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Blink 182, Weezer

You wanted them back, they’re back. Brash, tasteless and infectiously popular, the reformed Blink 182 headline SPAC on Monday evening. Sharing the stage are former geek rockers—and fellow members of the Class of 1992—Weezer (pictured). While we’re not completely convinced of Weezer’s geekatude these days, we are assured that they will bring some of the rock to the masses.

Also on the bill: Taking Back Sunday and Chester French.

Blink 182, Weezer and all the rest will perform Monday (Aug. 31) at 6:30 PM at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs). Tickets are $26 for the lawn, $31 to $69 for the amphitheater. For more info, call 587-3330.

Rest, in Pieces

A potpourri of talents have come together to create the latest incarnation of Rest, in Pieces, a relatively new play by comedian Steve Bluestein, and the last installment of this year’s Woodfest in Glens Falls.

Bluestein’s 20-year career spans TV, movies, and appearances at comedy clubs across the country. More recently, Bluestein has tried his hand at writing; he’s now released a book, a musical and the comedy Rest, in Pieces, which have all received critical acclaim.

Rest, in Pieces is a journey through the life of a family dealing with loss, told from three points of view. The production stars Marcia Wallace (Carol on The Bob Newhart Show) and Richard Kline (Larry on Three’s Company), and is directed by John Bowab (whose resume includes Mame on Broadway, The Cosby Show and The Facts of Life).

According to ReviewPlays.com, “Rest, In Pieces is laugh-out-loud funny. Even though it’s a play in which everybody dies.” And rumor has it the script is Broadway bound.

Rest, In Pieces opens at the Charles R. Wood Theater (207 Glen St., Glens Falls) tonight (Thursday, Aug. 27) at 8 PM and runs through Sept. 6. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and $15 for students. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call Wood Tickets at 874-0800.

New York State Fair

There’s a reason it’s nicknamed “the Great New York State Fair.”

There are the horse shows, livestock displays and competitions, and the antique farm equipment showcasing New York’s long, rich agricultural history. There are the model train and circus displays.

There are the James E. Strates Shows, presenting a wide selection of rides and games on the midway.

And there’s the fine musical entertainment, too. The Mohegan Sun Grandstand will host Kelly Clarkson tonight (Thursday, Aug. 27, 7:30 PM, $35-$40); Kenny Chesney tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 PM, $55); and a double bill of the Fray and Our Lady Peace on Saturday (Aug. 29, 7:30 PM, $35-$40).

Oh, and the big old artwork pictured here? It’s last year’s butter sculpture of a cow. You won’t see another butter sculpture this year, however. This year, the giant sculpture will be made of a variety of New York state cheeses!

The New York State Fair opens today (Thursday, Aug. 27) and runs through Sept. 7 at the New York State Fairgrounds (Syracuse). Admission fees vary. For more info, call (800) 475-FAIR or visit nysfair.org.


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