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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Whether powering through songs from his days as the face of The Police or tracks from his solo career, Sting stood and delivered for a full 100-minute show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Wednesday night during his 57th and 9th World Tour stop.

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CLIFTON PARK - When 21-year-old student violinist Lila Pollack solos with the Music Company Orchestra Saturday in its performance at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library, she'll be standing with her back to one of her biggest fans.

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CLIFTON PARK - Fresh off collecting four awards for their spring production of Godspell the town's acting company is back on stage next week with another of its summertime musical productions.

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CLIFTON PARK - The community's most visible and hardworking theater company, the Not So Common Players, takes to the stage this weekend with another set of musical theater performances.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Dance Alliance will sponsor its annual fall dance trip to New York City Sunday, Oct. 21. This trip will feature a matinee of Christopher Wheeldon's new company Morphoses at City Center.

SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga County Arts Council supports arts education and, in conjunction with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), will grant funds to support partnerships between schools and teaching artists or cultural organizations that focus on the interdisciplinary or i…

CLIFTON PARK - The Southern Saratoga Artists' Society seeks entries for their show running from Oct. 1 through 31. The categories are: painting, drawings, photography, and fabric art. Deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 21. Entry forms will be available at the CLifton Park Center on t…

SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga County Arts Council supports arts education and, in conjunction with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), will grant funds to support partnerships between schools and teaching artists or cultural organizations that focus on the interdisciplinary or i…

SCHENECTADY - Schenectady Octavos will be holding auditions (for part placement only) for their upcoming October 28th concert, "Afternoon at the Opera," which will be performed in the new GE Theatre at Proctor's.

The Capital District Youth Chorale, a 130-voice community youth chorus in residence at SUNY Albany, is accepting appointments for auditions for the 2008-2009 school year. The students, ages 9-17 (including changed voices) hailing from 70 different schools with 7 counties represented, rehears…

SCHENECTADY - Schenectady Octavos will be holding auditions (for part placement only) for their upcoming October 28th concert, "Afternoon at the Opera," which will be performed in the new GE Theatre at Proctor's.

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CLIFTON PARK - For the last several years, the Not So Common Players have had the unique opportunity of providing free musical theater to Clifton Park. This weekend, the Players return to the outdoor stage at Clifton Common for their summer show, a classic musical from the 1950s called "The …

TROY - Troy's Riverfront Park, will host music, dancing and live entertainment at the urban riverfront park. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy the music. Sunday concerts begin at 6 p.m.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Shakespeare Company will predent Much Ado About Nothing, performed on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage, in Saratoga's Congress Park. The performance will run Tuesday through Saturday, July 17 through 21 and 24 through 28, at 6 p.m.; with Sunday performances July 22 and…

LONG LAKE - The Long Lake Friends of Music and the Long Lake United Methodist Church will present a series of classical music concerts this summer. The concerts feature professional or amateur musicians. Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Methodist Church, next to the…

CLIFTON PARK - The Clifton Park Community Chorus presents "Welcome Spring," at 7 p.m. July 24 on the Clifton Common State. Enjoy Broadway renditions, as well as some old standards. The chorus is under the direction of Bob Renzi, accompanied by Dian Dippold with Sal Viola, percussion. Contact…

CLIFTON PARK - A cast of 30, including leading acotry Chuck Conroy and Tara Trefiletti, will present The Pajama Game, July 13 to 15 and 19 to 20 on the Clifton Common in Clifton Park. Admission is free. For information contact Pat o"Donnell at 371-6681 or Sally Burke at 877-5648.

MALTA - Singers are invited to join the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society at the Summer Sing from 5:30 p.m. to sundown, June 25, at Shenentaha Creek Park on Eastline Road in Malta.

CLIFTON PARK - The Clifton Park Community Chorus presents "Welcome Spring," at 7 p.m. July 24 on the Clifton Common State. Enjoy Broadway renditions, as well as some old standards. The chorus is under the direction of Bob Renzi, accompanied by Dian Dippold with Sal Viola, percussion. Contact…

MALTA - Singers are invited to join the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society at the Summer Sing from 5:30 p.m. to sundown, June 25, at Shenentaha Creek Park on Eastline Road in Malta.

SCHENECTADY - The comedy troupe "Comic Syndrome" will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Back Stage Pub, 501 Clinton (corner of Smith and Clinton, behind Proctors Theater) in downtown Schenectady. The group members, Judi Clements, Clifton Park; Chris Curtin, Albany; Russ Davignon,…

ALBANY - Audrey Grendahl Kuhn of Mechanicville is exhibiting her pastel paintings and quilted wall hangings in an exhibition titled, "People and Places of Mexico," through June 29 at Visions Gallery in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany. Gallery hou…

TROY - The New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI) will host a pay-what-you-will series of readings of new works at 4 p.m. on June 11, 12, 18 and 19 at the Little Theatre on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. The Second Stage Series of readings is being held for playwrights to try out new wor…

CLIFTON PARK - Not So Common Players will hold auditions for Red, Hot and Cole from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 11 at the Locust Lane Clubhouse in Clifton Park. Performance dates are Oct. 26, 27, 28 and Nov. 2, 3, 4 at the Shen Little Theater. For more…

ALBANY - Audrey Grendahl Kuhn of Mechanicville is exhibiting her pastel paintings and quilted wall hangings in an exhibition titled, "People and Places of Mexico," through June 29 at Visions Gallery in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany. Gallery hou…

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Beginning Saturday, July 7, The Saratoga County Arts Council will be replacing the "First Thursday- Saratoga Art Scene" with a new program called "See You On Saturday" Exploring Culture in Saratoga Springs.

ALBANY - Audrey Grendahl Kuhn of Mechanicville is exhibiting her pastel paintings and quilted wall hangings in an exhibition titled, "People and Places of Mexico," through June 29 at Visions Gallery in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany. Gallery hou…

SCHENECTADY - Schenectady Light Opera Company presents their final production of their 80th anniversary season with Hello Dolly! at 8 p.m. on May 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 at the Schenectady Light Opera Company, 826 Slate Street, Schenectady. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $…

VOORHEESVILLE - A classical music concert, with music by Britten, Beethoven, Revueltas, and Hardiman will be presented by the Empire State Repertory Orchestra, with David Beck as conductor at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at C.A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville. Tickets cost $10 for adults;…

VOORHEESVILLE - Classic Theater Guild, Inc. presents "Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney, directed by Ed Bablin. This is a heart-warming story, set in Manhattan, about a man and his dog, and the woman who loves him.

ALBANY - Albany Civic Theater will present John Steinbeck's classic American novel turned play "Of Mice and Men" directed by Carol King about George and Lenny, two migrant farm workers during the Great Depression, and their failed dream of "living off the fat of the land.

ALBANY - The Empire State Wind Orchestra presents a free, outdoor, popular music concert at Albany Tulip Festival from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 11 at Washington Park in Albany. For more information, contact the City of Albany Special Events Office at 434-9821, the ESYO office at 382-75…

TROY - The annual African Film Festival will continue through May at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at The Sanctuary For Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy. "Don't F*** With Me I Have 51 Brothers and Sisters." This film is the story of Dumisani's epic journey to find his 51 siblings and come to…

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga County Arts Council is planning a trip to Spain and Morocco in fall 2007. Travelers will fly out of JFK on Oct. 8 and spend a week in the southern Spanish cities of Grenada, Cordoba and Seville and surrounding areas. During an optional extension from Oct. 15-1…

TROY - Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society is seeking submissions of artwork for the 3rd annual Art Saves Animals auction and reception to be held at Hudson Valley Community College on June 8. For more information or submission sheets, visit www.mohawhumanesociety.org or inquire at the …

CLIFTON PARK - Clifton Park's Not So Common Players theater group opens its 2007 season with a theatrical spoof of traditional operettas and old-time Broadway musicals.Doug de Lisle is returning to the theater group to direct the latest production, Little Mary Sunshine. He describes the play…

ALBANY - Pianist Bill Jones will perform a piano recital with music by Bach, Paderewski, Leschetizky, Beethoven, Mendelssohr Schumann, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff and Scriabin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at Academy of the Holy Names, The Arts Center Recital Hall, 1073 New Scotland Aven…

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Home Made Theater presents "I Hate Hamlet" at 8:15 p.m., April 20, 21, 27, 28 and May 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. on April 29 and May 6 at the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State park. Tickets cost $19 for side seating and $22 for center seating. Dinner packages are available w…