MUSIC: “Bound For Glory: 100 Years of Woody Guthrie” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Nippertown singer-songwriter-musicologist Michael Eck celebrates the centennial of the birth of one of America’s greatest troubadours and social watchdogs. 8pm. $17.
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DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the Big One – the Gala featuring SPAC premieres of Millepied Sp. 2012 (Muhly/Millepied) and Les Carillons (Bizet/Wheeldon), as well as the world premiere of New Peck (Glass/Peck). With post-show fireworks. 8pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. It’s Day One of the two-day fest. Today’s featured performers on three stages include Arlo Guthrie & the Guthrie Family Reunion, Los Lobos, JD McPherson, Session Americana, the Sweetback Sisters, Charles Bradley, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express and lots more. Music from 12:40-11pm.
MUSIC: Julia Easterlin @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The versatile alt-pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist utilizes looping to transform her into a virtual one-woman band. 8pm. $16; students $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FOOD: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. It’s Day One of the two-day fest of barbecue and blues, ribs and rockin’. The fest runs from 11am-10pm, concluding with fireworks. Sampling tix will go on sale at 4pm; sampling starts at 5pm. And music goes all day long from such bands as Big Creek, Fairview Avenue, the Bent Rail Blues Band, the Jump Daddies, Super 400 and Albert Cummings. FREE. More info and a complete schedule of bands here…
DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Today’s program features Barocco/Kammermusik(Bach/Balanchine) (Hindemith/Balanchine), The Waltz Project (Martins) and Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine). 2pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. It’s Day Three of the three-day 11th annual fest hosted by the Disco Biscuits, who will grace the main stage at 2pm, 6:15pm and 11:15pm. Also today on at least one of the five stages: Big Gigantic, Dopapod, Bassnectar, Holy Fuck, Brothers Past, Yacht, Mord Fustang, Atmosphere and lots more. The music kicks off at 11:30am.
THEATER: “A Class Act” @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. It’s opening night for director Robert Moss and the cast of this small musical with a big heart. A tribute to Edward Kleban, the lyricist of “A Chorus Line,” the musical is a behind the scenes glimpse of the joy and struggle that go into making music soar. 8pm. $45. Through August 4.
MUSIC: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Gala @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra join in the birthday celebration with such special guests as John Williams, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Lockhart, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Ax and many more. 8:30pm.
FILM: “5 Broken Cameras” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism. A deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. 5:30pm.
MUSIC: “Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Band Showdown” @ The Linda, Albany. It’s a battle of the blues bands between Holly & Evan, Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band, Ed Wool & the BeBaBlues Band and Collette & the Mudcats. 7pm. $12.
MUSIC: Chris Smither & the Motivators @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The acoustic bluesman ratchets it up a notch, performing with a back-up band, the Motivators, in support of his new album, “Hundred Dollar Valentine.” With Milton. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Reedman Skip leads drummer Tim Coakley, pianist Rich Skrika, guitarist Bernie Mulleda, trombonist Woody Strobeck and cornetist Rich Downs. 10pm.
FILM: “Elles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Malgoska Szumowska’s provocative exploration of female sexuality, starring the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Living With Elephants @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Alt-pop singer-songwriter-pianist Amy Poux and her band – bassist Rob Norris and drummer Chris Anderson – celebrate the release of their new, self-titled debut CD with special guests David Malachowski, Peter Sachon and Kate Hover. 8pm. $10.
FILM: “The Virgin Spring” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Classic Film Series continues with Ingmar Bergman’s Academy Award-winning 1960 tale of faith, revenge and savagery in medieval Sweden, starring Max von Sydow. 3:30pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Blues & Brews Festival @ the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester. Featuring the Kris Heaton Band (12noon), the Bob Stannard Band (2pm), the Duke Robillard Band (3:30pm) and Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton and his band (5:30pm). $30.
MUSIC: In the Casket @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. CD release party. Also with Tentacles, Accusations of the Insane, Here Is My Obituary and Necroptic Engorgement. 7:30pm. $5 (which includes a free CD).
READING: Poets in the Park @ Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featured readers include Donald Lev and Don Levy. 7pm. FREE.