7/21/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Bang On a Can All-Stars @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A new multimedia project featuring hot-off-the-presses, new commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds (performing live), Julia Wolfe and Nick Zammuto (also performing live). 8pm. $24; students $15.

THEATER: Blue Man Group @ Proctors, Schenectady. They’re bald. They’re blue. They’re brilliant. And they’re back at Proctors after a dazzling stand last year. Don’t miss ’em… 8pm. $20, $30, $45, $60 & $75. Also at 1 & 5pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Death Cab for Cutie @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. 8pm. $45; kids 12 and under free.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day Three of the four-day fest. Today’s line-up features Hot Rize, Mountain Heart, the Gibson Brothers, Tony Trischka & Territory, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the Claire Lynch Band, more… Music officially starts at 10am.

FILM: “Elles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Malgoska Szumowska’s provocative exploration of female sexuality, starring the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev/Martins). 2pm.

FESTIVAL: Hats Off Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Free live music all over town by such folks as MaryLeigh & the Fauves, Aged in the Hills, Jeff Strange, Bob Warren, the Jack Russell Terrorists and lots more. 7pm. FREE.

ART/MUSIC/TALK: “Lawyers, Guns & Photos” @ the Foundry, Cohoes. In celebration of his just published book of the same title, longtome Warren Zevon pal and road manager George Gruel hosts an exhibition of never before seen photographs, offers a talk and does a book-signing. BONUS: ’80s Nippertown rockers the Sharks will be reuniting to perform selections from Zevon’s songbag. 6-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Roy Hurd @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $17.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society’s Blues Celebration @ Stockade Imports, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Holly & Evan, the Resonators, Ubuntu, Sonny Speed & Juan Becerra and lots more. 5:30pm. FREE. More info & complete schedule here…

THEATER: “A Thousand Clowns” @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. It’s opening night as Kyle Fabel directs Herb Gardner’s moving play about a young boy named Nick who lives with his eccentric Uncle Murray. When Murray walks off his job as a joke writer for “Chuckles the Chipmunk,” it’s time for “the system,” to make life normal. As Nick and Murray find a way to stay together, the path becomes filled with laughter, warmth, sweetness and inspired madness. 8pm. $37, $47 & $57. Through Saturday, July 28.

FILM: “Elena” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s gripping, modern twist of the classic film noir thriller as the winner of Cannes’ Special Jury Prize. With music by Philip Glass. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the final ballet performance of SPAC’s 2012 season, featuring Jeu de Cartes (Stravinsky/Martins), DGV (Wheeldon) (Nyman/Wheeldon) and Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine). 8pm.

FILM: “Patience (After Sebald)” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Grant Gee’s richly textured offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald. 3:30pm. $7; students $5.

ROLLER DERBY: The Hellions of Troy @ Rollarama, Schenectady. Fishnets and flying elbows as the hometown Hellions take on the Long Island Roller Rebels. 8pm. $12; kids 12 and under $3.

FUNDRAISER: “Crickets, Critters & Cocktails” @ the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. An evening of fantastic food, music, silent auctions and libations inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dragon to benefit Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries’ school outreach program. 6pm. $65.

MUSIC: The Wait @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. A long-awaited rock reunion. With those wild Icelandic dudes Five Alpha Beatdown and John Brodeur, too. 9pm. $5.

THEATER: “Filming O’Keeffe” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Adirondack Theatre Festival offers a new, script-in-hand reading of Eric Lane’s play inspired by the time Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz spent at his family home on Lake George. Followed by a discussion. 2pm. $20. Also 7:30pm on Sunday.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “The Musical Life of Peter Schickele” @ the Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. This benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers a retrospective of the works of Peter Schickele and the legendary PDQ Bach. Professor Schickele will be joined by a group of instrumentalists and vocalists. 8pm. $25, $65, $85; VIP tix $175, including dinner and more.

MUSIC: Morning Glory @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Dead City Riot, Loud and Fast and After the Fall. 7pm. $12.

MUSIC: Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Mike Hollis. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. With Kevin Maul and Phil Flanigan. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Catskill 45s @ the Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock. Playing their fave tunes from 1967. With Greg Englesson, the Carl Mateo Group, Mambo Kikongo, Naked, Marc Black and Noel Fletcher. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Slink Moss Orchestra @ the Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. Slink Moss (song-writer, artist, actor, poet), Joe and Uncle Billy X will performing a mix of kids songs, rock anthems, rockabilly classics and weird originals. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: “Total Faith” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Tony Award-winning Broadway star Faith Prince in concert. 8pm. $40 & $55.

MUSIC: The Blisterz @ the Villa Valenti Pub, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Christine Ebersole @ the Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. The Tony Award-winning actress-singer has starred on stage “Grey Gardens”), screen (“Richie Rich” with Macauley Caulkin) and television (the brand new TBS comedy “Sullivan and Son”). Now see her live in concert… 8pm. $25, $36, $46, $56 & $66.

BURLESQUE: Scooter Pie at Midnight @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. 12midnight. $5.

READING: Poets in the Park @ Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featured readers include Women Poets of Willett St.: Sylvia Barnard and Carolee Sherwood. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Nitro Jive @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Cryin’ Out Loud @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Jimmie Jazz Trio @ 74 State, Albany. 8pm.

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  1. PK Miller says

    If anyone wants something terrific, look no further than Cabaret at Park Playhouse in Washington Park! I went last night and it is a STUNNER! (Nod to long time WGY Morning Man “Uncle Don” Weeks & Immortal Dick Beach!) From opening to end it is mesmerizing, one of the BEST Park Playhouse has ever done! The cast is terrific. From Jason Jacoby as the Master of Cermonies to 4 dancers/supporting cast. There is not a weak link in the cast. The MC is an exhausting role–you are on stage almost every scene. Jason has a strong singing voice, an incredibly expressive face and supple body. Youth IS wasted on the young!

    hannon Rafferty–I believe, former Educaiton Director at Captal Rep–tended to push her tone in her big numbers but she is wonderfully convincing as the conflicted Sally Bowles.

    The deteriorating relationship and resulting hurt between Clifford Bradshaw (Jacob A Ware) & Ernst Ludwig (Micah Bond) is palpable. The ending of Act I, the stark division between Nazis and not, causes goosebumps. It captures the essence of WWII Germany–brothers, sisters, parents, best friends, lovers pitted against each other, each making irrevocable choices. We see this also with Fraulein Schneider (Susan Jeffares) & Herr Schutlz, (Larry Greenbush). The oher thing that happened is lovers were torn apart, forever rent by the schismatic events.

    The very end took my breath away. I’m not even going to give a “spoiler alert.” I never saw it coming. I applaud Director Michael LoPorto for the courage to end the show this way and indeed, for keeping the show moving, never letting scenes drag.

    I have only one “bone to pick,” with PP. So few LOCAL actors on stage given the plethora of talent in the area. It’s how Live at the Lakehouse cum Park Playhouse began. We do NOT need to go to NY or even Montclair NJ for professional quality actors/singers/dancers. There’s an amazing array of extraordinarily talented people of ALL ages here. PP Producing Artistic Director Owen M Smith began thus w/Park Playhouse II eons ago.

    One final note: This is N O T a show for young children. It’s definitely on the upper edge of PG 13. If your child isn’t mature enough to appreciate the overt sensuality & violence DON’T BRING THEM. Upcoming Hairpray is loads of fun and more appropriate. Kudos to PP for taking a chance on very adult material, a powerful drama. I rated it 3rd best. Oklahoma, Live at Lakehouse remains the BEST–relatively amateurish by these standards but sheer enthusiasm, “act, sing, dance your hearts out. Whatever happens, KEEP ON singing, acting dancing your hearts out.” Damn Yankees (debut of our own Nick Gabriel) & Hello Dolly tie for second. But this is one of the best–but NOT children’s fare.

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