4/25/14: Today’s Tips: Friday
THEATER/COMEDY: “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Totally improvised, fresh and funny each time. The New York Times calls it “Hilarious!” In this unscripted faux theatrical awards show, master improvisers gather song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore. 8pm. $20 & $28.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Banjo Gospel 2” @ McKownville United Methodist Church, Albany. The last in a series of spring benefit concerts by Lost Radio Rounders with special guests John Borst, Greg Haymes, Paul Jossman, Mike Kelley and more. Beneficiary: Amanda’s Journey Foundation. 7pm. FREE; donations encouraged.
MUSIC: John McCutcheon @ the Eighth Step @ Proctors, Schenectady. The extraordinary folk singer-songwriter, storyteller and master instrumentalist performs in support of his latest CD, 22 Days, inspired by cellist Vedran Smailovic’s famous 22-day vigil at the site of a mortar attack in Sarajevo in 2012. 7:30pm. $26 & $35.
FESTIVAL/ART/FUNDRAISER: Fine Arts & Crafts Festival @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The second annual juried fest features 27 artisans with hand-crafted original works in pottery, metal, fiber, leather, glass, wood, paper and more. 4-9pm. $6. Also Saturday.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Visual art, music, food, fun and more… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Driftwood @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. This Binghamton band has been popping up in clubs around Nippertown for the past couple years. They made their debut at Caffe Lena last year, selling out the house on their first visit. They’re so fun! Daring, raw Americana-roots-rock makes them a real crowd-pleaser. Their quartet features upright bass, banjo and guitar, with beyond-belief fiery violin solos and plenty of four-part harmony. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: The Williams Chamber Choir @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Under the direction of Grammy Award-winner Brad Wells, the choir will perform William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices, as well as shorter works by Byrd and Wells. 4pm. FREE. Also 3pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador meets California cellist for an evening of infectious Celtic music melodies. 8pm. $25; $5 children 12 and
MUSIC: Arc Iris @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. The new band led by Jocie Adams (formerly of the Low Anthem) celebrates the release of their debut album for Anti- Records. With Simi Stone and Burnell Pines.
DANCE: “Eclipse” @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A collaboration between world-renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall kicks off the 2014 performance season at Basilica Hudson. “Eclipse” is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates choreography, light, visual design, and an audio-visual time score to arrive at altered ways of viewing a performance. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students; $10 kids under 13. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: The Heart & Soul Revue @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. Soulman Don Hyman leads the musical tribute to Otis Redding at 8pm. Kitchen Jazz kicks off the evening at 6pm.
THEATER: “Tennessee Williams: Straight Up… and Salted with a Twist of Durang” @ Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. Blue Horse Repertory Company presents an ensemble performance of three short works by the two playwrights, framed by Mr. Williams’ observations about life, art and the nature of the creative spirit. Directed by Andrea Cunliffe and performed by Judy Allen, Elizabeth Breslin, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Bob Hanley, Byron Nilsson, James Occhino, Sam Reilly and Nancy Rothman. 7:30pm. $20: $15 students and seniors.
MUSIC: Dan Berggren @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Folk offers an Earth Day concert with Ed Lowman on bass. 8pm.
COMEDY: MOPCO’s Theatresports @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv sketch comedy. 8pm. $14; $6 students & seniors.
READING: Dennis Barone @ the Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. The professor of English at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford is the author of seven books of short fiction. With Steve Straight. 5:30pm. $3 suggested donation.
MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Performing Concertpiece for Viola and Orchestra by George Enescu, as well as works by Leonard Bernstein, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonín Dvořák and a world premiere by Sato Matsui. 8pm; 7:15pm pre-concert talk with guest conductor Andrew Massey and student soloists in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. FREE.
DANCE: “ChoreoPhysics: Seeing the Science, Envisioning the Invisible” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Exploring the intersection of scholarship and the arts, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company premieres a new work inspired by physics principles and created in collaboration with physicist Keith Earle. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.
FILM: “Sweet Dreams” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Directed by Rob & Lisa Fruchtman, the documentary follows the remarkable story of a group of Rwandan women who, in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, form the country’s first all-female drumming troupe, and open the country’s first ice cream parlor. With Q&A by Jennifer Dundas. 7pm. FREE.