Summer Ain’t Over Yet: Upcoming Events in August
Capital Region and Adirondack Events, August 2012
Some Stuff and Things Going on in August
As the summer still rages on, there are plenty of fun stuff and things going on throughout the area, including film, antiques, music, sports, tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Totie Fields and even a cutthroat cardboard boat race.
Ella at the Capital Rep
There’s still time to catch Broadway veteran Tina Fabrique in the Capital Repertory Theatre’s production of Ella. Set in 1966, Ella is a retrospective look at the late, great Ella Fitzgerald, who was one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of all time. The show features plenty of classic songs such as “How High the Moon,” “That Old Black Magic,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” among many other numbers that have become part of the classic American Songbook. Ella runs through August 12th. Ticket prices vary; for more info visit www.capitalrep.org
The Eternal Return at the AIHA
The Albany Institute of History and Art will exhibit selections by the well-known abstract painter Stephanie Rose, featuring twenty-three portraits of distinguished poets, novelists, art critics, filmmakers, photographers, performers, art collectors and philanthropists. The exhibition runs from August 25, 2012–January 27, 2013. Call 518-463-4478 or visit www.albanyinstitute.org
If you’re big on antiques (and who isn’t) you’ll want to stop by the Adirondack Museum’s Antiques Show and Sale on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th. Dealers in quality antiques and art from across the United States will feature antiques at home in the Adirondacks, as well as camp, cottage, and Mission furniture, historical fine art, militaria, folk art, vintage boats, taxidermy, quilts, oriental rugs, vintage clothing, and Native American jewelry and artifacts. The show will be open from 10am-5pm on both days. Tickets will be available at the door, and are available now online at www.adkmuseum.org
Totems and Vessels: Pottery by Mary Lou Reid
The Adirondack Artists Guild will present Totems and Vessels, an exhibit of new work in clay by Mary Lou Reid, at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake. A potter for over thirty years, Reid has pushed the properties of clay in creating her upcoming show. Reflecting organic forms, she manipulates both wheel thrown and hand built pieces with abstract, textural surfaces. In addition to the vessels that Reid has created for the show, she has made totems, objects serving as distinctive, often venerated, emblems or symbols. An opening reception will be held at the Adirondack Artists Guild on Friday, August 3rd, from 5-7pm. The exhibit runs through August 29th. www.adirondackartistsguild.com
Gasland at the LPCA
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will screen Gasland on Friday, August 10th at 7:30pm. Directed by Josh Fox, Gasland is a blistering expose on how communities throughout the U.S. (especially parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Colorado) are affected by natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Gasland was nominated for a Best Documentary Academy Award in 2011 and was an Official Selection for Sundance in 2010. Tickets are $6, available at the door. Call 518-523-2512 or visit www.LakePlacidArts.org.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, will be hosting the 2nd Annual Abner Doubleday Classic on Saturday, August 4th at 1pm. The game will be held at the PBA fields in Saratoga Springs, and will feature players representing the long-standing rivalry between Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa. Proceeds from this event will support the education programs that Brookside offers to thousands of Capital Region children each year. A reception will also follow directly after the game at Brookside on Charlton Street in Ballston Spa. For more information call 518-885-4000 or email email@example.com
On Saturday, August 11th, fierce competition will take place as the Eighth Annual Cardboard Boat Race gets underway at Fort Hardy Park Beach on Route 29 in Schuylerville from 8am to 3pm Schuylerville. Racing participants will construct a “human-powered” boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100% recycled materials, that will hold at least 1 crew member and be “seaworthy” enough to race a short distance on the river. Racers may construct their boats ahead of time or on the morning of the event where materials will be available at the event site for a nominal fee. For more information, visit www.hudsoncrossingpark.org or call 518-859-1462.
Opening Reception for Art Harvest Exhibit
The North Country Arts Center will open the first exhibit of its third season at the Art in Chestertown Gallery with an opening reception for Art Harvest on Friday, August 3rd at 6pm. The exhibition of local artists and artisans will run through September 8, 2012. The Art in Chestertown Gallery is located at 6378 State Route 9, in Chestertown. Visit www.northcountryartscenter.org or call 518-803-4034.
On August 4, 1892, the infamous ax-murder of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Borden, rocked the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts, and made headlines that launched speculation about the guilt or innocence of their spinster daughter/step-daughter Lizzie, a question that persists to this day. On August 4, 2012, 120 years to the day, The Sembrich in Bolton Landing presents Ellen Barry in the one-woman off-Broadway play Lizzie Borden at Eight O’Clock. The audience will gather in the Sembrich studio to become characters in the play – Fall River townspeople who have, rightly or wrongly, judged Lizzie’s role in the crime and must now reassess their opinions—if they can. Guests are invited to come early for a pre-performance talk at 6pm, prior to the show’s 7:30pm curtain. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.thesembrich.org, or call 518-644-2431.
Opera at Hubbard Hall
The Hubbard Hall Opera Theater will present Mozart’s family favorite, The Magic Flute, for six performances from August 8-19 on Hubbard Hall’s mainstage in Cambridge. Performances, fully costumed and staged with a 19-piece orchestra, will be sung in German (with supertitles) and spoken in English. Tickets and prices vary.
In addition, there will also be special performances of the little seen Cox and Box by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) & F. C. Burnand, and Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein, on August 17th and 18th at 8pm. Tickets for this double feature are pay-what-you-will. For more info, visit www.hubbardhall.org or call 518-677-2495.
Who doesn’t love Totie Fields? The boisterous comedienne comes to life in Adorable Me! The Totie Fields Story a one-woman show, starring Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan at the Fort Salem Theater for a one week engagement starting on August 3rd. Totie Fields was a brash, bawdy and overweight comedienne who helped break the glass ceiling for women in stand-up, making over twenty appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and multiple guest shots with Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. For tickets and more information, visit fortsalemtheater.com or call 518-854-9200.
Bluegrass in Fort Edward
The Little Theater on the Farm in Fort Edward will host the Third Annual Country and Bluegrass Jamboree on Wednesday, August 8. Featured performers include Smokey Greene, The Seth Sawyer Band, The Bluebillies, Bob Marcotte and Friends, and Ernie Sites and Friends. The Jamboree runs from noon to 10pm with each band playing two sets, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Suggested donation is $10. Vendors are welcome and should Raffles and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 518-747-3421 or visit www.littletheater27.org
–Compiled by The Free George Staff
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