The week ahead

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It's Travers Week at the Saratoga Race Course.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (nice), to The Track, to baseball, to comedy, to the fair, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 85.
Tuesday: Some sun, maybe some rain. Low 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny and 79.
Thursday: Sunny and 77.
Friday: Sunny and 78.
Weekend: Sun and 80s.



This is it. The last full week of August. You know all those summer things you've wanted to do? Don't wait. Do them.

The Track

It's the fifth full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. This Saturday is Travers Day -- featuring the biggest race of the season (admission is already sold out) -- so there's a lot going on, including Travers 1864 Restaurant Week. Wednesday is Stewart's Shops Day and the annual ice cream eating contest. (And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.)


Monday-Wednesday: The ValleyCats are at the Joe for a three-game series against Connecticut. Promotions: Monday is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle night, Tuesday is Irish night, and Wednesday is hockey night.

Washington County Fair

Monday-Sunday: County fair season picks up again with the Washington County Fair at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It bills itself as "New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair."


Aziz Ansari
Tuesday: Aziz Ansari will be back at the Comedy Works for another round of surprise shows. Three shows on Monday have already sold out, and one show on Tuesday has as well. There are two shows remaining with tickets as of Sunday morning -- 9 pm and 11 pm. They'll probably be sold out soon. Tickets are $40.

Kevin Hart
Thursday: Kevin Hart will be at the TU Center for stand-up show. Thursday 8 pm - $49.50 and up

Eddie Izzard
Thursday: Eddie Izzard will be at Tanglewood for a stand-up show. Thursday 7 pm - $54 and up

Be A Man
Wednesday: Ray Harrington will be at Proctors for a live comedy show and screening of his documentary Be A Man. Blurbage: "BE A MAN is a funny and heartfelt feature-length documentary that follows comedian Ray Harrington on his journey to discover just what it means to be a modern man before his son is born. Ray tackles challenges he sets for himself on subjects he thinks make a Man such as Fighting, Drinking, Cars, Sports, Grooming, Women, and much more." There will also be a post-screening Q&A with Harrington. Wednesday 7 pm - $9 / $6 students

Outdoor movie

Wednesday: The Capitol Park After Dark series wraps up with the an outdoor screening of the The Maltese Falcon in West Capitol Park. (Bring a chair.) 8 pm - free

Looking ahead to the weekend...

Sunday: Dion Flynn -- a UAlbany alum whose appeared in sketches multiple times with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night and the Tonight Show -- will be at Proctors for his one-man show The Only Brown Kid in the Trailer Park, presented by MopCo. Sunday 7 pm - $15 and $25


Monday: Beach House at Upstate Concert Hall
Dream pop. With: Romantic States. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Monday: Fifth Harmony at The Palace
Pop group spawned on TV. With: Common Kings, Natalie LaRose, Bea Miller. 7 pm - $29 and up

Wednesday: 5 Seconds of Summer at SPAC
YouTube pop band. With: Hey Violet. 7:30 pm - $25 and up

Thursday: Black August at The Low Beat
"Black August is a time to STUDY AND PRACTICE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ABOUT OUR HISTORY AND THE CURRENT CONDITIONS OF OUR PEOPLE. ... This event will feature local and national musicians, dancers and poets." Hosted by bell's roar. 6 pm

Friday: The Figgs at Putnam Den
Hometown show. 9 pm - $10

Friday: Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA
Vocal group. 8 pm - $16 ahead / $22 day of

Friday: Slam Allen at Helsinki Hudson
Blues. 9 pm - $18 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Chris Brown at SPAC
Hip hop. With: Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap, Teyana Taylor. 7 pm - $30 and up

Friday: The Piano Guys at Tanglewood
Of YouTube fame. 7 pm - $20 and up

Saturday: An Evening with Idina Menzel at Tanglewood
Broadway superstar. 7 pm - $24.50 and up

Saturday: Chicago + Earth, Wind, and Fire at SPAC
A GE Kids in Free show. 7:30 pm - $25 and up

Saturday: Saint Asonia at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. 8 pm - $10.30 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Ian Hunter & The Rant Band at Helsinki Hudson
British rock veteran. 9 pm - $45

Saturday: The Anticompetition at Parish Public House
"The Rock & Roll Anticompetition is a traveling opposite sketch of band battles, held by & for musicians in protest of talent competitions, pay to play events, and American Idol." 8 pm

Sunday: Lil Durk at Upstate Concert Hall
Rapper. With: Gun Play, Hypno Carlito. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $25 day of


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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