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The week ahead

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Lindsey Stirling is at The Palace this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (hot), to The Track, to authors, baseball, to ballet, to the stage, to music...

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Tickets for Northshire Saratoga Jennifer Weiner event now on sale

Jennifer Weiner author

Here are the updated details for the Northshire event with best-selling author Jennifer Weiner in Saratoga Springs October 16: Weiner will be appearing in conversation with Elaina Richardson, president of Yaddo, at Congregation Shaara Tfille at 1 pm. There will be audience Q&A afterward and book signing.

Weiner will be in town to talk about her upcoming book Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. Book blurbage:

You know Jennifer Weiner as many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and "an unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker). She's also a mom, a daughter, and a sister; a former rower and current runner; a best friend and a reality TV junkie. Here, in her first foray into nonfiction, she takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of essays on womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Tina Fey, Fran Lebowitz, and Nora Ephron. ...
No subject is off-limits in this intimate and honest essay collection: sex, weight, envy, money, her mom's late-in-life lesbianism, and her estranged father's death. From lonely adolescence to modern childbirth to hearing her six-year-old daughter's use of the f-word--fat­­--for the first time, Jennifer dives deep into the heart of female experience, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world.

Tickets are on sale now -- they're $34 for 1 seat and 1 copy of the book / $44 for two seats and 1 book / $29 for active military, students, and seniors for 1 seat and 1 book.

Weiner is very popular, so it wouldn't be a surprise if this event sold out.

photo: Maarten de Boer

Stuff to do this weekend

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You might have heard that this place opens for the season this weekend...

Another midsummer weekend awaits.

Horses, ballet, baseball, swimming pools -- and that's just the beginning. After the jump, our list of stuff to do this weekend that we thought you might enjoy.

Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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I Love the '90s tour at TU Center

I Love the 90s music tour logo

This is happening: A music tour called "I Love the 90's" is coming to the TU Center December 1. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (July 22) -- they're $56 and up.

The lineup for the tour consists of R&B acts from the 90s. And instead of just listing the lineup, we figured we'd have a little fun. Here are lyrics from each of the acts -- and we'll let you guess. (It shouldn't be hard if you're, uh, a certain age.)

+ "All right stop, Collaborate and listen"

+ "Coolin' by day then at night working up a sweat / C'mon girls, let's go show the guys that we know / How to become number one in a hot party show"

+ "I wanna rock right now /I'm _____ and I came to get down / I'm not internationally known / But I'm known to rock the microphone"

+ "Oh girl I think I love you I'm always thinkin' of you / I want you to know I do it all 4 love"

+ "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death / I take a look at my life and realize there's none left / 'Cause I've been brassing and laughing so long that / Even my mamma thinks that my mind is gone"

+ "Workin' all week / 9 to 5 for my money / So when the weekend comes / I go get live with the honeys"

Lineup's after the jump.

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Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village

paradise now by chris jennings book coverThe author of Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism -- Chris Jennings -- will be at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village August 14 for a brunch and talk. Book blurbage:

In Paradise Now, Chris Jennings tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements, revealing their relevance both to their time and to our own. Here is Mother Ann Lee, the prophet of the Shakers, who grew up in newly industrialized Manchester, England--and would come to build a quiet but fierce religious tradition on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Even as the society she founded spread across the United States, the Welsh industrialist Robert Owen came to the Indiana frontier to build an egalitarian, rationalist utopia he called the New Moral World. A decade later, followers of the French visionary Charles Fourier blanketed America with colonies devoted to inaugurating a new millennium of pleasure and fraternity. Meanwhile, the French radical Étienne Cabet sailed to Texas with hopes of establishing a communist paradise dedicated to ideals that would be echoed in the next century. And in New York's Oneida Community, a brilliant Vermonter named John Humphrey Noyes set about creating a new society in which the human spirit could finally be perfected in the image of God.

Here's a very positive NYT review of the book from earlier this year.

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village is in norther Columbia County, just over the border from Rensselaer County. The Chris Jennings event starts at 11 am on Sunday, August 14. Tickets are $75 and include brunch.

As you might know, this region was the site of the first Shaker communities in America -- the very first being the Watervliet Shaker community (on land that's now in Colonie). Influential Shaker leader Ann Lee is buried there. (The State Museum had an interesting exhibit about the Shakers not too long ago -- some of the materials are still online.)

See also: This fascinating article about the "polyamorous Christian socialist utopia" that gave birth to the Oneida Limited company, which for roughly a century made silverware in Oneida, New York from Collectors Weekly.

The NYC Ballet is back at SPAC

NYC Ballet at SPAC by Stock Studio Photography

The New York City Ballet starts its summer residency at SPAC Wednesday night (July 20), and it will be performing there through July 30. Tickets for the performances start at $40.

This summer's schedule includes classic works such as George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream -- and more contemporary works, including the world premiere of Justin Peck's Scherzo Fantastique.

A quick version of the schedule is after the jump.

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Noré Davis at Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show

comedian Nore Davis

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series is bringing Noré Davis to Proctors August 20. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $15 ahead / $20 day of.

Davis has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Week Tonight, and Boardwalk Empire. He also appeared in an interesting short video for The New Yorker a few years back about scraping to work his way up the comedy career ladder. As he said in that video of the vulnerability of performing in front of people: "I could say something that really upsets you -- or really make you laugh. That risk, I love."

The show at the Proctors Underground is Saturday, August 20 at 8 pm. It will also include a host and a guest comedian opener.

Also on the Pretty Much upcoming slate: Shane Torres on July 30. Tickets for that show are also $15 ahead / $20 day of.

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series has turned out to be a good opportunity to catch comedians on the rise. A few of the comedians gone on to much wider success not too long after appearing there, including Aparna Nancherla and Josh Gondelman.

photo: Mindy Tucker

Capital Region county fairs 2016

Summer scene fair by Crystal Capritta

A late-summer scene. / photo: Crystal Capritta

County fair season in the Capital Region starts this week with the Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa. And as move through August, there will be a county fair somewhere around the region pretty much each week through Labor Day.

The fairs have a long history -- some of them have been going on for 175 years (or more).

Here's a rundown of county fairs around the region, with dates, admission info, and whatnot.

Commence eating foods on a stick...

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Marc Maron at Troy Music Hall

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Comedian Marc Maron will be at the Troy Music Hall October 14 for a stand-up show. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (July 22) -- they're $29 and $34.

Maron's been around for a long time, doing standup and appearing in various shows and movies. But in recent years he's probably most famous for his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.

He made a stop at The Egg back in 2013.

The week ahead

Bloc Party band 2016

Bloc Party is the headliner for Alive at Five this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (SUMMER), to the fair, to theater, stories, to ballet, to authors, to The Track, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

dave matthews band

Dave Matthews returns to SPAC this weekend.

Here it is. This is what we dream about in February -- a warm, lazy, sunny, mid-summer weekend with a list of fun things to do -- or not do -- as you see fit.

After the jump, our list of this weekend's goings-on that we thought might interest you. As always, if we're missing something you're doing, drop it in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Rensselaerville Ride: From Hill to Hollow

rensselaerville ride 2016 logoThe Carey Institute in Rensselaerville has an event coming up the weekend of September 16-18 that could be fun if you're into cycling (and beer). Blurbage for Rensselaerville Ride: From Hill to Hollow (link added):

It's a family friendly weekend with challenging routes for all ages and abilities, with rides ranging from a 3.3-mile time trial to a 64-mile ride through the Helderberg Hilltowns. Fall foliage will be at its peak so it's sure to be a beautiful weekend. Come early for the Pond Hill Challenge and stay late for live music, good food and craft beer. The Carey Institute has a brewery on its estate and plenty of New York State craft beer.

There's a schedule of events at that link. Entry fees for the rides range from free up to $80 -- the fees will increase at the start of September. (We also hear there are some early bird deals on lodging and meal packages if you're looking to stay there for the weekend.)

Rensselaerville is a beautiful spot in southwestern Albany County. While you're in that area, it's also worth stop at the Huyck Preserve, which has a series of hiking trails and some good waterfalls.

Pick-your-own blueberry season 2016

box of blueberries at samascott

Blueberry season recently started around the greater Capital Region. And it is an Official Summer Thing To Do.

Blueberries are just about our favorite pick-your-own crop because they're easy to pick (on bushes about waist high), relatively cheap (usually about $3 per pound), and they freeze beautifully, so you can stock up for later in the year.

There are a handful of farms around the Capital Region that offer pick-your-own blueberries. Here's a list with some info. And, of course, if you know of a place that should be on the list, please share.

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Pokestop History Tour in the Stockade

stockade lawrence pikachuThe Schenectady County Historical Society is putting together a combination Pokemon Go/Stockade history walking tour this evening, July 14. Blurbage

From fur trade post to pokestop! Hey, Pokemon Go players, we're playing too! Join us this Thursday evening ... for a massive Stockade takeover as we set lure modules, battle for gyms, complain about Drowzees, and explore, informally, the story behind all those pokestops!

The tour starts at 6 pm at the historical society's offices at 32 Washington Ave in Schenectady. It's free.

(2016 is really weird.)

Workplace gender equality town hall at The Linda

NYCH workplace gender equality townhall 2016-07-26 posterThe New York Council for the Humanities has a town hall-style event about workplace gender equality lined up for The Linda in Albany July 26. Event blurbage:

What arguments have been advanced to keep women disadvantaged in the workplace? How have these arguments been overcome? What are the unique challenges women of color face in the workplace? What is the biggest obstacle for gender inequality in the workplace today? These and other questions will be address in this this two-part event. After a brief history of gender inequality in the workplace, panelists will discuss the systemic challenges women face today.
Before and after the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about professional development opportunities and resources. Organizations from the Capital Region will share their resources and services such as workshops, scholarships, networking events, and more.

The panel includes author/activist/scholar (and Albany resident) Barbara Smith, UAlbany professor of sociology Karyn Loscocco, Mission Accomplished Transition Services CEO Carmen Duncan, and Allison Dunne, host of WAMC's 51%.

The event starts at 6 pm on Tuesday, July 26. It's free to attend, but an RSVP is requested.

Savion Glover at The Egg

Savion Glover

Tap dance king Savion Glover will be at The Egg October 15 for a performance. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (July 15) -- they're $34 and up.

The performance at The Egg will be the premiere of a new work by Glover, "New Soundz" -- it's a collaboration with jazz saxophonist James Carter. Glover's company of dancers will also be performing and they'll be joined by Carter's quartet.

Glover is, of course, a titan of the dance world. As his mentor, Gregory Hines, said of him many years ago: "He could arguably be the best tap dancer that ever lived. He's a genius."

Most recently, Glover was nominated for a 2016 Tony for his choreographer work on the Broadway show Shuffle Along.

The Chip Festival

the chip festival logoA new event called The Chip Festival will be at the Saratoga Springs City Center this Saturday. It is... pretty much what it sounds like. Blurbage:

The Chip Festival will stage a new and unique experience for food while celebrating the heritage of potato chips and their connection to Saratoga Springs. This event will celebrate all things chip related, including potato, tortilla, and other varieties of chips, in addition to salsas, dips, and more.

The schedule includes chip and dip sampling, a chip competition, a chip history display, art, music, and activities for kids.

Given the history of Saratoga Springs and the origin story of the potato chip, it's kind of surprising there already hasn't already happened.

The event is from 10 am to 6 pm at the city center. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under.

And, you know, no double dipping.

Ben Folds at The Egg

ben folds musician 2016

A solo Ben Folds is set to stop at The Egg September 26 for a show. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 15) -- they're $39.50 and up. (It looks like there's also a pre-sale.)

Tour blurbage:

Folds' upcoming solo tour comes at the anniversary of his critically acclaimed most recent album So There (New West Records). The record debuted last September at #1 on both Billboard's Classical and Classical Crossover charts. So There showcases new pop songs by Folds, along with the debut recording of his critically acclaimed "Concerto For Piano and Orchestra." The album has been praised for its forward-thinking studio craft and creative spontaneity.

The tour is being touted as a "solo rock tour," and "will feature Folds performing his classic and current pop songs, telling stories, interacting with the audiences, and improvisation with a host of instruments."

Dweezil Zappa
Also set for The Egg: Dweezil Zappa's "DWEEZIL ZAPPA Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants Tour a tribute to 50 Years Of Frank" on October 25. Tickets go on sale Friday (July 15) -- they're $34.50 and up.

Zappa was at The Egg last year playing Frank Zappa's music and that show sold out. So getting tickets sooner rather than later isn't a bad idea if you want to go.

photo via Ben Folds FB page

The week ahead

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band is at SPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (so July), to the stage, to stories, to authors, to running a business, to baseball, to all sorts of music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Revelations

The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be at SPAC this weekend performing works such as Alvin Ailey's Revelations. / photo: Nan Melville

We're still on a bit of a summer break here, but we put together a list of a few things we thought you might like to do this weekend.

If you've got something planned that you don't see here, drop it in the comments for the rest of the crowd to see.

Remember your sunscreen and have a good weekend.

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Stuff to do this weekend

ESP 4th of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July is Monday and that, of course, means fireworks at the ESP. / photo: Bennett Campbell

"How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
Somehow defeat a global superpower?
How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?
Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross' flag higher?"

After the jump, a three-day, Independence Day weekend's worth of stuff to do: fireworks, festivals, steamboats, concerts, ball games and more.

Planning something you don't see here? Share it with the rest of us in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Electric City Comic Con 2016

2016 SCPL Electric City Comic Con posterThe Electric City Comic Con will be back at the Schenectady County Public Library central library July 9. Con blurbage:

Visitors of all ages can expect to participate in free programs, workshops and meet comic book professionals throughout the day. Artists Alley features over a dozen comic book authors and illustrators such as; Capital Region native Greg Capullo (Batman), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy series), Jacob Chabot (Hello Kitty), and Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table). Outside in the library plaza purchase comics, handmade illustrations and crafts from our "Comics Commons" artists.

Activities that day will include a "drawbstacle course" improv session, author talks, a cosplay contest, crafts, and games.

The Electric City Comic Con is Saturday, July 9 from 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free.

Opera Saratoga summer season 2016

opera saratoga il postino posterIf you're looking to try something new: The 2016 summer season of Opera Saratoga is in progress.

This season's slate includes productions of The Marriage of Figaro (with music by Mozart), the American premiere of The Witches of Venice (with music by Philip Glass), Il Postino (an adaptation the film), an "An Evening on Broadway!" concert.

The schedule is after the jump.

Opera Saratoga performances are in the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park.

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Where to see fireworks this weekend


Ooooooh. Aaaaaahhh. / photo: Crystal Capritta

America celebrates its 240th Independence Day this weekend, and you know what that means: There's gonna be fireworks.

After the jump, a list of where you can see fireworks displays in the Capital Region this holiday weekend, Friday on through Monday. Checking out a display that you don't see listed here? Let us know about it in the comment section.

Happy Independence Day!

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Basilica Soundscape 2016 lineup

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Explosions in the Sky

Catching up: Basilica Soundscape returns to Basilica Hudson September 16-18. And the full lineup is out -- headliners include Explosions in the Sky, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Angel Olsen.

Tickets are currently $75 for a weekend pass ($125 with camping) / $60 for students and seniors. There are also Saturday and Sunday day passes for $40. (This has been a popular event in past years, so getting tickets sooner rather than later isn't a bad idea.)

Festival blurbage:

This site-specific, weekend-long experimental music and art event in its fifth year draws unconventional connections, parallels and collaborations between a diverse array of artists, curated by Brandon Stosuy (Kickstarter), Brian DeRan (Leg Up! Management), Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone (Basilica Hudson). Basilica SoundScape is a carefully curated two-day event that's been called "the anti-festival" for offering a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature. Far from a typical music festival, Basilica SoundScape features live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, installations, collaborations, curated local vendors and artisans, on-site activities and more, creating an immersive, innovative weekend of art, music, and culture.

The full lineup is listed after the jump.

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