5/31/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

MUSIC: Lady Antebellum @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Yes, it’s opening day for SPAC. Let the summer concert season begin… With Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. 7pm.

MAGIC: “Obscura” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. An intimate evening of close-up magic, fairy tales, dark fables and strange happenings. 2pm. $15; $10 students.

FILM/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sunday With Sinatra @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. Emcee and singer Joe Sinatra hosts a benefit concert for Arthur’s Market featuring a delicious buffet dinner and a screening of the 1999 Rat Pack film, “One of a Kind.” 3pm. $20 minimum donation.

THEATER: “Pippin” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! With a sparkling score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Wicked”), the classic musical tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and stars Adrienne Barbeau, Sam Lips, John Rubinstein, Sasha Allen and others. 2pm. $20-$80. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Matt “MV” Valentine @ the Low Beat, Albany. An Albany Sonic Arts Cellective presentation. With Wovoka and Fossils From the Sun. 8pm.

MUSIC: “Two Sides of Argentina” @ Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Featuring members of the La Voz de Tres: Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal and seven-string guitarist Jason Ennis, with special guest, Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Emilio Solla blend the infectious rhythms of Latin America to bring you Argentina’s hottest musical tradition, the tango. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.

STORYTELLING: “Wild Mercy: Stories Ancient and New” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Internationally known storyteller Laura Simms and one of her students, local storyteller Jeannine Laverty, weave their expertise in myth, folk, literary tales and personal narrative into an evening of stories new and ancient. 7pm.

THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky nod to Chekhov. Directed by Chris Foster, the Nippertown premiere production stars Kris Anderson, Roseann Cane, Ryan Davis, Mary Darcy, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves. 3pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Butler” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. It’s the New England premiere of the uproariously funny, witty and very moving play based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves during the Civil War. 3pm. Through Saturday, June 13. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “Driving Miss Daisy” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Written by Alfred Uhry and directed by CarolLynn Langley, the warm and inviting play explores the universal issues of prejudice, aging and the sometimes surprising course that true friendship can take over the course of 25 years. 2:30pm. $16.

MUSIC: A Grand Opera Spectacular @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The 80-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by a solo quartet of internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera artists – soprano Maureen O’Flynn, mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix, tenor Raul Melo and bass John Cheek – for a program of solos, ensembles and choruses form Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet, Wagner and other great composers of opera. 3pm. $17-$30.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Song for the Earth” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A benefit for the Hawthorne Valley School featuring music by the Blue Ribbon Trio and the Patchwork Symphony. 7pm.

READING: Reading of “Song of Myself” @ Washington Park’s Robert Burns Statue, Albany. To commemorate the birthday of Walt Whitman, poets and other citizens will gather together for a reading of his poem “Song of Myself.” Persons interested in reading a section of Whitman’s poem can sign up to read at the event. 6pm. FREE.

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