FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Ommegang Americana Festival @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Steve Earle & the Dukes (And Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer headlines the bash at about 9pm, which also features the Felice Brothers (7:15pm), Langhorne Slim (6pm), the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys (5:15pm) and more. 5pm. $40, including overnight camping.
FESTIVAL/FILM: Animation Festival 2011 @ Proctors, Schenectady. Day One of the big nine-day festival of films kicks off with “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” (4:30pm), “Nine Nation Animation” (6:30pm) and the fabulous “Paprika” (8:15pm). $3 per film; or $15 for the entire fest.
MUSIC: Aztec Two-Step @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The fab veteran folk duo celebrates with a 40th anniversary concert at 6:30pm, and a cruside through the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook at 9pm. $32 per show.
MUSIC: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet @ Gallagher’s Banquet House, Cairo. Chris and Darius Brubeck – sons of the great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck – lead their jazz quartet into Cairo for a warm-up concert on their way to the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend. Read our interview with Chris Brubeck. Call 518.622.0123 for further info and tix. 8pm.
PARTICIPATORY THEATER: “SITSTANDWALKLIEDOWN” @ Pappa Charlie’s Deli, Williamstown. Under the auspices of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Phil Soltanoff directs (and Gabriel Marantz conducts) the site-specific, mobile, participatory performance piece. Read our story here for more info. Wear comfortable shoes. This is gonna be fun… Two performances: 1 & 4:30pm – meet at the courtyard behind Poppa Charlie’s. FREE.
FESTIVAL/FILM: The Ballston Spa Film Festival @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. It’s Day Two of the three-day, fourth annual international film fest, and it moves outdoors. Here’s the complete schedule of films being screened. 9pm. FREE
MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Cirque de la Symphonie joins the orchestra for “Magical Tales,” as acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists, jugglers, dancers and strongmen perform amazing feats to classical masterpieces. Conducted by Stéphane Denève. Read our review (and photos) of last year’s performance. 8pm. $31, $41.50, $49.50, $65.50, $72.50.
PICNIC/ART/PERFORMANCE: Summer Preview Picnic @ the Contemporary Artists Center, Troy. Stuff your picnic basket or go pot-luck and bring along a dish to share. Meet the artists-in-residence from all around the world. See the new, ongoing outdoor installation, DWELL. Watch the Bridge Club perform “Oculus.” And more… 6:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “The Great Waldo Pepper” @ North Adams Airport, North Adams. MASS MoCA presents the high-flying Robert Redford-Susan Saradon movie outdoors on a super-sized, door-of-an-airplane-hangar screen. Cookout food and beverages available. Play with balsa-wood gliders. Bring your own chair. With cartoons. 8:30pm. $7; kids $3; carload $14.