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Boulder Creek Fest. Celebrate summer in Boulder with a day of fun-filled entertainment that’s been a tradition for over 30 years. Boulder Creek/Downtown Boulder, 303-777-6887. Through May 27.

The Denver Arts Festival. Come celebrate more than 20 years of Colorado art. Plus, a few national names, too. 10 a.m. Denver Arts Festival
Conservatory Green, Stapleton, 8034 E. 49th Place, Denver, 303-330-8237. Through May 26.

Beauty and the Beast. BDT Stage invites you to be their guest in Disney’s classic musical. 5501
Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-600, Through Sept. 21. 

Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour. 7 and 10 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Peak To Peak Players: Romeo and Juliet. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder,
303-440-7826. Through June 2. 


Lakewood Symphony Orchestra. For its season finale, the symphony presents action and adventure in “The Cowboys Overture.” Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845.

INSPIRE Arts Week. Ten days of art and culture, throughout Lakewood. Various venues around Lakewood, 303-987-7845, Through June 8.


Denver Children’s Museum Birthday Bash. To celebrate its 45th birthday, the Children’s Museum takes a trip to Treasure Island with its gala theme “A High Seas Soirée.” 6 p.m. Denver Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, 303-433-7444.

Burning Can Festival at Lyons Outdoor Games. More than 70 breweries, games camping and tons of musical acts get together to kick off the summer. Bohn Park, 199 Second Ave., Lyons, Through June 1. 

Denver Comic Con. Nerds and fans alike unite at Denver’s Comic Con where troves of cosplayers, celebrities, writers and more come together to celebrate comics, movies and books. 10 a.m. Denver Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, Through June 2.


Denver Chalk Art Festival. More than 200 amateur and professional artists gather to chalk up the streets of Larimer Square. Larimer Square, Denver,
303-534-2367. Through June 2.

Golden Super Cruise. Enjoy an evening of classic cars cruising down the open road. 5 p.m. S. Golden Road, Golden, 303-968-7536. First Saturday of the month through Oct. 5. 

A Taste of Louisville. Taste the best Louisville has to offer: beer, kids’ activities, merchants and local bands playing Steinbaugh Pavilion for the Louis-Palooza. Plus, it’s the opening day of the Farmers’ Market. 9 a.m. Main St., Louisville, 303-666-5747.

TedX Boulder. Skip the YouTube videos and attend some real-life Ted Talks. This year’s theme is “With & Without.” 4 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder,

Boulder Ballet in the Park. Enjoy a beautiful art form outside on a beautiful day. 7 p.m. Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303-443-0028. Through June 2.


Boulder Jewish Festival. This free one-day festival features live entertainment, food, music, fine art and activities for all ages, all celebrating the Jewish community. 11 a.m. Courthouse Lawn, Pearl Street Mall, 1200-1400 Blocks of Pearl Street, Boulder,

OUT Boulder County Garden Party. This year’s garden party theme is “GOLD!”. Join Out Boulder County for a fun afternoon of food, friends and awards for heroes of the local LGBTQ community. 4 p.m. RSVP for location or check out, 303-499-5777.


Longmont Art Guild Annual Member Show. The Guild’s largest show of the year. Plus, enjoy work from the St. Vrain Photographic Society. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Barn A, 303-678-6235. Through June 9.

Taste of the West. Taste a bevy of food samples from a variety of chefs and restaurants around Jefferson County, not to mention sips from a selection of local craft brews. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Frontage Road, Golden, 720-399-5656.


First Thursdays. After a stressful day at work, stop by the Civic Center Plaza for food trucks, happy hour specials, games, music and more. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through Aug. 2. 

Taste of Fort Collins. The best selection of Fort Collins’ cuisine. Pair that with arts and crafts, kids’ activities and live music from the likes of Uncle Kracker and more. Civic Center Park/Washington Park, Fort Collins, Through June 9.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The Bard’s classics come to life including Twelvth Night and As You Like it. Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, 277 University Ave., Boulder,
303-492-8008, Through Aug. 11. 

Danse Etoile Ballet: Arabian Nights. 7:30 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through June 8. 


Rockin’ Block Party. Kick off summer with music, activities, food trucks, beer and an outdoor movie. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845.

Erie Brewfest. The seventh annual outdoor Brewfest featuring a long list of beers from local breweries. Grab a brew and some food and enjoy live music from local bands. Noon. Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell St., Erie, 303-828-3440.

Grillapalooza. Noon. Learn from the best this summer by spending the day watching demos by expert grill masters. McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-443-1822.

Game Grumps Live. The Final Party. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Avery Invitational & Anniversary Party. Get to know the brewers at Avery with a fun hangout. Noon. Avery Brewing Company 4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder, 303-440-4324. 


Molly-Dharma Motorcycle Run. Motorcyclists gather to ride through the Foothills in support of 4 Pars 4 Life Pet Rescue. 10 a.m. Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-871-8290.

A Taste of Puerto Rico. One of the largest Latino festivals in the state with more than 25,000 people coming together to celebrate the food, culture, art and music of Puerto Rico. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-351-5499.


Enanitos Verdes & Hombres G — Huevos Revueltos Tour 2019. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.


Boulder International Festival. Experience dances from all around the world, and get inspired yourself. Pearl Street, Boulder. Through June 16. 


Briah Danse: Legends & Legacies. 3 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder 303-440-7826. Through June 16. 


WWE Live. Watch the spandex-clad faceplants and body slams. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver,
303-405-1100. Through Aug. 22.

Science Friday Live. Host Ira Flatow speaks with local scientists. 6:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.

Denver PrideFest. Support and celebrate Denver’s LGBTQ community with a parade and party. Proceeds go to vital programs and services. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-733-7743. Through June 16.

Juneteenth Music Festival. Celebrate the abolition of slavery with a parade, events, music and the #DREAMBIG Award Ceremony. 9 a.m. Five Points, 27th and Welton streets, Denver, 720-505-3274. Through June 16. 

True Colors Safari. Celebrate the uniqueness of every human and animal with music from around the world, food and music, all to highlight the LGBTQIA+ community and organizations. 6 p.m. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 720-337-1400.


Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. For this year’s festival, SummerFest explores “Perception/Deception/Illusion/Confusion” by bringing a packed schedule of music, science, magic, math, visual art, comedy and lectures. Locations all along the Front Range, 970-305-2261. Through July 12.


Eddie Izzard: WUNDERBAR. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106. Through June 19. 


Sounds Exciting! Concert Series. Wednesdays through summer, stop by to hear music from bands like The Lonesome Days, Silver & Gold and local favorite Hazel Miller. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood,
303-987-7845. Wednesdays through July 31. 


One Funny Mother. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106. 

The Denver Moth Storyslam. Hear five-minute stories about the theme “Chemistry.” 6:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.

Greek Festival. Opa! The Greek Festival returns this year with more food, music, dance and more. 11 a.m. Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, 303-388-9314, Through June 23.

16th Street Fair. Spend the day downtown with Colorado’s makers, artists and crafters. Check out emerging artists from a variety of fields. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver,
720-272-7467. Through June 22.

SeriesFest. An award-winning festival showcasing the best new episodic storytelling from established and emerging creators. SIE Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Through June 26.


TEDxMileHigh: Humankind. Get ready to be inspired by people, ideas and experiences with the power to change the way you think. 11 a.m. Buell Theatre, 1340 Curtis St., Denver, 720-865-4220,

Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience Japanese culture through the delight of the cherry blossom. The weekend will be filled with taiko drumming, food, sake and art. 11 a.m. Sakura Matsuri, Lawrence Street between 19th and 20th streets, Denver, Through June 23.

Longmont Pride. Activities, art, education, games, flash-mobs, photo booths and music to celebrate equality and diversity in the community. 2 p.m. Fourth Street between Main and Emery streets, Longmont, 303-499-5777.

Brighton Art in the Park. Meet and visit with local, regional and international artists showcasing their crafts and designs, dine on tasty cuisine and enjoy musical performances. 10 a.m. Carmichael Park, 650 Southern St., Brighton, 303-655-2176.

Rocky Mountain Beer Festival Tour. Craft beer, live music, local artists, lawn games and more come together for a family-friendly day. 1 p.m. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr., Louisville,

Arvada On Tap. “Brew it. Cook it. Taste it. Sip it.” Sounds like a good summer afternoon. Noon. Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada, 720-898-7000.

Hannah Kahn Dance Company: Juxtaposition and Other Dances. 7:30 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder 303-440-7826. Through June 23.


TRUTV Impractical Jokers “The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour” starring The Tenderloins. 7:30 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.

Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106. 

Breakfast & Brews. As a part of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, pair the two best B’s: beer and brunch. Union Bar & Soda Fountain, 250 Jefferson St., Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.


The Summit. As a part of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, enjoy a night of more than 75 specialty beers, plus the people who made them. Canvas Stadium, Colorado State University, 751 W. Pitkin St., Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.

Colorado Brewers’ Festival. The 30th annual festival features more than 150 Colorado beers from more than 50 Colorado breweries. The weekend also features food, art and five hours of live music. Canvas Stadium, Colorado State University, 751 W. Pitkin St., Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.Through June 29.


High Peaks Art Festival. A juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, paired with live music and food in a beautiful, small mountain town setting. 10 a.m. Town Square, Nederland, Through June 24.

Westword Music Showcase. Listen to local and national acts, including Jai Wolf, CHVRCHES, Crooked Colours, The Knocks and more. Noon. Various stages across the Golden Triangle, 1100 Acoma St., Denver, 303-293-3571.

Boulder Magic Show. Check out mentalists, comedians and good ol’ fashioned magicians. 2 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder 303-440-7826.
Through July 21. 


On Tap with KBCO. Enjoy live music with St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Guster. Breckenridge Brewery, 6775 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-623-2739.


Independence Celebration. Ring in our nation’s birthday with old-time games, horse-drawn wagon rides, historic demonstrations and live music. Don’t forget to stay for the Glendale fireworks show. 5 p.m. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver,


Erie July Third Extravaganza. Get in your fireworks fix a day early. 5 p.m. Colorado National Golf Club, Highway 7, Erie, 303-926-1723.


Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy a beer/cider/ wine garden, food, bounce house and face painting at a classic celebration with fireworks at dusk. 4 p.m. Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.

Golden Lion’s Club Fourth of July Festival. An all-day party in Lions Park with food, live music, beer, free rides, face painting and fireworks for everyone. Noon. Lions Park, 1300 10th St., Golden, 303-279-2282.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. A tradition since 1941, celebrate the Fourth of July with Ralphie in the home of the Buffs. Fireworks start as soon as it’s dark. 8 p.m. Folsom Field, University of Colorado, 2400 Colorado Ave., Boulder, 303-541-1928.

Red, White and You Fireworks. Say happy birthday to America with a day full of activities. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, 303-409-2600. 


Cherry Creek Arts Festival. As its tagline suggests, “Art is for everyone.” The Cherry Creek Arts Festival exhibits world-class and award-winning artists. Proceeds benefit Cherry Arts for year-round arts education. Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from Second to Third avenues, between Clayton and Steele streets, Through July 7.


West World and Rocky Mountain Regional Pony of the Americas Shows. Check out this horse competition and show featuring English and Western events, games and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through July 7.


Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival. Listen to the music that preceded today’s favorite genres like bluegrass. Enjoy fiddle and banjo music, square dancing in a barn and participate workshops to hone your skills. Parrish Ranch, 15722 Parrish Road, Berthoud, Through July 14.


Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo. The annual statewide competition celebrates diversity in the rodeo world. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden. Tickets available through Through July 14.

Colorado Black Arts Festival. An event dedicated to the role of black arts and culture, featuring a variety of music, visual art, film and much more. 10 a.m. City Park, 17th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Denver, 303-306-8672. Through July 14

Rhythm on the River. Featuring activities for all ages, entertainment, art, offerings from local restaurants and breweries, duck races and an outdoor adventure land. Plus check out the kinetics race on Saturday. 5 p.m. Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Road,
Longmont, 303-651-8404. Through July 13.

Colorado Irish Festival. Experience the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains with traditional Irish music performances, dancing, theater, storytelling, crafts, games and plenty of food classics. Clement Park, 7306 Bowles Ave., Littleton, Through July 14.

Saturday, JULY 13

Rayback’s Third Birthday Party. Celebrate one of Boulder’s hottest venues with an all-day party. 9 a.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-885-1234.


The Dude Perfect Pound It Noggin Tour. 6 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.


Denver County Fair. A showcase of Denver’s character and culture all wrapped up with a carnival featuring attractions such as goat yoga, alpaca obstacle course, drag queen pageant, live music and more. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, 303-297-1166. Through July 21.

Pearl Street Arts Fest. Art hits the street in this outdoor festival in the heart of Boulder. Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, 303-449-3774. Through July 21.


Patton Oswalt Live. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106. 

Boulder Beer 40th Anniversary Celebration. Celebrate four decades of local beer with new tastes, music, food and more. Noon. 2800 Wilderness Place, Boulder,

Circus Foundry: Sonder. Acrobats, aerialists and dancers, oh my! The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder 303-440-7826. Through July 21. 


Buffalo Bill Days. Each year, this festival grows to offer more and more events, and it has now become the largest community festival in Golden. The event dates back to the 1940s and celebrates the hero of the Wild West with a parade, games and more. Golden, 303-278-9898. Through July 28.


RockyGrass. Come put your feet in the river and listen to some of the best bluegrass tunes in the world at the 47th annual festival with 5,000 of your closest friends. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons,
800-624-2422. Through July 28.  


Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage with races, music and plenty of dragons. Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, 303-953-7277. Through July 28.


Aerial Dance Festival. Fly through the air with two weeks of aerial dance class, events, performance and training. Frequent Flyers Studio, 3022 E. Sterling Circle, Suite 150, Boulder, 303-245-8272. Through Aug. 11.


ARISE Music Festival. Music, yoga, camping, art, film, activism and more in a wonderland-like experience. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland, Through Aug. 4.

Boulder County Fair. This year, the fair celebrates 150 years of entertaining the community with games, music, food and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235.
Through Aug. 11.


16th Street Fair. Spend the day downtown with Colorado’s makers, artists and crafters. Check out emerging artists from a variety of fields. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver,
720-272-7467. Through August 10.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Join in the celebration of Fort Collins’ birthday with its annual showcase of arts, vendors and music from local and national acts in a variety of genres. Downtown Fort Collins, 970-484-6500. Through Aug. 11.

Western Welcome Week Grand Parade and Festival Day. This year’s theme is “The Tradition Continues,” and it does for the 91st year. Downtown Littleton. 303-794-4870, Through Aug. 18.

Colorado Brazil Fest. Bom dia! Learn first-hand about Brazilian culture with samba, music and more. Various venues around Boulder, Through Aug. 11. 


Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, 303-405-1100. Through Aug. 22.


Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The mellow moods of the festival are the perfect antidote for the late summer sun. Not to mention the lineup features Ani DiFranco, Ben Folds, The Violent Femmes and more. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons,
800-624-2422. Through Aug. 18.


Golden Fine Arts Festival. A weekend of high-quality artwork in multiple disciplines, a friendly atmosphere, a lovely creek setting and lots of entertaining activities. 10 a.m. Downtown Golden, 303-279-3113.
Through Aug. 18.

Lafayette Peach Festival. Find out everything you can make with a peach by taking a bite out of Lafayette with its annual peach festival. 9 a.m. Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.


Boulder Craft Beer Fest. Be a part of Boulder’s beloved bevy of breweries in a boisterous beer bash. 1 p.m. North Boulder Park, 2848 Ninth St., Boulder, 303-449-3774.

Colorado Ballet: An Evening Under the Stars. Ballerinas perform a selection of contempoary pieces along with George Balanchine’s Serenade set to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” 7:30 p.m. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada,


Help Me I’m Dying Comedy Tour. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106. 


Tour De Fat. Throw on a costume and party down with beer, bikes, music, dance and tons of fun. 2 p.m. New Belgium Brewing, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-221-0524.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. Close out the summer with a celebration with music, food, beer, The Great Zucchini Race and more at Boulder Creek. 10 p.m. Central Park, Boulder Creek, Through Sept. 2. 

A Taste of Colorado. Grab a bite of traditional Colorado fare but also tickle your taste buds with authentic cuisine from all around the world, plus even more to entertain yourself all day. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver,
303-295-6330. Through Sept. 3.

Pints at the Park. Celebrate the end of summer with beer, bites and more. Noon. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive,
Louisville, 303-666-5747.  


Rocky Mountain Beer Festival Tour. Craft beer, live music, local artists, lawn games and more come together for a family-friendly day. 1 p.m. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr., Louisville, 

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An intimate look at the award-winning writer, opening Friday, June 28 at the Ritz 5

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to 70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali and the front lines with Angela Davis, to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little Black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.  

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African American artists, including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.

“On February 9, 1981, Toni Morrison entered my small East Village photo studio for a Soho News cover shoot,” director Timothy Greenfield Sanders said. “She wore a dark suit with a white blouse and smoked a pipe. I had no photo assistants and hung all of the nine-foot-wide backdrops myself. At this point in her career, she was a full-time writer. “Tar Baby,” her fourth novel, was in print. Her days as an editor at Random House were nearly over, and she no longer needed to teach to support her two sons.”

“It was an instant friendship,”  Sanders continued. “She recognized she could trust me as a photographer, something I always hope for in a photo shoot. This trust continued over the years as I took more portraits for her books and their press. When Vanity Fair profiled her, she insisted that only I could shoot her. They put me on the masthead soon after.

I was thrilled for her when she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

In 2006, at a portrait shoot in my studio for “Margaret Garner,” Toni’s new opera based on the “Beloved” story, we discussed all the remarkable black divas she had interviewed for the production. ‘We should do a book about them – I’ll write the text and you take the photos,’ she said. That conversation sparked an idea to document discussions on identity by leading African Americans – musicians, politicians, writers and CEOs. Toni agreed to sit as our first subject. In 2008, my feature length documentary, The Black List: Volume 1, premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO. The project also included my portrait photography, a book and traveling exhibitions. Many volumes and iterations of “List” films followed.

In 2014, I suggested a documentary about her life. At this point, Toni Morrison was world famous but quite private. She was reluctant to talk about herself and hesitant about the hours required for filmed interviews. But she didn’t say no. I explained how important I thought it would be to hear from her friends and colleagues and to capture on film her history, accomplishments and the important themes of her many works. Hers was a monumental life that had impacted the world’s culture. A life that deserved an important documentary. It was also a film I really wanted to make.”


Eventually, Toni agreed. 

“Conceptually, of the film’s 13 interviews only Toni would be filmed in my direct-to-camera style,” Sanders continued. “Only she would look into the camera, directly addressing the viewer. Toni was open and intimate, thought-provoking and emotional. The result is powerful and historic. Our long friendship – nearly 38 years – comes through on camera.”

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Adia Millett at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles

Installation view of “Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns,” 2019, at California African American Museum, Los Angeles.


Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: “Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns” is on view at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles through Sunday, August 25. The exhibition features quilts, paintings, assemblages, collages, and photography by the artist, whose work often explores issues of identity, collective history, and memory.

Buffalo’s summer concerts: Diversity, gentrification and the meaning of local

I’ve been a cheerleader, and often, I admit. But this year, even though my personal calendar is overly stocked with concerts, festivals and club shows I’m incredibly excited about, I’m just not feeling it the way I once did.

My past cheerleading was genuine, earnest and offered in good faith. It really all came down to a sense of hope.

I hoped that the Buffalo Renaissance was more than a marketing catchphrase. I hoped that we had moved from tertiary concert market status to primary market status, in the process, offering the population of dedicated music lovers who live here an abundance of choice. I hoped that our concert scene would reflect the diversity of our population, and that population’s interests, passions, concerns. I hoped that the rising tide would save all ships, which in this instance meant that I hoped local musicians living and working here would benefit from the frantic concert activity happening all around them.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, as the Bible (and James Baldwin) would have it, and hope is faith’s seedling.

That seedling is not flowering for me this spring so I would like to help it along. In the interest of doing so, I’ve assembled a few questions that require honest, good-faith answers before any true claim of progress can be made.

Buffalo is diverse. So why is our summer concert season predominantly white and male?

The last census found that Buffalo’s population was 45.8 percent African American, 50 percent white, 10 percent Hispanic or Latino and 4 percent Asian. So why is the face of most of our summer concert season that of a white male? Major venues like Canalside, Darien Lake Amphitheater and Artpark have all assembled impressive summer rosters.

But the lineups for the three venues only have three female headlining acts in total. And if only two of 20 shows at Darien Lake, for example, feature black artists, it seems reasonable to wonder if we’re getting a summer concert schedule that will both reflect and appeal to the diversity of our population.

A pre-concert crowd at Darien Lake. (News file photo)

The end of the Thursday concert experience. Who cares?

The Canalside Live concert series will now take place not on the traditional Thursday evenings, but whenever it wants to. There a few upsides to this (see below). But there are also significant downsides. Musicians, bands and venues – many of whom book their summers around Canalside – were largely caught unaware of the move from Thursday to various days of the week. The decision appears to have been a somewhat carefully guarded secret. How will this play out? Too soon to tell. But as someone who has been involved in the Buffalo music scene for 29 years, I can make an educated guess that at least some of these musicians will lose their gigs.

Canalside is more a venue than a community gathering space now. What does this mean?

It means that we’ve moved much closer to creating a functional concert venue on our waterfront. It means that we can attract more acts and artists than in previous years, because we are no longer hampered by a Thursday-only booking policy. It means a further boost to the waterfront. But it also means a move away from a series that boasts a local, community-based vibe, and toward something with a decidedly more corporate feel. Some will see this as progress. Some will see it otherwise.

A ‘Thursday in the Square” concert at Lafayette Square in 1997. (News file photo)

If opportunities for local working musicians remain stagnant, can we truly claim to be growing?

This year’s summer concert schedule is jam-packed. You’ll be able to find a show worth seeing seven days a week between now and the end of September. This speaks of a healthy music scene. But how truly healthy is that scene if local bands and artists are seeing a commensurate increase in work and profit? How many of the major stage shows this summer will have local openers? From a regional artist’s perspective, it’s hard to feel the increase in concert activity in any meaningful way. That’s a problem that should be addressed.

Are we becoming a cookie-cutter culture?

My friend and colleague Colin Dabkowski captured my attention with this tweet: “Now that Thursdays at the Square has completed its metamorphosis from community festival to corporatized behemoth, is it time to reactivate Lafayette Square on Thursdays as a public gathering space? I say relaunch it, bring it back home, put local performers back at center stage.” Dabkowski’s point encapsulates the fear that, with an increased “one size fits all,” approach to culture in general and summer concerts in particular – where one city’s concert schedule is virtually indistinguishable from another’s – we will lose some of the localness that makes us who we are. Perhaps relaunching the dormant Thursday at the Square series as a community-based hang featuring local performers – which is how the series started – would spread some of the love (and wealth) around.

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West Point’s class of 2019 includes historic number of African-American women

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West Point’s class of 2019 includes historic number of African-American women

West Point also projects a record number of hispanic female graduates in the Class of 2019, which is set to include the academy’s 5,000 female grad.

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Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

What keeps Austin’s cultural scene among the liveliest in the nation is that it’s never static. The work created in the performing and visual arts is always changing, ever evolving. That’s because so many artists here don’t follow established trends and traditions. They forge their own, and from that comes transformations, art that changes ways of working, ideas, and the community. The Austin Arts Hall of Fame was established to honor artists, educators, patrons, and culture advocates whose innovations and steadfast commitments have altered the ways we express ourselves, regard our heritage, and respond to art. Each of this year’s four inductees has been a leader in making change in Austin. The Austin Critics Table, a loose affiliation of arts writers that recognizes outstanding creative work here every year, will honor them on Monday, June 3, at 7pm in a ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research. Here are introductions to these game changers.

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Toni Bravo

Toni Bravo might have ended up anywhere on Earth. Born with a blend of French, Italian, Spanish, and Mexican-Indian bloodlines, she began dancing in Mexico City, later studied in London and Germany, and over the course of her professional career performed and taught in Israel, Costa Rica, and Spain. But something in her responded to Austin, and she’s made it her base since the Eighties. She’s obtained a master’s degree in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas, worked with Dance Repertory Theatre, taught at the Ballet Austin Academy, developed BA’s Dance in the Classroom program, collaborated with numerous theatre groups from Austin Shakespeare to Vortex Repertory Company, and founded her own companies: Kinesis Dance Theatre Projects, Diverse Space Dance Theatre, and Diverse Space Youth Dance Theatre. Austin responded to Bravo, too, voting her Best Choreographer in the “Best of Austin” Readers Poll three years in a row.

But Bravo never forgot about the rest of the world. Through her ongoing connections with European companies, Bravo annually takes young Austin dancers to perform at the Irish Youth Dance Festival, and at LISTROS and APT in Berlin. And her choreographic fusion of international traditions and movement vocabularies has expanded our understanding of dance – in one Chronicle review, Robi Polgar wrote that watching Bravo was like “seeing a compact compendium of the world played out with grace and power.”

Courtesy of Spectrum Theatre Company

Dr. Billy F. Harden

To Billy Harden, it didn’t matter if he was in a classroom, in a church, or on a stage. In every space, he saw an opportunity to open minds. And he always took advantage of it, so that when he died in 2018, he left a remarkable legacy of helping others learn in education, religion, and the arts. From age 17 to his death, he was integral to the music at Metropolitan AME Church, first as assistant pianist/organist and then for many years as director of music. He made a career in education, spending 17 years with afterschool program Extend-A-Care and 20 with Austin Independent School District as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and assistant principal, with additional stints as head of school at Goodwill Industries Charter School and a principal in the Pflugerville school district.

Theatre, however, provided Harden’s most visible forum. Active in the scene for 34 years, Harden worked with 15 companies, putting his stamp on work as diverse as Fats Waller and August Wilson. Among his stage homes were Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Capitol City Playhouse, Austin Playhouse, and Austin Theatre Project and Pro Arts Collective, both run by his old friend Boyd Vance. Inspired by Vance’s commitment to create opportunities for African American artists, Harden, Jacqui Cross, Janis Stinson, and Carla Nickerson founded Spectrum Theatre Company with the same goal, and Harden served as executive director. His influence on students, audiences, and especially black artists earned him the Austin Creative Alliance Honors in 2015.

Photo by John Anderson

Girard Kinney

It isn’t that Girard Kinney doesn’t want Austin to change – having lived here all his life, he knows that it will. He just wants it to change for the better. And as both a citizen and an architect, he’s devoted himself to that goal. In the Eighties, as the airport became an issue for surrounding neighborhoods, he helped organize the campaign to move it, spent a decade on the city’s Airport Advisory Commission, then chaired a task force to establish goals for redeveloping the Mueller site. When traffic endangered pedestrians and cyclists crossing Lady Bird Lake, he designed the cantilevered walks on the Drake Bridge (and did it pro bono!) and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. When growth threatened mobility Downtown, he co-produced the Great Streets Master Plan. His advocacy for responsible urban planning and design has extended to numerous bodies public and private: Scenic Austin and Scenic Texas, Austin AIA committees, the Congress for the New Urbanism, Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, Friends of Austin Neighborhoods, et al. – all while running his own firm. In Kinney & Associates’ portfolio are several significant cultural spaces: Zach Theatre’s Whisenhunt Stage, the Zilker Hillside Theater, and the Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum and Library. Kinney told one reporter, “My problem is that I have never been able to draw any lines between my private and public life.” What may be a problem for him has been a boon for our city.

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Margo Sawyer

Can anyone do as much with four right angles and straight sides as Margo Sawyer? In the hands of this gifted Central Texas artist, humble squares and rectangles join in intricate, interlocking geometric grids, often with vivid colors that pop like fireworks, or in diligently spaced arrangements that redefine the architectural meaning of a wall or floor. Cubes rise purposefully from flat surfaces, squares act as frames for objects of other shapes, or light passes through rectangles in curtains of glass, and the four-sided shapes are charged with a visual electricity. Over the three decades that Sawyer has been creating this work locally, she’s garnered attention from museums, galleries, foundations, and collectors nationally and internationally. She’s exhibited all over the U.S. and been an artist in residence in Great Britain (where she grew up), India (where she studied on a Fulbright Scholarship), Italy, Japan, and Spain, with one recent commission for the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo. Other commissions include Synchronicity of Color – Red & Blue for Houston’s Discovery Green, Contemplation Garden for Whole Foods’ local HQ, and Index for Contemplation at the Austin Convention Center. In 2015, she was named Artist of the Year by the Austin Critics Table as well as the Texas State Artist 3D, and last year she received a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. But the charge Sawyer generates isn’t restricted to her art. As a professor at UT, she’s been providing energy, encouragement, and generosity to students and colleagues for 30 years.

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A version of this article appeared in print on May 24, 2019 with the headline: Art Transformers

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Summer arts and entertainment guide

The recent brief heat wave this past weekend has put us in a mood for mojitos, sandals and lazy strolls. But it also served to remind us to update our calendars and save our dates for there’s a load of fun waiting to fill up our next three-plus months. We can’t take the time off of work for you or hire a babysitter. We can only let you know what we know. The rest is on you. Have fun.


Adirondack Theatre Festival

The Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen St., Glens Falls; 518-480-4878;

  • “Calling All Kates,” June 14-22
  • “Alice in Wonderland,” June 25-28, July 16-20
  • “The Enlightenment of Percival Van Schmootz,” July 5-13
  • “Sequence,” July 23-27
  • “Beau,” Aug. 3-9

Barrington Stage Company

Mainstage: 30 Union St.; St. Germain Stage: 36 Linden St.

Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-236-8888;

  • “Hold These Truths,” May 22-June 8
  • “America V.2.1,” June 14-30
  • “Into the Woods,” June 19-July 13
  • “Times Flies and Other Comedies,” July 5-27
  • “Gertrude and Claudius,” July 18-Aug. 3
  • “If I Forget,” Aug. 1-Sept. 1
  • “Fall Springs,” Aug. 9-31
  • “American Underground,” Oct. 2-20

Berkshire Theatre Group

83 E. Main St., Stockbridge, Mass.; 413-997-4444;

  • “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia,” May 24-June 15
  • “Outside Mullingar,” June 19-July 13
  • “The Skin of Our Teeth,” July 11-Aug. 3
  • “Working: A Musical,” July 18-Aug. 24
  • “What We May Be,” Aug. 8-31

Mac-Haydn Theatre

1925 Route 203, Chatham; 518-392-9292;

  • “Camelot,” May 23-June 2
  • “Curtains,” June 6-16
  • “Sunset Boulevard,” June 20-30
  • “Grease,” July 4-21
  • “Ragtime,” July 25-Aug. 4
  • “Little Shop of Horrors,” Aug. 8-18
  • “Oklahoma,” Aug. 22-Sept. 1

Opera Saratoga

Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs; 518-584-6018;

  • “The Daughter of the Regiment,” June 29-July 13
  • “Ellen West,” June 30-July 12
  • “Hansel and Gretel,” July 5-14
  • “Mozart and Salieri,” July 11

Park Playhouse

Lakehouse Amphitheatre, Washington Park, Albany

 Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes


  • “In the Heights,” June 28-July 27
  • “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast,” July 30-Aug. 3
  • “Disney’s Newsies,” Aug. 6-24
  • “Winnie the Pooh,” Aug. 22-23

Performing Arts at the Commons

Clifton Common Stage, Clifton Common Boulevard, Clifton Park;

  • Mr. Mike and the Big Red Box of Magic, July 17
  • “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” July 19-28
  • Mr. Twisty Super Silly Magic Show, July 24
  • Let’s Get Cookin’, July 31
  • The Puppet People’s “Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 7

Saratoga Shakespeare


Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Route 50, Saratoga Springs

  • “The Tempest,” July 19-20

Alfred Z. Solomon Stage, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs

  • “King Lear,” July 23-Aug. 3

Shakespeare & Company

70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.; 413-637-3353;

  • “The Waverly Gallery,” May 23–July 14
  • “Twelfth Night,” July 02–Aug. 4
  • “The Taming of the Shrew,” July 9–Aug. 17
  • “The Children,” July 18–Aug. 18
  • “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Aug. 8-Sept. 1
  • “Topdog/Underdog,” Aug. 13–Sept. 8
  • “Coriolanus,” Aug. 21–25
  • “Time Stands Still,” Sept. 13–Oct. 13

The Theater Barn

654 Route 20, New Lebanon; 518-794-8989;

  • “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” June 21-30
  • “Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution,” July 4-July 21
  • “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” July 25-Aug. 4
  • “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Aug. 8-18
  • “Lucky Stiff,” Aug. 22-Sept. 1
  • “Moonlight and Magnolias,” Sept. 6-22

Williamstown Theatre Festival

1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass.; 413-458-3253;

  • “A Raisin in the Sun,” June 25-July 13
  • “A Human Being, of a Sort,” June 26-July 7
  • “Selling Kabul,” July 10-20
  • “Grand Horizons,” July 17-28
  • “Tell Me I’m Not Crazy,” July 24-Aug. 3
  • “Ghosts,” July 31-Aug. 18
  • “Before the Meeting,” Aug. 7-18


SPAC Classical, Dance, Jazz and World Music

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Spring;

  • Opera Saratoga, June 2-July 14
  • Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, June 29-30
  • New York City Ballet, July 16-20
  • Jazz Bar, July 17-Aug. 17
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra, July 31-Aug. 17
  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aug. 4-20
  • World Music concerts, June 19-Sept. 9
  • SPAC Live Nation
  • Chris Young, May 25
  • Dead & Company, June 18
  • Blink-182 and Lil Wayne, July 1
  • Phish, July 2-3
  • Jackson Browne, July 5
  • Luke Bryan, July 11
  • Dave Matthews Band, July 12-13
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, July 14
  • Heart, July 21
  • Rob Thomas, July 24
  • Brad Paisley, July 25
  • Train and Goo-Goo Dolls, July 26
  • Joe Bonamassa, July 27
  • Kidz Bop, July 28
  • Breaking Benjamin, July 30
  • Hootie and the Blowfish, Aug. 4
  • Korn and Alice in Chains, Aug. 11
  • Beck and Cage the Elephant, Aug. 12
  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Aug 18
  • Knotfest Roadshow 2019 with Slipknot, Aug. 21
  • Santana, Aug. 23
  • KISS, Aug. 24
  • Zac Brown Band, Aug. 30
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aug. 31
  • Peter Frampton, Sept. 1
  • Cardi B, Sept. 6
  • Steve Martin and Martin Short, Sept. 13

Tannery Pond Concerts

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon;

  • David Finckel and Wu Han, May 18
  • The Naumberg Trio, June 15
  • Stephen Hough, July 6
  • Juho Pohjonen, July 27
  • Miro Quartet, Aug. 24
  • Todd Palmer Among Friends, Sept. 14

Maverick Concerts

120 Maverick Road, Woodstock;

  • New Muse 4tet, June 29
  • Bill Charlap Trio, June 29
  • Shanghai Quartet, June 30
  • Elizabeth Mitchell and Family, July 6
  • Happy Traum and Friends, July 6
  • Escher String Quartet, July 7
  • Shostakovich and His World (lecture), July 11
  • Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Jazz Quartet, July 13
  • Jasper String Quartet, July 14
  • Frederic Chiu, David Gonzalez, July 20
  • Catalyst Quartet and Daniel Gortler, July 21
  • Music and Meditation, July 27
  • Jupiter Quartet, July 28
  • JAZZKIDS with Christian Sands, Aug. 3
  • Christian Sands Trio, Aug. 3
  • Quatuor Danel of Belgium, Aug. 4
  • Steve Gorn and Friends / Ravi Shankar Tribute, Aug. 10
  • Harlem Quartet, Aug. 11,
  • Amernet String Quartet, Aug. 18
  • Maverick Chamber Orchestra, Aug. 24
  • Pacifica Quartet, Aug. 25
  • Karl Berger’s All-Star Sextet, Aug. 31
  • Trio Solisti, Sept. 1

Tanglewood Classical Series

297 West St., Lenox, Mass.

  • Boston Symphony, July 5-Aug. 25
  • Boston Pops, July 7, July 23 and Aug. 16
  • Ozawa Hall performances, July 5-Aug. 23

Tanglewood Pop & Rock

  • “Live From Here,” June 15
  • Brian Wilson Presents “Pet Sounds,” June 16
  • Richard Thompson, June 21
  • Postmodern Jukebox, June 22
  • The Boston Pops Celebrates Queen with Marc Martel, June 27
  • Earth, Wind & Fire, June 28
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, June 30
  • Josh Groban, July 2
  • James Taylor, July 3-4
  • Train and Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 5
  • Gladys Knight with the Spinners, Aug. 28
  • Squeeze, Aug. 29
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge, Aug. 30
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Aug. 31
  • Reba McEntire, Sept. 1

Glimmerglass Festival

7300 Route 80, Cooperstown;; 607-547-2255

  • “Show Boat,” July 6-Aug. 24
  • “La Traviata,” July 7-Aug. 24
  • “The Ghosts of Versailles,” July 13-Aug. 23
  • “Blue,” July 14-Aug. 22
  • “Noah’s Flood,” Aug. 2-9
  • “The Queen of Spades,” Aug. 6-19

Jacob’s Pillow

358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass.;; 413-243-9919

  • Ballet BC, June 19-23
  • Circa, June 19-23
  • Companía Irene Rodriguez, June 26-30
  • Abby Z and the New Utility, June 26-30
  • All Styles Dance Battle, June 30
  • Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston, July 3-7
  • David Rousseve/Reality, July 3-7
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem, July 10-14
  • Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, July 10-14
  • Mark Morris Dance Group, July 17-21
  • Umanoove/Didy Veldman, July 17-21
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company, July 24-28
  • Caleb Teicher & Company with Conrad Tao, July 24-28
  • A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham, July 31-Aug. 4
  • “The Day,” July 31-Aug. 4
  • Gallim, Aug 7-11
  • Red Sky Performance, Aug. 7-11
  • Martha Graham Dance Company, Aug. 14-17
  • Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet, Aug. 14-18
  • “Gotta Dance,” Aug. 18
  • Boston Ballet, Aug. 21-25
  • Urban Bush Women, Aug. 21-25

Bard Summerscape

The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College;

  • Dance — Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, “Grace and Mercy,” July 5-7
  • Theater — “Acquanetta,” July 11-21
  • Opera — Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “The Miracle of Heliane,” July 26-Aug. 4
  • Bard Music Festival, “Korngold and His World,” Aug 9-11 and Aug. 16-18
  • Spiegeltent cabaret and live music, June 29-Aug. 17
  • Film Series, “Korngold and the Hollywood Film Score,” July 25-Aug. 18

Round Lake Concert series

All shows at 7 p.m.;

  • The Crazy Swedes, May 31
  • Electric City Chorus, June 4
  • Nite Train, June 7
  • Pop-Clique w/Honey Slider, June 8
  • Free Concert – Stony Creek Band, June 14
  • The Lazy Suns, June 15
  • Cirque Us, July 2
  • Jade, July 12
  • Spero Plays Nyro / Laura Nyro Tribute, July 13
  • The Nellies, July 14
  • Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Summer Sing, July 15
  • Sonny & Perley Trio, Aug. 3
  • Marty Wendell & The Bluebillies, Aug. 23
  • Organ Recital – Craig Williams, Aug. 25
  • Scott Sharrard, Sept. 6
  • Open Ring Circus, Sept. 7


Performing Arts at the Commons

Clifton Common Stage, Clifton Common Boulevard, Clifton Park

  • Clifton Park Community Chorus, June 23
  • Neil Diamond Tribute Show, June 30
  • Hair of the Dog, July 7
  • Ten Most Wanted, July 14
  • Moriah Formica, Aug. 4
  • Grit-N-Whiskey, Aug. 11
  • The Mother Goose Jazz Band, Aug. 14

Concert in the Park in Ballston Spa

Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa;; shows begin at 6 p.m.

  • June 27: Ballston Spa Community Band
  • July 11: North and South Dakotas
  • July 18: Useless Cans
  • July 25: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys
  • Aug. 1: Ice Cream Social with the Union Fire Company Band
  • Aug. 8: Sirsy
  • Aug. 15: The McKrells
  • Aug. 22: The Lustre Kings
  • Aug. 29: The Sea The Sea

Harbor Jam Summer Series

Rivers Casino & Resort Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Schenectady.

  • July 6: Ambrosia
  • July 13: David Victor formerly of Boston
  • July 20: John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
  • July 27: CSN Songs (Crosby, Stills & Nash Tribute)
  • Aug. 3: John Waite
  • Aug. 10: The Georgia Satellites
  • Aug. 17: The Lords of 52nd Street (Legends of Billy Joel Band)

Jamming at the GPAC

Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. All shows 7:30 p.m.

  • June 20: Guilderland Town Band
  • June 27: Steal Your Peach
  • July 11: Guilderland Town Band
  • July 18: The Audiostars
  • July 25: Jazz Vibes
  • Aug. 1: Guilderland Town Band
  • Aug. 6: The Refrigerators
  • Aug. 8: 7 Bridges

Saratoga Springs Lunchtime Concert Series

All shows at 12:30 p.m.

  • May 15: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at Saratoga Senior Center
  • June 19: Orchard Project at Ben and Jerry’s
  • July 17 – Girl Blue at Ben and Jerry’s
  • Aug. 21 – Tame Pacific at Ben and Jerry’s
  • Sept. 18 – Rodeo Barons at Saratoga Senior Center
  • Oct. 16 – Heard at Saratoga Senior Center

Upbeat on the Roof

The Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs All shows at 7 p.m.

  • July 11: Nu-Note — R&B and bossa nova
  • July 18: Decoda — classical
  • July 25: Annie and the Hedonists — vintage blues and jazz
  • Aug. 1: Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining — chamber folk
  • Aug. 8: And Other Poems — singer-songwriter
  • Aug. 15: Red Haired Strangers — country and bluegrass
  • Aug. 22: bell’s roar — queerpop and soul

Cohoes Rock the Block

  • June 6: Skeeter Creek
  • June 13: Who’s Bad
  • June 20: Eastbound Jesus
  • June 27: Aquanett
  • July 11: Wylder-518
  • July 18: The Refrigerators
  • July 25: Damn The Torpedoes
  • Aug. 1: Wall of Fame Jam
  • Aug. 8: Rocket Man

Fridays at the Lake

Shepard Park, Lake George;; All shows at 6 p.m.

  • June 14: Kristen Capolino with Better Off Led
  • June 21: Funk Evolution with Dirt Cheap
  • June 28: Rock’N Chicks of Classic Rock Tribute
  • July 5: Refrigerators with Proudest Monkeys
  • July 12: EB Jeb with The Switch Band
  • July 26: Vivid From Connecticut with Tumbling Dice
  • Aug. 2: Skeeter Creek with Katie Louise Band
  • Aug. 9: New York Players with the Switch Band
  • Aug. 23: Soul Session with Yellowdog
  • Aug. 30: After Funk with Capital Zen

Alive at 5

Jennings Landing, Albany. All shows at 5 p.m.

More to be announced in the future.

  • June 6: Donna Missal with Lauren Ruth Ward and LPX
  • June 13: Travie McCoy with Stellar Young
  • July 18: Lettuce with Jaw Gems

Rockin’ on the River

Riverfront Park, Troy. All shows at 5 p.m.

  • June 5: Skeeter Creek with Raquel & the Wildflowers
  • June 12: Live at the Fillmore
  • June 19: Speedy Ortiz
  • June 26: Driftwood with The Sea The Sea
  • July 3: The Broken Hearted with Sly Fox & The Hustlers
  • July 10: Classic Stones Live with Troy Music Academy Allstars
  • July 17: Balun with Dark Honey
  • July 24: The Hotelier with Hasty Page + Bruiser & Bicycle
  • July 31: Pedrito Martinez with Sten & Maria Z
  • Aug. 7: Kiss The Sky Tribute – World’s Greatest Tribute to Jimi Hendrix wsg Soul Sky

Music Haven Concert Series

Agnes McDonald Music Haven Stage, Central Park, Schenectady. All shows at 7 p.m. Full announcement to come.

  • July 7: Music Haven’s 30th anniversary season kickoff with Raghu Dixit.

Powers Park Concert Series

Powers Park, Troy. All shows at 6 p.m. The concert schedule for the summer was unavailable at press time.

Jazz on Jay

Robb Alley at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady. All shows at noon.

  • June 6: Teresa Broadwell Quintet
  • June 13: Golfstrom
  • June 20: Wee B 3
  • June 27: Nat Phipps Trio
  • July 11: Dave Fisk
  • July 18: Patti Melita
  • July 25: Awan Jenkins Quartet
  • Aug. 1: Dylan Canterbury Quintet
  • Aug. 8: Joe Finn Trio +1
  • Aug. 15: Trio Lingo
  • Aug. 22: Brian Patneaude Quartet

Schaghticoke Summer concerts

290 Northline Drive, Melrose, All shows at 6:30 p.m.

  • June 20: Donny Romines (Elvis)
  • June 27: Wylder
  • July 4: 5 Daze Out
  • July 11: Large Farva
  • July 18: Lustre Kings
  • July 25: Skeeter Creek
  • Aug. 1: Soul Provider
  • Aug. 8: Back 40 Band
  • Aug. 15: Kyle Bougault Band
  • Aug. 22: Refrigerators and FIREWORKS

Freedom Park Concert Series

Freedom Park, Scotia. All shows at 7 p.m.

  • June 19: SGHS Jazz Band & Jazz Combo
  • June 22: 2096
  • June 23: SUNY Schenectady Jazz Faculty Combo
  • June 26: Capital District Youth Pipe Band
  • June 28: City Beat
  • June 30: Music Company Orchestra
  • July 3: Joey Thomas Big Band
  • July 6: Watch Reggie Run
  • July 7: Totally Pitchin’ and Electric City Chorus
  • July 10: Audiostars
  • July 13: Three Quarter North
  • July 14: Eribeth Chamber Players
  • July 17: Screaming Orphans
  • July 20: Praise in the Park
  • July 21: The Route Fifty 5
  • July 24: The Refrigerators


June 8: Art on Lark, Lark Street, Albany;

June 8: Discover Schenectady’s Kick Off to Summer, Central Park, Schenectady;

June 6-9: Disc Jam Music Festival, Stephentown;

June 7-9: Taste of Country Music Festival, Hunter Mountain;

June 9: Beekman Street Arts Fair, Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs;

June 13-16: Mountain Jam, Hunter Mountain;

June 15-16: LARAC June Arts Festival, City Park, Glens Falls;

June 28-30: Old Songs Festival, Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont;

July 6: WGNA Countryfest 2019, Saratoga Performing Arts Center; 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs;

July 12: Schenectady County SummerNight 2019 State Street, Schenectady;

July 18-21: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Walsh Farm, Oak Hill;

Aug. 11-23: Lake George Music Festival, various locations;


June 10: Capital Pride Parade & Festival, Washington Park, Albany;

June 9-10: NY Capital District Renaissance Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont;

July 14-15: 26th annual Whipple City Festival, village of Greenwich; 518-692-7979

June 15: Troy River Fest, downtown Troy;

June 15: Upper Union Street BID 13th Annual Strawberry Fest & Art Show, 1598 Union Street, Schenectady;

June 16: Dad Fest, Washington Park, Albany;

June 21-23: Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival, Saratoga County Fairgrounds;

June 22: Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, Dutchess County Fairground;

June 29-30: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs;

June 28-30: Solid Sound Festival, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.;

July 3-4: Saratoga’s All-American Celebration, downtown Saratoga Springs;

July 4: New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration, Empire State Plaza, Albany;

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, Clifton Commons, Clifton Park;

July 13: Wilton’s Parkfest Community Day, Gavin Park, Wilton;

July 13: Troy Pig Out, downtown Troy;


July 23-28: Saratoga County Fair, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa,

Aug. 6-11: Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, Sunshine Drive, Cobleskill.

Aug. 13-18: Altamont Fair, 129 Grand St., Altamont,

Aug. 19-25: Washington County Fair, 392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich,

Aug. 20-25: Dutchess County Fair, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck,

Aug. 28-Sept. 2: Columbia County Fair, 32 Church St., Chatham,

Aug. 28-Sept. 2: Schaghticoke Fair, 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke,


June 15: Schenectady Juneteenth,Central Park, Schenectady;

June 15: Albany Juneteenth, at the African-American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Albany.

Aug. 3: Black Arts and Cultural Festival, Empire State Plaza, Albany;

Aug. 24: Latin Fest, Washington Park, Albany;

Sept. 7: Caribbean Day in the Park, Prospect Park, Troy;


Movies in the Park

Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa;; movies begin at dusk.

  • June 7: “Hotel Transylvania 3”
  • July 5: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • Aug. 2: “Incredibles 2”
  • Sept. 6: “Mary Poppins Returns”

Summer in the City Free Movie Series

Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany;; doors open at noon and movie begins at 1 p.m.

  • July 9: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • July 16: “Sing”
  • July 23: “Finding Nemo”
  • July 30: “Teen Titans Go to the Movies”
  • Aug. 7: “Hotel Transylvania III”
  • Aug. 13: “Zootopia”
  • Aug. 20: “Incredibles 2”
  • Aug. 27: “Smallfoot”

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DJ Questlove to Perform at Black Lens Event for Milwaukee Film

MILWAUKEE, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – Black Lens, a core initiative of Milwaukee Film, has secured DJ Questlove to perform at this year’s Groove Theory event on Wednesday, July 3, at 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

A signature Black Lens series, Groove Theory celebrates Black arts and culture through musical performance. Past events blended film and music with a showcase of classic Black movie soundtracks and biographical films.

Best known as the co-founder and drummer of hip-hop/neo-soul group The Roots, Ahmir Khalib Thompson—known professionally as Questlove—is also a celebrated cultural commentator and music journalist, writing extensively on the evolving role of the arts in American culture. He is the musical director for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where his Roots crew serves as house band. The 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician is also a co-producer for the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

Past music credits include producing for artists such as Eminem, Elvis Costello, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend.

“We’re thrilled to welcome a nationally recognized artist like Questlove to our Groove Theory event this summer,” said Geraud Blanks, Black Lens director for Milwaukee Film. “This is an incredible opportunity for more of our community to see the scope of what Milwaukee Film does and its commitment to diverse voices through programs like Black Lens.”

In partnership with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Cooperage and Step Up World, the DJ Questlove show follows The Roots’ Summerfest performance. Opening DJ sets are from DJ Bizzon and Dope Folks Records.

Tickets go on sale for Black Lens Council members on Wednesday, May 22, through the Milwaukee Film website at As available, tickets will open to Milwaukee Film members on Wednesday, June 5, and to the public on Friday, June 7. Tickets are $12 for Black Lens Council members, $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Limited tickets are available.

Anyone interested in becoming a Black Lens Council member can find more information at


About Black Lens A cultural pillar of Milwaukee Film, the Black Lens Film Series was created in 2014 with a singular focus: to spotlight the incredible work of African-American filmmakers by bringing their films to Milwaukee. These filmmakers explore stories and topics that are rooted in the Black community but are relevant to a variety of audiences.

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About Milwaukee Film Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 11th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will take place Oct. 17-31, 2019. For more information or to become a member, visit

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BET Awards: Teni, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi on list of nominated artists

The organizers of the BET awards have listed three popular Nigerian acts – Teni, Mr.Eazi, and Burna Boy, as part of the nominees for this year’s edition.

The program, whose full name is Black Entertainment Awards, had its maiden edition in 2011.

It was primarily packaged to celebrate African- American artists, African artists, as well as other notable individuals in the entertainment industry.

Teni, the “Uyo Meyo” crooner, was nominated in the Best New International Act Category.

On the other hand, Mr. Eazi, Burna Boy, and AKA, Aya Nakamura, Dosseh, Dave, and Giggs, were nominated for the Best International Act category.

Burna Boy and Mr.Eazi’s nomination may not be unconnected to their recognition and performance at Coachella Festival back in April.

BET Awards: Teni, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi on list of nominated artists

Slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle, is also on the list of nominations in the hip-hop artist category.

See the full list below.

Video of the year: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”; Cardi B, “Money”; Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”; Childish Gambino, “This Is America”; Drake, “Nice for What”; The Carters, “Apes(asterisk)(asterisk)t.”

Best female R&B/pop artiste: Beyoncé; Ella Mai; H.E.R.; Solange; SZA; Teyana Taylor.

Best male R&B/pop artiste: Anderson.Paak; Bruno Mars; Childish Gambino; Chris Brown; John Legend; Khalid.

Best female hip-hop artiste: Cardi B; Kash Doll; Lizzo; Megan Thee Stallion; Nicki Minaj; Remy Ma.

Best male hip-hop artiste: 21 Savage; Drake; J. Cole; Meek Mill; Nipsey Hussle; Travis Scott. Best new artiste: Blueface; City Girls; Juice WRLD; Lil Baby; Queen Naija.

Best group: Chloe x Halle; City Girls; Lil Baby and Gunna; Migos; The Carters.

Best collaboration: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”; Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”; Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”; H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been”; Travis Scott featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode”; Tyga featuring Offset, “Taste.”

Album of the year: Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”; Ella Mai, “Ella Mai”; Meek Mill, “Championships”; The Carters, “Everything Is Love”; Travis Scott, “Astroworld.”

Viewers’ choice award: Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”; Childish Gambino, “This Is America”; Drake, “In My Feelings”; Ella Mai, “Trip”; J. Cole, “Middle Child”; Travis Scott featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode.”

Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Erica Campbell featuring Warryn Campbell, “All of My Life”; Fred Hammond, “Tell Me Where It Hurts”; Kirk Franklin, “Love Theory”; Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen, “Blessing Me Again”; Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin, “Never Alone.”

Best actress: Issa Rae; Regina Hall; Regina King; Taraji P. Henson; Tiffany Haddish; Viola Davis.

Best actor: Anthony Anderson; Chadwick Boseman; Denzel Washington; Mahershala Ali; Michael B. Jordan; Omari Hardwick.

Best movie: “Blackkklansman”; “Creed 2”; “If Beale Street Could Talk”; “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”; “The Hate U Give.”

Youngstars award: Caleb McLaughlin; Lyric Ross; Marsai Martin; Michael Rainey Jr.; Miles Brown.

Sportswoman of the year: Allyson Felix; Candace Parker; Naomi Osaka; Serena Williams; Simone Biles.

Sportsman of the year: Kevin Durant; LeBron James; Odell Beckham Jr.; Stephen Curry; Tiger Woods.

BET HER award: Alicia Keys, “Raise a Man”; Ciara, “Level Up”; H.E.R., “Hard Place”; Janelle Monae, “PYNK”; Queen Naija, “Mama’s Hand”; Teyana Taylor, “Rose in Harlem.”

Video director of the year: Benny Boom; Colin Tilley; Dave Meyers; Hype Williams; Karena Evans.

Best international act: AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Burna Boy (Nigeria); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France); Giggs (U.K.); Mr. Eazi (Nigeria).

Best new international act: Headie One (U.K.); Jok’Air (France); Nesly (France); Octavian (U.K.); Sho Madjozi (South Africa); Teni (Nigeria).

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