Arts Briefs for Thursday, July 30, 2020


Show to mark release of Insolent Willies album

JOHNSTOWN — The Insolent Willies, a Mohawk Valley acoustic roots-rock band, has released a new album called “Mostly Harmless Acoustic Mayhem” and will hold a CD release show at Stump City Brewing in Gloversville.

The album features original tunes from Bill Ackerbauer (guitar, fiddle, harmonica and vocals) and Frank Dever Pullen (bass, banjo, mandolin, percussion and vocals), along with a cover.

The Insolent Willies first came together as a duo in 2017, but Paul Gavry joined the following year on accordion, fiddle and backing vocals.

“Mostly Harmless Acoustic Mayhem” is available on Bandcamp. There’s no cover charge for Friday’s event at Stump City Brewing (521 W. Fulton St. Extension, Gloversville), which will take place outside starting at 5 p.m.

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Ballston Spa group slates concerts, movies

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association will present concerts and movie screenings in August, starting with a performance by the Union Fire Company Band on Aug. 6.

The association typically presents free events throughout the summer, but COVID-19 has curtailed the full schedule, though organizers will be able to host the events in August by adhering to New York state guidelines.

All attendees will have to maintain social distancing and wear face masks. There will be a limited capacity at the parks where the events are held.

The Concerts in the Park Series features performances from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays in the Lions Music Park at the Iron Spring Park on Front Street.

The Union Fire Company Band will kick off the series, followed by The Lustre Kings on Aug. 13; The Bluebillies on Aug. 20; and the Ballston Spa Community Band to wrap up the series on Aug. 27.

The Movies in the Park series will include a screening of “Abominable” at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, and “Toy Story 4” at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. Movies will be shown in Wiswall Park on Front Street.

Rain dates are the following Saturday evenings.

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Museum’s gardens can be enjoyed virtually

SARATOGA SPRINGS — While the National Museum of Dance remains closed due to COVID-19, gardener SueAnn DuBois has created a virtual way for people to explore the grounds.

DuBois, who runs Garden Goddess Sense and Sustainability, has been the National Museum of Dance gardener for the past decade.

This season she created a video called “The Dance of the Gardens,” which examines how each part of the gardens’ textures and movements mirror dance forms, from ballet to Broadway.

“Over the years my work with the gardens at the National Museum of Dance has allowed me to demonstrate the close relationship of gardens with dance. I designed various areas to reflect different dance styles and choreography within the natural environment. The gardens have become a seasonal tribute to the enduring art form of dance,” DuBois said in a statement.

To view the video, visit Garden Goddess Upstate NY on YouTube.


Ragtime Windjammers to play Jazz on Jay

SCHENECTADY — The Ragtime Windjammers are next up in the Jazz on Jay concert series, which continues at noon today.

The traditional jazz band will perform on the State Street end of Jay Street until 1:30 p.m.

Due to safety restrictions, attendees will need to bring their own chairs. Masks are required.


SPAC grounds to host screening of ‘Mavis 80’

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Caffe Lena @ SPAC series returns at 8 p.m. Friday with a sold-out screening of “Mavis 80, A Newport Folk Revival” on the grounds of the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center.

The broadcast is a celebration of Mavis Staples’ 80th birthday, and the SPAC lawn is the only place where the concert will be streamed in person.

Capacity will be capped at 50 attendees and there will be socially distanced seating.

The screening will be held rain or shine around SPAC’s new concessions building, which features a new HD screen.

Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets and sealed bottled water, however food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Everyone should enter through the Hall of Springs gate and complete a health screening questionnaire.

For information or to purchase tickets, visit


Hubbard Hall presents Shakespeare play

CAMBRIDGE — The Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education will host a limited run of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” beginning Tuesday.

Performances will be held under a tent on the lawn behind Hubbard Hall (25 E. Main St.).

There will be fans for air circulation, and masks are required for both the audience and actors. The cast will be amplified for clarity.

The show will run from Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 8. Each performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, visit


Hyde Collection open for first time since March

GLENS FALLS — The Hyde Collection opens to the public Saturday for the first time since mid-March.

Featured exhibitions include “J.S. Wooley, Adirondack Photographer” and “Images of the People: Russian Lacquer Painting.”

Visitors must reserve tickets online in advance.

Due to safety restrictions, the museum’s capacity is limited and it is running on a limited schedule: Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. for seniors and high-risk individuals; and 1-5 p.m. for the general public.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, with discounts available for members, children, seniors and students.

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