Above: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at Skyloft Sunday night
FRIDAY, AUG. 23
Walk the streets and learn about some of Schenectady’s more nefarious characters responsible for bootlegging, cruel kidnappings and maybe even a few mysterious murders.
@ Schenectady County Historical Society | 6 PM | $10
The legendary guitarist is back on his “Supernatural Now” tour, sharing that love and light. Consider it your substitute tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in lieu of the cancelled Bethel Woods anniversary festival.
@ SPAC, Saratoga Springs | 7 PM | Tickets start at $46.50
Albany Berkshire Ballet presents this two-act ballet of the Shakespeare comedy full of magic and mischief.
@ The Egg, Albany | 7:30 PM | $30-$45
Olivia Quillio, Greens, The Age
The Collaborative hosts this evening of soulful folk, Americana and smooth R&B from some of Troy and Albany’s most talented artists.
@ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy | 7:30 PM | $5 suggested donation
SATURDAY AUG. 24
Farmers Market Public Art: The Fence!
Artist Francelise Dawkins is looking for community members to join her in creating a public art piece on the Monument Square fence as part of the Farmers Market Public Art Series. Her exhibit at ACCR, ‘Music Infused: Artworks by Francelise Dawkins’ runs Sept. 23 – Nov. 8.
@ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy | 9 AM | Free
Polka Party and Craft Show
Dance to Toronto’s Jan Gora Orchestra and peruse the craft fair of Polish and East European specialties.
@ Polish Community Center, Albany | 10 AM | Free
The fourth annual Latin festival features a full day of dance, live music, cultural workshops, art and delicious food celebrating the Latinx communities of the Capital Region.
@ Washington Park | 11 AM | Free
Ukrainian Festival 2019
Ukrainian foods, a concert exploding with traditional dancing, music and clothing. Vendors will be selling food, drinks, arts and crafts and there will be plenty of activities for the kids, including face painting, games, a bounce house and treats. The evening will close with a traditional Ukrainian “Zabava” dance.
@ Ukrainian-American Citizens Club, Cohoes | 1 PM | $5 for ages 13 and up
‘The Trouble with Renoir’
In this lecture, Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation & Education Barnes Foundation Martha Lucy explores why Renoir is known as one of the most beloved artists of all time but also one of the most detested.
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. | 2 PM | Free with museum admission
A lineup of spoken word and poetry, rap, hip hop and soul talents from the local scene.
@ The Linda, Albany | 7 PM | $15-$20
The television, film and stand-up comedian is currently on tour with fellow comedy icons Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer. The trio recently debuted their BET scripted comedy series based on the tour.
@ Rivers Casino, Schenectady | 8 PM | Tickets start at $55
Tannen plays himself with Sandra Dickinson recreating her role as America’s iconic comedian Lucille Ball in this production, making its New York premiere directly from its critically acclaimed production on London’s West End. Distantly related by marriage Tannen met Ball as a child but cemented their friendship during the last decade of her life—years mostly spent out of the spotlight and around a backgammon table. “I Loved Lucy” is an ode to the real life hilarious character of Ball and the way she chose to spend her last years.
@ Helsinki Hudson | 8:30 PM | $85, includes post-show reception with champagne and dessert with the stars
An evening of entertainment out on the lake, provided by local rock favorites Wild Adriatic. We hear they know how to have fun on a boat.
@ Lake George Steamboat Company | 9 PM | $12-$25
SUNDAY AUG. 25
American Modern Opera Company
Performances feature AMOC’s Co-Artistic Directors Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, AMOC violinists Miranda Cuckson and Keir GoGwilt, percussionist Jonny Allen, dancer/choreographer Julia Eichten, cellist Coleman Itzkoff and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. The group is committed to reimagining what it means to make opera in the 21st century, focusing on deep, long-term artistic relationships among its core members to create a body of new and original discipline-colliding music-theater works.
@ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. | 12 PM | Free
Join Will Kempe’s Players as they revisit Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ in this production directed by Sandra Boynton.
@ Ghent Playhouse | 2 PM
A Sunday evening of art-pop, folk and post rock featuring musicians of local bands Geoff Gordon, Onlyness, Blue Ranger and Philly-by-Albany crew Another Michael.
@ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy | 7 PM | $5
The legendary ‘90s hip-hop/rap group out of Cleveland has been called “the most melodic hip-hop group of all time” (MTV). They’ve worked with Eazy-E of N.W.A, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun. Don’t miss this show.
@ Skyloft, Albany | 8 PM | $30