6/13/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Capital Pride Parade and Festival @ Washington Park, Albany. Following the parade, the music fest features Andy Bell (of Erasure), Katy Tiz, the Accents and Calpernia Addams (who also doubles as the parade’s Grand Marshall). 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square, Troy. Bring a blanket or chair and some food to share. Enjoy music by Virtuous Voices, Layman of Troy, United, the Heavenly Echoes, Working on Prime Time and more. 3-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Mandolin Madness @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Four faboulous mandolin players – Alan Epstein (with Ed Lowman), Carlo Aonzo, David Surette and Will Patton – together on one night. 8pm. $22. ALSO: Each mandolinist will teach a two-hour workshop in various styles during the day. $50 per workshop session.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Shake the Lake for Vets Sake @ the Wood Park Festival Space, Lake George. Day Two of the three-day fest features a battle of the bands. Followed at 7pm by Funkalicious. 12noon. $18; $50 VIP; proceeds benefit the Adirondack Vets House. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. Day Two of the fest features Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Tracy Lawrence, Chase Bryant and lots more. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Disc Jam Music Festival @ Gardiner’s Farm, Stephentown. Day Three of the fest features music on four stages, including Dopapod, Electron, Wobblesauce, Viral Sound, the Heavy Pets, Spiritual Rez and more. Music starts at 11am.

KIDS MUSIC: The Pop Ups @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The two-time Grammy-nominated electro-acoustic kindie pop duo whips up “Daft Punk quality beats, top-notch musicianship, and not a single instruction for brushing teeth or saying please and thank you” (Huff Post Parents) into songs that carry a positive message while also turning children into dancing maniacs. 11:30am. $8.

MUSIC: The Avett Brothers @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Americana favorites. With super singer-songwriter John Prine. 5pm. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Parsonsfield @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Formerly known as Poor Old Shine, the rootsy folk-rock quintet brings their unique, hard-hitting take on acoustic Americana music (and a pretty nifty cover of Huey Lewis & the News’ “The Power of Love”) to town. With the Sea the Sea, who have just released their new single, “How Will We Know.” 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Julian Fleisher @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The singer-composer-actor and celebrated multi-hyphenate shares his unique and hilarious take on the American Songbook. He’ll be joined by his friend Mo Rocca (“CBS Sunday Morning,” NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”). 8pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Jazz standards and more from the swingin’ guitarist-vocalist. 8pm.

DANCE/ETC: “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host” @ Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. Host of public radio’s “This American Life” Ira Glass collaborates with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. 8pm. $45, $65 & $75. GO HERE for more info… Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. A celebration of the traditional music of New York State. With Dave Ruch. 7pm. $5.

THEATER: “The Epic of Gligamesh” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts presents a contemporary re-telling of the first great work of world literature, the ancient Babylonian poem. Directed and designed by John Sowle, the production features actor Steven Patterson in a virtuoso solo performance. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday, June 21.

MUSIC: Javier & Los DishDogs @ the Low Beat, Albany. Texas punk rock. With the Deacons, the Savage Randys and Sugar Eater. 7pm.

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: The Lower Adirondack Region Arts Council’s June Arts Festival @ City Park, Glens Falls. The juried arts and craft show features over 160 exhibitors selling a variety of handmade and unique products – including pottery, fiber, culinary items, jewelry, fine artwork, wood, photography, garden decorations and more. With four stages of live music, including John & Orion Kribs, Alicia Bautista, Lost Radio Rounders, Leah Woods, Anthony Fallacaro and more. 10am-5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 5pm. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Battle of the Bands @ the Madison Theater, Albany. 12noon-9pm. 7:30pm finals. $5.

THEATER: “The Fiery Sword of Justice” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. The one-woman show written and performed by Lauren Letellier is a comedic cautionary tale about a high-powered public relations executive whose compulsive truth-telling torpedoes her career. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Good Fiction and the Late Shift. 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “Searching For The Moon: A Heroine’s Journey – Tales of Love, Despair, Faith and Forgiveness” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. A one-woman show written and performed by Amber Chand, the one-woman show is an unforgettable evening of one woman’s global journey of heroism. Directed by Jayne Atkinson. 7pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” @ the Albany Barn, Albany. Last chance! Directed by Aaron Holbritter, Creative License presents its sophomore production, a dark and emotional comedy by Bert V. Royal that won the Excellence Award from the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

THEATER: “Time Stands Still” @ Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies’ searing story of an heroic female journalist wounded covering the war in Iraq. Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong? 7:30pm. $37; $10 students. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Second Annual Benefit for Suicide Prevention and Awareness: A Concert in Memory of Tim Rem @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Music by Groovestick and Wiley Griffin & Friends. 8pm.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. New Orleans and Chicago style early jazz. 9:30pm.

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. 8pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Flip N’ Mickeys @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 9pm.

THEATER: “Butler” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. Last chance! 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. 4 & 7:30pm. GO HERE to read review… UPDATE: Both of these performances are now officially sold out.

PARTICIPATORY FILM: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The cult film fave featuring the live shadowcast troupe the Whip-it Outskirts. 8pm.

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