IT’S HUGE Saratoga Arts Fest is, indeed, huge. Beginning Thursday (June 9) and continuing through Sunday (June 12), it overwhelms. There will be art, music, dance and theater from one end of town to the other. Here’s a mere smattering of what’s going on: Thursday, there’s a big-ticket gala at SPAC, followed by a performance by the Lar Lubovich Dance Company. Friday, Saratoga Children’s Theater will present Guys and Dolls Junior at St. Peter’s Church Annex (64 Hamilton St.); the Empire State Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble will perform at Jacob and Anthony’s American Grille (38 High Rock Ave,); Upbeat on the Roof concerts will begin again at the Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery (Skidmore College), featuring Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard; and Triple Play featuring Chris Brubeck will be in concert at 8:15 PM at the Zankel Music Center (Skidmore College) with special guest Dave Brubeck. Saturday, No. 11 Productions will stage Lysistrata in Congress Park; Opera Saratoga (who used to be called Lake George Opera) will perform The Trial of BB Wolf at the Lake Avenue School Auditorium (126 Lake Ave.); and Saratoga City Ballet will host a demonstration and performance at the Skidmore College Dance Theater. Sunday, the Eleo Pomare Exhibit will open at the National Museum of Dance (Saratoga Spa State Park). Each day there will be exhibits and workshops at galleries around Saratoga; each day of the festival there are more performances, of all kinds, than I can cram into this short space. Some of these are free; many require a Saratoga Arts Fest pass, which is $35 adults, $20 students with ID, $15 military, $5 youth, and free to children under 5 years old. For a complete schedule and loads of information, visit saratogaartsfest.org.
SUMMER MOVIE SPECIALS Speaking of Saratoga, beginning July 5, Skidmore College (815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs) will host a Summer Film Festival in the Emerson Auditorium. First up is Claude Miller’s transposition of The Seagull to contemporary France, La petite Lili. This will be followed by Doris Dorrie’s Cherry Blossoms (July 7); Jean-Jacques Beineix’s pop-art blend of crime, comedy, Zen and opera, Diva (July 12); Joseph Losey’s late masterpiece Mr. Klein, starring Alain Delon (July 14); Stephen Elliott’s Easy Virtue, based on a Noel Coward play and starring, um, Jessica Biel (July 19); the Irish school-abuse drama Song for a Raggy Boy with Aidan Quinn (July 21); and, finally, Lajos Koltai’s Fateless (July 26). All screenings are at 8 PM. For more info, call Skidmore at 580-5599. . . . MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) usually offers a couple of films accompanied by live music, and their programming for this summer is strictly first class. On July 9 (at 9 PM), guitarist Marc Ribot will supply a score for Chaplin’s heartbreaking and hilarious The Kid. Tickets are $15 advance, $19 day of show and $10 students and kids. There won’t be any live music accompanying The Great Waldo Pepper (pictured) on Aug. 8 (8:30 PM), but you’ll have to leave the MASS MoCA campus to see it. George Roy Hill’s nostalgic look back at barnstorming flyers in the post-World War I-era will be screened on a giant airplane hangar at the nearby Harriman-West Airport off Route 2. The following night, Aug. 6 (8:30 PM), back at MASS MoCA, the Alloy Orchestra will perform for the (most recent, essentially complete) restored version of Fritz Lang’s batty, glorious Metropolis. Alloy have been accompanying various versions of Metropolis for most of their career; it’s a can’t-miss event. Tickets are $15 advance, $19 day of show. For more info, visit massmoca.org.