MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Cirque de la Symphonie joins the orchestra for some high-flying feats of grace and strength choreographed to the music. Stéphane Denève conducts. 8pm.
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MUSIC: Sonny Landreth @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of the all-time great guitarists heads to Hudson in support of his first all-instrumental album, “Elemental Journey.” Prepare to have your mind blown. With the Jim Keller Band. 9pm. $30. More info here…
THEATER: “American Soup” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night for the first production from the Creative Place International, founded by former NYSTI director Patricia Snyder. Starring former NYSTI actor John McGuire as Andy Warhol. 8pm. $25; students & seniors $20. Through August 11.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.
FILM: Ballston Spa Film Festival, Ballston Spa. It’s the first night of the two-night festival with short films screened at Ballston Spa High School at 6:45pm followed more shorts outdoors in Wiswall Park at 9pm. FREE.More info and complete schedule here…
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.
FILM: Friday Outdoor Movies @ the pocket park at 328 Warren Street, Hudson. “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), sponsored by Time + Space Limited. Bring a chair, a friend and some popcorn. 8pm. FREE.
FILM: “China Heavyweight” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (“Up the Yangtze”) returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country’s ever-changing economic landscape — this time through the lens of sports. 8pm. $7; students $5.
COMEDY/THEATER: “Adorable Me! The Totie Fields Story” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan stars in this cabaret tale of the big, bawdy and beautiful stand-up comic. 8pm. $30; seniors $27; ages 12 and under $18. Through August 12.
MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The supersaxman is joined by pianist Dave Payette, bassist Mike DelPrete and drummer Danny Whelchel in concert outdoors on the roof. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Tom Chapin @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and performer plays a mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a song or two of his late brother Harry’s. 9pm. $25.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Nathan Bugh and Emily Vanston offer a free beginner East Coast Swing lesson at 7:30pm; Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers provide the live music for the dance beginning at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.