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...
WeatherHere'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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is the last week for production of Oliver at The Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park. (Amphitheater seating is free.)
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
Wednesday: Who's Bad at Rockin' on the River
Michael Jackson tribute. With: GoodSir.
Friday: Garage Bands at the Albany Public Library
This month it's Big Frank and the Bargain Bingers, and Blackcat Elliot. 6 pm - free
Sunday: Brian Patneaude Quartet at Freedom Park in Scotia
Jazz. 7 pm - free
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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