The week ahead

rapper comedian actress Awkwafina

The NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series starts off its fall season with Awkwafina.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (late summer), to September(!), to outdoor movies, to fall seasons, to baseball, to all sorts of music...

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Weather

Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sun and 76.
Tuesday: Sunny and 75.
Wednesday: Sun and 76.
Thursday: Some sun, maybe some showers and thunderstorms. Mid 70s.
Friday: Sun and 68.

Late summer.

September

This is it -- September starts on Friday and Labor Day is next Monday. Summer is ending. So do all those summer things you've been wanting to do.

The Track

It's the last week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course, which wraps up on Labor Day. (And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.) The big race this week is the Woodward Stakes on Saturday.

Film

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

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

Capitol Park After Dark
Wednesday: The Capitol Park After Dark series of outdoor movies in West Capitol Park is showing the 1982 version of Annie. 8 pm -- free admission

County fairs

County fair season wraps up this week with three fairs around the region:
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. It's the county fair for Fulton and Montgomery counties.
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Columbia County Fair at the fairgrounds in Chatham.
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Schaghticoke Fair at the fairgrounds in Schaghticoke. It's the county fair for Rensselaer County. This is the 198th year for Schaghticoke Fair -- it's said to be the 3rd oldest fair of its type in New York State.

Arts and sciences

Awkwafina
Thursday: The NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series opens its season with an appearance by rapper/comedian/actor Awkwafina. Nora Lum is a UAlbany grad and she'll be interviewed on stage by Steve Barnes, who was one of her instructors. Thursday 4:15 pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center -- free

After
Thursday-Friday: EMPAC opens its fall season with a performances of Andrew Schneider's After. "Working over the past year in residence at EMPAC, Schneider developed the show's content in tandem with experiments in new theatrical technology. In an effort to create intimacy and take the audience to the edge of the human condition, AFTER incorporates projection mapping, lighting effects, and sound spatialization technology." Thursday-Friday 7:30 pm -- $18

Baseball

Thursday: The ValleyCats return to start a three-game series with Aberdeen at The Joe (it's 50-cent hot dog night). Thursday 7 pm -- $6 and up

Music

Monday: The Tiempo Libre SPAC on Stage show is sold out.

Tuesday: Sting at Tanglewood
With his band. 8 pm -- $33 and up

Wednesday: Diana Ross at Tanglewood
The one and only. 7 pm -- $29 and up

Wednesday: Sting at SPAC
With: Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Wednesday: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Egg
Last Made in the Shade show at the season. Wednesday noon -- free

Thursday: Cully & The Chinchillas at The Low
With: Apostrophe S, Precedence, DJ Sato. 8 pm

Friday: Avett Brothers at Tanglewood
With: Nicole Atkins. 7 pm -- $35 and up

Friday: Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys at Helsinki Hudson
Rockabilly. With: Sarah Borges. 9 pm -- $15

Saturday: Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia at Tanglewood
Performed by Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and Alfie Boe and the Boston Pops. 8 pm -- $39 and up

Saturday: Zac Brown Band at SPAC
Country. 7 pm -- $28 and up

Saturday: Warpaint at Upstate Concert Hall
Dream pop. 8 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Saturday: Underground System at MASS MoCA
"Underground System is a collective of Fela Kuti-worshipping rabble-rousers and rhythm-makers." 8 pm -- $10 ahead / $16 day of

Saturday: Hip Hop 518: Clear Mind at The Low Beat
Along with a bunch of other acts. Hosted by DJ Siroc. 8 pm

Saturday: Good Fiction at The Hollow
With: Bathroom Robots, Candy Ambulance. 8 pm -- $10 ahead / $15 day of

Sunday: Melissa Etheridge at Tanglewood
With the Boston Pops. 2:30 pm -- $15 and up

Sunday: Eilen Jewell at Helsinki Hudson
"Queen of the minor key." 8 pm -- $20

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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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