The week ahead

joshua bell

Star violinist Joshua Bell will be making two appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week at SPAC. / photo: Bill Phelps

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (more of the same), to the Track, to the fair, to baseball, to outdoor movies, to music...



Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Cloudy, probably showers and thunderstorms. High 70s.
Tuesday: Cloudy, probably showers and thunderstorms. Low 80s.
Wednesday: Some sun, maybe some showers and thunderstorms. Mid 80s.
Thursday: Repeat.
Friday: Cloudy, probably some showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Mid 80s.

More of the same.

Saratoga Race Course

The season at the Saratoga Race Course. There's horse racing every day except for Tuesday.


Wednesday-Thursday: The ValleyCats return from their all-star break for a a two-game home stand at The Joe against Connecticut. Wednesday is George Springer bobblehead night, and Thursday has post-game fireworks. Wednesday-Thursday -- $6.50 and up

Altamont Fair

Tuesday-Sunday: County fair season continues with the Altamont Fair. It's the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various admission prices


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Monday: The Bites Camera Action outdoor movie series in downtown Albany continues Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie will be 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 will be screening James and the Giant Peach. Tuesday activities at noon / movie at 1 pm -- free

Capitol Park After Dark
Wednesday: The Capitol Park After Dark series is in West Capitol Park in Albany is showing the 1947 noir Out of the Past starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, and Rhonda Fleming. Wednesday 8 pm -- free


Tuesday-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues with a production of the Carson McCullers play The Member of Wedding (Tavi Gevinson is part of the cast) and Dangerous House, a new play by Jen Silverman (Samira Wiley is part of the cast). Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: This is the last week for The Park Playhouse's production of the satire How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in Washington Park. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- lawn seats free / reserved seats $14 and up

Arts and sciences

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

Washington Ave Walkabout
Wednesday: The Historic Albany Foundation's Walkabout Wednesday series has a history walking tour about Washington Ave. "Historic Albany Foundation, with grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation League of New York State, is working toward listing portions of Washington and Western Avenues from the Alfred E. Smith Building to the Downtown SUNY Campus on the National Register nomination as Albany's newest historic district." Wednesday 5:30 pm -- $10

C.J. Chivers
Thursday: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist C.J. Chivers will be at Northshire Saratoga to talk about his new book "The Fighters, "an unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America's longest wars." Thursday 7 pm

The Jazz of Physics
Thursday: The Speakers @ SPAC series has theoretical physicist/cosmologist/jazz saxophonist/author Stephon Alexander talking about "The Jazz of Physics." Thursday 8 pm -- $20

The Great Fire of 1848
Friday: Historic Albany has a walking tour about the 170th anniversary of "Albany's Great Fire of 1848." It'll be led by city historian Tony Opalka with the Albany Fire Department Lt. Tim Blaney Lt.
Bill Tobler (retired). Friday 5:30 pm -- $25


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

Philadelphia Orchestra

It's the last week of the Philadelphia Orchestra annual run at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: The Orchestra Unleashed!
+ Thursday: Captivating Classics
+ Friday: star violinist Joshua Bell
+ Saturday: The Red Violin with Joshua Bell

Wednesday-Saturday various times -- $18 and up

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 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 School of Rock. Wednesday at noon -- free

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has Fenimore Blues. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Freedom Park
+ Wednesday: The concert series in Scotia's Freedom Park has The Joey Thomas Big Band. Wednesday 7 pm -- free
+ Saturday: Anthony Fallacaro. Saturday 7 pm -- free
+ Sunday: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Sunday 7 pm -- free


Monday: American Idol Live at The Palace
"[F]eaturing your Top 7 LIVE on stage, including your 2018 American Idol Winner." 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Thursday: Larry Carlton Quartet at Caffe Lena
"Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton, a.k.a. Mr. 335 (named for his iconic 1968 Gibson ES-335) is indisputably one of the all-time guitar greats and it's a massive honor and treat to welcome him to Caffe Lena's intimate stage." 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm -- $75

Friday: Shun Ng & Magic Dick at Caffe Lena
"Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for the J. Geils Band, partners with acoustic guitar sensation and soul singer Shun Ng." 8 pm -- $25

Friday: Kimono Dragons, Tsunamibots, Surfer R Cool at Pauly's
"An evening of salty surf rock." 8:30 pm -- $7

Saturday: Farming Man Fest at Indian Ladder Farms
Food, beer, and music with Rattling Baddlies, College Farm, Grassroots Rebels, Stone Revival Band. starting at 11 am -- $25

Saturday: Eilen Jewell at Caffe Lena
"Queen of the minor key." 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: The National Reserve at The Hangar
"The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and boozy rock n roll to create their own timeless brand of American music." 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Jaimeo Brown Transcendence at MASS MoCA
"Musician Jaimeo Brown, performing with his ensemble, Transcendence, fuses jazz, hip-hop, and blues. Presented in confluence with Allison Janae Hamilton's exhibition, Pitch, the evening will include Brown's provocative piece Work Songs -- which samples the sounds and music of unknown laborers." 8 pm -- $14 ahead / $24 day of

Sunday: Luke Bryan at SPAC
Country star. With: Jon Pardi and Morgan Wallen. 7 pm -- $36.50 and up

Sunday: 10 String Symphony at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass. 7 pm -- $20

Sunday: Zan & The Winter Folk at Round Lake Auditorium
"[L]ullabies for the lonely, anthems for the revivalists, ballads for the hopeful." 6 pm -- $12


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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