Solo acoustic tour. 8 pm - $40.50 and up

Thursday: Colony House at The Hollow
Alt rock. 8 pm - $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: The Wood Brothers at Helsinki Hudson
Americana/blues. With: Simi Stone. 9 pm - $25 ahead / $30 day of

Friday: Jason Isbell at MASS MoCA
Former Drive-By Trucker. 8 pm - $24 ahead / $30 day of

Friday: Garage Bands at the Albany Public Library
This month it's Big Frank and the Bargain Bingers, and Blackcat Elliot. 6 pm - free

Saturday: Elysian Fields at MASS MoCA
"Weaving dream pop and noir landscapes together." 8 pm - $12 ahead / $16 day of

Saturday: Wild Party at The Hollow
Pop rock. 8 pm - $7 ahead / $10 day of

Saturday: The Soul Rebels at Helsinki Hudson
New Orleans brass ensemble. 9 pm - $22 ahead / $25 day of

Sunday: Luke Bryan at SPAC
Country star. With: Lee Brice, Cole Swindell. 7 pm - $40.25 and up

Sunday: Robert Ellis at Helsinki Hudson
Texas country. With: Dawn Landes. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

Sunday: Brian Patneaude Quartet at Freedom Park in Scotia
Jazz. 7 pm - free

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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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Comments

Is front parlor monday or tuesday at the ale house? The website says the 12th.

Editors: It's Tuesday. And the item above has been fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.

Friday: David Munnelly & Mick Conneely at Old Songs
"The best in traditional Irish Music with Fiddle, Bouzouki
and Melodeon." 8 pm - $23

Tomorrow (Thursday 8/14), 7p-9p
"Fangirls Night Out" at Earthworld Comics on Central.

They're having sales, treats and give-aways. No boys allowed.

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