The week ahead

musician Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is playing a show at MASS MoCA this week. / photo: Danny Clinch

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (still hot), to movies, to authors, to the stage, to art, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, hot. Low 90s.
Tuesday: Sunny, maybe showers and thunderstorms in afternoon. Around 90.
Wednesday: Sunny and mid 80s.
Thursday: Sunny and mid 80s.
Friday: Sun and upper 80s.

Still hot.


Bites Camera Action
Monday: The Bites Camera Action outdoor movie series in downtown Albany starts its new series with Invincible. And it has a new location -- the series will be showing movies on the big video screens outside the TU Center. South Pearl will be closed from Beaver to Hudson starting at 6:30 pm. And Youth FX films will be screened at 7 pm. Monday 7:30 pm -- free

Summer in the City: Coco
Tuesday: The Palace's Summer in the City series of free kid-friendly screenings starts up its new season with Coco. Tuesday activities at noon / movie at 1 pm -- free

Yellow Submarine
Tuesday-Wednesday: Proctors is screening the Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Tuesday and Wednesday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students, seniors, kids

Summer Writers Institute

The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues its schedule of open-to-the-public readings by authors at Skidmore. This week's schedule:
+ Monday: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Louise Gluck & Danzy Senna
+ Tuesday: Russell Banks & Chase Twichell
+ Wednesday: Claire Messud & Rosanna Warren
+ Thursday: Mary Gaitskill & Vijay Seshadri
+ Friday: Adam Haslett & Amy Wallen

The events are in Palamountain Hall at Skidmore. Monday-Friday 8 pm -- free


Ring of Fire
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Repertory Theatre opens its production of the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire. (It was in previews this past weekend.) Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Tuesday-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues this week with productions of The Closet (starring Matthew Broderick) and the world premiere of Artney Jackson by James Anthony Tyler. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Monday: There's also a benefit concert with Chita Rivera. Monday 7:30 pm -- $60 and up

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: The Park Playhouse's first production of the summer season in Washington Park is Damn Yankees. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- lawn seats free / reserved seats $14 and up

Arts and sciences

Crime Fiction Writing Workshop
Monday: Mystery writer/UAlbany criminal justice professor Frankie Y. Bailey starts up a crime fiction writing workshop at the Albany Public Library for writers of all levels. "This program is designed as a four-part series, but participants who are unable to attend every module are still welcome to sign up." Monday 6 pm -- free (registration required)

Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Mistakes" Tuesday 7:30 pm (fixed)

Science on Tap
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series will be at the Albany Pump Station for an interactive presentation about invasive species. "Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, insects and diseases that were introduced into an ecosystem and cause significant harm to our environment, economy or human health. Learn about invasive species in your neighborhood and what YOU can do to help stop the spread!" Tuesday 7 pm -- free

Art for Lunch
Wednesday: There's an "Art for Lunch" tour of the Empire State Plaza's modern art collection, part of an ongoing series this summer. "Every tour will focus on a different selection of artworks and on various themes including: sculptures in nature, women artists in the collection, art you can touch, creating the collection, artists who are World War II veterans, and art as propaganda in the Cold War." Wednesday 12-12:30 pm -- free


Here's a big list of public pools and spray pads around the Capital Region now open for the season.

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season continues...

Rockin' on the River
The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Meklit with Ade Knowles & Ensemble Congeros. 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 The Stray Dogs. Wednesday at noon -- free

At The Plaza
Wednesday: The At The Plaza series of events at the ESP has En Vogue in concert, with Wurliday. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany has Big Daddy Kane with DJ Trumastr, DJ Supreme, and Und3rstanding. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has the Decoda Chamber Music Ensemble. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Freedom Park
+ Wednesday: The concert series in Scotia's Freedom Park has the Capital District Youth Pipe Band. Wednesday 7 pm -- free
+ Saturday: Praise in the Park Christian rock. Friday 6:30 pm -- free
+ Sunday: The Route Fifty 5 brass quintet. Sunday 7 pm -- free

Harbor Jam
Saturday: The Harbor Jam series at Mohawk Harbor has Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribue. Saturday 6 pm -- free

Music Haven
Sunday: The Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park has Gabacho Marco, with Heard. 7 pm -- free


Wednesday: Jeremy Denk at Tanglewood
MacArthur grant-winning pianist. 8 pm -- $19 and up

Wednesday: Natalie Prass at The Linda
Indie pop. 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 at door

Thursday: Halsey at SPAC
Pop. With: Jessie Reyez. 8 pm -- $39 and up

Thursday: Courtney Barnett at MASS MoCA
In the courtyard. With: Vagabon. 8 pm -- $27 ahead / $37 day of

Thursday: John Butler Trio at The Egg
Roots rock. With: Mama Kin Spender. 8 pm -- $38.50 and up

Thursday: BIG|BRAVE at The Low Beat
Experimental rock. With: Chief, Sun Natives. 7:30 pm -- $8

Thursday: Maybe April at Caffe Lena
Country Americana. With: Michelle Mandico. 7 pm -- $16

Friday-Saturday: Dave Matthews Band at SPAC
They're back. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: Spin Doctors at Schenectady County SummerNight
Free outdoor show/festival in downtown Schenectady. With: Lucy, Bendt. 5 pm -- free

Friday: Tia Brazda at Parish Public House
"[S]assy jazz-pop gems and vintage style..." 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 at door

Friday: The Mammals at Caffe Lena
Americana. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at Helsinki Hudson
Singer/songwriter. With: Jeremy & The Harlequins. 9 pm -- $20

Saturday: Old Crow Medicine Show at Ommegang
Americana. With: Pap n' Po featuring JP and Pappy Biondo of Cabinet. 7 pm -- $45

Saturday: Sankofa: The Legacy at Proctors
Musical performances as part of a celebration of Black art and culture: Hannibal Lokumbe, Taina Asili Y Banda Rebelde, Super Jermaine, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow was Enuf, Diata Diata International Folklore Theatre, Lady Moon &The Eclipse, From the Roc Nation &Afropunk Young Paris. 1 pm -- $25

Saturday: Shemekia Copeland
Blues vocalist. 9 pm -- $25

Saturday: Martin Sexton at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm -- $60

Saturday: Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl at The Egg
"JESSIE'S GIRL has mastered stunning renditions of the world's most vibrant songs, all while dressed up as the unforgettable characters of that decade!" 8 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: Johnny Two Phones and Suave The Don at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop. With: Souly Had with Entreband, Hank $tackz, DJ Hunna G. 7:30 pm -- $13 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Super 400 at The Ale House
An acoustic show. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: BSO: Puccini's La bohème at Tanglewood
"Semi-staged performance sung in Italian with English supertitles." 8 pm -- $23 and up

Sunday: Jason Aldean at SPAC
Country star. With: Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina. 7:30 pm -- $28 and up

Sunday: BSO: Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Bernstein with Yuja Wang at Tangelwood
Super star pianist. 2:30 pm -- $21 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!

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