• The Bolshoi Ballet will perform “Don Quixote” at 8 p.m. at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. None of the other three shows offer tonight’s Girls Night Out pre-show event at 6 p.m. We’re talking about a waterfall of freebies — mini mani-pedis, hair blowouts, nutrition advice, tarot card readings, wine and chocolate tastings, artisan juices, and massages. Or, reserve a $5 ticket online to sit in on the ballet’s pre-performance talk in the Hall of Springs Gold Room at 7 p.m. Tickets to the ballet range from $24 lawn seats to $95 box seats. They’re still available online.
• The Schoharie County Sunshine fair, aside from its regular rides, food and entertainment, features a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand, followed by the grand finale of the Karaoke contest ($500 is on the line, people!) in the Party Tent at 9:30. The fairgrounds are in Cobleskill.
• Garry Novikoff plays a 7 p.m. concert at Caffe Lena tonight (located at 47 Phila St., No. 1). Come for his uber-ironic lyrics, or for the pure pleasure of catchy pop music. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, though children pay half and college students pay a flat $5.
• The $100,000 Coronation Cup will be run for the third time at the Saratoga Race Course today. The namesake horse won the 1994 Nijana (also in Saratoga). Coronation Cup was one of several “gifted children,” so to speak, fathered by Chief’s Crown, who won the 1984 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and who was himself the grandson of Secretariat, the thoroughbred who in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Post time is 1 p.m.
• Harness racing either looks like a new Olympic sport or a high-speed, one-man buggy show. It’s one of those questions you have to decide for yourself. Post time is 7:05 p.m. at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
• Tonight, a hospital throws a party: the 32nd Annual Summer Gala of the Saratoga Hospital. Is the Mad Tea Party theme in reference to the champagne open bar? Or in anticipation of the “madness” that tonight’s silent and live auctions could stir up? Bidding items, by the way, include a beach party for 50 and a Cinderella carriage bed. Tickets will be sold at the door for $175 each, though the price drops to $125 for those between the ages of 21 and 36. The benefit begins at 6 p.m. at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
• Meanwhile, it costs nothing to get into the Because of the Brave Fundraiser at the Union Gables Inn (though a $10 donation is suggested). Inside, food, games and raffle prizes will raise money for underprivileged children through charities founded in memory of American soldiers. The event runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 55 Union Ave. in Saratoga Springs.
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