Above: Comedian Mike Epps performs at the Funny Bone in Albany on Friday.
FRIDAY, AUG. 16
Dinner and the Show: ‘Renoir: The Body, The Senses’
This series invites art lovers to enjoy an evening of fine art and dining at The Clark. In tonight’s session, get private access to “Renoir: The Body, The Senses” with a talk by exhibition co-curator Esther Bell. Then, sit down for a French-inspired dinner in lower level of the Clark Center. Vegetarian options are available upon advance request and space is limited. Reservations required. For more information, call (413) 458-0524.
@ The Clark, Williamstown, Mass. | 6 PM
Vince Palmeri Video Release Party
Palmeri’s “The Rush” music video release party features special guests Kyla Silk and Katie Louise.
@ The Hollow, Albany | 7 PM | $10
Emerging Choreographers Project
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience new, experimental and classic works by these local up-and-coming choreographers: Alaina McCreary, Caitlin Abram, Dorothy Boice, Laura Teeter, Louisa Barta, Sara Senecal, Shannon McConnell and Whitney Wilson, organized by Anna Pillot. Support new works and stick around to give some feedback to help these dancers continue to hone their craft.
@ Cohoes Music Hall | 7:30 PM | Free, donations accepted
You’ve probably seen him in “Next Friday” and “The Hangover” or know him for one of his many comedy specials including the series he shot for Netflix. You’ll have two chances to catch him live at The Funny Bone, so don’t miss out.
@ Funny Bone, Albany | 7:30 and 10 PM | $35-$50
Light Up Productions’ ‘The Producers’
You know the Mel Brooks comedy, come see Lights Up take on the classic cult film and Broadway musical. You can catch more shows through Aug. 18.
@ Albany Barn | 8 PM | Tickets at the door
Brody Dalle brings her baritone scream and punk rage to Upstate Concert Hall for what is sure to be a sweltering punk smash up. Get tickets for this one early. They won’t last.
@ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park | 8 PM | $30
Let’s Glow Crazy
DJ Drewski, Hazeyy, Limitless, Debonair and Nick Lake provide a mix of house music, edm and hip hop for this late night glow party.
@ Putnam Place, Saratoga | 11 PM | $20, includes cocktail
SATURDAY, AUG. 17
August Flea Market
What treasure will you find? Shop antiques, clothing, furniture, crafts, collectibles, tools and more.
@ Malta Drive-In | 7:30 AM – 3:30PM | $2 admission
11th Annual Saratoga Arts Celebration
An outdoor, juried exhibition of visual art, crafts and performing art on the museum lawn, featuring both regional and national artists.
@ National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs | Aug. 17-18, 10 AM-5 PM | Free
12th Annual Art by the Lake
Celebrate the the age-old relationship between artists and their landscape on the lakefront lawn of the Fenimore, featuring great food and live music. Local painters, photographers and sculptors will showcase, demonstrate and sell their work.
@ Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown | 10 AM | $12 general admission, $10.50 seniors, free 12 and under
Bookstore Romance Day
Celebrate romance fiction—its books, readers and writers—with your friendly, local independent bookstore. At 2 PM Jeanette Grey will be signing her series, “Art of Passion.” The three books will be available for sale. At 4 PM Rachael Miles willdiscuss her series, “The Muses’ Salon”, along with her upcoming book, “A Texas Kind of Christmas,” which also includes stories from Jodi Thomas and Celia Bonaduce. Sylvia Day’s books will also be on hand. The author is speaking at the Albany Book Festival Saturday, Sept. 14 at UAlbany.
@ Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany | 10:30 AM | Free
Palace Theatre Community Block Party
Food, drink, live music by the Ill Funk Ensemble, face painters, balloon artists and games. What more do you need to know? Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided by the Palace Theatre to help the kiddos prep for the new school year and more giveaways will be available on a first come, first served basis.
@ Palace Theatre, Albany | 12 PM | Free
Hamilton Hill Culturefest
Hosted by the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, this three-part free concert series features music and art celebrating the African diaspora. Tonight’s show features Robanic, a Caribbean quartet playing you a blend of old-school reggae, traditional rock-steady, ska, calypso, contemporary rock and new dance-hall sounds from Jamaica.
@ Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady | 4 PM | Free
Music on the Hill Featuring Motorbike and Sinkcharmer
Head to the top of the property at Carey Hill Sculpture Park for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside in the cool evening air filled with the ambient rock and post-punk sounds of Albany bands Motorbike and Sinkcharmer. Free parking is available at the base of the hill and shuttle service will be provided, as well as food by local vendors and beer by R&S Taylor.
@ Salem Art Works, Salem, NY | 4 PM | Free
C.K. & The Rising Tide – Album Release Show
The local Americana band releases Perfect Stranger, celebrating with special guest Julia Alsarraf.
@ Lost & Found, Albany | 8 PM | $10, includes signed poster
‘Reconstruction (Still Working but the Devil Might Be Inside)’
Troupe The Team will present their new dance-theater work helmed by Tony-Award winning director Rachel Chavkin (“Hadestown and Natasha,” “Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”), about rebuilding the self after from America’s past and present relationship with white supremacy.
@ Lumberyard, Catskill | Aug. 17, 8 PM, Aug. 18, 3 PM | $30
SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Martha Graham Dance Company
Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to see Martha Graham Dance Co. perform all over The Clark lawn and galleries. Do some stretching and take part in the interactive “19 Poses” project with the dancers. The company is performing at The Clark in a collaboration with Jacob’s Pillow, where they are taking part in a week-long residence for their “19 Poses for the 19th Amendment” work, created in celebration of the upcoming 2020 centennial celebrating the womens’ right to vote.
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. | 1 PM | Free
Grandma’s Table: An Al Fresco Dinner on Maple Street
A family style, al fresco dinner in downtown Glens Falls with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Local restaurant Morgan & Co Restaurant is preparing the main entree, Farmacy will prepare the amuse & intermezzo, Juicin’ Jar will provide the salad, Lake George Olive Oil Company Glens Falls & Rock Hill Bakehouse & Cafe are preparing oil & bread and Roxy’s Cakes is on dessert. Don’t miss out.
@ Glens Falls City Park | 4 PM | $40
The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream
Honor the makers, entrepreneurs and innovators who immigrated to the Capital Region and have helped change our area for the better: Oluwaseun A. Adetayo MD (Nigeria), Vikash & Vikram Agrawal (India), Guha and Karthik Bala (India), Isabel Byon (South Korea), Muhsin Celik (Turkey), Antonio Civitella (Italy), Rifat Filkins (Pakistan), Jorge Gomez (Cuba), Ruth Mahoney (Ireland), Angelo & Jerry Menagias (Greece), Jean-Remy Monnay (Haiti), Dr. Steady Moono (Zambia), Chef Yono Purnomo (Indonesia), Dr. Roger Ramsammy (Trinidad), Jenny Rao (Mexico) Deryck Singh (Guyana), Alex J. Tronco (Italy). All proceeds will benefit the programs and scholarships made available by Proctors.
@ Proctors, Schenectady | 5 PM | $150-$500