The week ahead

Phantogram 2016

Phantogram is back in town for a show at The Egg this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (cool start), to The Track, to the stage, to movies, to science, to art, to comedy, baseball, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, rainy. Mid... 60s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, probably more rain. Low 70s.
Wednesday: Sunny and upper 70s.
Thursday: Cloudy, scattered showers. Near 80.
Friday: Some sun, chance of thunderstorms. Low 80s.

Cool start.

The Track

It's the first full week of the new season at the Saratoga Race Course. (And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.)


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

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: This is the last week for the Park Playhouse production of Ragtime at the Washington Park lake house. It's gotten very good reviews. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- free lawn seating is unreserved / reserved seats available starting at $16

The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the productions of The Clean House. And it premieres Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices


Summer in the City
Tuesday: The Summer in the City series of family movies at The Palace is showing Finding Dory. Tuesday 1 pm -- free

Bites Camera Action
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by The Useless Cans. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

Arts and sciences

NYS Writers Institute
Monday-Friday: It's the last week of the NYS Summer Writers Institute series of public author readings at Skidmore. This week's schedule:
+ Monday: Novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, King of Cuba, The Lady Matador's Hotel) and Novelist Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon)
+ Tuesday: Novelist William Kennedy (Ironweed, Roscoe) and Novelist Francine Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris 1932)
+ Wednesday: Novelist Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie, Blondie, Carthage)
+ Thursday: Novelist Jamaica Kincaid (See Now Then, Autobiography Of My Mother, Lucy) and Poet Henri Cole (Nothing To Declare, Touch)
+ Friday: Novelist Rick Moody (Hotels of North America) and Jim Miller (author "Democracy Is In The Streets" and other books)

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

Science on Tap
Tuesday: The Science of Tap series is back at The Ruck in Troy with talk from Dr. Sara Brenner of SUNY Poly about "the wide variety of nanotechnology applications in the field of health and medicine." Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

Troy Summer Square
Wednesday-Saturday: The Troy Summer Square public art series continues at Monument Square with nights that include tie dye, hopscotch, improv, poetry, and the the reveal of the 10 public art ideas for Troy.

John Mulaney

Thursday: Comedian John Mulaney will be at The Palace for two stand-up shows. The first of the night is already sold out, and it looks like the second is also close to a sell out. Thursday 9:30 pm -- $25 and up


Thursday-Sunday: The ValleyCats open a new home stand at The Joe with a three-game series against Staten Island.

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 Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde with Girl Blue. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Made in the Shade
Wednesday: The Made in the Shade series of lunchtime shows outside The Egg has Ajkun Ballet Theatre. Wednesday at noon -- free admission

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront has Marian Hill with The Parlor. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at The Tang Museum on at Skidmore has Heard. Thursday 7 pm -- free admission

Freedom Park
The schedule for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia has The Joey Thomas Big Band, Betsy and the ByeGons, and the The Route Fifty 5 this week.

Music Haven
Sunday: The Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park has BeauSoleil and Michael Doucet, with Vishtèn. Sunday 7 pm -- free admission


Tuesday: Drive-By Truckers at The Egg
Alt country. With: The Seratones. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Tuesday: Chicago + Doobie Brothers at SPAC
Still going. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Tuesday: The Stray Birds at Caffe Lena
Americana. 7 pm -- $22

Wednesday: Kings of Leon at SPAC
With: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. 7 pm -- $22.25 and up

Thursday: Phantogram at The Egg
Back home, in a show moved from the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. 8 pm -- $35 ahead / $38 day of

Thursday: Zae Biggz at The Low Beat
Album release show, along with a whole string of acts. 8 pm

Friday: John Prine at The Palace
With: Margo Price. 8 pm -- $38 and up

Friday: The Big Veg at Capitol Roots
Celebration of The Veggie Mobile with The Parlor, Kimono Dragons, and a bunch of others. Also food trucks and beer/cider. 5-10 pm -- free admission

Saturday: The Peter Yarrow show at Caffe Lena is sold out.

Saturday: Glass Animals at Brewery Ommegang
With: Little Dragon. 7 pm -- $40

Saturday: The
Australian Pink Floyd Show at SPAC

"The Best Side of the Moon 2017." 8 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: Young Syrup at The Low Beat
Hip hop. A fundraiser for WCAA. With: Ellis, The Hudson Underground. 7 pm

Saturday: Linda Lavin at Helsinki Hudson
"My Second Farewell Concert." With: Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein. 8 pm -- $65

Saturday: Bang on a Can All-Stars at MASS MoCA
Part of the annual festival. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $18 day of

Sunday: Girls, Guns and Glory at Caffe Lena
Alt country. 7 pm -- $18


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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