The week ahead

Albany Lincoln Park Pool

Swimming pools season is now in full swing around the area -- including the city of Albany pools and spray pads, which are now open.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summer-y), to pools, to magic, to WTF, to murals, to baseball, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, then sunny. Upper 70s.
Tuesday: Sunny and 79.
Wednesday: Sun and 80.
Thursday: Cloudy, probably rain and maybe a thunderstorm. Low 80s.
Friday: Sunny and 89.



Pool season has arrived. Most of the public pools and spray pads around the Capital Region are now open for the season, including those in the city of Albany.

David Blaine

Tuesday: Magician David Blaine will be at the Palace for a stage show. Tuesday 8 pm -- $49 and up


The Williamstown Theatre Festival opens its new season this week with productions of The Closet (starring Matthew Broderick) and The Sound Inside (starring Mary-Louise Parker). Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices

Stage and screen

16mm Classic Fantastic Vintage TV Party
Monday: The It Came From Schenectady series at Proctors is showing the original unaired pilot of The Outer Limits and two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Monday 7 pm -- $ 9 / $6 seniors, students, and age 17 and under

Tuesday: The Spectrum is showing the National Theatre Live production of Yerma at the Young Vic. The production, starring Billie Piper, got strong reviews. Tuesday 7 pm -- $15

Walk and talk

Jackie Baldwin scholarship
Monday: There's a fundraiser for the Chef Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship at the Malt Room in Troy. Baldwin was a Troy native and well-known local chef who died suddenly of cancer in 2016. The scholarship assists students attending the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism at SCCC. The Malt Room will have food, a cash bar, and the current scholarship recipient will be there. Monday 5:30 pm -- $40

Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words
Tuesday: The Immigrant Stories series is back at Caffe Lena. "Together, the [Saratoga Immigration Coalition] seeks to welcome immigrants, raise awareness, show support and appreciation for the contributions of immigrants vital, but often unseen role in our community. ... Evenings will consist of 3 to 5 speakers followed by time for Q & A." Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Getting Centi-mental about the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series is at the Albany Pump Station for a talk about the 1918 flu pandemic. "Please join us for a fascinating Science on Tap with Dr. Eric Yager as he discusses the 1918 Spanish flu, the impact of virus biology, and if could history repeat itself." Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

CapitalWalls Mural Tour
Wednesday: There's a walking tour of downtown Albany's murals organized by LocalXDesign, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn, and ParkAlbany. "After a brief description of the #CapitalWalls program led by curator Tony Iadicicco, we will embark on a walking tour with the mural artists who will share their artwork, process, and perspective. The tour will end at the English Pub's outdoor patio, where we'll continue discussions inspired by the murals." Wednesday 5:45 pm -- free (registration required)

Cohoes Mastodon and Center Square
Wednesday: Mr. Albany Archives -- Matt Malette -- will be at the Albany Public Library June 27 to talk about the history of the Cohoes Mastodon and the Center Square neighborhood. Wednesday 6:30 pm -- free

Fundraising for non-profits
Thursday: The StartUp Town Square series at Urban Co-Works in Schenectady is hosting a panel discussion about fundraising for non-profits. "Learn the secrets to 'ringing the cash register' from organizations who have developed innovative fundraising initiatives. Hear their stories about ideation, marketing and growing their opportunities for years to come." Thursday 5:30 pm -- $20 / $15 for non-profits / free for students


Thursday-Saturday: The ValleyCats return home for a three-game home stand at The Joe against Hudson Valley. Thursday-Saturday 7 pm -- $6.50 and up


Local strawberry season is in progress around Capital Region. Here are a bunch of farms around the area where you can pick your own.

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season continues...

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Blues For Breakfast. 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 Rusticators. Wednesday at noon -- free

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany has B.B. King Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson, with The Age. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Freedom Park
Wednesday: The concert series in Scotia's Freedom Park has Moriah Formica. Wednesday 7 pm -- free


Wednesday: Keith Urban at SPAC
Country star. With: Kelsea Ballerini. 7:30 pm -- $24.75 and up

Wednesday: JAZZ IS PHSH at The Egg
"JAZZ IS PHSH is a collective of musicians from the jazz and jam scenes that have come together to reimagine the music of Phish..." 7:30 pm -- $22

Thursday: VickiKristinaBarcelona at The Linda
"[A] power trio dedicated to re-imagining the songs of Tom Waits via gorgeous three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles and bells..." 8 pm -- $15

Thursday: Susan Werner at Caffe Lena
Folk singer/songwriter. 7 pm -- $25

Thursday: El Modernist, Dizzy Bats, Patch Kid
A few different flavors of rock. 8:30 pm -- $7

Thursday: The Tins + Lucy at The Low Beat
Indie rock. With: Bendt. 7:30 pm -- $7

Thursday: Davis Rogan at Lost & Found
"Davis Rogan and his band bring a high energy show featuring funky vocals and creative piano playing. Davis and his high energy shows were the inspiration for Davis McAlary, a character in HBO's 'Treme.'" 8 pm -- free

Friday: Ray LaMontagne + Neko Case at MASS MoCA
Outside at the museum. 7 pm -- $57 ahead / $66 day of

Friday: Imagine Dragons at SPAC
Alt rock. With: Grace Vanderwaal. 7 pm -- $35 and up

Friday: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at Tanglewood
Banjo star. 8 pm -- $20 and up

Friday: Al DiMeola at The Egg
"Al DiMeola performs as part of his Notorious-Opus Electric Tour 2018/2019 performing music from Elegant Gypsy to Opus and more." With: Brand X. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Friday: The Mallett Brothers Band at The Hollow
"With a style that can ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock..." 9 pm -- $12

Friday: Opera Saratoga: "The Merry Widow" at SPAC
"One of the most popular operettas across the globe, The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years." 7:30 pm -- $50 and up

Saturday: Live From Here Hosted by Chris Thile with Punch Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and duet partner Aoife O'Donovan at Tanglewood
Live broadcast of the public radio show formerly known as Prairie Home Companion. 5:45 pm -- $21 and up

Saturday: Steely Dan + The Doobie Brothers
1970s, man. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Saturday: Opera Saratoga: "Rocking Horse Winner" + "Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera" at SPAC
American premiere for the The Rocking Horse Winner. 7:30 pm -- $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!

AOA is a media sponsor of Rockin' on the River.


Local PBS affiliate WMHT is hosting a free, public event about Screen Time and the effects on social development on Thursday at 6pm at the studio, 4 Global View, Troy.

And the premiere/unveiling of the new Henry Johnson Medal is Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Palace.

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