Above: Florist plays The Church in Troy tonight at 6:30 PM. $10

Art in the Park: Everything is Lit
In the second summer of CREATE Community Studio’s Art in the Park, teens age 13-19 (1:30 PM) and kids age 6-12 (3 PM) are invited to express themselves through sidewalk poetry, journaling, Stockade literature scavenger hunts, self portraits 3D sculptures, tie-dye t-shirts, wind-chimes and canvas painting. Every week will feature a new activity, instructed by Colleen Wygal (teens) and Marion Morrison Leap (kids), with the focus of finding and sharing one’s own voice and story.
@ Gateway Plaza, Schenectady | 1:30 PM, 3 PM | Free, lunch provided

Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars’ Institute Open House
Take the opportunity to check out this interdisciplinary learning experience for youth to have a hands-on introduction to careers in history, arts, museum education, preservation, archaeology, photography and horticulture through research and project based activities. Students will also learn about the work of local abolitionists, highlighting their relevance today.
The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Campus, Albany | 2 PM | Free

The Shirt Factory Market
Check out local goods, crafts and art-making opportunities outside The Shirt Factory at their weekly market. 
@ The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls | 4:30 PM | Free

Improv for Arts Leaders
Use improv practices as groundwork for becoming a better leader in your local arts community. Mopco invites you to “exercise your awareness so you recognize opportunities to develop your team and your business, celebrate risk-taking to expand your ability to innovate, deal with change, and step into new roles, unleash your creative genius so you can solve problems and design solutions quickly and effectively and build collaborative momentum by supporting and building on others’ ideas.”
@  The Mopco Improv Theatre, Schenectady | 5:30 PM | Free

Audition: Glens Falls Community Theatre’s ‘Urinetown’
The local production of “Urinetown, The Musical” is a comedy meta-musical directed by Nate St. John which tells the story of a dystopian society where everyone must pay tax to use the bathroom. For more information about audition materials, character descriptions, and sides visit gfcommunitytheatre.org/urinetownthemusical.
@ Hudson Falls High School Auditorium | Aug 8-9, 6:30-9:30 PM 

Florist with Ami Dang
Emily Sprague’ project with Rick Spataro and Jonnie Baker was born out of Albany and grown in LA. Her latest work Emily Alone “turns solitude into an evocation of spirits.” Check out contributor Eli Enis’ interview with her here. Opener Ami Dang is a South Asian-American vocalist, sitarist, composer and producer from Baltimore whose work celebrates her dual identity and the spirits of both places she calls home. 
@ The Church, Troy | 6:30 PM | $10

Uptown Summer Celebration
The participants of the Sanctuary’s Uptown Summer program will share their radio stories, video work and poetry as well as host stations for attendees featuring local water testing, composting, art activities and a community BBQ. 
@ The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy | 6:30 PM | Free

Upbeat on the Roof with And Other Poems
Leading And Other Poems is artist and songwriter Tim Davis, whose exhibition “Opener 31: Tim Davis—When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas)” was on view at the Tang earlier this year. The musical group has a lyrical focus, featuring songs that are funny, poignant and about explore subjects like William Eggleston, the TSA, McMansions and the landscapes of Los Angeles and Upstate New York.
@ Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga | 7 PM | Free

El Modernist with Major Niño 
The bands will perform along with live painters el Platano Man, Dipsoulion, Henry Fernau and Melanie.
@ Troy Kitchen | 8 PM | Free

EQX Battle of the Bands
The winning band of tonight’s battle will win air play on WEQX 102.7 FM and a slot on the stage at Albany’s Pearlpalooza on Sept. 14. Setlist: Belle-Skinner (8-8:20 PM), This Strange Paradise (8:40-9 PM), Iüdica (9:20-9:40 PM), Paradox Saints (10-10:20 PM) and Hanzolo (10:40-11 PM).
@ Skyloft, Albany | 8 PM | Free