The eighth annual SaratogaArtsFest began Wednesday but it really gets rolling tonight when the Martha Graham Dance Company takes the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
A five-day celebration, SaratogaArtsFest features music, dance, visual art, film, theater and literary events for all ages at dozens of sites in Saratoga Springs.
On Friday night, singer and songwriter Duncan Sheik will perform at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Sheik, who won a Tony Award for the musical “Spring Awakening” and a Grammy nomination for the 1996 pop hit “Barely Breathing,” plays piano and guitar.
After a two-year hiatus, “Paint Out” is back. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 23 artists will set up their easels outdoors along Broadway, creating downtown cityscapes that will be auctioned later that night.
On Sunday, the Beekman Street Art Fair, a free, family-friendly street festival, returns for a third year. Live music, a juried art and craft exhibit by 40 artists, street performers, food vendors and art demonstrations will be outdoors and in tents from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Beekman Street, which will be closed to traffic from Grand Avenue to West Circular Street.
WHEN: Tonight through Sunday
WHERE: Various sites in Saratoga Springs
HOW MUCH: “Paint Out,” Beekman Street Art Fair, “Kids Do Art” and several other programs are free. The ARTSPASS, which provides free admission to some events and offers a discount at others, is $40 for adults and seniors, $35 for military personnel. Admission is free for children age 12 and under. Tickets to the Duncan Sheik show are $50, or $25 with an ARTSPASS, and they also will be available at the door.
With an ARTSPASS, tickets for the Martha Graham Company are $30, $15 for children 12 and under.
MORE INFO: Order tickets online at www.SaratogaArtsFest.org or buy them at the festival center and gallery, 385 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 871-1379.
SaratogaArtsFest kicked off Wednesday with an opening reception for the Student Art Exhibition at Skidmore College and an awards ceremony and reception for the second annual High School Short Story Contest. The art show continues through Sunday in Skidmore’s Case Center.
Pearl is this year’s color for the handmade ARTSPASS ceramic tile, which can be worn as a necklace during the event. Since the first ArtsFest in 2007, the small collectible artwork has been made by L’esperance Tile Works in Rock City Falls.
Other ArtsFest events:
-- The National Museum of Dance is offering free guided tours at 3:30 p.m.
-- “Life of a Jazz Man,” free outdoor concert by Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Jazz Ensemble, on the lawn of the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center.
-- The Chronicles, a lively band fresh from Tulip Fest, are the first performers in Upbeat on the Roof, a free concert series on the roof of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College.
-- “Sol Lewitt,” documentary about one of the 20th century’s great abstract artists, at Saratoga Arts, ARTSPASS
-- “The Magic Flute” by Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park
-- Ballston Spa Community Band, Congress Park, free
-- Saratoga Shakespeare Company, “The Remix,” Universal Preservation Hall, ARTSPASS
-- Northeast Ballet Company, “Push,” new works by choreographer Matt Pardo, Myers Dance Center, free
-- Author Russell Banks, talk and book signing, Northshire Bookstore, free
-- The Costellos, rock and dance party, Javier’s Nuevo Latino, $5 cover
-- Kids Do Art, hands-on activities for children of all ages, Universal Preservation Hall, free.
-- “Sport as Art,” a program by Skidmore College professor Jeffrey Seagrave, an expert on the Olympic Games, along with college and professional athletes, ARTSPASS
-- “Cowboy Dave Around the World,” program by David Alan Miller, maestro of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, free
-- Saratoga Jazz Tap, Universal Preservation Hall, free
-- “It’s an Artist’s Life,” Saratoga Chamber Players, Filene Recital Hall, Skidmore College, $15 for adults and seniors, $12 for students
-- Edward Burtynsky’s “Watermark,” film, Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts, ARTSPASS
Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197 or email@example.com.