11/20/10: Today’s Tips: Saturday

ARTS GALA: Too Marvelous for Words @ The State Room, Albany. A benefit for Albany Center Gallery. 6-10pm. $75 – $250.

MUSIC: Ben Kweller @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Gearing up for the release of his upcoming album, “Go Fly a Kite,” Texas songsmith Ben Kweller – who sings the theme song for the new ABC-TV sitcom, “Better With You” – lands in Woodstock on his first solo tour in eight years. Skidmore College ukulele virtuoso Julia Nunes opens the show. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ the Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Williams Percussion Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Performing works by John Cage, Frederic Rzewski, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Alexandre Lunsqui, as well as Eric Moe’s “I Have Only One Itching Desire” and Amnon Wolman’s “Speed Limit Applies” (which features a solo snare drummer who recites text by Chuang-tse) and two assistants wearing amplified motor cycle helmets. 8pm. FREE.

Theater: Short Play Festival @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Plays In Progress, a group of professional playwrights, actors, directors and designers who live in the Hudson area, present an evening of six short plays by Jesse Waldinger, Kate McLeod, Steve Schmitt, Steven Somkin, John Fiorillo and Lucile Lichtblau as well as short poems by Marnie Andrews. Meet the writers, actors and directors to discuss the plays afterwards over wine and light refreshments. A Benefit for the Hudson Opera House. 7pm. Tickets: $15, $12 HOH members.

THEATER/MUSIC: “The Visitors” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Conceived by Andy Spence, “The Visitors” is a two-act history of the Adirondacks told in story, music and song by Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Joseph Bruchac, John Kirk, Trish Miller, George Ward, George Wilson, Toby Stover and Bill Spence. 8pm. $25; children $5.

MUSIC: soundBarn and Albany Sonic Arts Collective’s “Guitar Trio” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Guitarists Thomas Lail, Tara Fracalossi, Patrick Weklar, Matt Ernst, Holland Hopson and Ray Hare are joined by bassist Eric Hardiman and drummer Matt Weston to perform Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” and Holland Hopson’s “Swallowtail.” 8pm.

WORKSHOP: “Demystify the Art of Songwriting” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Sam Whitehouse Music presents workshops and discussions led by Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling and Bob Warren. 10:30am.

MUSIC: Roger Salloom @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. How good is he? Well, he’s the subject of Chris Sautter’s award-winning film, “So Glad I Made It: the Saga Of Roger Salloom, America’s Best Unknown Songwriter.” 8pm.

MUSIC: The Chenille Sisters @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Both sweet and silly, Cheryl Dowdy, Grace Morand and Connie Huber blend their voices together, creating harmonies and happiness. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: the subdudes @ The Egg, Albany. The ‘dudes return to churn through their funky brand of Crescent City soul. Keep on eye on Steve Amedee; you won’t believe the sounds he can get from a single tambourine. 8pm. $34.50.

TALK: John Stage @ College of St. Rose’s St. Joseph Hall, Albany. Wanna know the inside skinny on Dinosaur Bar-B-Que? Find out from the co-owner John Stage. 9am. FREE.

MUSIC: Arlo Guthrie @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. ‘Tis the Thanksgiving season, which is the special time of year for stellar songsmith and storyteller Arlo Guthrie. And this time around, the Burns Sisters will be joining in the musical merry-making. PS – Look for Arlo in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC on Thursday, November 25. 8pm. $25, $55.

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