Springs is one of those towns that seems to wake spontaneously
from its slumber every year and suddenly turn into the
summer destination for dining, shopping, and all things
equestrian. This weekend, it wipes the last little bit of
sleep from its eyes with the Saratoga Arts Fest, a four-day
arts extravaganza featuring nearly 100 events.
At venues all over the city, you’ll have the opportunity
to catch classical performances by the Saratoga Chamber
Players, Carnegie Hall Premieres and the Albany Symphony
Brass Quintet, jazz shows by Eric Alexander and Jason Domnarski,
dance performances from the Paul Taylor Dance Company and
Company Stefanie Batten Bland, a theatrical performance
by the SITI Company (pictured), a reading from William Kennedy,
and more art exhibits than you can shake an easel at.
Saratoga Arts Fest begins today (Thursday, June 11) and
runs through Sunday (June 14) at venues all over Saratoga
Springs. An ARTSPASS will get you into all the events, and
the cost ranges from $5 (youth) to $30 (adult). Call 682-2397
for more info or visit saratogaartsfest.org.
Sculpture Park 2009 Summer Exhibition
Fields Sculpture Park at the Omi International Arts Center
is a wonderland for both the sculpture enthusiast and the
open-minded daytripper. Situated across 400 acres of rolling
hills, wooded knolls and wetlands, the place was described
by Metroland art critic Meisha Rosenberg as “one
of the best-kept art lover’s secrets in the Capital Region.”
The truly wonderous part is that, every summer, the park
gets a little bit bigger. This year’s additions include
work by Heather and Ivan Morison, Julian Opie, Margeaux
Walter, Orly Genger, and Richard Nonas (Smoke, pictured).
On Saturday (June 13) from 1 to 5 PM, there will be an opening
reception to unveil the summer exhibition at the Fields
Sculpture Park at the Omi International Arts Center (County
Road 22, Ghent). Admission is free. Call 392-4747 for more
Kids on the Block
had the lunchbox. The trading cards. The poster, beach blanket,
sleeping bag, trapper keeper, T-shirt, comic book, dishware,
parachute pants, and snap bracelet. Why? Because they totally
had the right stuff.
first time was a great time. It was the late ’80s, the New
Kids on the Block were neck-deep in their overalls, and
the world was hungry for boy bands. The second time was
a blast, even though it was the mid ’90s, the band had changed
their name to NKOTB, and groups like ’N Sync had TRL on
lockdown. The third time we fell in love, because Jonathan,
Joey, Jordan, Danny and Donnie got back together in 2008,
and now we hope it lasts—at least until Tuesday—when they
bring their sweet, merchandizable hustle to town.
The New Kids on the Block come to the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs)
on Tuesday (June 16) at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $16-$65. Call
587-3330 for more info.