2/2/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings swing into the Elks Lodge, and this time they’re bringing along some pals – Italian rockabilly combo the Don Diego Trio to share the bandstand. (The threesome has been nominated as Best Rockabilly Band at the upcoming Ameripolitan Awards and will also be backing up Gamsjager in France at the Good Rocking Tonight Festival in April). 7pm swing dance lesson. 8pm music & dancing. $15; students & seniors $10.
MUSIC: Lera Lynn @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist brings her spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir to town. You may know her from her role as the barroom singer on the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.” 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: Lissie @ The Linda, Albany. The acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her Albany debut in advance of her fourth studio album, Castles, slated for release next month. With Sydney Worthley. 8pm. $12.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Hedda Gabler” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. Juliet King directs Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama with Joanna Palladino (of Off the Record) in the title role. 7:30pm. $18; students $10. Through Sunday, February 18.
THEATER: “Paris Time” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of Steven Peterson’s dramatic thriller. A couple’s peace, a young woman’s life and a company’s fate are challenged by an anti-Semitic terrorist incident. 8pm. Through Sunday, February 18.
MUSIC: The Hudson Dusters @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The hometown roots-folk duo of Jon B. Woodin and Foggy Otis brings their rich blend of uke-fueled Americana sounds to Club Helsinki, where they met at an open mic. Their debut album, Dare to Dream, is slated for release this spring. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Tradition @ Colonie Center, Albany. The last band that I saw performing at the Colonie Center shopping mall was Smashing Pumpkins back in 2000. Now the folks at WAIX-FM are launching a first-Friday-of-the-month concert series there. It kicks off tonight. With Vumbino. 6pm. FREE.
THEATER: “The Bodyguard” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Grammy nominee and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron in the musical based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated film and adapted for the stage by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (“Birdman”). 8pm. $20–$85. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Williams Chamber Players @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Featuring Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” and “Fratres,” as well as two works by J.S. Bach: “Zerfliesse mein Herz,” from St John Passion, BWV 245, and “Hier in meines Vaters Stätte.” 8pm. FREE.
DANCE: The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. Performing several dances inspired by the artwork in the new exhibit, “Practice What You Teach.” 6pm reception. 6:30pm performance. FREE.
MUSIC: Mike Short @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.
FILM/TALK: “Lupe Under the Sun” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Rodrigo Reyes’ debut fiction feature won the two top prizes — Best Film and Best Narrative Feature — at the 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival. A first-of-its-kind dramatic film that uses non-actors who are real farm workers, the movie follows the grinding routine of an aging Mexican migrant worker in southern California as he comes to terms with his past. With commentary by writer/director Rodrigo Reyes. 7pm. FREE.
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