Amernet String Quartet, Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 4 p.m. Sunday. $5-$45. 845-679-8217 or maverickconcerts.org. The string quartet plays music by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorák.
“Blue,“ Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. 8 p.m. Saturday. $26-$149. 607-547-2255 or glimmerglass.org. New work centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America.
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Koussevitzky Music Shed, 297 West St. Lenox. 8 p.m. Saturday. $22-$104. 888-266-1200 or bso.org. Francois-Xavier Roth conducts works by Brahms and Schumann, featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein.
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Koussevitzky Music Shed, 297 West St. Lenox. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $34-$114. 888-266-1200 or bso.org. Francois-Xavier Roth conducts works by Schumann and Brahms, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the BSO horn section.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: “Technical Brilliance,“ Spa Little Theatre, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $42-$52. 518-587-3330 or spac.org. Pianist Wu Han, violinist Paul Huang, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finckel and the Escher String Quartet perform works by Mozart, Saint-Saens and Dvorák.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: “Vienna to Paris,“ Spa Little Theatre, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs. 3 p.m. Sunday. $42-$52. 518-587-3330 or spac.org. Pianist Wu Han, violinist Paul Huang, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finckel and the Escher String Quartet perform works by Beethoven, Debussy and Brahms.
“The Ghosts of Versailles,” Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. 1:30 p.m. Sunday. $26-$149. 607-547-2255 or glimmerglass.org. The ghost of Marie Antoinette is upset about her untimely ending.
The Knights, Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall, 297 West St., Lenox, Mass. 8 p.m. Thursday. $19-$58. 888-266-1200 or bso.org. Led by conductor Eric Jacobsen, the ensemble returns to Tanglewood, performing a program of works by Hungarian composers Ligeti, Kurtág and Kodály, as well as Brahms’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Gil Shaham, and four of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances.
“La Traviata,“ Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 p.m. Monday. $26-$149. 607-547-2255 or glimmerglass.org. Verdi’s iconic opera.
Meet the Music! Leave it to Ludwig, Spa Little Theater, 19 Roosevelt Dr., Saratoga Springs. 1 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. A family of concert of Beethoven music, featuring musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with host Bruce Adolphe.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs. 8 p.m. Friday. $30-$100. 518-587-3330 or spac.org. Featuring works by Wagner, Grieg and Dvorák. Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Featured pianist: Jan Lisiecki.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs. 8 p.m. Saturday. $32-$100. 518-587-3330 or spac.org. The all-Mozart program features conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist Christian Blackshaw, soprano Golda Schultz, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, tenor Jonas Hacker and bass-baritone Philippe Sly.
Tan Dun’s “Martial Arts Sonata” Trilogy, Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall, 297 West St., Lenox, Mass. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $19-$58. 888-266-1200 or bso.org. Violinist Ryu Goto, cellist Wei Yu and pianist Magdalena Baczewska perform chamber works by the composer and film scorer, including pieces from the movies “Hero” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall, 297 West St., Lenox, Mass. 8 p.m. Sunday. $13-$57. 888-266-1200 or bso.org. Giancarlo Guerrero conducts a program of works by Sibelius, Hindemith and Mahler.
Upper Madison Free Concert Series, Albany Elks, 25 S. Allen St., Albany. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. uppermadison.org or 518-992-5362. Featuring Marla Eglowstein and Friends Classical String Trio.
Vespers Concerts, Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre, Seagle Music Colony, 999 Charley Hill Road, Schroon Lake. 5 p.m. Sunday. 518-532-7875 or seaglecolony.org. Sacred choral music and vocal solos.
POP, ROCK, FOLK, COUNTRY AND JAZZ
The 3rd Annual Denim & Diamonds BBQ and Country Music Concert, Liberty ARC, 47 Liberty Drive, Amsterdam. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $20. 518-954-3265 or libertyarc.org. Dust off your cowboy boots and get ready for amazing food, country music by Skeeter Creek, dancing and a wine and spirits pull.
4th Annual Gavinstock Festival, Gavin’s Irish Country Inn, 118 Golden Hill Road, Cornwallville. Friday-Sunday. Various prices. 518-634-2582 or gavinsinn.com. The three-day festival features non-stop Irish music from headliners Shilelagh Law, as well as the Canny Brothers, the Narrowbacks, Jameson’s Revenge, Slainte, FDNY Pipes & Drums, Hellcat Maggie, Ray Coleman, Brian McArtin, Brooklyn Bards, the Byrne Brothers, Niall O’Hagan and the Farrell School of Irish Dance. There will also be a children’s activities area from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, Freedom Park, 5 Schonowee Ave, Scotia. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-312-8646 or freedomparkscotia.com. Latin jazz dance band.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. 8 p.m. Sunday. $28-$58. 800-745-3000 or spac.org. A Pink Floyd tribute band formed in 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia.
Kyle Bourgault, Schaghticoke Summer Eve’s Concerts, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-753-6915. Country band.
Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood, Koussevitzky Music Shed, 297 West St., Lenox. 8 p.m. Friday. $23-$130. 888-266-1200 or bso.org. Tanglewood presents “Star Wars: A New Hope,” a showing of the classic 1977 film, with the Boston Pops Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score, under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar, The Hall of Springs, Saratoga Performing Ats Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. 10 p.m. Thursday. 518-583-3003 or spac.org. Featuring pianist Chuck Lamb.
Garland Nelson and Soul Session, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-587-3241 or saratoga.com. Soul and R&B.
Glens Falls City Band, Glens Falls City Park, Maple St., Glens Falls. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 518-956-4052. This 27-piece professional concert band, comprised of musicians from throughout the Capital District, performs a mix of marches, light classical, Broadway and popular selections. A lawn chair or blanket is suggested.
Grand Central Station, Freedom Park, 5 Schonowee Ave, Scotia. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 518-312-8646 or freedomparkscotia.com. Party rock band.
Howlin’ at the Moon Americana Concert Series, Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1100 Main St., Rotterdam Junction. 7 p.m. Thursday. $6. 518-374-0263 or schenectadyhistorical.org. Americana and bluegrass from Three Quarter North.
John Hughes, Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater. Noon Tuesday. Free. 518-670-2985. Playing ancient traditional instruments not often heard in the United States, many he builds himself, Hughes is an innovative composer, kora player, percussionist, and vocalist whose style ranges from elegant and stately West African classical harp music to jazzy, hypnotic grooves that cross cultural boundaries and fuse disparate influences.
Janis Ian and Livingston Taylor, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $45. 518-473-1845 or theegg.org. A double bill featuring two of folk music’s most enduring artists — maverick singer-songwriter Ian, whose legacy includes such groundbreaking compositions such as “Society’s Child” and “Seventeen”; and Taylor, known for his extremely entertaining performances as well as his timeless songs such “Boatman” and “I Will Be In Love With You.”
Jazz on Jay, Jay Street, Schenectady. Noon Thursday. Free. 518-382-3884. With Trio Lingo.
Jazz on the Hill, St. Peter Armenian Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Free-$35. 518-461-9325 or stpeterarmenianchurch.org. Featuring the vocal jazz quartet New York Voices, celebrating 30 years together.
Jonas Brothers, Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 7:30 p.m. Monday. $69.95-$499.95. 800-745-3000 or timesunioncenter-albany.com. The reunited sibling pop group/former teen idols comes to Albany, with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.
Jupiter & Okwess, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass. 8 p.m. Saturday. $18-$44. 413-662-2111 or massmoca.org. Led by dynamic frontman Jupiter Bokondji Ilola, the group mixes traditional Congolese rhythms with Western rock and pop styles to create “vigorous, inventive variations on funk.”
Jupiter & Okwess, Music Haven Stage, Central Park, Schenectady. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. musichavenstage.org. Led by dynamic frontman Jupiter Bokondji Ilola, the group mixes traditional Congolese rhythms with Western rock and pop styles to create “vigorous, inventive variations on funk.”
Lake George Music Festival, various locations throughout Lake George. Aug. 11-23. 518-791-5089 or lakegeorgemusicfestival.com. A celebration of classical and new music.
The Lords of 52nd Street, Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Rivers Casino & Resort, 1 Rush St. Schenectady. 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-579-8800 or riverscasinoandresort.com. The music of Billy Joel performed by former members of his band.
Lunchtime at the Plaza, Farmers Market, Empire State Plaza, Albany. Noon Wednesday. Free. Jam band and Grateful Dead tunes from Knot Dead.
The McKrells, Wiswall Park, 369 Front St., Ballston Spa. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-885-2772 or ballston.org. Capital Region Irish and bluegrass music legends.
Memories of Elvis Tribute Show, The Park Theater, 14 Park St., Glens Falls. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25. 518-792-1150 or parktheatergf.com. The ultimate Elvis Tribute featuring Patrick Johnson and Matthew Boyce, as both the younger Elvis and the comeback Elvis from the 50s to the 70s.
Mississippi Heat, WAMC’s The Linda, 339 Central Ave., Albany. 8 p.m. Friday. $20-$25. 518-465-5233 or thelinda.org. The Chicago blues band welcomes guest artist, guitar master Lurrie Bell.
Jerrod Niemann, Rivers Casino & Resort, 1 Rush St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Friday. $35-$55. 518-579-8800 or riverscasinoandresort.com. Kansas-born country music singer and songwriter.
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Shepard Park, Lake George. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. lakegeorgearts.org/summer-concert-series. African, Latin American, Caribbean and funk music.
Playback-Rocks, Powers Park, Third Avenue, Troy. 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. rensco.com. Rock band.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs. 8 p.m. Thursday. $42-$117. 518-587-3330 or spac.org. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs the Music of Duke Ellington, while Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and composer Marsalis premieres his work “Swing Symphony.”
Robanic, Culturefest, Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady. 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-346-1262 or hamiltonhillartscenter.org. Robanic is a four-member ensemble that plays a wide and colorful range of Caribbean music including old-school reggae, traditional rock-steady, ska, calypso and contemporary lovers rock, as well as the hottest new dance-hall sound from Jamaica.
The Rymanowski Brothers, Frank A. Leak Amphitheater, Cook Park, Colonie. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-218-7782. Polkas and Polish music.
Slipknot, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. 5:30 Wednesday. $39.50-$129.50. 800-745-3000 or spac.org. The heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, that wear masks and jumpsuits headline a show, with support acts Volbeat, Gjira and Behemoth.
Chris Smither, Guthrie Center, Old Trinity Church, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, Mass. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25-$30. 413-528-1955 or guthriecenter.org. Country blues-tinged Southern folk singer-songwriter.
Spirit of the Suffragettes: Taína Asili and Eljuri, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy. 5 p.m. Tuesday. 518-272-2390 or mediasanctuary.org. Taína Asili is a New York based Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and raised in New York City, Cecilia Villar Eljuri is a compulsive genre-fuser writing songs that mirror the experiences of her life, and is touted as one of the top Latina guitar players in the world.
Upbeat on the Roof, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-580-8080 or tang.skidmore.edu. For more than 20 years, Red Haired Strangers have been perfecting their unique sound of country, blues and bluegrass influences. What was once a harmonica duo now features fiddle, drums, bass, dobro and pedal steel guitar.
Ballroom and Latin Dance, Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski St., Cohoes. 7 p.m. Thursday. $12. 518-869-0611. Enjoy the area’s best ballroom and Latin music for your dancing enjoyment. Admission includes a free dance lesson. Enjoy the area’s best ballroom and Latin music for your dancing enjoyment. Admission includes a free dance lesson.
Buhrmaster Barn Dance, Buhrmaster Barn, Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham. 5 p.m. Sunday. $10-$12. 518-233-0847 or pruynhouse.org. Potluck dinner at 5 p.m., dancing from 6-9 p.m. Caller: Ridge Kennedy. Music: Spare Parts.
Dance, Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 402 25th St., Watervliet. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $5, lesson 7-8 p.m.; $10, dance 8-10 p.m. 518-794-5009. Beautiful dance floor and newly redecorated. Friendly crowd, dance with friends.
USA Dance Monthly Ballroom Dance, Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave Ext., Albany. 6 p.m. Sunday. Free-$13. capitalusadance.com. Music by DJ Paul Giuliano. Peabody dance lesson from 6:15-7 p.m. by Louise Giuliano; Quickstep at at 8:30 p.m. by Linda Orcutt, Barbara Robinson and Kevin McNamara.
Boston Ballet, Ted Shawn Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $45-$78. 413-243-0745 or jacobspillow.org. The program includes: excerpts of William Forsythe’s acclaimed “Playlist (EP),” which pairs Forsythe’s daring choreography to a soundtrack pulled straight from today’s top charts by artists like Khalid, ABRA and Lion Babe/Jax Jones; as well as “Pas de Quatre and Rodin” by classic Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson; and resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites.
Bridgman | Packer Dance, PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$35. 518-392-6121 or ps21chatham.org. Dance meets film meets virtual reality. The group presents “Voyeur,” their highly acclaimed work featuring choreographer-performers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s innovative work.
The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Freedom Park, 5 Schonowee Ave, Scotia. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. 518-312-8646 or freedomparkscotia.com. The resident dance company of The Egg in Albany performs the first concert of its 2019-2020 season with upbeat selections from ESDC’s varied repertory, including “Tumble,” “Texture of the Whole,” “Vooz e la,” “Falling” and “What Do You Do With an Idea?” It also features audience participation for children.
Emerging Choreographers Project, Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Free (reservations required). 518-953-0630 or thecohoesmusichall.org. This ongoing project features the work of eight area choreographers with new faces and some returning favorites. Emerging Choreographers Project provides an artistic honorarium and performance opportunities for up and coming regional choreographers to showcase new work and receive feedback in an intimate setting.
GOTTA DANCE, Ted Shawn Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. 4 p.m. Sunday. $50-$150. 413-243-0745 or jacobspillow.org. This benefit for the School at Jacob’s Pillow showcases choreography and improvisations created in just three weeks by the School’s Tap Program.
Martha Graham Dance Company, Ted Shawn Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $45-$78. 413-243-0745 or jacobspillow.org. Featured works on the program include modern dance pioneer Graham’s iconic “Appalachian Spring” and all-female “Chronicle,” as well as a suite of “Lamentation Variations” and a new work by “Sleep No More”‘s choreographer Maxine Doyle and former Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith.
Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet, Doris Duke Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. 8:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday; 2:15 p.m. Sunday. $55-$65. 413-243-0745 or jacobspillow.org. In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.
Urban Bush Women, Doris Duke Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. $35-$55. 413-243-0745 or jacobspillow.org. In this choreographic riff, Urban Bush Women returns to Jacob’s Pillow drawing inspiration from the musical life and spiritual journey of legendary composer and saxophonist John Coltrane.
“Before the Meeting,“ Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $55. 413-458-3200 or wtfestival.org. The members of an early morning recovery group find their routine upended when one of their member’s estranged grandaughter arrives to reopen old wounds.
“The Brothers Size,“ The Ancram Opera House, 1330 Route 7, Ancram. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $30. 518-329-0114 or ancramoperahouse.org. Set in the Louisiana bayou, this drama is about the unbreakable bond between two brothers — one hardworking and steady, one just out of prison and aimless — and the outsider who threatens to transform the very ground on which they’ve reunited.
“Bugsy Malone Jr.,“ Valatie Community Theatre, 3031 Main St., Valatie. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $10. 518-758-1309 or valatiecommunitytheatre.org. Valatie Youth Theatre presents a musical stage version of the 1976 film where rival gangster groups are populated by children and the deadliest weapon is one that shoots whipped cream.
“The Children,“ Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday; 3 p.m. Friday, Sunday. $15-$45. 866-811-4111 or shakespeare.org. The play concerns two retired nuclear physicists, a married couple, who live in a remote cottage on the British coast while the world outside is dealing with a major disaster at a nuclear power station.
“Coriolanus,“ Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $18.75-$55. 866-811-4111 or shakespeare.org. Shakespeare’s tragedy based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus.
“Dead Man’s Cell Phone,“ Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls. 7 p.m. Monday. 518-792-1740 or gfcommunitytheatre.org. Glens Falls Community Theatre and ETC presents a staged reading of Sarah Ruhl’s play.
“Fall Springs,“ Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass. 8 p.m. Thursday, Saturday; 2 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Tuesday; 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $15-$75. 413-236-8888 or barringtonstageco.org. This new musical about fracking concerns the town of Fall Springs, cash-strapped but sitting directly on top of America’s largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils.
“Footloose,” Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen St., Glens Falls. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $20. 518-480-4878 or woodtheater.org. Broadway Upstate Actors perform the musical based on the film of the same name about a teenage boy who moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed.
“Ghosts,“ Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $70. 413-458-3200 or wtfestival.org. Henrik Ibsen’s scathing commentary on 19th-century morality.
“The Great American Trailer Park Musical,“ The Theater Barn, 654 US-20, New Lebanon. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $29. 518-794-8989 or thetheaterbarn.org. The musical comedy explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Florida, particularly between Pippi, “the stripper on the run,” the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic Jeannie, and Jeannie’s tollbooth-collector husband Norbert.
“Hamilton,” Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. $135-$499. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. A sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow.
“If I Forget,” Barrington Stage Company, St. Germain Stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. $15-$55. 413-236-8888 or barringtonstageco.org. Three siblings in a Jewish-American family reunite to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. As long-held secrets bubble to the surface, they negotiate how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning.
“Judevine,“ Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wednesday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $39. 802-447-0564 or oldcastletheatre.org. A series of interrelated scenes featuring 24 characters in a town called Judevine: a poor, rural mountain town in northern Vermont, which is a kind of Third World country within the boundaries of the United States.
Lake George Dinner Theatre’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Holiday Inn Resort Lake George, 2223 Route 9 (Canada Street), Lake George. 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Wednesday; 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. $66-$73. 518-668-5762, Ext. 411 or lakegeorgedinnertheatre.org. A rollicking, uproarious adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes classic.
“Little Shop Of Horrors,“ Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 State Route 203, Chatham. 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $15-$39.50. 518-392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org. Down on skid row we meet the meek and lovable Seymour Krelborn where he discovers a carnivorous plant that needs more than plant food to grow — it needs blood. And has plans for total world domination.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor,“ Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. $15-$45. 866-811-4111 or shakespeare.org. Sir John Falstaff is in financial difficulties. On top of that, Justice Shallow and his youthful cousin, Slender, have come to Windsor because he has conned them out of money.
“Mrs. Christie,“ Dorset Theatre Festival, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $48-$58. 802-867-2223 or dorsettheatrefestival.org. Lucy is on the lamest bucket list adventure ever when she stumbles upon a clue that just might solve the mystery of Agatha Christie’s 1926 disappearance.
“Newsies,“ Park Playhouse, Washington Park, Madison Avenue, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Free-$25. 518-434-0776 or parkplayhouse.com. In this musical, homeless New York City newsboy Jack “Cowboy” Kelly befriends two newcomers to his trade, brothers David and Les Jacobs. When publishers set new rules that make it harder for the young newspaper salesmen to make a buck, the boys go on strike.
“Oklahoma!” Seagle Music Colony, 999 Charley Hill Road, Schroon Lake. 8 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $40-$50. 518-532-7875 or seaglecolony.org. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic musical tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry.
“Pericles Prince of Tyre,“ Outdoor Elizabethan Stage, 45 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. 5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free; donations encouraged. 845-247-4007 or birdonacliff.org. The Woodstock Shakespeare Festival this summer presents the romantic odyssey with an Evil Queen, pirates and goddesses, a Shakespeare play rarely produced today, Bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring a picnic, bring a friend.
“Show Boat,“ Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday. $26-$149. 607-547-2255 or glimmerglass.org. Follows life on a Mississippi River show boat from 1887 to 1927.
“Shrek the Musical,“ The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. $29-$49. Based on the Oscar-winning animated film, this Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a book by David Lindsay-Abaire, continues the antics of the ogre, Princess Fiona and Donkey.
“The Taming of the Shrew,“ Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. 11 a.m. Saturday. $10-$25. 866-811-4111 or shakespeare.org. Scoundrel Petruchio attempts to tame his wealthy wife, Katherine.
“Topdog/Underdog,“ Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. 2 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Sunday, Tuesday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday. $10-$25. 866-811-4111 or shakespeare.org. Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, who are locked in a battle of wits as quick as their game of Three Card Monte, as they struggle to come to terms with their identity and what history has handed them, even their names.
“What We May Be,“ Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass. 7 p.m. Thursday, Monday and Tuesday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $45-$66. 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org. A tight-knit group of actors, facing their final performance in their beloved and closing theatre, confront the reality of their relationships to the stage and to each other.
“The Wizard of Oz,“ Ballston Spa High School, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa. 7 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. $5-$10. 518-885-1634 or barctheatre.org. BARC Youth Theatre Company presnts the classic story of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Emerald City.
“Working: A Musical,“ The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass. 7 p.m. Thursday, Monday and Tuesday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $65-$75. 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org. Based on Studs Terkel’s groundbreaking book of interviews with American workers, this musical paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Updated for a modern age, with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor.
“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised),” The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 11 a.m. Saturday. $5. 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org. A fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schulz.
“The Coach” Tom Whiteley & Guests, The Comedy Works, 388 Broadway, Saratoga. 8 p.m. Saturday. $20. 518-275-6897 or thecomedyworks.com. Stand-up.
Mike Epps, Funny Bone, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $35-$50. 518-313-7484 or albany.funnybone.com. Stand-up.
The Fresh Drunk Stoned Comedy Tour, Funny Bone, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $10-$20. 518-313-7484 or albany.funnybone.com. Stand-up.
Johnny Rizzo & Guests, Comedy Works, 388 Broadway, Saratoga. 8 p.m. Thursday. $20. 518-275-6897 or thecomedyworks.com. Stand-up.
Max Dolcelli & Guests, The Comedy Works, 388 Broadway, Saratoga. 8 p.m. Friday. $20. 518-275-6897 or thecomedyworks.com. Stand-up.
Mike Speirs & Guests, The Comedy Works, 388 Broadway, Saratoga. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $20. 518-275-6897 or thecomedyworks.com. Stand-up.
Spontaneous Noir, Mopco Improv Theatre, 10 N. Jay St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Friday. $6-$10. 518-577-6726 or mopco.org. Dark and dangerous improv.
Theatresports, Mopco Improv Theatre, 10 N. Jay St., Schenectady. 8 p.m. Saturday. $6-$15. 518-577-6726 or mopco.org. Cheer on your favorite team of comedians as they compete in this do-or-die mix of comedy and serious sporting action. Performing scenes and songs inspired by audience suggestions, teams are awarded points — either by a panel of judges or by the audience.
“Apollo 13,“ Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-584-7860 or sspl.org. (U.S., 1995) NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
“Breakthrough,“ East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 518-477-7476 or eastgreenbushlibrary.org. (U.S., 2019) When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.
“Breathe,“ Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. 2:30 p.m. Monday. Free. 518-439-9314 or bethlehe 432 State St., Schenectady. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Free. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. mpubliclibrary.org. (U.K., 2017) The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
“Capricorn One,“ Watervliet Public Library, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet. 2 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-274-4471 or watervlietpubliclibrary.org. (U.S./U.K., 1977) A NASA Mars mission won’t work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.
“Despicable Me,“ Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Free. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. (U.S./France, 2010) When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.
“Dirty Dancing,“ PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham. 7:30 Tuesday. $5-$12. 518-392-6121 or ps21chatham.org. (U.S., 1987) Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
“Double Indemnity,“ West Capitol Park, Albany. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 518-474-4666 or ogs.ny.gov. An outside screening of the classic film noir. (U.S., 1944) An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.
“E.T. the Extra-terrestrial,“ Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-456-2400 or guilderlandlibrary.org. (U.S., 1982) A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,“ Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 800-745-3000 or timesunioncenter-albany.com. The first movie in the 2019 Bites Camera Action series is: (U.S., 1986) A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.
“Find Your Way Home (An Irish Musical),“ Park Playhouse, Washington Park Lakehouse, Madison and New Scotland avenues, Albany. 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. $15. 518-427-1916 or irish-us.org. The Irish American Heritage Museum presents a special screening of a movie filmed on Broadway by local writers Jeff Strange and James Kelly. It was performed with an all-Irish cast at The Palace Theatre in 2017, as well as Boston and New York City. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with the writers.
“Free Solo,” Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park. 10 a.m. Friday. Free. 518-371-8622 or cphlibrary.org. (U.S., 2018) Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan in this Oscar-winning best documentary.
“The General,“ Troy Public Library, 100 Second St., Troy. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-274-7071 or thetroylibrary.org. (U.S., 1926) When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. The silent film screening will have live original musical accompaniment by Ryan Devine on piano, with additional performers Justin Fuld on guitar and Nicholas Palazeke on percussion.
“Gloria Bell,“ Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady. Noon Wednesday. Free. 518-388-4500 or scpl.org. (Chile/U.S., 2018) A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.
“Incredibles 2,“ Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 1 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-465-3335 or palacealbany.org. (U.S., 2018) The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.
“The Jungle Book,“ Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes. 1 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 518-953-0630 or thecohoesmusichall.org. (U.K./U.S., 2016) After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.
“The Lady with a Lamp,“ Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Road, Voorheesville. 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-765-2791 or voorheesvillelibrary.org. (U.K., 1951) Based on the Reginald Berkeley stage play, this compelling historical drama offers a depiction of the life story of Florence Nightingale (Anna Neagle), the young 19th-century Englishwoman famously drawn to a career in nursing.
“Mike Wallace Is Here,“ Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. Noon and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. (U.S., 2019) A look at the career of “60 Minutes” newsman, Mike Wallace.
“Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom,“ Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-439-9314 or bethlehempubliclibrary.org. (India/U.S., 2018) Norm, the newly crowned polar bear king of the arctic, must save New York City and his home. But Norm goes from hero to villain when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit.
“Pitfall,“ William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-458-9274 or colonielibrary.org. (U.S., 1948) Married insurance adjuster John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and all suffer serious consequences as a result. Film expert and Director of the Menands Library Lenny Zapala introduces the film and has commentary after as part of his “Lizabeth Scott, Queen of Noir” film series.
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu,“ RCS Community Library, 95 Main St., Ravena. 2 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-756-2053 or rcscommunitylibrary.org. (U.S./Japan/Canada, 2019) In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
“Red Joan,“ Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. Noon and 7 p.m. Thursday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. (U.K., 2018) The story of Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.
“Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019,“ Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $15. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. (2019) Highlights from the Canadian rock band’s 2015 R40 Live tour, as well as previously unseen backstage and soundcheck footage, and interviews with famous Rush superfans such as Billy Corgan, Tom Morello, and the Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins. Also included in the film is “Falling Down the Rabbit Hole,” a segment on the creation of bassist-singer Geddy Lee’s recently released “Big Beautiful Book of Bass,” chronicling the legacy of his chosen instrument.
“Shazam!” Round Lake Library — Clark House Branch, 31 Wesley Ave., Round Lake. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-899-2285 or roundlake.sals.edu. (U.S., 2019) We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word — SHAZAM — this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
“Shazam!” Round Lake Library — Malta Branch, Malta Community Center Building, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta. 5:30 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-682-2495 or roundlake.sals.edu. (U.S., 2019) We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word — SHAZAM — this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,“ Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady. 7 p.m. Friday. $6-$9. 518-346-6204 or proctors.org. (U.S., 2019) This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
“Wonder Park,“ Schenectady County Public Library — Phyllis Bornt Branch Library & Literacy Center, 948 State St., Schenectady. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 518-372-4393 or scpl.org. (Spain/U.S., 2019) The story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
“Woodstock,“ Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. 1 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-584-7860 or sspl.org. (U.S., 1970) The Oscar-winning documentary film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.
Woodstock 50th Anniversary Party, Rustic Barn Pub, 150 Speigletown Road, Troy. 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-235-5858 or rusticbarnpub.com. Costumes and or hippie garb welcome. Food and drink-themed specials. A screening of “Woodstock” (U.S., 1970) The Oscar-winning documentary film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.
WORDS & IDEAS
An Evening with the Critics: Ben Brantley and Jeffrey Borak, Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass. 5 p.m. Friday. $18. 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org. Join theater critics Ben Brantley of The New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle as they discuss theater in the Berkshires and beyond.
Food for Thought: Dinner with Jim Shepard, Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. 6 p.m. Saturday. $90-$100. 413-443-0188 or hancockshakervillage.org. Join one of today’s great fiction writers as he discusses his first work of nonfiction, “The Tunnel at the End of the Light,” exploring how the movies influence us as Americans. Shepard teaches creative writing and film at Williams College. Cost includes farm-to-table dinner, wine and a copy of the book.
Footsteps of Hamilton Tour, Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free-$10. 518-374-0263 or schenectadyhistorical.org/programs. Join us as we celebrate the opening of “Hamilton” at Proctors with a walk through Schenectady dedicated to the travels of Alexander Hamilton, and some of his contemporaries. We’ll touch on Hamilton’s friends, lovers and politics, and explore how the American Revolution manifested in Schenectady.
Haunted History — A Paranormal Experience at Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes. 8 p.m. Saturday. $45. 518-953-0630 or thecohoesmusichall.org. Experience the history and hauntings of Cohoes Music Hall at the venue’s first ever series of paranormal events. Since it’s reopening in 1974, the Music Hall has been shrouded in stories and legends of supernatural activity that have captivated the curiosity of staff and patrons alike. Join us for an evening of up close investigation as you explore the Hall’s many spaces and secrets guided by the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society (NNYPRS).
Independent Bookstore Romance Day, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. The inaugural Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate romance fiction — its books, readers, and writers — and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the romance community. There will be special events throughout the day. Jeanette Grey will be here at 2 p.m. signing her series “Art of Passion.” Rachael Miles will be here at 4 p.m. discussing her series “The Muses’ Salon,” along with her upcoming book, “A Texas Kind of Christmas,” which includes stories from Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce and Rachael Miles. We will also have copies of Sylvia Day’s books on hand; she will be speaking at the Albany Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, at UAlbany.
Independent Bookstore Romance Day, Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-682-4200 or northshire.com. Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate romance fiction — its books, readers, and writers — and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the romance community. Our celebration of the day will feature a multiple author signing with Kathryn Biel, Morgan Malone and Rachael Miles. We will also be raffling off a prize pack, and sharing information and collecting signups for our in-house romance reading group.
Jennifer Kelly, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Free. 518-584-0400 or racingmuseum.org. The author discusses and signs her book “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.”
Jodi Kendall, Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-682-4200 or northshire.com. The author will be here to talk about her books “The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City,” and its sequel story, “Dog Days in the City.”
Kids’ Mermaid Puppet Party, Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 518-682-4200 or northshire.com. Robin Riding will sing her lullaby picture book, with musical accompaniment, and will help children color and create paper puppets. We will “swim” to the music of “Mermaids Fast Asleep,” as mermaids and sea creatures, and “go to sleep” at the bottom of the sea. This event is intended for ages 2 and older.
Living History Tour, Ulysses S Grant Cottage State Historic Site, 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Wilton. 3 p.m. Friday. $18. 518-584-4353 or grantcottage.org. Step back in time to 1885 as a guide in period dress and character takes you through the rooms of the historic cottage lit by early Edison light bulbs. Experience the cottage and grounds (weather permitting) just as Victorian Era visitors would have as you are told the compelling story of the Grant family and the heroic efforts of their patriarch, famed Civil War General and two-term U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.
Patricia Miller, The Stable at The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 4 p.m. Monday. $25-$30. 413-551-5100 or edithwharton.org. A lecture by the author of “Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age,” followed by a tea and book signing.
Off the Shelf with Richard Russo, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $38 (includes copy of book). 518-682-4200 or northshire.com. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will discuss his new novel “Chances Are …” with Joe Donahue of WAMC Northeast Public Radio as part of the Off the Shelf series sponsored by WAMC and Northshire Bookstore.
Shorts Out Loud, Troy Public Library, 100 Second St., Troy. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-274-7071 or thetroylibrary.org. Come listen to 15 minutes of acoustic music by Casey Chapman followed by Barbara Stubblebine reading a short story.
“When It’s Brother against Brother: The Civil War and Divided Families,“ Ulysses S Grant Cottage State Historic Site, 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Wilton. 1 p.m. Sunday. Suggested donation, $5. 518-584-4353 or grantcottage.org. Friends’ Trustee and Grant Cottage tour guide Diana O’Brien will explore unique stories of soldiers and families, whose differing wartime beliefs transcended the powerful bonds of family unity and love, making loved ones the enemy, and creating wounds undefinable and untold in the hearts of so many.
“Why Old Places Matter,“ The Stable at The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 11 a.m. Sunday. $10-$15. 413-551-5100 or edithwharton.org. Join Thompson M. Mayes, Acting Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation — as well as the author the book “Why Old Places Matter” — in conversation with architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson.
William Kennedy’s Albany, Albany Public Library — North Albany Branch, 616 N. Pearl St, Albany. 2 p.m. Thursday. Free. 518-463-1581 or albanypubliclibrary.org. Discuss our city’s great author within sight of the home where he was raised. Participants are asked to read his books in order: “O, Albany.” “Legs,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game,” “Ironweed,” “Quinn’s Book,” “Very Old Bones,” “The Flaming Corsage,” “Roscoe” and “Chango’s Beads and Two-Toned Shoes.” Wear your walking shoes. Maps and old photos will be on hand. Registration required.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
The Altamont Fair, Altamont Fairgrounds, 100 Main St., Altamont. 9 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. $15-$19. 518-861-6671 or altamontfair.com. The Capital Region Hometown Fair represents three counties: Albany, Schenectady and Greene. Features include: monster trucks; demolition derby; Royal Hanneford Circus; Dynamo Dogs; a petting zoo; racing pigs and ducks; music; arts and crafts; demonstrations; displays; rides; games; and more.
Celebrate Stephentown 2019, various location in Stephentown. Friday-Sunday. Various. 518-733-9322 or celebratestephentown.com. The annual grassroots festival celebrating the vibrant rural community of Stephentown features more than 25 events at 20 different locations, including sales, stories, demonstrations, open houses, music, local food, a tour of a working farm, a car show, a rail trail race, an exhibition of award-winning Vietnam War photos and much more.
Washington County Fair, Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich. Monday-Wednesday (every day through Aug. 25). Various prices. 518-692-2464 or washingtoncountyfair.com. The Washington County Fair is home to more than 1,800 exhibitors, more than 1,900 animals, more than 30 free daily shows and entertainment; more than 40 carnival rides; hundreds of artisans, craftsmen, and historians and 50 food vendors all located on 120 acres.
Annual Community Block Party, Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 518-465-4663 or palacealbany.org. The area around the Palace Theatre will be filled with music, family-friendly activities, vendors, community organizations, food trucks and more. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun including live music by The Ill Funk Ensemble, face painters, balloon artists, games and much more.
Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series, Barker Park, 64 3rd St., Troy. 11 a.m. Thursday. Free. 518-273-0038 or troymusichall.org. Ellen Sinopoli, Artistic Director of her dance company, leads children of all ages in creative movement inspired by books. Sample books include Dance by Bill T. Jones, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, and The Human Alphabet by Pilobolus.
Foal Patrol, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs. 10 a.m. Monday. Free. 518-584-5540 or cmssny.org. Hosted by the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame. Discover the life cycle of a horse, view live streaming footage of a mare and a foal, build a horse skeleton, and more.
Fly-In Breakfast with surprise Guest Speaker, Empire State Aerosciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Schenectady. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. $5-$8. 518-377-2191 or esam.org. The Empire State Aerosciences Museum hosts its monthly all-you-can eat breakfast from 8:30—10:30 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and more. A surprise speaker at 10 a.m.
Shriner’s Circus, The Festival Commons, Charles R. Wood Park, 17 West Brook Road, Lake George. All day Friday. 518-668-5771 or festivalcommons.com.
Not So Common PLayers, 19 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park. 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Free. Needed: singing actors for a November production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” For more information, contact Matthew W. Coviello (director) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Regina Baker (producer) at Musicl46@yahoo.com.