The week ahead

postmodern jukebox and straight no chaser

Postmodern Jukebox (top) and Straight No Chaser are one of the many pop shows at SPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (so much summer), to baseball, to the county fair, to the stage, to writers, to The Track, to all sorts of music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun and maybe some thunderstorms. Mid 80s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, maybe thunderstorms. Mid 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny and 88.
Thursday: Some sun, small chance of thunderstorms. Near 90.
Friday: Sunny, small chance of thunderstorms. Mid 80s.

Just about as summer as summer can get.


Monday-Wednesday: The ValleyCats have a three game series at The Joe against Connecticut. There are post-game fireworks Monday and Tuesday is bobblehead night. Monday and Tuesday 7 pm, Wednesday 11 am -- $5.75 and up

Saratoga County Fair

Tuesday: County fair season starts with the Saratoga County Fair at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. This is the 176th year for the fair. Admission is $12 / season ticket is $40 / shorter than 52 inches is free / active military free with ID card / unlimited ride wristband is $20


Find Your Way Home
Monday: The Palace is hosting a production of Find Your Way Home. Blurbage: "Led by internationally known performer Alexandria Sharpe(Celtic Woman/West End) and Musical Director David Hayes(Riverdance/The Voice Of Ireland), this musical drama based in 1910 Ireland and America has brought crowds to their feet with an emotional journey of a family as they encounter unexpected tragedies and joys in the face of economic hardship." Monday 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Che Mambo
Thursday: The dance company Che Mambo will be at SPAC, "performing the traditional South American Malambo, dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song." Thursday 8 pm -- $27 and up

Capital Rep
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Mamma Mia!. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: Park Playhouse continues its production of Ragtime at the Washington Park lake house. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- free lawn seating is unreserved / reserved seats available starting at $16

The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the productions of Where Storms Are Born and opens a production of The Clean House. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices


Bites Camera Action
POSTPONED to August 21 because of weather forecast.
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Jurassic Park in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by Kimono Dragons. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

Life of Brian
Monday: Proctors is screening Monty Python's The Life of Brian in the GE Theatre. Monday 7 pm -- $5

NYS Writers Institute

Monday-Friday: The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues it series of public author readings at Skidmore. This week's schedule:
+ Monday: Memoirist Margo Jefferson (Negroland) and Poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco)
+ Tuesday: Novelist-Memoirist Mary Gordon (The Shadow Man, Pearl) and poet Tom Healy (What the Right Hand Knows)
+ Wednesday: Poet Charles Simic (The Lunatic: Poems, Hotel Insomnia) and Novelist-Poet Victoria Redel (Loverboy, The Border Of Truth)
+ Thursday: Novelist Russell Banks (The Darling, Affliction, The Lost Memory of Skin) and Poet Chase Twichell (Dog Language)
+ Friday: Fictionist Amy Hempel (The Dog of Marriage) and Novelist Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You)

The events start at 8 pm in the Davis Auditorium of Skidmore's Palamountain Hall. They're free.

The Track

Friday: It's opening day of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. The Track will have a bunch of events and promotions for opening weekend, including the annual hat contest on Sunday.

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season continues...

At The Plaza
Wednesday: The Summer at the Plaza series of events at the ESP continues with Soul Asylum and Cracker. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Kristen Capolino. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Made in the Shade
Wednesday: The Made in the Shade series of lunchtime shows outside The Egg has Joe Louis Walker. Wednesday at noon -- free admission

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront has Lindsay Ell with Anthony Fallacaro. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at The Tang Museum on at Skidmore has Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra. Thursday 7 pm -- free admission

Freedom Park
The schedule for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia has The Refrigerators, Rattail Jimmy, and the Brian Patneaude Quintet this week.

Music Haven
Sunday: The Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park has Septeto Santiaguero, with Radio Jarocho. Sunday 7 pm -- free admission


Tuesday: Foreigner at SPAC
With Cheap Trick, and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. 7 pm -- $18.75 and up

Tuesday: Robert Earl Keen at The Egg
Texas singer/songwriter. With: Ruston Kelly. 7:30 pm -- $34.50

Wednesday: Straight No Chaser + Postmodern Jukebox at SPAC
A cappella and reimagined covers. A pavilion-only show. 7:30 pm -- $29.95 and up

Wednesday: Born of Osiris at Upstate Concert Hall
Deathcore. With: Volumns, Betraying the Martyrs, Widowmaker. 7:30 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Thursday: Ziggy Marley at The Egg
Reggae royalty. 8 pm -- $46 and up

Thursday: WEXT 97.7 10th Anniversary Concert Crawl: The Ladles and Alice Howe at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass and folk. 7 pm -- $16

Friday: Elvis Costello at Brewery Ommegang
With Amy Helm. 7 pm -- $55

Friday: Aaron Lewis at Upstate Concert Hall
From Staind. 8 pm -- $30 ahead / $35 day of

Saturday: Rod Stewart at SPAC
With Cyndi Lauper. 7:30 pm -- $30 and up

Saturday: Dru Hill at The Egg
Summer Soul Fest with Sisqo, V.I.C., Chubb Rock, Positive K. 8 pm -- $46 and up

Saturday: Booker T. Jones at MASS MoCA
B3 organ master. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $26 day of

Saturday: Conor Oberst at Upstate Concert Hall
With Hop Along. 8 pm -- $26

Saturday: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends at The Hangar
Guitar/songwriter. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Marshall Crenshaw & Dan Bern at Caffe Lena
Two singer/songwriters. 8 pm -- $27

Saturday: Summer Undercover at The Low Beat
A bunch of local acts performing covers. 6 pm

Sunday: Florida Georgia Line at SPAC
With Nelly, and Chris Lane. 7 pm -- $30.50 and up

These are a just a few things for this week, not a comprehensive list. Look for out "Stuff to do this weekend" list for the upcoming weekend on Friday.

Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

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Word on the street is that Bites Camera Action has already reschedule Jurassic Park to August because of possible thunderstorms. We are all of the opinion that watching that movie in a storm would be kinda cool, but I'm sure their lawyers disagree.

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