Saratoga County Fair • July 17-22
162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa.
For more info: 885.9701; www.saratogacountyfair.org
Schoharie County Sunshine Fair • July 27-August 4
Cobleskill. For more info: 234.2123; www.sunshinefair.org
Altamont Fair • August 14-19
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont.
For more info: 861.6671; www.altamontfair.com
Washington County Fair • August 20-26
Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich.
For more info: 692.2464; www.washingtoncountyfair.com
Fonda Fair • August 28-September 3
Fonda Fairgrounds, 21 South Bridge Street, Rt. 30A, Fonda
For more info: 853.3313 or www.fondafair.com
Columbia County Fair • August 29-September 3
32 Church Street, Chatham
For more info: 392.2121 or www.columbiafair.com
Schaghticoke Fair • August 29-September 3
69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke.
For more info: 753.4411 or www.schaghticokefair.org
Alive at Five
Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve
Rain location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch under 787 overpass. Opening bands 5pm; headline band 6:30pm, show ends 8pm.
Dave Mason of Traffic with The Emerald City Band
Bootsy Collins with Soul Session
Patty Smyth & Scandal with Sirsy
Dickey Betts & Great Southern with Kirsten Thien
Local Blues Night
The Bacon Brothers with The Stray Dogs
Buckwheat Zydeco with Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers
Smash Mouth with The Dylan Emmet Band
Country Night: Lee Brice with Wendy Owens & Renegade
Beach Bums: A Tribute to The Beach Boys with Grand Central Station
Town of Schaghicoke Summer Concerts
Schaghicoke Town Hall, 6:30pm
Storm Front – Billy Joel
Hair of the Dog
Back 40 Band
Four on the Floor & Fireworks
Jazz on Jay
Free noontime concerts featuring the best of regional jazz talent. Located in "The Circle" at State & Jay in Schenectady on sunny days, the concerts are from noon – 1:30pm. Rain location is in the Muddy Cup, located next to Proctors Box Office.
April Marie & The Michael Lamkin Trio
Al Haugen & Friends
Alex Slomka Quartet
Dave Fisk Quintet
The Sunnyside of the Street Band with Brian Brundige
Gals Who Play Jazz
Keith Pray Quartet
Nat Phipps All-Stars
Brian Patneaude Quartet
John Hines and Friends
Concerts in the Courtyard
Main Street, Schoharie
Friday Nights in July 7pm-9pm in the Courtyard on Main Street.
Kopy Kats, playing hits from the 1950s
Shakey Ground, playing classic rock favorites
Linda Lee and the Fox Creek Bank, playing round and square
The Fulton Chain Gang, playing country/rock favorites
Brunswick Family Community Center on Keyes Lane. 6:30pm-8pm. www.townofbrunswick.org
Four on the Floor Band
The All Paul Band – Classic Rock
Crying Out Loud
Flame The Band
Back 40 Band – Country
Cabin Fever – Bluegrass
The Tichy Boys – Roots Rock, Country & Swingability
Hair of the Dog – Irish Folk/Contemporary
Lustre Kings – Rockabilly
207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham
Donation: $5 adults; children under 12 free
Come early and enjoy the historic buildings and gardens on the grounds. Vendors are available for dinner, beverages and ice cream. Lawn chairs and dancing shoes are recommended.
JADE – they’re back after being a BIG hit last year. Opening Act – Chelsea Cavanaugh. Music 5:30pm-9pm.
German Fest with Schwarzenegger Connection – German dinners by Rolf’s Pork Store starting at 4:30pm. German Beer Garden. Music 6:30pm- 9pm.
Italian Night with The Good Times Band. Italian food served by the American Heritage Assoc. starting at 5pm, Music 6:30pm-9pm.
Irish Night with Hair of the Dog. Corned beef sandwiches by Rolf’s Pork Store, music 7pm-9pm.
Polish Night with Rymanowski Bros. Orchestra – Polish dinners prepared by the BVM of Czestochowa Church starting at 5pm, music 6:30pm-9pm.
Riverlink Summer Concert Series
1 Front Street, Amsterdam
Kick-off the concert series with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic – a nine-piece Boston-based group will perform their eclectic mix of Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60’s rock, smoky torch songs, and occasional novelties. 7pm.
Joey Thomas Big Band – celebrating 20 years of performing the Great American Songbook. 7pm.
Annie and the Hedonists – covering an eclectic mix of acoustic music, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz. 7pm.
Girl Howdy: Sweet harmonies, sliding steel and sawing fiddle define Girl Howdy’s honky-tonk sound. 7pm.
Riverlink Jamboree with the Nellies, Rusty Belle, Dan Johnson and His Expert Sidemen, others TBA: musical romp featuring bluegrass, old-timey and traditional music. 3pm.
Skeeter Creek: Metroland’s Best Local Country Band 2012. 7pm.
Singers/Songwriters: with Olivia Quillio and Meagan Duffy, Holly and Evan, Evan Gavry and the Tin Stars, others TBA. 4pm.
The Tichy Boys: The finest Father and Son Rockabilly duo…in all of Renssaleaer County! With Johnny Rabb and killer band. 7pm.
Washington Park Shows
At The Lakehouse in Washington Park, Albany. Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm. Amphitheater Seating is free. Premium reserved seating on sale. www.parkplayhouse.com
July 6-29 – Cabaret – One of the most beloved show in Broadway history. A gripping story and an energetic, popular score.
Park Playhouse II
August 4-19 – Hairspray – .With show-stopper after show-stopper the production will be a sure-fire smash!
Park Playhouse Kids
August 13-19 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – One of the most energetic and entertaining rock operas of all time.
Williamstown Theatre Festival 2012
Williamstown, MA • www.wtfestival.org
June 26 – July 14
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
What if a family of Guys and Dolls-style gangsters moved to Downton Abbey-style London in order to escape certain, shall we say, entanglements? What if two of these wise guys fell hard for two tough dolls? And what if the formidable dame who runs the aforementioned criminal family developed an appetite for cucumber sandwiches? Director David Hyde Pierce gives us Oscar Wilde’s hilarious high society satire in a very new way. Welcome to the family.
July 19 – 29
FAR FROM HEAVEN
Book by Richard Greenberg, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Michael Greif
With Kelli O’Hara
A Preview Production
Cathy Whitaker seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut. But roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel – with incendiary consequences. With a lush score that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal, intolerance, and a woman grappling with her own identity in a society on the verge of great upheaval.
August 1 – 19
A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY
By Ivan Turgenev
Translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsk
Directed by Richard Nelson
World Premiere Translation
Settled into a life of sylvan contentment, 29-year-old Natalya falls under the influence of a force she has never known before: desire. Without warning, her simple, predictable world is irrevocably changed and she is torn between moral responsibility and uncontrollable passion. Both psychologically compelling and emotionally raw, this production heightens the Festival’s tradition of beautifully acted works of Russian drama with innovations in scenic and sound design to create a one-of-a-kind, intimate experience unlike anything previously presented on the WTF Main Stage. This revelatory new translation marks the first collaboration between playwright Richard Nelson and Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, the foremost contemporary translators of classic Russian literature including the best-selling Oprah’s Book Club selection, Anna Karenina.
June 27 – July 8
THE BLUE DEEP
By Lucy Boyle
Directed by Bob Balaban
With Blythe Danner
Though only in her twenties, Lila Miller is stuck, while her mother, Grace, is perpetually in motion. When Lila returns home to her family’s exquisite Hamptons house and garden with only a plastic bag and a broken heart, there’s no nurturing to be found, except as pertains to horticulture. The same painful history that threatens to drive mother and daughter permanently apart ultimately evolves into the one realm where reconnection might be possible. The Blue Deep is an achingly honest and funny play about loss, growing up, and the benefits of aquaerobics.
July 11 – 22
LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
By Neil Simon
Directed by Jessica Stone
Meet Barney Cashman. He’s a middle-aged restaurant manager who has a very nice married existence. But he’s tired of existing; he wants to live – before it’s too late. Maybe one afternoon of passion could be so exhilarating, so vivid, that the memory alone would sate his desire for more. Three women, three afternoons, three shots at living in Technicolor. As she did with her lauded WTF production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, director Jessica Stone reveals the humanity and the hilarity of this oft-overlooked early work of Neil Simon.
July 25 – August 5
THE ELEPHANT MAN
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
With Patricia Clarkson and Bradley Cooper
From a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to his days as the toast of London high society, the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, has fascinated the world for well over a century. Though his disfigurement brought notoriety, it was his unblemished inner humanity that most astonished those around him, compelling examinations of their own prejudices and beliefs. Shattering our illusions of normalcy, Pomerance weaves Merrick’s tale into a parable on beauty, innocence, and human dignity.
August 8 – 19
By Katori Hall
Presented in association with Signature Theatre
One-percenter Eden Higgenbotham lives a cushy Upper-East-Side life surrounded by equally affluent, vain, and snobbish friends. When a sudden stroke causes her to contract the very rare Foreign Accent Syndrome, which makes her speak uncontrollably with a Jamaican accent, she’s forced to embrace a dramatically altered identity. Irreverent and hilarious, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! is a searing satire of race and class by the Olivier Award-winning writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall.
Pre-Season Production at Mass MoCa
HERE LIES LOVE
Written by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Directed by Alex Timbers
Produced in association with The Public Theater and supported in residence by MASS MoCA
Within a throbbing dance club environment, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, from her meteoric rise to her descent into infamy. This wholly immersive spectacle combines disco beats, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment – going beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes to explore true questions of power and responsibility. Neither period piece nor mere biography, neither play nor musical, Here Lies Love is a unique theatrical experience that raises the pulse and quickens the blood – all filtered through the remarkable vision of David Byrne, one of the great American artists of the last half century.
NOTE: Here Lies Love will be presented in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA. Tickets are available ONLY through the MASS MoCA Box Office.Call 413.662.2111.
July 11-14, 17-20
THE VALLEY OF FEAR
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Steve Lawson
Celebrating its 25th anniversary with the return of Sherlock Holmes, the Free Theatre will present The Valley of Fear, adapted by WTF veteran Steve Lawson from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes saga, launched the Free Theatre in 1987, and now the legendary sleuth returns in this new theatrical version of Conan Doyle’s final novel. Spectators will don their crime-solving caps and lend Holmes and Dr. Watson a hand, with gasps and laughs guaranteed for all. Presented under the stars at Poker Flats Field.
Amsterdam Mohawks Baseball
65 Crescent Avenue, Amsterdam • 791.7546; amsterdammohawks.com
Tickets: Reserved Box Seats, Adults $5, ages 5-18, seniors, military $2 under 5 free
June 7 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
June 9 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
June 12 vs. Tri-County Bees. 10:30am.
June 12 vs. Oneonta Outlaws. 7pm.
June 15 vs. Elmira Pioneers. 7pm.
June 16 US Military All-Stars. 7pm.
June 18 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm
June 21 vs. Oneonta Outlaws. 7pm.
June 22 6th Annual Parkfest. Vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Spectacular post-game fireworks at 11pm.
June 25 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
June 28 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
June 30 vs. Watertown Wizards. 7pm. Waterpark Day at Shuttleworth Park with the Amsterdam Mohawks. 3pm-9pm.
July 3 vs. Cooperstown Hawkeyes 7pm and 3rd Annual Spectacular Holiday Post-game Fireworks Show 10pm.
July 5 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs Grandslam Car Giveaway Night. 7pm.
July 6 vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles. 7pm.
July 8 vs. Cooperstown Hawkeyes. 7pm. Baseball
July 10 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
July 12 vs. Watertown Wizards. 7pm.
July 13 vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles. 7pm.
July 15 vs. Watertown Wizards. 7pm.
July 17 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
July 20 vs. Newark Pilots. 7pm.
July 22 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. 7pm.
July 24 PGCBL All-Star Game. 7pm.
July 27 vs. Glens Falls Golden Eagles Spectacular Post-game Fireworks show. 7pm.
July 30 vs. Albany Dutchmen. 7pm.
July 31 vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs.
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. 629.2299; Advance tickets $5.50-$10.50, day of game $6.50-$11.50
June 20 – Opening Night/Boys of Summer! 7pm.
June 21 – Game Show Night – Chances to win contests and prizes all night. 7pm.
June 25 – Bark in the Park Night – Bring your dog! 7pm.
June 26 – Tunes For Tuesday – Vs. Lowell Spinners. 7pm.
June 27 – 50 Cent Hot Dog Night – $5. 7pm.
June 28 – Girls of Summer/Softball Night. 7pm.
June 29 – Youth Baseball Night/Field Renovation Celebration. 7pm.
July 4 – Independence Day – 6pm.
July 5 – Veterans Day – Honor those who have served our country. 7pm.
July 6 – Hall of Fame Night – 7pm.
July 8 – SouthPaw’s Birthday Celebration/Kids Club Day – 5pm.
July 9 – We Love New York Night – 7pm.
July 17 – Blues, BBQ and Baseball! Tribute to Blues Legend Ernie Williams – pregame concert at 5pm.
July 18 – Welcome to the Future Night! – 7pm
July 21 – GE Kids in Free Night – 7pm.
July 22 – Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer – 5pm.
July 23 – Social Media Monday – 7pm.
July 24 – Camp Day/Senior Day-11am First Pitch.
Old Stone Fort Museum Complex
145 Fort Road, Schoharie • 295.7192; www.theoldstonefort.org
Strawberry Festival – Enjoy fresh local strawberries, ice cream and an evening on the lawn with live music. $6 – benefits the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex. Bring your favorite lawn chairs & friends to celebrate summer! 7pm-9pm.
June 22-July 8
Schoharie County Arts Council Members’ Art Exhibition – Paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Badgley Museum Annex.
Local History Lecture – Linda Russell: "Songs America Voted by" – Campaign Songs of the 19th Century. Badgley Annex. Free. 7pm.
Local History Lecture – Milton C. Sernett: "From Muscles to Motors on the Farm" – Henry Ford & the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930. Badgley
Annex. Free. 7pm.
Local History Lecture – Matt Coltrain – Get A Grip: The History of Early American Funeral Services and Embalming. Badgley Annex. Free. 7pm.
Local History Lecture – August 23 Gus Truin – U.S. Christian Commission in the Civil War. Badgley Annex. Free. 7pm.
108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
Spa Little Theater one hour before all performances. www.saratogaopera.org
July 6, 9, 13, 15
Rigoletto, 2pm & 8pm
July 7, 10, 14
The Mighty Casey, 2pm & 8pm
July 8, 12
Trial by Jury/LE 66, 2pm
New York City Ballet
Opening Night: New York City Ballet, 8pm
American Girl Night, 8pm
New York City Ballet, 2pm
Date Night, 8pm
Family Night, 8pm
New York City Ballet – 2pm
Gala Night, 8pm
New York City Ballet, 8pm
Girls Night Out, 8pm
New York City Ballet, 2pm
July 19 & 21
Romeo & Juliet – 8pm & 2pm
Family Night, no pre-theatre dining, 8pm
New York City Ballet, no pre-theatre dining, 8pm
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Opening night, 8pm
The Lure of Paris, 8pm
Cirque De La Symphonie – Family Night
Arabian Nights, 8pm
Lang Lang, 8pm
Date Night, 8pm
Family Night, 8pm
Wizard of Oz, 8pm
An Evening with Joshua Bell, 8pm
Yo Yo Ma – Date Night, 8pm
The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond Family Night, 8pm
Tchaikovsky Spectacular, 8pm
Chamber Music Festival
July 29, 31
Miami String Quartet – 2:15pm & 8pm
July 31, August 7, 14
Early on Tuesday’s with Andre-Michael Schub, 7pm
An Afternoon with Johannes Moser, 2:15pm
Wister Quartet and Friends, 8pm
Featuring David Kim, 2:15pm
Ebne Quarter, 8pm
Freihofer Jazz Festival
Esperanza Spalding "Radio Music Society"
Mingus Big Band
Michel Camilo "Mano a Mano" with Giovanni Hidalgo & Charles Flores
Christian McBride Inside Straight
Mario Abney & The Abney Effect
Jeremy Pelt Quintet
Mario Abney & The Abney Effect
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Hiromi Trio Project
Trio of Oz featuring Omar Hakim & Rachel Z
Steve Kroon Sextet
Trio of Oz featuring Omar Hakim & Rachel Z
Brian Mitchell Band
Yaddo Garden Tours
312 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 584.0746; www.yaddo.org
June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31
August 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 26, 28
September 1, 2
Cost is $5 per person. Tour lasts approximately one hour. There is no tour on Travers Day, August 25.
Tours are held Saturday & Sundays throughout the summer and additional tours are held on Tuesdays during the thoroughbred racing season.