Above: Madison VanDenburg. Photo by: Kiki Vassilakis
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Greene County Youth Pride
Come to the park for the first ever Youth Pride event in Greene County. Enjoy face painting, music, dress-up, a selfie backdrop, games and community resources for LGBTQIA kids and families.
@ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill | 10 AM | Free
New MASS MoCA Exhibitions
Two new exhibitions, Allovers and The Bright and Hollow Sky are on view at Mass MoCA beginning June 28. Allovers is a collaboration between Ryan Olson and Seth Rosetter, turning the lobby into a musical instrument. The Bright and Hollow Sky is the first of a multi-year collection of Rock and Roll photography.
@ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA | 10 AM-6 PM | $20 entry
2019 Old Songs Folk Festival
Celebrate folk, Celtic, Quebecois, roots, Americana and world music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, Italy, South Africa, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England and more.
@ 129 Grand Street, Altamont | 1 PM | $20-$145
Druthers 4th Anniversary Block Party
Since it was rained out a few weeks ago, Druthers is trying again this Friday to celebrate their fourth anniversary by shutting down the for a block party. There will be live music by Radio Junkies, craft brews and a special menu including a slider bar, taco stand and their famous mac and cheese.
@ Druthers Brewing Company, Albany | 4 PM – 10 PM | Free
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising an arts fair and festival celebrating trans/enby art and artists, presented by The Awakening Trans Art Coalition featuring local trans artists and craftspeople, live painting, performance art, live music and food.
@ Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston | 4 PM
Soulful serenades in the beautiful patio garden on a summer night. What more could you want? Check out our recent article on her music video for “Lolita.”
@ Olde English Pub, Albany | 7 PM | Free
‘Yours, For the Oppressed’
Catch this world premiere of a play following the lives of Albany Abolitionists Harriet and Stephen Myers, showing the division in the abolition movement and their ability to pull together in times of need. The Siena College original play is written by students Heather Frederick, Hunter Frederick, Olivia Waldron and SCCC student Phillip Kilian under the supervision of Dr. Krysta Dennis, directed by Jean-Remy Monnay, based on the research of Mary Liz and Paul Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project. Catch the show Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
@ Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., Albany | 7 PM | Free, donations accepted
You may recognize Mitch Fatel from one of his appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” or the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
@ Funny Bone Comedy Club, Albany | 7:30 & 10PM, Sat June 29 7 & 9:45PM, Sun 7 PM | $15
Madison VanDenburg and Moriah Formica
The local 518 girls are performing together. Madison VanDenburg placed third on this season of “American Idol” and Moriah Formica was on season 13 of “The Voice.” Delaney Silvernell, also from the Capital Region, from “The Voice” season 15 will open. Check out our article on the friendship of VanDenburg and Formica before and after being on reality TV.
@ Times Union Center, Albany | 7:30 PM | $21-51
Toad the Wet Sprocket
As a part of the American Roots & Branches Series, the alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket performs at The Egg, celebrating 30 years as a band. Singer-songwriter Peter More will open.
@ The Egg, Albany | 8 PM | $39.50
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival
Celebrate the 41st annual Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. Performers include George Benson, Norah Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ruthie Foster, Kandace Springs and the debut of Black Art Jazz Collective, among many others. Check out the link above for the festival schedule and tickets.
@ Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Through Sun. | $68 (per day – LAWN)
Jonathan Burns: Flexible Comedy
Burns has performed his unique blend of comedy and magic for audiences across the globe. You may have already seen some of his work on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Jay Leno Show,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” as well as “La France a un incroyable talent (France’s Got Talent).” Snag your tickets now, the 5:30 PM show is the only remaining performance open from his sold out weekend at Charles R. Wood theatre.
@ Charles R. Woods Theatre, Glens Falls | 5:30 PM | $30
A multidisciplinary artist showcase presenting artists of color within the Capital Region featuring light fare with refreshments. Featured artists include performance artist Dachele Cuke, visual artist Mahodd Harvin, performance artists Jahquai Oliver Feat. Rodney Davis (Qai & Rod), poet Liana’kim Randall, poet Monique Chapple and installation artist Tai Tan.
@ African American Cultural Center, Albany | 6 PM | Free
Opera Saratoga – The Daughter of the Regiment
This opera is sung in french and has English subtitles. This production is suitable for all audiences and ideal for families. See it again Mon. July 1 at 1 PM, Sun. July 7 at 2 PM and Sat. July 13 at 7:30 PM.
@ The Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs | 7:30 PM | $50-$95
Paa Kow and his Afro-Fusion Orchestra
This Ghanaian Highlife and Afro-Fusion drummer and composer will blow your mind with grooves and rhythms from another plane of existence.
@ WAMC’s The Linda, Albany | 8 PM | $15
Heather Maloney “Soil in the Sky” Album Release Tour
The Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter releases her fourth album with a mix of assertive rock, existential ballads and tremulous folk. Maloney has toured nationally as both a headliner and opener for acts such as Lake Street Drive and Gary Clark Jr.
@ Helsinki Hudson | 9 PM | $15
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
The weekly market includes vendors such as Vital Eats, Saratoga Peanut Butter Co, Raw Juice Bar, Puckers Pickles, Nine Pin Cider Works, Gatherer’s Granola, The Food Florist, Electric City Roasters, Buddhapesto, AMC Jewelry and 1857 Spirits.
@ City Hall, Schenectady | 10 AM-2 PM | Free
Adirondack Wine & Food Festival
New York state wineries, craft beverages and food on the picturesque Lake George featuring cooking demonstrations from Finger Lakes chef William Cornelius and kid friendly activities. Vendors include Adirondack Winery, Saratoga Winery, Nine Pin Ciderworks, Fort Orange Breweries, B’s Cheese, Albany Distilling Co., Capital Q Smokehouse and Barkeater Chocolates.
@ Brook Road, Lake George | June 29-30 | $38
‘Ellen West’ World Premiere
A new, world premiere of the opera “Ellen West,” following the communications between a woman and her psychiatrist about her emotional, psychological and physical challenges.
@ Opera Saratoga | 2 PM | $50-$95
‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ By Northeast Theatre Ensemble
Tennessee Williams’ tale of alienation and loneliness in the New Orleans summer comes to life on the ADCO patio.
@ Albany Distilling Co. | 2 PM | $20 adults, $12 students & seniors
Capital Region Blues Network Jam
Scotty Mac and friends perform at McGeary’s as a part of the Capital Region Blues Network Jam.
@ McGeary’s Pub, Albany | 8 PM | Free