10/3/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Bennington Museum, Bennington. The funky vintage Americana band plays a mid-afternoon Music at the Museum concert in conjunction with the “Grassroots Art: Inward Adorings of the Mind” exhibition featuring outsider, visionary and folk art by “Grandma” Moses, Jesse Howard, Mose Tolliver, Joseph Yoakum, Ray Materson and others. 3pm. FREE with museum admission.
MUSIC: The Howard Fishman Quintet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Guitarist-composer Howard Fishman explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 with “The Basement Tapes Project.” Considered one of the most agile interpreters of the American songbook, Fishman’s performance is more than a tribute – it’s a trip back through “old, weird America” to get to the very source of Dylan’s material. 8pm. $35.
FESTIVAL: The Enchanted City @ River Street & First Street, Troy. The second annual steampunk fest features a scavenger hunt, an inventors challenge, belly dancers, the Arm of the Sea Theater, music by Ragliacci, more. 11am-5pm.
MUSIC: Rasputina @ Takk House, Troy. Cellist/vocalist Melora Creager leads the alternative cello-rock ensemble at the Enchanted City’s “Queen’s Ball,” the afterparty for Troy’s second annual steampunk festival. With the Dust Bowl Faeries. 6:30pm. UPDATE: This event is now sold out.
DISCUSSION: Atom Egoyan & Guy Maddin: A Conversation @ Kleinert James Arts Center, Woodstock. Moderated by Charlie Keil, the two distinguished film directors talk about, well, film and more. 4pm. $15.
MUSIC: Henry Butler @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. One of the true masters of the great New Orleans piano tradition, Henry Butler is a keyboard magician. A rollicking blend of jazz, Caribbean, pop, blues and R&B flows effortlessly from his hands. The Crescent City is also the birthplace of the cocktail, and this very special evening of music and culture includes classic NOLA drinks served up by Small Batch America — the first drink is included with admission. 8pm. $25 & $35; $18 students.
MUSIC: Rory Block @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), the five-time Blues Music Award-winner has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. 6:30 & 8:30pm. $22.
MUSIC: The Wood Brothers @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Americana blues trio. Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart, one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills, dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.” 8pm. $23.
MUSIC: The Laurie Berkner Band @ Proctors, Schenectady. The best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite performs a “Greatest Hits” concerts for families. 11am. $20, $35, $45 & $60.
FILM: “1 Giant Leap II: What About Me?” @ Rosendale Theatre Collective, Rosendale. The Woodstock Film Festival screens the world premiere of Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto’s non-linear, globe-trotting and visually exhilarating film with Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle, Tom Robbins, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Billy Conolly, Gabrielle Roth, Deepak Chopra, Ram Das, Bhagavan Das, Krishna Das, Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, Baaba Maal, Maxi Jazz, Carlos Santana, Stewart Copeland and more. Followed by Q&A. 5pm. $10.
PANEL DISCUSSION: The BMI Music in Film Panel @ the Kleinert James Arts Center, Woodstock. The Woodstock Film Festival hosts Stewart Copeland, Krishna Das and Duncan Bridgeman, among others. Moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross, Vice President of TV & Film at BMI. 12noon. $15.
DANCE: “Neither” @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Jonah Bokaer, recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Choreography (2015), realizes his Fellowship project with a choreographed staging of Morton Feldman’s “Neither” (1977), with libretto by Samuel Beckett, specifically for the architecture of the Hudson Opera House. 7pm. $20.
THEATER: “The Homecoming” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, it’s a knotty, noteworthy piece of theater, directed by Eric Hill. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 25.
MUSIC: An Evening of British Music Hall @ PS21, Chatham. Those old classic Music Hall songs sung by ravishingly costumed performers Amanda Boyd-Grout, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, Lincoln Mayorga, Ted Pugh, John Roberts and Judy Staber. 7pm. $20; $10 students. Also at 2pm Sunday.
THEATER: “Proof” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the award-winning drama by David Auburn, directed by Sky Vogel, and produced by Joan Fuess. The play centers around the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased), who tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. 8pm. $18; $10 if under age 18. Through October 11.
FILM: The 34th Asbury Short Film Concert @ The Linda, Albany. The Asbury show covers it all: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Experimental. The show is like a trip to the best film festivals in the world where you sample the elite of the short film genre but without competition and plenty of live surprises. With musical guest Zack Cohen. 8pm. $10.
THEATER: Confetti Fest 11 @ Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. Confetti Stage presents plays – “Nailing It” by Mark Dalton; “The Seven Deadlies” by Amy Sarah LaMena; “String Game” by Katherine Ambrosio; “Goodnight Lizzie” by Celina Pulenskey; “Stars” by Lydia Nightingale; and “The Play About Your Shoulder” by Alex Hovet. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through October 11.
FESTIVAL: Upper Union Street Harvest Fest & Art Show @ Upper Union Street, Schenectady. Featuring live music by keyboard artist Noreen Pratt on the patio at Sondra’s Fine Jewelry (11am-2pm), Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade at Gerson’s (11:30am–1:30pm, the Greek dance group Fotia at Phillips Hardware (10am) and others. And from 11am-1pm at the Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, author Paul Grondahl will be signing his book “Great Dogs of Albany and Beyond.” 10am-3pm. FREE.
THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 3 & 8pm. $20-$50.
MUSIC: Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Featuring selections by Bourland, Beethoven and Piazzolla. 7:30pm. FREE.