Happy Friday! Summer is officially here and there are plenty of events to get work off of your mind in the upcoming days and weeks. This weekend is Solid Sound, Friehofer’s Jazz Festival and Shmaltz’s Four Year Anniversary weekend, so get out there and have a good time! Stayed tuned to our social media accounts @thealtweekly to win tickets to more shows and festivals near you.
Here are a few things that have been holding us over until the weekend comes around:
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan
This event is a bit outside our coverage area, but sometimes…it’s worth getting outside your coverage area, especially when an event is pretty much perfect in every way. Through early September at Boscobel, a 19th-century estate that overlooks a particularly dramatic segment of the Hudson River in Cold Spring, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents a number of the Bard’s works, along with one non-Bard work, Pride and Prejudice. The Jane Austen adaptation is the one I saw, and it was well worth the price of admission (about $50). But it’s what happens before the show that makes it special: You can picnic on the lawn beforehand—you know, with wine, cheese, a person you love, etc.
Katie Cusack @katiecusackk
Earlier this month, Donald Glover announced that the next Childish Gambino album will be his last. Talk about the end of an era. (I mean, let’s talk about this freestyle for 100 years. Put it in a museum. WHAT CAN’T HE DO?) Naturally, I had to start from track one to preemptively sulk in the fact that we only get one more record. For all of the sinking feelings an impending “last run” brings, reviewing the albums in succession is a great reminder that the collection of work Glover has put out over his career is worth celebrating. Nothing hypes like “You See Me” or intoxicates like “Sober” or “I. Flight Of The Navigator” and I have to say that “Me and Your Mama” is one of the best introductory tracks to an album I’ve ever heard, it’s orchestral. From Camp to “Awaken, My Love!” Gambino has been through beautifully dynamic creative evolution that is worth taking the time to enjoy.
Catching up on “A Handmaid’s Tale”
Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist