THEATER: “The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night of the world premiere of Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer’s new comic country musical, melding the homespun charm of country and folk music with the joy of live theater. The witty, bittersweet tale finds harmony-singing sisters Junie and the in-and-out of rehab Lashley Lee Lashley back at the family business, Sparkley Clean Dry Cleaners, after they’ve flopped in the music biz. Directed by Martha Banta. Through Sunday, August 4.
THEATER: “Anything Goes” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cole Porter’s timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall and starring Rachel York as Reno Sweeney. 8pm. $20-$70. Through Sunday.
DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night for NYC Ballet’s one-week-only residency at SPAC. Featuring Garland Dance (from The Sleeping Beauty) (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine), Barber Violin Concerto (Barber/Martins), Year of the Rabbit (Stevens/Peck) and Theme and Variations (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine). 8pm. $30, $49, $56, $70 & $80; lawn $24.
MUSIC: Speedy Ortiz @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The Boston area band celebrates the release of their new debut album, Major Arcana, released today on Carpark Records. With Tongue Oven and Underground River. 8pm. $5.
READING/PERFORMANCE: WordXWord Story Slam Semi-Finals @ yBar, Pittsfield. The first of two semi-final rounds features storytellers Tom Stackpole, Stan Spencer, Eliza Ryan, Chris Donovan, Seth Brown and Jim Benson. 9pm.
READING: Paul Harding @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues with the rock drummer turned Pulitzer Prize-winning suthor. With Rosanna Warren. 8pm. FREE.