Around the World Kids Summer Cooking Class
Children ages 8-13 learn how to make (and eat!) international dishes like South American arepas and dulce de leche, African piri piri chicken and bunny chow, European savory and sweet pastries, Asian sushi and ramen noodles and a few American dishes. Please bring a container for leftovers each day. Starts today and runs through Aug. 16.
@ Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Albany | 9 AM – 1 PM | $275

Soundscapes Art-Making
What does a drawing sound like? What does music look like? Sketch and reflect on these questions in the mesmerizing presence of “Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet.” Pick up complimentary drawing materials on the Fernández Terrace and carry them with you into the exhibition in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. | 1 PM | Free with museum admission ($20)

Free Trial Dance and Gymnastics Class
Tour the facility and meet the staff while your children take class at 5:30 PM for kids 3-4, 6:30 PM for kids 5-6 and 7:30 PM for kids 7-11. Please RSVP with age of child attending as spots are limited.
@ Spendwood School of Dance and Gymnastics, Cohoes | 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM | Free

Auditions: Blackout Creative Arts Festival
Citizen Action of New York is holding auditions for their first annual Blackout Festival, a celebration and day of action commemorating Black August and the sacrifices made by past and present liberation movements. Artists must perform pieces that resonate with black bodies and their experiences (no more than three works can be shown during the audition) and be entertaining. This is the last chance to audition. The festival takes place Aug. 24. Contact Amy Jones at with questions or concerns.
@ Citizen Action of New York, Albany | 6 PM

Beck and Cage the Elephant
Watch the white boys get funky as Scientology’s 10th or 11th favorite son and the dudes who decided it would be a good idea to combine The Pixies-style riffs with rap-rock posturing. Check out our interview with the band, wear some sunscreen, drink a lot of beer and go to the afterparty and you’ll be fine. 
@ SPAC, Saratoga Springs | 6 PM | $29-$200 

The Past is Poetry
Poems will include historic selections written or loved by the bygone members of Albany’s Cherry Hill household read by Suzanna Bornn, Janet Hurley Kimlicko and Tony Pallone as well as poet-read contemporary pieces based on the past by Thom Francis, Mary Panza, Bob Sharkey, Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox.
@ The Olde English Pub, Albany | 7 PM | Free

Beck After Party with Bendt, The Rizzos and Let’s Be Leonard
Super Dark Collective has organized this free opportunity to jam out with these local psych and alt rock crews along with NYC garage rockers The Rizzos after you party with Beck and friends at SPAC.
@ Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga Springs | 9:30 PM | Free