DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night for the ballet at SPAC with an all Balanchine program featuring Barocco/Kammermusik (Bach/Balanchine) (Hindemith/Balanchine), Firebird (Stravinsky/Balanchine & Robbins) and Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine). Use it or lose it, as SPAC has already announced that the ballet season will be cut back to just one week next summer. 8pm.
THEATER: “Cabaret” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. It’s opening night of Park Playhouse’s production of the classic musical, directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. $20 cabaret table seating; $13 & $15 reserved seats; hillside seating FREE. Through Sunday, July 29.
READING: Jorie Graham @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute presents a reading with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. With Victoria Redel. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Misty Blues @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The free family-friendly outdoor summer band concerts on the lawn continue with blues band Misty Blues featureing vocalist Gina Coleman, guitarist Jason Webster, bassist Bill Patriquin and drummer Kali Baba McConnell. 6pm. FREE.
DISCUSSION: “So How Did We Get Here? A Discussion On the Various Pathways of Life as a Working Artist” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Featuring artists Kyle deCamp, Jane Fine, Chris Harvey and moderator Ian Berry. Reception at 6pm; Panel discussion at 6:30pm.
MUSIC ON VIDEO: “Highlights of the Ahora, Latin/Jazz! 2012 Season” @ the Pine Hills Public Library, Albany. Featuring footage from the concerts by the Steven Kroon Sextet and the piano duo of Rebecca Cline & Nicki Denner. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Homespun Community Dancing @ the East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush. Multi-instrumentalists Peter Davis, Paul Rosenberg & George Wilson will have the whole family kicking up their heels in the great American barn dance tradition. 7pm. FREE.
CIRCUS: Circus Smirkus @ Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs. The international Vermont-based circus features more than two dozen teenage and pre-teen performers. 1 & 7pm. $20; children $17; under two years old FREE.