The week ahead

jazz musician Ambrose Akinmusire

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is at EMPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (like August), to all stars, to the fair, to outdoor movies, to the orchestra, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 82.
Tuesday: Sun and low 80s, maybe a thunderstorm.
Wednesday: Sunny and low 80s.
Thursday: Some sun, maybe showers. Low 80s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe some showers and thunderstorms. Upper 70s.

August like August.

The Track

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

Altamont Fair

Tuesday-Sunday: The Altamont Fair -- the county fair Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties -- is at the fairgrounds in Altamont. This is its 125th year. The one-price admission includes "parking, attractions, Circus Hollywood, music and Unlimited Rides." Tuesday-Sunday -- $15 (Tuesday and Wednesday) and $17 (Thursday thru Sunday)


All stars
Tuesday: The New York-Penn League all star game is at The Joe. 7 pm -- $6 and up

Wednesday-Monday: The ValleyCats start up a new home stand with a three-game series against Hudson Valley. (Thursday is beach party night.) 7 pm -- $$6 and up


Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: Park Playhouse continues its youth production of The Music Man in Washington Park. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- $16 and up / free lawn seating

The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the production of A Legendary Romance. And its production of Actually, starring Alexandra Socha and Joshua Boone, also continues. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices


Bites Camera Action
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by Victory Soul Orchestra. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

Angels in America
+ Monday: The Spectrum is showing the National Theatre production of Angels in America: Part 1, starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. Monday 7 pm
+ Tuesday: Proctors is showing the production in the GE Theater. Tuesday 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm -- $15

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

Capitol Park After Dark
Wednesday: The Capitol Park After Dark series of outdoor movies in West Capitol Park returns with Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. 8 pm -- free admission

No Maps on My Taps
Wednesday: Proctors is screening the 1979 doc No Maps on My Taps, "featuring music by Lionel Hampton and the dance artistry of Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold 'Sandman' Sims." 7 pm -- $5

Philadelphia Orchestra

It's the third and final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's residency at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: A celebration of the groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday.
+ Thursday: French Festival Day 1
+ Friday: French Festival Day 2
+ Saturday: A Night at the Opera

Wednesday-Saturday 8 pm -- $40 and up

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season is winding down...

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

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

Freedom Park
The schedule for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia has Grand Central Station, Grit-N-Whiskey, and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company this week.


Tuesday: Buddy Guy & The Damn Right Blues Band
Blues icon. With: Quinn Sullivan. 7:30 pm -- $49.50 and up

Tuesday: Joe at SPAC
Pavilion-only show. 8 pm -- $66 and up

Wednesday: Ambrose Akinmusire at EMPAC
Jazz trumpeter and his quartet. He's collaborated with Kendrick Lamar. 8 pm -- $18

Thursday: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band show at The Egg is sold out.

Thursday: The Lil Uzi Vert show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out.

Thursday: Jesse Terry + The Young Novelists at Caffe Lena
Folk/roots rock. 7 pm -- $16

Thursday: Funk Night at The Hollow
With Justin Henricks and members of Kung Fu and The Chronicles. 9 pm -- $10

Friday: In The Valley Below at The Hollow
Indie pop. 9 pm -- $15

Friday: Cro-Mags & Brick By Brick at Upstate Concert Hall
Hardcore. With: All Out War, Cold As Life, Wrong Move. 7:30 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Khalif Neville at The Low Beat
From the "First Family of Funk." 8 pm -- $8

Saturday: Colin Hay at The Egg
Was a man at work. 8 pm -- $35 and up

Saturday: G. Love & Special Sauce at Lucky Strike
(The special sauce is Thousand Island dressing.) 9 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Saturday: Jazz In the Key of Dylan: A Tribute to Bob Dylan at Caffe Lena
Featuring Keith Pray, Chuck Lamb, Lecco Morris and the Arch Stanton Quartet. 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: Nona Hendryx + Nick Cave at MASS MoCA
Music + art. 7 pm -- $30

Sunday: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at The Egg
With: Tom Freund. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Sunday: Richard Barone - Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 60s at Caffe Lena
From the Bongos. 7 pm -- $20


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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photo: Emra Islek

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