11/22/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Chuck Prophet @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of contemporary roots-rock’s greatest songwriters brings his band, the Mission Express, back to Hudson in support of his excellent new album, Night Surfer. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Ale House, Troy. They’re back! Mark Gamsjager has been so busy booking and promoting shows at the Ale House that his own band hasn’t played there in over a year. They make up for it tonight with Austin’s pedal steel guitar virtuoso Cindy Cashdollar joining in the rollicking fun. 9pm. $10.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The 14th annual celebration of the Fab Four’s music by the Skidmore students and faculty. 2 & 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; $3 students & children.
MUSIC: Josh Ritter @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The super singer-songwriter has a literary disposition, and tonight you’ll get in on the ground floor as he serves up a special acoustic peek at material from his upcoming album. He’s calling the show “Trying Out Some New Songs and Such.” With the Walkmen’s Walter Martin opening. 8pm. $35.
MUSIC: The Touré-Raichel Collective @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar pianist Idan Raichel, who have developed an inspirational collaboration and artistic kinship to create inter-cultural, free-form, acoustic masterpieces that cross boundaries of country, culture and tradition. 8pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Arlo Guthrie’s Guthrie Family Reunion @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Legendary folk icon and eldest son of Woody Guthrie gathers together three generations of Guthries to perform Woody’s songs as well as new material written by various family members. 8pm. $25, $49 & $64. UPDATE: This concert is officially sold out.
COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors Underground, Schenectady. NYC stand-up Aparna Nancherla makes her Nippertown debut as the headliner with her delightfully absurdist wit and uniquely whimsical point-of-view. Thomas Attila Lewis hosts, while Erik Anker and Nippertown expat Kevin Marshall opens. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Judy Wylie & the Blue Sky Project @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Spa City singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new album, Girl in the Silver Leaves, with a concert featuring an all-star band featuring Azzaam Hameed, Carl West, Rich Johnson, Scott Apicelli, Brian Melick, Jonathan Green, Doug Johnson, Perley and Rain Rousseau Smith, Jeanne O’Connor and Jayda Chance. 8pm. $18. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
MUSIC: Ethel @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. The “string quartet that sometimes thinks it’s a rock band” performs “Grace,” honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of Jeff Buckley’s glorious and, tragically, only completed album. The centerpiece of the program is the quartet’s adaptation of Ennio Morricone’s score to the 1986 film, “The Mission.” 7pm. $25.
MUSIC: Michael Benedict & Bopitude @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Drummer Michael Benedict leads his all-star jazz band – saxman Brian Patneaude, trumpeter Chris Pasin, bassist Mike Lawrence and pianist Jon LeRoy – in a tribute to the music of the great bebop trumpeter Kenny Dorham. 8pm. $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Ladyfest Upstate @ the Low Beat, Albany. The all-day music and arts festival showcasing women-identified, trans and gender non-conforming artists in visual arts, comedy, spoken word and a variety of music from folk to hip-hop. Featuring Free Cake for Every Creature, Niedra Stevens, Moor Mother Goddess (Philadelphia), Cihuatl Ce (Los Angeles), Evan Greer (Boston) and lots more. 1:30pm-1am. Sliding scale donation $10-20. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale.” The program also features violinist Caroline Goulding on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Osvaldo Golijov’s tribute to Astor Piazzolla, “Last Round.” 7:30pm.
MUSIC: “Down with the Rent!” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. An original Old Songs concert production compiled and directed by Andy Spence, featuring authentic songs and stories written and sung by NYS anti-rent protestors in the 1840s. With musicians Greg Artzner, Terry Leonino, John Roberts, George War, Greg Clarke, Bill Spence, George Wilson & Toby Stover. 8pm. $20; $5 age 12 & under.
DANCE: Dancing Pros: Live! @ Proctors, Schenectady. Featuring professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and dance champions from around the world, it’s a live stage mash-up of your fave dancing and singing TV competitions, hosted by Alan Thicke and featuring Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower from “Dancing with the Stars, as well as actor-dancer Oscar Orosco and singers Joanna Pacitti (from “American Idol” Season 8) and Angel Taylor (from “The Voice” Season 2). With celebrity guest judges Lydia Kulbida (8pm) and Steve Barnes (2pm). Shows at 2pm & 8pm. $20-$65.
COMEDY: Louie Anderson @ Comedy Works, Albany. 7:30 & 9:30pm. Comedian, author, creator of the animated series “Life With Louie” and the former host of “Family Feud”… $35. Also 7:30 & 9:30pm on Saturday.
DANCE: “Peter & the Wolf: An Urban Tale” @ The Egg, Albany. Cartier Williams and his company of dancers perform the premiere of their re-imagining of this classic tale utilizing a mix of tap, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance to bring the famous cast of characters to New York City in the 21st century. 11am. $10 for children; free for adults accompanied by a child.
MUSIC/FILM: Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A scaled-back version of the concert that was at recently at The Egg featuring the Johnny Winter Band with vocalist Jay Stollman and guest guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks. Preceded by a screening of the feature-length documentary film, “Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty.” 7:30pm. $35-$55.
WORKSHOP: “What Can You Make from a Plastic Bag, and More?” @ MCLA’s Gallery 51, North Adams. A two-hour, family-friendly upcycling workshop by artist May Ellen Beattie in conjunction with the exhibit “Water and Earth: A Call to Protect our Fragile Ecosystem.” Bring plastic bags if you’ve got ’em. 1pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ the Midtown Tap and Tea Room, Albany. Drummer Jim Ketterer, guitarist Roger Noyes and bassist Tony Berman will be joined by singers Michelle Caminos and Eileen Mack, who will each sit in for a couple of selections from the Great American Songbook. 7pm.
MUSIC: Rensselaer Orchestra @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Nicholas DeMaison conducts the orchestra in a program of Schubert’s Symphony no. 8 in B Minor, Unfinished; Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture; Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, and a world premiere by graduate student Kelly Michael Fox. 7:30pm. FREE.
CABARET: “ReJoyce” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Broadway entertainer Joyce Nolan stars in a tuneful revue of a life in show biz, through the eyes of a singer-dancer whose dream was to become a Rockette – and who achieved the dream after a few short weeks in New York. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: “A Salute to Tradition” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Featuring Japan’s preeminent shamisen players, the concert showcases two traditional shamisen musical styles – nagauta and gidayu – as performed by chanters, shamisen players and a traditional nihon buyo dancer. 5pm. $15. UPDATE: This soncert is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: The Williams Gospel Choir @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The concert is titled “Never Would Have Made It,” featuring such gospel favorites as “Every Praise,” “Praise Is What I Do” and “Thirsty.” 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Dead and Buried” @ the First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of James McLindon’s comedy-drama centering on one girl’s search for a connection to her recently deceased mother which ultimately leads her to a cemetery in a small New England town where she finds much more than a mother’s grave. Followed by a reception and talk-back. 7:30pm. $15.