10/6/13: Today’s Tips: Sunday

MUSIC: The Battlefield Band @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Under their banner “Forward with Scotland’s Past,” the Battlefield Band has been a bedrock of Celtic musical talent for more than four decades, and the band – featuring Sean O’Donnell, Alasdair White, Ewen Henderson and Mike Katz – continues to lead the way for Scotland with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Claire Lynch Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The sublime bluegrass vocalist earned her third Best Female Vocalist of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association just last month. Dolly Parton has called her “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” She brings her all-star band – Mark Schatz (banjo, percussion), Matt Wingate (mandolin, guitar) and multi-talented string wizard Bryan McDowell – to town for some heart-warming, heart-wrenching bluegrass. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: “Banjo Summit” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The banjo extravaganza returns with five-string phenoms Béla Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny and Abigail Washburn playing a wide variety of banjo styles, backed by an all-star band featuring guitarist Russ Barenberg, fiddler Casey Driessen, mandolinist Jesse Cobb and bassist Corey DiMario. 7pm. $30, $60 & $70. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/FOOD/MUSIC: Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park Lakehouse, Albany. Good food… Good music… Good times… The Honest Weight Food Co-op hosts its fifth annual fall fest featuring a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and Local 518 music by Rosary Beard, Olivia Quillio, Banshee Tree and the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 12noon-4pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete band schedule…

MUSIC: Weird Al Yankovic @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. From “Another One Rides the Bus” to “Eat It” to “Smells Like Nirvana” to “Polka Face,” Weird Al spoofs ’em all with spot-on parodies. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50. GO HERE for more info…

CABARET: Melissa Manchester @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. With a catalog of hits that includes “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” and “Whenever I Call You Friend,” the Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee steps into the spotlight as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series. 7pm. $50.

THEATER: “Venus in Fur” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the regional premiere of David Ives’ sexy, funny, Tony Award-winning dramedy, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 2pm. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Through October 20. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/FUNDRAISER: “Thirst: A Civil War Story” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A special screening of John McCarty’s 30-minute film inspired by the writings of Stephen Crane and filmed in the Capital Region. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and crew. 2pm. $5 with all proceeds to benefit Proctors.

THEATER: “Kill Me Now” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. It’s the U.S. premiere of Kaliyuga Arts production of Brad Fraser’s intimate, funny and heartbreaking drama about caring and ultimately saying goodbye to those we love. 2pm. $25; $20 students & seniors. Through October 13.

MUSIC: Gramatik @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Age of Reason Tour 2013. With Gramatik’s electronic live band Exmag. 8pm. $22.

CIRCUS: “Piccadilly Circus BLAMMO!” @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. See the ‘Cossak Warriors’ on horseback, the Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the Globe of Death, camels, clowns, comedy acts and much more. 1, 3:30 & 6pm. $9.75 & $19.75; $8 & $13.75 for children.

THEATER: “No Child…” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. Written and performed by Nilaja Sun and directed by Hal Brooks, the award-winning hit play is based on Sun’s experiences as a teaching artist in New York City. 2pm. $25; $5 students.

TALK: “Weber Furlong and the Origins of Modernn Art” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. A talk by former Hyde curator and Skidmore College professor James Kettlewell. 2pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Celebrate Berkshire women writers with an evening of stories old and new. Mary Mott will share stories of her life (“From Where I Sit”) and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor will perform a stage adaptation of “Roman Fever,” a short story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton. 2pm. $30. Through October 20.

FILM: “Hannah Arendt” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Margarethe von Trotta directed this compelling look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Robert Boyers, one of the nation’s foremost experts on German director von Trotta, will offer for a post-film discussion. 7:30pm.

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