OPERA: “Ariadne in Naxos” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night! Richard Strauss’ opera-within-an-opera features both lighthearted comedy and heroic grand opera, as two different performing troupes compete for the attention of a wealthy patron. Conducted by Kathleen Kelly and directed by Francesca Zambello. 8pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day Three of the four-day fest, featuring the Del McCoury Band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Elephant Revival, the Claire Lynch Band Jim Lauderdale with Della Mae and lots more. Music begins at 11am; Main Stage at 1pm.
TALK/PERFORMANCE: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. The Supreme Court Justice shares her passion for opera and unique perspective on law in the arts. The program features a lively balance of performance and commentary, with members of the Young Artists Program enacting selected scenes that deal with law and justice, followed by Justice Ginsburg’s engaging insights. 3pm. $40; $15 youths 18 & under.
MUSIC: The Last Conspirators @ the Low Beat, Albany. Fiery frontman Tim Livingston leads the psychedelic punks as they storm the Low Beat for the Local 518 debut of their new line-up. With Eye and I. 9pm.
FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC/MORE: Frances Day @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. In celebration of the opening of six new exhibits, the museum hosts a jam-packed day of activities including a concert by singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan (12noon), a scavenger hunt (12noon), an Improv Songwriting Session led by singer-songwriter Michael Eck with Roger Noyes and M.R. Poulopoulos (2:30pm), artist talks (4:30pm) and recpetion (5:30pm). 12noon-7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Netsayi @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The Zimbabwean contemporary folk-pop singer-songwriter delivers a captivating performance. Think Joan Armatrading meets Angélique Kidjo. 8pm. $16 & $20. GO HERE to read an interview…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off Saratoga Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Free music throughout the evening all around town, including Blues Sanctuary, Better by Morning, the Resonators, Bob Warren, Sirsy, lots more. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Competitors duke it out for best BBQ honors. With lots of music – by Wild Adriatic, the Chris Dukes Band, the Getdown and more – fireworks and some of the area’s best food vendors. The event also benefits the Northeast Kidney Foundation. 11am-10pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ the Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. New Jersey’s horn-fueled party band… “I Don’t Want to Go Home,” “The Fever,” “Talk to Me,” “This Time It’s for Real,” “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” “Hearts of Stone”… 8pm.
MUSIC: Harry Allen/Paul Myers Quartet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The veteran saxman teams up with the guitar great. With a Local 518 rhtyhm section featuring drummer Michael Benedict and bassist Mike Lawrence. 8pm. $18.
READING: “Selected Shorts” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Actors Kate Burton, Jane Curtin and Campbell Scott (but not Parker Posey, who was originally announced) read short stories. 8pm. $35 & $50.
MUSIC: Miro Sprague @ Baba Louie’s Backroom, Pittsfield. The jazz pianist-composer makes his Pittsfield debut in a special performance sponsored by Berkshires Jazz, Inc. Backed by bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Alex Snydman. 8pm. $25.
THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn’s play about an architect who struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects, while his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. Directed by Eric Hall. 2 & 8pm. $48. Through July 26.
THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.
READING: Poets in the Park @ Washington Park, Albany. At the Robert Burns statue near Madison and Willett, Dan Wilcox leads the reading series which today features Melody Davis, Brian Dorn and some fire-dancing. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “A Little Night Music” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt, played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn. 2 & 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.
CABARET: Linda Lavin @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Golden Globe Award-winner and two-time Tony Award winner returns for another installment of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series, with musical director-pianist Billy Stritch. 8pm.
THEATER: “State Fair” @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. The summer musical performed by the Clifton Park Not So Common Players will take you back to Iowa in 1946 where it will be a “Grand Night for Singing.” 8pm. FREE. Through July 27. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
MUSIC: Badmash @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Johnny Bentonamo, Corduroy Shotgun and Shattered Haze. 8pm.
CIRCUS: Circus Smirkus @ Great Barrington Fairggrounds, Great Barrington. 30 youth circus stars (ages 10-18) breathe life into this year’s theme, “Anchors Away For Atlantis.” 2 & 7pm. $22; $18 ages 2-12 & seniors; FREE children under 2.
THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 2 & 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.
MUSIC: Roy Hurd @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Adirondack singer-songwriter’s music reflects rural independence and love of nature, family and good times. He’ll be joined by fiddler Frank Orsini. 8pm. $18.
ARTS TALK: Albert Paley @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. A lecture by the celebrated sculptor in conjunction with “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley,” on view through October 13. Followed by a reception. 4pm. $20.