11/15/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. A mover and shaker on the ’90s Albany music scene with such bands as Glaze, Cactus Loveseat, Wag, Sabotage & the Wrecking Crew and more, Clair heads upriver from his Beacon home for his first Nippertown show in many moons. In support of his new album, Love Makes Us Weird. With the fabulous Bryan Thomas. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Singer-songwriter-guitarist C.B. Smith leads his band – fiddle phenom Megan Gugliotta, Berklee-educated bassist Bill Strohm and mandolinist Brendan Donovan – in a CD release party for their new Americana/bluegrass album, Bluebird. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/EVENT: Upstate’s Alright Underground Punk Fest @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 18 bands, 8 hours, 2 venues and 1 big punk fest. Headlined by a reunion of Nippertown punk pioneers Capitle, led by Jim Romano. 3pm. $15. With a punk flea market from 12noon-3pm. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “In Darfur” @ Shakespeare & Co., Lenox. Winter Miller’s provocative play follows three lives that intersect in the most challenging of circumstances: a camp for internally displaced persons. The story follows an aid worker’s mission to protect lives, a Darfuri woman’s quest for safety and a journalist’s pursuit to deliver a front page story to call world attention to a humanitarian crisis. The WAM Theatre production is directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 2:30 & 7pm. $15-$40. NOTE: The 7pm performance is sold out. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Peter Rowan @ The Egg, Albany. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe to his time in bands such as Seatrain, Old & In the Way and Muleskinner to his decades as leader of his own groups, Rowan has remained a distinctive singer and songwriter. A solo, acoustic show. 7:30pm. $28.
FUNDRAISER: Literary Legends @ the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library, Albany. Honoring William Kennedy, Paul Grondahl and Amy Biancolli. 7-9:30pm. $75 & $125. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Voodoo Orchestra North @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Master drummer Bobby Previte leads an all-star band of upstate musicians through an exploration of the music of Miles Davis’ eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, Bitches Brew. 9pm.
EVENT: Cesar Millan @ Proctors, Schenectady. Dog whisperer Cesar Millan and his famous four-legged companion Junior will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions. 8pm. $20, $35, $50, $70 & $85.
MUSIC: Aja Monet @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The internationally renowned singer and poet with an unforgettable voice unleashes an impressionistic swirl of hopes and dreams, scenes from childhood, and philosophical ponderings. 8pm. $$18 & $22; $10 students.
MUSIC: R-P-R @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Rising from the ashes of the disbanded folk fave band Tanglefoot, it’s Rob Ritchie (keyboards, vocals), Al Parrish (bass, vocals) and Steve Ritchie (guitar, vocals) along with percussionist Beaker Granger. 8pm. $22.
MUSIC: Williams Percussion Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The program, “…dust into dust…,” will feature all manner of percussion instruments, as the musicians of the ensemble surround the audience in a wide-ranging and immersive world of sound. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Michelle Chamuel @ Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton. Best known for her second-place finish with Team Usher on season four of NBC-TV singing competition “The Voice,” her debut solo album Face the Fire is due for release in February. With Trivial Shields and Mikey Wax. 8pm. $20.
THEATER: “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” @ The Egg, Albany. The Omaha Theatre brings this children’s favorite to the stage which tells the story of Lilly who loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later. 11am. $15 for children; adults admitted free of charge when accompanied by a child.
MUSIC: This Other Eden: Music of The English Masters @ Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville. The Capital Region’s newest professional vocal ensemble Auriel Camerata celebrates the Great English Choral Tradition. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.
FILM: “Sol Lewitt” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Directed by Chris Teerink, the film is not a biography; rather, the work itself is the point of departure. The beauty of LeWitt’s work raises a question about where conceptual principles end and the quest for beauty begins. Followed by a Q&A with senior Lewitt draftsperson John Hogan and MASS MoCA director Joseph Thompson. 2pm. $7.
MUSIC: St. Rose Camerata @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Directed by Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, the program features Piano Trio in G minor, Opus 17 (Clara Schumann), selected lieder for mezzo soprano and piano (Franz Schubert) and Trio for flute, oboe and piano (Madeline Dring). 7:30pm. FREE.