MUSIC: Gogol Bordello @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Mosh-pits, mustaches and one madcap, magnificent, manic, magnetic frontman, Eugene Hutz. It’s Gogol Bordello’s Gonzo Turbo Auto Pilot Tour. With Man Man. 8pm. $30.
OPERA: “Ariadne in Naxos” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. 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. 1:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
DANCE: MOMIX @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. “MOMIX reMIX” combines pieces from the MOMIX repertory and creates a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own. 8pm.
FAIR: Saratoga County Fair @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Kicking off the fair season, it’s opening day with plenty of fried dough, amusement rides, games, racing pigs, chainsaw artistry and music by No Outlet and bluesman Rhett Tyler. 9am-12midnight. $10.
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.
MUSIC: Decoda Faculty @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The cutting-edge, NYC-based chamber music collective features Michael Mizrahi (piano), Claire Bryant (cello), Seth Baer (bassoon), Anna Elashvili and Owen Dalby (violins), Meena Bhasin (viola), Alicia Lee (clarinet) and special guests. 7:30pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.
READING: Charles Simic @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues with the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate. With Adam Braver. 8pm. FREE.
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. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…
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. 8pm. $48. Through July 26.
FILM: “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” @ PS21, Chatham. Filmed and co-directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and director Aram Avakian at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, featuring Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson and more. 8:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Rich Hill” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Directed by Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos, the award-winning documentary focuses on the lives of three teenage boys living a hardscrabble existence in the former mining town in Missouri. A discussion follows with Ron Deutsch, executive director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and former Board Chair of Saratoga Co. Economic Opportunity Council. 7:30pm. $7; $5 students.