MUSIC/FOOD: Bacon Fest @ City Beer Hall, Albany. Bacon, beer and banjos… Treat yourself to bourbon-braised bacon bruschetta, bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, blue cheese ‘n’ bacon ice cream, chocolate covered bacon, candied bacon Rice Krispy treats and lots more. With the funky acoustic sounds of Ramblin Jug Stompers. 3-6pm.
MUSIC: the subdudes @ The Egg, Albany. With their signature, soulful blend of blues, folk, R&B, country, Cajun, funk, gospel and rock n’ roll, the original line-up of John Magnie (accordion), Tommy Malone (guitar), Johnny Ray Allen and tambourinist extraordinaire Steve Amedee is reuniting for the first time in 17 years for a few select shows. 8pm. $35.
OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 8pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Bang On a Can All-Stars @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s a triple-header featuring Terry Riley’s classic “In C” (4:30pm. FREE with gallery admission); the Bang On a Can All-Stars perform David Lang’s “death speaks” featuring vocalist Shara Worden (8pm. $24; $15 students): Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond performs a late-night solo show (10pm).
THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Last chance! 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.
THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. This year’s American musical at Glimmerglass is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that Time magazine called “best musical of the 20th century.” Conducted by Doug Peck and directed by Charles Newell, it tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Jazz Guitar Summit @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Featuring a trio of fabulous fretmasters – Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and Gerry Beaudoin. 7 & 9:30pm. $22. UPDATE: The 7pm show is now officially sold out.
THEATER: “Ring of Fire” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. It’s the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s production of Richard Maltby’s musical tribute to the late great Johnny Cash. Starring David Lutken, the creator and star of ATF’s hit musical, “Woody Sez.” 7:30pm. $35 & $45 & $50.
MUSIC: Simi Stone Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Woodstock singer-songwriter Simi Stone plays violin, guitar and percussion and boasts a huge, versatile voice. She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers and introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat “Mountain Motown” style. And her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup, including bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s and Gang of Four. Openers the Revelations play a mix of soul and R&B rooted in the classic sound of the 1960s and ’70s. 9pm.
MUSIC: Peter Schickele’s “50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The black sheep of the Bach family is back! 8pm. $25, $35, $45 & $55. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Martha Gallagher @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Adirondack Harper honors the rich history of her instrument while creating original songs that glide in the blink of an eye from wailing blues to Latin grooves to classical inspirations, from swingin’ jazz to vibrant contemporary folk. 8pm. $17.
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,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through August 10.
THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Last chance! 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: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Springside Park, Pittsfield. It’s the inaugural production of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, directed by Enrico Spada. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. 8pm. FREE. Through July 27.
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…
READING: Poets in the Park @ the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. It’s the final installment of the reading series hosted by Albany poet-photographer Dan Wilcox. Featured readers are Geraldine Green and George Wallace. 7pm. FREE.
OPERA: “Lucia Di Lammermoor” @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Festival favorite Diana McVey returns as the lead in one of the Donizetti’s most famous operas. Fully staged with super titles. 8pm. $56, $66 & $76; lawn $26.
THEATER: “Mrs. Ripley’s Trip” and “Uncle Ethan Ripley” @ PS21, Chatham.
Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan are Mr. and Mrs. Ripley in the Actors’ Ensemble’s production of Hamlin Garland’s wry and touching stories about the hard scrabble lives of farmers in the Iowa prairies of the 1880s. Sheri Bauer Mayorga provides the musical interludes. 8pm. $20; $12 youth.
MUSIC: Ed Clifford @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.