12/14/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Body/Head: Kim Gordon & Bill Nace @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Since cutting the first Sonic Youth demos three decades ago, co-founder, bassist and vocalist Gordon has delivered a new boundary-breaking project each year. Her latest project – a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd-inspired, deeply improvisational duo that pairs her propulsive guitar and vocals with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace – arrives at MASS MoCA in support of their new debut album, Coming Apart. 8pm. $25. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to the storm… MUSIC: Mountain Snow & Mistletoe @ The Egg, Albany. The 22nd annual down-home concert tradition of holiday songs and stories with Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball with the Mountain Snow Orchestra, featuring fiddler John Kirk, guitarist Kevin McKrell and percussionist Brian Melick. 8pm. UPDATE: Tonight’s show has been postponed to 7pm on Sunday. Tonight’s tickets will be honored on Sunday evening. $24. Also at 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: The Lawn Sausages @ the Hangar, Troy. The Collar City’s legendary Lawn Sausages re-form (not reform) to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their first CD, Kick Out the Hams. With the Mysteios and the Knyghts of Fuzz. 7pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Frank Jaklitsch & Friends @ Hibernian Hall, Albany. A benefit for the St. Vincent Preschool program, Jaklitsch’s annual Christmas benefit concert will feature a number of special guests, including the Three Irish Voices.
With a rare performance by the sublime Swamp Baby. 7pm. $10 donation. UPDATE: Swamp Baby will not be performing tonight.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Capital Region Blues Network All-Stars @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany. The all-star band featuring Jeremy Walz, Evan Conway, Greg Nash, Eric Kreplin, Jimy Graham, Uncle Ben’s son Justin Ruchalski and Last of the 13 play a fundraiser for the Holly & Evan Trio and Jimy Graham, the Local 518 representatives to the International Blues Competition in Memphis next month. 9pm. $5 suggested donation.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga ArtsFest presents a performance by the trio of Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano and vocals), Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion and vocals) and Skidmore’s own Joel Brown (guitar and vocals) performing a blend of folk, blues, jazz and classical music. Proceeds will benefit Saratoga ArtsFest. 7pm. $25.
MUSIC: Nowell Sing We Clear @ St. John’s Lutheran Church, Altamont. A Pageant of MidWinter Carols, sponsored by Old Songs. John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis celebrate Christmas as it was known for centuries in Britain and North America. The songs come from an age when the midwinter season was a time for joyous celebration and vigorous expression of older, perhaps pagan, religious ideas. It’s a joyous, rollicking good time replete with delightful seasonal songs unspoiled by mass media overplay or October shopping mall playlists. 3pm. $20; $5 children 12 and under.
MUSIC: Spuyten Duyvil @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Soaring vocals, jug band energy and tightly crafted songs, the NYC roots band celebrates the release of their sophomore album, Temptation. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to the weather… FILM: Revisionaries @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Curators 99 Hooker and Bro. Russell Scholl host “America Loves You, Part 2,” an evening of questionable entertainment, dubious adverts and a special subtext: law and order. Bar opens at 7pm; 7:30pm showtime. $10 (includes one drink). UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. A holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra & Youth Chorale with special guests Everest Rising, Amy Platt & Randy Crafton and the Northeast Ballet. 7pm. $15 & $25.
MUSIC: The Cocktail Jazz Combo @ Palmer House Café, Rensselaerville. Featuring Michael Benedict on vibraharp and cocktail drum with Michael Lamkin on organ. 7pm. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled due to the impending storm…
COMEDY: Jeff the Drunk @ Bogies, Albany. Stand-up comedy by the “Howard Stern Show” regular. With Ethan Ullman, Jason Smith, Jaye McBride, Thomas Attila Lewis, Harry White, Shaun Sexton, Mo Haskins, Jon Tenace and Josh Davis. 9pm. $12.
THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.
THEATER: “Elephant Room” @ Bard College’s Theater Two, Annandale-on-Hudson. Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It’s time to add it all up… Part satire, part off-the-wall magic, part sublime comedy and part absurd theatrical documentary. Starring Geoff Sobelle as Dennis Diamond, Steve Cuiffo as Louie Magic and Trey Lyford as Daryl Hannah. Directed by Paul Lazar. 7:30pm. $25. Also 2pm on Sunday.
COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Latham. Greg Aidala hosts the holiday laugh-fest featuring Jesse Joyce and Jon Fisch, in addition to Stephen Murray and Dan Geurin. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Murali Coryell @ Bearsville Theater, Woodostock. The blues guitarslinger and his band team up with special guest Mojo Myles Mancuso. 9pm. $10. UPDATE: Tonight’s show has been postponed to 9pm on Friday, January 10. THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Charles Dickens’ holiday classic adapted and directed by Eric Hill. 7pm. $35; $25 children 16 and under. Through December 29. UPDATE: Tonight’s performance cancelled due to storm.
THEATER: “White Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild’s production directed by Ed Bablin and brimming over with Irving Berlin’s classic songs. 7:30pm. $18.50; $15.50 seniors & students. Through Sunday, December 15.
OPERA ON FILM: “Falstaff” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera with Ambrogio Maestri in the title role. 12:55pm. $25; $18 students.