The week ahead

musician Vance Joy

Vance Joy opens the week at The Palace.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (pretty great), to stories, to scavenger hunting, to swimming, to Eid al-Fitr, to all sorts of music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny and 75.
Tuesday: Sunny and 79.
Wednesday: Cloudy, maybe thunderstorms. Low 80s..
Thursday: Sunny and 80.
Friday: Sunny and 77.

Pretty great!


Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Say What?" 7:30 pm


National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Wednesday: Proctors is showing a filmed version of the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Wednesday 2 pm and 7 pm -- $2

Young Dr. Jekyll
Thursday-Saturday: The workshop production of the new musical Young Dr. Jekyll continues at Proctors. Thursday-Saturday various times -- $30

Walk and talk

Adult scavenger hunt (with beer)
Thursday: Oakwood Cemetery in Troy is hosting a scavenger hunt for adults. There will also be a beer tasting with Rare Form Brewing. Thursday 5-7:30 pm -- scavenger hunt $15 / beer tasting $15 (reservations recommended)

Interplanetary Travel: do we have the heart for Mars?
Thursday: The Science on Tap series will be at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs for from talk about traveling to Mars by Dr. Heidi DeBlock. "Dr. DeBlock will discuss the physiological possibility of humans colonizing Mars as well as the health problems our astronauts face. If you are lucky, she may even talk about how astronauts use the bathroom on the International Space Station!" Thursday 7 pm -- free admission


Pool season is here. Some public pools and spray pads around the Capital Region are open for the season already, and more will be opening this week and next.

Eid al-Fitr

The Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, starts Thursday evening and runs through Friday evening. The holiday includes feasts to celebrate the breaking of the fasts during Ramadan.

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season continues...

Rockin' on the River POSTPONED TO AUGUST 15
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Skeeter Creek with Sydney Worthley. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Lunchtime at the Plaza
Wednesday: The Lunchtime at the Plaza series of lunchtime shows (thus the name) at the ESP has Closet Classics, "acoustic classics from the '60s and '70s." Wednesday at noon -- free

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany has Albert Hammond Jr., the lead guitarist for The Strokes, with Dark Honey. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Mountain Jam

Friday-Sunday: The Mountain Jam music festival returns to Hunter Mountain. This year's lineup is headlined by Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpons, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Portugal: The Man, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, and Jenny Lewis. single day passes $110 / festival passes $220


Monday: Vance Joy at The Palace
Folk pop singer/songwriter. With: Mondo Cozmo. 7:30 pm -- $19.50 and up

Monday: Dead & Company at SPAC
Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Bob Weir with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. 7 pm -- $45 and up

Wednesday: Mt. Joy at The Hollow
Indie folk. 9 pm -- $15

Thursday: The Valerie June show at Caffe Lena is sold out.

Thursday: Making Movies at The Hollow
"Making Movies blends pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock 'n' roll swagger into powerful live performances, full of theatrics and cathartic climaxes." 7 pm -- $12

Thursday: Motionless in White at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Every Time I Die, Ice Nine Kills, The Plot In You. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Thursday: Emma Dilemma + Morgan Orion at Pauly's
Folk + anti-folk. (Don't let come into contact with each other.) 8:30 pm -- $7

Thursday: Micah Schnable & Shane Sweeney at The Low Beat
From Two Cow Garage. 8 pm -- $6

Friday: The Decemberists at MASS MoCA POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 4
They'll also be at Mountain Jam. With: Marissa Nadler. 8 pm -- $45 ahead / $55 day of

Friday: Awolnation at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt rock. With: Lovelytheband, Irontom.

Friday: Stellar Young + Titanics + The Age at The Hollow
Three locals, one show. 9 pm -- $10

Friday: Girl Blue at Savoy Taproom
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. With: Weege & The Wondertwins. 9 pm -- no cover

Friday: The Duke Robillard Band at The Upper Room
Blues. 7 pm -- $25

Friday: Kidz Bop at SPAC
A pavilion-only show. 7 pm -- $35 and up

Saturday: Grizzly Bear at MASS MoCA
Indie rock. With: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. 8 pm -- $32 ahead / $40 day of

Saturday: Foreigner at SPAC
With: Whitesnake, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. 7 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: Warren G at Upstate Concert Hall CANCELLED
Hip hop. With: Mind Over Matter, Johnny 2 Phones and Suave the Don. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Night Riots at The Hollow
Alt rock. 8:30 pm -- $12.50

Saturday: Back to Black: Tribute to Amy Winehouse, featuring Remember Jones at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
As it says on the label. 9 pm -- $20

Sunday: Caffè Lena @ SPAC: Darlingside
Indie folk. At the gazebo stage. With: Oshima Brothers (noon), Kuinka (1:30 pm). 3 pm -- free

Sunday: Darlingside at Caffe Lena
This time at Caffe Lena itself. 7 pm -- $35

Sunday: Mary Ocher at Pauly's
Berlin-based art rock. With: Doom Fuck. 8 pm -- $10

To do list

1. A reminder that Father's Day is Sunday.

2. Be outside.


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 via Vance Joy Facebook


Shakespeare's Macbeth (NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE) at Spectrum 8 Theatres
6/12 at 7pm.

Get yer Scottish play on! Nothing says Summer like Death.

Tuesday nights in the park at Cook Park starts their season with the Pipe Kings.

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