Stuff to do this weekend

Park Playhouse Ragtime 2017

Ragtime opens at Park Playhouse this weekend. / photo: Shawn Morgan.

If a weekend and a holiday are separated by one day, does that automatically make it a four day weekend? And if not, why not?

No matter how many days you have off this weekend, we have some thoughts on how you can spend them. After the jump a look at what's happening in the Capital weekend this pre-Independence Day weekend -- from shows and concerts to fireworks and farmers markets.

Planning something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Troy Night Out
Friday: The first Troy Night Out of the summer. On the list of stuff to check out:
+ The Fence Select show is at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
+ Improv troupe Sorry Not Sorry will perform in the Arts Center black box.
+ Collar Works Gallery is showing Still Eden: Artists in the realm of nature, with a pop-up mail-art exhibit of Willie Marlowe's Half Moon to Halve Maen series
+ Troy designer, cabinetmaker, and sculptor Jim Lewis will show his last years' work at a Springwood Studios on Fourth Street.
+ Troy Cloth and Paper is printing limited edition copies of this month's TNO poster.

Here's the full list of events.

Red, White & Brew
Friday: Proctors hosts the Red, White and Brew Festival behind the theater in the Clinton South parking lot. There will be more than 30 breweries with more than 60 beers and ciders to taste. Music, food vendors, games, and more. (All attendees must be 21+.) Friday 5 pm -- $30 general admission / $15 designated driver

The holiday weekend will be filled with local fireworks displays.

Pool season is here. Public public pools and spray pads are open for the season.


Friday-Saturday: Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park opens a production of the relevant and powerful musical Ragtime. Based on E.L. Doctorow's novel of the same name, Ragtime chronicles the lives of three different families from very different worlds that collide at the start of the 20th century. (The show continues Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 29.) Friday and Saturday 8 pm -- free bleacher seating is unreserved / reserved seats available for $24

Friday-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival's new season opened this week with productions of The Roommate (starring S. Epatha Merkerson Jane Kaczmarek) and The Model American (by playwright Jason Kim). Friday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Children of a Lesser God
Saturday-Sunday: Berkshire Theater Festival just opened a new production of Children of a Lesser God , starring Joshua Jackson. Saturday 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $65

Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theatre presents Kalamazoo -- the story of two 70-year-olds who meet on an online dating site. Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $24

Anything Goes
Friday-Sunday: The Mac Haydn Theater presents the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices

Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque
Sunday: The Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque presents U.S.OH! Stars and Garters, a Fourth of July-themed burlesque show, at The Low Beat. (18+) Sunday doors open at 7 pm -- $15


Joe Bronzi
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga presents an evening of stand-up with comedian Joe Bronzi. Friday and Saturday various times and prices

Capone Lee
Friday-Sunday: Actor/writer and comedian Derrick "Capone" Lee headlines at the Funny Bone this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times and prices

Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All
Friday: MopCo presents Maestro, a comedy elimination showdown in which improvisors, of all levels, compete with songs, scenes, and games based on suggestions from the audience. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Sunday-Monday: The Albany Symphony is following the Erie Canal and playing concerts along the way. It starts on Sunday at Jennings Landing in Albany and moves on to Schenectady's Mabee Farm on Monday. Shows are at 8 pm, with pre-concert activities starting at 6 pm


Friday: Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald
Classic rock singer/songwriters. 7 pm -- $25 and up

Friday: Wurliday at The Hollow
Soul/funk, EP-release show. With: The Rechorduroys, Olivia Quillio. 8 pm -- $10

Friday: The Lucky 5 at The Linda
Swing dance show. lesson at 7 pm, music at 8 pm -- $15

Saturday: Third Eye Blind
With: Silversun Pickups. 7 pm -- $20 and up

Saturday: John Mellencamp at Tanglewood
With: Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter. 7 pm -- $35.50 and up

Saturday: Thou at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Cloud Rat, False, Moloch. $12 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Zigtebra at The Low Beat
Indie pop. With: Holey Hell, Druggy Flesh, Bare Mattress. 8 pm

Sunday: Natalie Merchant at Tanglewood
In the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 7 pm -- $27 and up

Sunday: Gillian Welch at The Egg
Americana. 7:30 pm -- $38.50

Sunday: Beauty and the Beast / Zemire et Azor at SPAC Spa Little Theater
An Opera Saratoga production. 7:30 pm -- $50 and up


Stanley Donen film festival
Saturday: Proctors kicks off a tribute to filmmaker Stanley Donna this weekend with screenings of three of his classic films from the 1960s -- The Grass Is Greener (1960)starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr at 2 pm, Arabesque (1966) starring Sophia Loren at 4:30, and Charade (1963) starring Audrey Hepburn at 7. All tickets are $5.

Sunday Cinema in Washington Park
Sunday: Movies return to Albany's Washington Park amphitheater on Sunday with a screening of National Treasure. Sunday 7 pm -- free

Family Movie Sunday
Sunday: The GE Theatre at Proctors kicks off its Free Family Movie Series this summer with Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Sunday 10:30 am and 1 pm -- free

Bond, James Bond
This weekend the Madison theater is screening The Man With The Golden Gun -- with the original James Bond, Sean Connery. Also showing this weekend, the live-action version of Beauty and The Beast and the J.J Abrams sci-fi thriller Super 8.


Drive-in season is here:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Transformers and The Mummy | Screen 2: Cars and Wonder Woman
+ Jericho:: Cars and Wonder Woman
+ Hollywood: Cars 3, and Wonder Woman


Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region
The Albany Institute recently opened the Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit, an annual exhibit highlighting the work of the visual artists in the region. (On display through September 3.)

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection recently opened its new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery. It includes 40 works of modern art donated by Schenectady residents Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt. The exhibit includes works by Josef Albers, Jean (Hans) Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, George Rickey, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol.

The Clark
The Clark recently opened a new Picasso exhibit, Picasso: Encounters. (On display through August 27.)

MASS MoCA recently opened its new B6 space, adding 106,000 square feet to the already massive museum. And Nick Cave's Until is still on display until the end of August.

Fields Sculpture Park
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi in Ghent recently opened its new summer exhibition.

UAlbany Art Museum
Friday: The University Art Museum opens two exhibits -- Abstracts, "a large-scaled landscape exhibit where the paintings represent the relationship between communities and reality," and Gloves Off, "a video, photography and sculpture to create an kaleidoscopic view of contemporary culture." (On display until September 29) Friday opening reception 5-7 pm

State Museum
The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, continues at the New York State Museum with works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. (On display through September 3.)

USS Slater
The USS Slater, the destroyer escort historical museum in Albany, is open for tours. Friday-Monday 10 am-4 pm -- $9 / $8 for seniors / $7 for kids 6 to 14 / free for kids 5 and under

Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge are open for the season. every day from 9 am-4 pm -- $15 / $14 seniors / $12 students / kids under 12 are admitted free

Strawberry season is probably a bit past peak now in Capital Region. But there should still be some picking at a bunch of farms in the region.


Farmers' markets
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is on River Street around Monument Square. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Ave). Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is outdoors at High Rock Park Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is at its outdoor location around city hall. Sunday 10 am-2 pm
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is on the lawn of the the Lincoln Baths. Sunday 10 am-3 pm.

Troy Makers Market
Saturday: Local craft vendors will display and sell wares at the Troy Makers Market in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. Saturday 9 am to noon

Day trips
Explore New Paltz, head for The Berkshires, the Catskills, or Columbia County.

The Mop & Bucket Company, The Albany Institute, and Downtown Troy BID advertise on AOA.


Weekly Saturday walking food tours in Central Troy Historic District - 9:45 to 1, ending in time to shop the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market. Next available dates: July 15, July 27 - pre-booking necessary via the website. Cost $49 for adults.

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