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When: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Lionel Popkin is an inventive, highly original dancer and choreographer. He and his company will introduce the Just for Fun audience to the world of modern dance through a performance exploring the joys of movement and music and giving the audience an opportunity to try a few modern dance moves themselves. Pamela Squires in the Washington Post wrote, "Popkin has a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark." 
When: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 | 9:00 PM
Where: 339 Central Avenue Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $10.00
Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde will be celebrating the release of their second album "Fruit of Hope" in their hometown. Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde combine powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock.
When: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 | 6:30 PM
Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presents their annual "Spiritual Heritage." This free event is a celebration of how our unique religious backgrounds and cultures create our diverse congregation in Christ. Come enjoy live performances of piano, harp, poetry and dance. There will also be personal stories of conversion. We invite individuals from all faiths to come rejoice with us! This event will be held on August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at 420 New Scotland Ave. in Albany. Please contact us at 518-542-5746 for further details. Refreshments will be served.
When: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Sand Lake Center for the Arts
Cost: $4 pp
Sand Lake Center for the Arts' Youth Theatre Players presents "Aliens Alive", a play written and directed by Sue Frost and Val Kavanaugh. Performance dates are Sat. Aug 2 at 7pm and Sun. Aug 3 at 2:30pm. Come see these historical figures - Leonardo DaVinci played by Angus McPherson, Emily Dickinson played by Nessa Corcoran, Ben Franklin played by Noah Bonesteel, William Clark played by Savanna Rudolph, Sacajawea played by Haley Wright and Coco Chanel played by Abigail Warrender, as they manage to solve the alien's problems. But how? Come and find out! This production is the culmination of a four week class for enthusiastic youth interested in acting & being involved with a full theater production. Tickets are $4 pp and reservations can be made at 518-674-2007 or from the web site. SLCA is handicapped accessible, with plenty of free parking.
When: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 until Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: $30/$25 members/$15 students 18 and under
Lionel Popkin, who is half-Jewish/half-Indian, explores how our origins define who we are. His dances are simultaneously low-tech and lush, questioning and funny. His latest work Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore considers the paradoxical legacy of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, co-founder of the famed Denishawn Company, who brought "Orientalism" to Western dance. Was the iconic "Miss Ruth" a trailblazer, a thief, or something in between? Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore features a live performance of an original score by Guy Klucevsek for accordion and violin that evokes both Klezmer and Indian music. Currently Popkin is an Associate Professor of Choreography and Performance at UCLA. "delightfully mercurial" ... "fabulous actions" ... "I enjoy seeing Popkin's shifting from solid to liquid to gas and then to just a flash of wide smile." -Lisa Kraus, The Philadelphia Inquirer
When: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Where: Sand Lake Center for the Arts
Cost: $4 pp
Sand Lake Center for the Arts' Youth Theatre Players presents "Aliens Alive", a play written and directed by Sue Frost and Val Kavanaugh. Performance dates are Sat. Aug 2 at 7pm and Sun. Aug 3 at 2:30pm. Come see these historical figures - Leonardo DaVinci played by Angus McPherson, Emily Dickinson played by Nessa Corcoran, Ben Franklin played by Noah Bonesteel, William Clark played by Savanna Rudolph, Sacajawea played by Haley Wright and Coco Chanel played by Abigail Warrender, as they manage to solve the alien's problems. But how? Come and find out! This production is the culmination of a four week class for enthusiastic youth interested in acting & being involved with a full theater production. Tickets are $4 pp and reservations can be made at 518-674-2007 or from the web site. SLCA is handicapped accessible, with plenty of free parking.
When: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 until Fri, Aug 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Capital Repertory Theatre
Cost: $250
This week long program for students, ages 14-17, will be an immersion in scene-work and Master Classes led by theatre industry professionals. Students will get first-hand insight and the opportunity to hone their skills in areas such as: Scene and partner work from classic theatre pieces Character development Speech and movement for the stage Monologues Training with real life perspective Performance experience is preferred but not required. All levels are welcome. Space is limited but your potential isn't! Deadline for enrollment is July 25th.
When: Tue, Aug 5, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Identical Cuban triplets Angel, César and Marcos, age 11, are passionate about becoming ballet dancers. Each wants the same thing: to be chosen for a role in an important ballet in Havana. Who will be chosen? Directed by Sylvie Collier. UK. 2011. 58 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
An intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s- who gave birth to modern ballet. Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine. Belgium. 2005. 118 minutes.
When: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Teenagers perform "Kontakthof" by Pina Bausch. This was the last film and the last interview with the world-famous dancer and choreographer. Every Saturday, 40 students, aged 14 to18, rehearsed under the direction of Bausch dancers Jo-Ann Endicott and Bénédicte Billiet, and under the intense supervision of Bausch herself. This film by Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann documents the process culminating in the opening night performance. Germany. 2009. 92 minutes. German with English subtitles.
When: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Six of George Balanchine's finest stars, Maria Tallchief, Mary Ellen Moylan, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler pay a moving tribute to the legendary choreographer and describe how he shaped them as dancers and influenced their lives. USA. 1989. 86 minutes
When: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Omi International Arts Center, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent, NY 12075
Cost: Free
With a diverse group of dancers from all over the world, Omi's Open Salons allow residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month. Taking place in the Studio Barns at Omi.
When: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Starting his career as a modern dancer, Jerome Robbins began to appreciate the technique involved in ballet, the two of which he merged in his choreography, especially in musical theater. Features many greats from the worlds of Broadway and the ballet. USA. 2009. 120 minutes
When: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 | 8:30 PM
Where: MASS MoCA
Cost: $25 preferred / $15 advance / $20 day of
Perennial MASS MoCA favorite, Alloy Orchestra, returns with a signature live score to the 1924 classic He Who Gets Slapped, the tragic tale of a brilliant scientist who loses his research - and his wife - to a dishonest man and becomes a circus clown with a very peculiar act. The only thing more outrageous than leading man Lon Chaney is Alloy Orchestra's soulful, grinding soundtrack.
When: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 until Fri, Aug 15, 2014 | 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: RPI Campus
Cost: $235
Young Actors Guild is celebrating 25 years of arts education on the RPI Campus for students ages 6 -18,our one week programs are a great introduction to theater, with theater skills and creative movement being taught in a fun environment, culminating in a small presentation at the end of the week.
When: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 until Fri, Aug 15, 2014 | 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Studio at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: $175/$150 members for the week-long day camp program. Scholarships are available . Pre-registration is required.
Ages 8-12 and 13-18. For the third summer in a row Jamal Jackson and members of his dance company will teach West African dance to children and teens at PS21.
When: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones for two tumultuous years, as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial. Choreographer's Choice: Jamal Jackson, who introduces the film. USA. 2011. 1 hour 23 minutes
When: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 until Sat, Aug 16, 2014 | 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free $30/$25 members/$18 students 18 and under
Jamal Jackson's newest work Bask in The Shade is a piece that explores how an individual views him or herself and how that perception is changed when the individual's social circle expands. 
When: Today until Wed, Dec 31, 2014 | 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: 340 First Street, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15.00
African Drum and dance classes. Saturdays at Family community center. Drum Class, 3:00-4:00 Pm. Dance Class,4:00-5:30 pm. All Levels Welcome.
When: Today until Wed, Dec 17, 2014 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Geno's on the Avenue, 2197 Central Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12304
Cost: 0.
Weekly Open Mic -Every WEDNESDAY Night - 8-11pm. Bring your vocals, instrument & cords or what have you....Full back line provided. 21+ only.
When: Today until Fri, Aug 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Join us at one of our many musical offerings this summer! Please contact us at themusicstudio@verizon.net or 518-459-7799 for more information.
When: Today until Fri, Aug 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Join us at one of our many musical offerings this summer! Please contact us at themusicstudio@verizon.net or 518-459-7799 for more information.
When: Today until Sat, Aug 2, 2014 | 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Macedonia Baptist Church, 26 Wilson Ave., Albany 12205
Cost: $5.00 for 4 Saturdays of classes
This is the 3rd year of the Macedonia Summer Music and Arts Academy. The Academy is designed to provide instruction in a variety of musical and performing arts areas: voice, music sightreading, liturgical dance, public speaking/acting, and instruments: guitar, bass guitar, strings, drums (basic/advanced), and keyboard (basic/advanced). NOTE: The Academy meeting on 4 Saturdays. On 7/12 it runs between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. On 7/19, 7/26 & 8/2 the Academy runs between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon.
When: Today until Sun, Aug 10, 2014
Cost: Tues - Thurs: $20/25, $40/45 & $50; Fri - Sun: $20, $50 & $60
Join The REP for this dazzling tribute to legendary rock and roll composers Leiber and Stoller! Tickets on sale NOW!
When: Today until Fri, Aug 1, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: RohanRhythm Studio - 1004 Northwood Ct NY, 12309
Cost: varies by lesson
Discover South Indian percussion with critically acclaimed Indian musician and entrepreneur, Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy! In this exciting workshop, Rohan will use traditional Indian drums and vocal percussion techniques to lead an exploration of India's sacred Carnatic music.
When: Today until Fri, Aug 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: C-R Kids Performing Arts School
For ages 6-10! C-R Productions is on a mission to bring the theater experience to children and young adults of all ages this summer. All camps will fill up so don't wait. Register today! All Singing...All Dancing...All Acting. • KIDS CAMP (AGES 6­-10) JULY 28­-AUGUST 8 • JUNIOR CAMP (AGES 11­-16) AUGUST 4-­15 • Monday-­Friday ­ 9:00am-­3:00pm Or sign up for theater classes, voice lessons or college prep assistance. Check out our website or call us at crkids.org or call 237-­5858.
When: Today until Sat, Aug 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza P.O. Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223
On Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm, the Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company will perform REVOLUTION, the contemporary ballet by Leonard Ajkun, to greet its Capital Region's audience and dancers from Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Holland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, South Korea, Portugal,Turkey, Uruguay, and throughout the US. The performance will be open to the general public and will offer the opportunity to meet AjkunBT and Community Artists involved in the residency.
When: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 until Sun, Aug 10, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: Proctors
Cost: $20-$50
Amazing Cirque Eloize returns to its summer home at Proctors for two spectacular weekends of the international hit, iD. For 20 years now, Cirque Eloize has been taking the public and critics by storm in more than 440 cities around the world. This August, Cirque Eloize's dazzling and energetic iD comes to the Capital Region for the very first time. This astonishing modern circus transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video trampowall. Everyone will love this mind-blowing fusion of new theatrical circus and urban dance!
When: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 until Sat, Sep 27, 2014 | 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 137 East Avenue Rochester, NY 16404
Cost: Non-Member $2 / Members Free
State of the City 2014 features monumental installations by Ron Klein (Philadelphia, PA) and The Shua Group (Jersey City, NJ), each encouraging us to think differently about our surroundings. Shua Group creates movement based artworks which encourage deep listening, human exchange, and spatial and perceptual transformation. Ron Klein's complex and varied installations grow out of his pseudo-anthropological creative practice.
When: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 until Sat, Aug 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Where: At The Lakehouse in Albany’s Historic Washington Park
Cost: Amphitheatre Seating is Free | Reserved Seats and Premium Bleacher Seats Go On Sale May 1, 2014
The second show in Park Playhouse’s 26th Summer Season will bring to life Charles Dickens’ classic story of Oliver Twist, an orphan in 1830?s Great Britain who leads the life of a pickpocket in London.
When: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 until Fri, Aug 15, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: C-R Kids Performing Arts School
For ages 11-16! C-R Productions is on a mission to bring the theater experience to children and young adults of all ages this summer. All camps will fill up so don't wait. Register today! All Singing...All Dancing...All Acting. • KIDS CAMP (AGES 6­-10) JULY 28­-AUGUST 8 • JUNIOR CAMP (AGES 11­-16) AUGUST 4-­15 • Monday-­Friday ­ 9:00am-­3:00pm Or sign up for theater classes, voice lessons or college prep assistance at crkids.org or call 237-­5858.
When: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 until Fri, Aug 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Blue Sky Music Studios
Cost: $425
Over a 2 week period, participants will be placed in bands, with the focus being on playing with other musicians. Bands will work on cover songs AND original music written in the camp. The last 2 days will be a recording session in our state of the art recording studio, where the ensembles will be recorded onto a CD for each student to take home! Some of the topics covered will be tempo & groove, intonation, time feels, instrument tone, song form and listening skills. For more information give us a call 518.478.7862 or visit our website.

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