ARTS WALK: Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk @ various locations, Glens Falls. Stroll around downtown for artist receptions, live music and spoken word, followed by Outdoor Cinema’s showing of “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” at the corner of Bay & Glen at 8pm. 5-8pm. FREE.
DANCE: The New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. You promised yourself that you were going to go to the ballet at least once this summer, and it’s not too late, but you’d better hurry. Tonight there’s a fabulous program featuring a couple of George Balanchine classics (“La Source’ and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto”), as well as the dynamic “After the Rain,” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with music by Arvo Pärt. 8pm. $18-$72.50.
ARTS WALK: Pittsfield 3rd Thursday @ Pittsfield. Pittsfield monthly street festival features music from around the world, including the trance sounds of HuDost, indie pop cello playing Bostonians the Grownup Noise, the South American rhythms of Marka Music, wandering gypsy punk minstrels Bella’s Bartok as well as the Storefront Artist Project’s city-wide “White-on-White” art show, the grand opening of a new downtown pop-up gallery/studio/workshop space at 305 North and lots more. 5-8pm. Free.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. If you’re a bluegrass fan, you’re probably already on your way. Last year, the International Bluegrass Music Association named Grey Fox as the Bluegrass Event of the Year – beating out every other festival from Kentucky to, well, Japan. And it’s easy to see why – great music! Today’s line-up includes Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Donna the Buffalo, Crooked Still, the Hillbenders, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys and lots more. The fest continues through Sunday. Starts at 2pm today.
MUSIC: Gloria Gaynor @ Alive at Five at Riverfront Park, Corning Preserve, Albany. Break out the mirror ball! Gaynor’s smash hit “I Will Survive” earned the first – and only – Grammy Award as Best Disco Recording in 1980. With Solid Smoke. 5pm. Free.
FILM: “The Cove” @ The Linda, Albany. The Food for Thought film series welcomes the 2009 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary. Reception 6pm; film at 7pm. $6.
MORE FREE MUSIC:
Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes @ Jazz on Jay at Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon
Ali Jean & the Struts @ Dutchman Landing Park, Catskill at 7pm
Loose Cannon Live @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose at 6:30pm
Jeanne O’Connor @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady at 7pm
Tin Pan @ the Piggy Bank, Beacon at 6pm
Red Haired Strangers @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa at 6pm