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Tickets are on sale now for the Summer SPACtacular, a fundraiser to kick of the season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, scheduled for 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 2. There will be a Summerscape Supper, culinary tastings, cocktails, a whiskey and cigar lounge, live music, fireworks and a dance party on SPAC’s stage. A $125 Party Pass covers most of the above except dinner, while the $325 All-Access Pass adds dinner, live auction and dessert reception. Proceeds benefit SPAC’s mission, residencies and education initiatives. Advance online purchase is required. Find all details and a ticket link on SPAC’s website.

In another SPAC event, its CulinaryArts@SPAC series continues with a tasting of six wines from the Finger Lakes, scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs and led by New York Times wine columnist Eric Asimov. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets, at $125 per person, must be purchased online in advance. See details and a ticket line on SPAC’s website.

New York Folklore and Noteworthy Resources, an Albany-based not-for-profit dedicated to community building, will host a free demonstration of Albanian food from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Noteworthy Resources, 930 Broadway. It will be led by Vera Kita, a native of the Korce region of Albania, who moved to the Capital Region nine years ago and became a U.S. citizens in 2019. She will make byrek, or borek, a traditional pastry that can be stuffed with savory or sweet ingredients, including meat, cheese, spinach, potatoes and milk custard. An RSVP via EventBrite is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Kita documents her cooking on Instagram. Noteworthy Resources was founded in 2017 by Tatiana Gjergji-Benack, a first generation Albanian-American. Its mission is to “empower communities and make supportive holistic resources accessible through educational workshops, community events, support groups, and skateboarding.” 

Dukes Chophouse at Rivers Casino in Schenectady continues its Sip & Savor series with an Italian dinner featuring five courses by the restaurant’s head chef, Scott Carlton, and five pairings from the portfolio of the wine importer Terlato. The $130 price includes tax and tip, and tickets must be purchased online in advance. Visit the restaurant’s website for full details and a ticket link. The casino is at 1 Rush St.


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