2/17/18: Today’s Tops Tips: Saturday

COMEDY: Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Based on his best-selling book, “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens,” it’s a funny and emotional show revealing the man behind the stand-up. 8pm. $29.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $69.50. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Hot Rize @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Featuring Tim O’Brien (mandolin, vocals), Pete Wernick (banjo), Nick Forster (bass) and Bryan Sutton (guitar), the band is on tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut as one of America’s premiere contemporary bluegrass bands. With Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers. 7:30pm. $36.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/DANCE: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Taking place at a wide assortment of venues throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, Day Two of the three-day fest is a marathon of music and dancing – workshops, dance instruction, concerts, dance parties, storytelling, kids’ activities and lots, lots more. Today’s schedule features Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Rosie Newton & the Green Mountain Playboys, Tony’s Polka Band, Fried Bananas, the Resonators and lots more. 9am.GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Jazz Festival @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. It’s the “Piano Summit,” featuring Joanne Brackeen, James Francies and Aaron Goldberg. 3pm. $25. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/FILM: Hudson Jazz Festival @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. “Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song” is Stephanie Castillo’s award-winning 2016 documentary, drawing an intimate portrait of saxophonist Thomas Chapin, who was on his way to becoming one of the country’s greatest jazz talents when leukemia claimed him at the age of 40. Followed by a post-screening Q&A with Armen Donelian. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Jazz Festival @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. 7pm: It’s “Take Two,” featuring a pair of acclaimed jazz vocalists – Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade – both performing in intimate duo format. 7pm. $35. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

MUSIC: Laura Roth & Hui Cox @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The fab vocalist and guitarist duo performs exciting and superbly confident renditions of Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Chaka Kahn, Chick Corea, Sting, Gershwin and others. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Soul Serenade @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Local favorites Joe Daley and Josh Bloomfield (drums), Frank Daley and Jeremy Walz (guitar), Mike Newman (bass) and Brian Mangini on keyboard celebrate the music of the Allman Brothers Band. 8pm.

THEATER: “The Vagina Monologues” @ the Albany Barn, Albany. Directed by Casey Polomaine and Annette Nanes, Eve Ensler’s play features Susan Pattenaude, Rebekah Desjardins, Jennifer Stark, Cheryl Whilby, Rachelle Smith-Stallman, Katherine Stephens, Maeve McEneny-Johnson, Vanessa Peraza-Marrufo, Resa Tanner and Annette Nanes. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Weight Band @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. It’s a release party for the veteran band’s debut CD. 8pm. $45 & $65. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Richard James’ Krewe Orleans @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. Pink Talking Fish’s keyboardist-vocalist has gathered together an all-star line-up of jam band faves – including Saratoga’s own bass master Tony Markellis – to play the classic music of New Orleans for a belated Mardi Gras party. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Mardi Gras Live @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Another belated Mardi Gras party, this one helmed by Justin Henricks with members of Wurliday and the Chronicles, as well as special guest Girl Blue serving up classic zydeco R&B.

MUSIC: John Németh @ the Upper Room, Albany. The Memphis soul-blues singer-harmonicat roars into town in with his funky band. 7pm. $15 & $25. GO HERE to read our interview…

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Swingin’ Palms @ the Franklin Alley Social Club, Troy. 7pm.

THEATER: Bizarre Magic with Brian Brushwood @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The host of National Geographic Channel’s “Hacking the System” serves up a blend of shocking stunts and unusual magic that will leave fans of all ages laughing and amazed. 3:30 & 7:30pm. $25.

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.

MUSIC: Wait Until Dusk @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Rare Vox and Ninja Bandito. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Music of Traffic @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Bassist-bandleader Scott Petito and a gang of Hudson Valley allstars play the music of Steve Winwood and Dave Mason. 8pm. Donations encouraged. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled due to the impending storm…

MUSIC: Gaelic Storm @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. 8pm. $28 & $38.

MUSIC: James Weidman Spiritual Impressions @ Senate Garage, Kingston. In celebration of Black History Month, Jazzstock presents James Weidman (piano), Ruth Naomi Floyd (vocals), Anthony E. Nelson, Jr. (reeds), John Menegon (bass), Tony Jefferson (drums) and Teri Roiger (vocals). 8pm. $25. UPDATE: This performance has been postponed to Sunday, March 4…

CIRCUS/CABARET: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An adult-oriented cabaret featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. 9pm.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “U R Here” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Written and directed by Toni Anderson-Sommo, it’s the world premiere of a new comedy about a cast of characters at Jitters’ Java cafe who believe they may find the answers to life’s dilemmas on a new social media site. Benita Zahn stars in the fundraiser for the theater. 8pm. $30. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Ted Rosenthal Trio @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. As part of the 10×10 Festival, the renowned jazz pianist and his band play, “10, by George” – “Rhapsody in Blue” and nine other George Gershwin compositions. 7:30pm.

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The seventh annual fest featuring 10 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights.3 & 7:30pm. Through Sunday, March 4.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Blues & Brews @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. Food and dancing with music by the Road Side Blues Band – it’s a benefit for Hubbard Hall. 6pm. $20; $10 for kids age 12 and under.

COMEDY: The Heavyweights of Comedy @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Featuring Mike Speirs and Crazy Gene Trifilo. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Swoon to the haunting melodies of Schubert and Beethoven during an evening of Romantic music. 7:30pm. FREE.

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. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, February 18. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Brothers Blue @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Groovin’: The Summers of Love” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Director Gary Weinlein helms the classic rock tribute show featuring the music of Santana, Janis Joplin, Eric Burdon, Jim Morrison, Grace Slick, Mamas & Papas, Justin Hayward, Linda Ronstadt and John Fogerty. A benefit for the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany. 8pm. $20, $25 $30 & $35.

MUSIC: Useless Cans @ Johnny’s Pizza Bar, Schenectady. 7pm.

MUSIC: Vicious Jimmy @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Morris Code. 9pm.

THEATER: Mutts Gone Nuts @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The comedy duo of Scott & Joan Houghton have created a dog thrill show like no other, featuring nine amazing canine partners, all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. 2 & 5pm. $20; children $10.

MUSIC: Club Zambezi Dance Party @ the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. Led by Artist-in-Residence in African Music Performance Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. 2pm.

MUSIC: Big Sky Country @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Vicki Gayle @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. “Love’s Lost and Broken Hearts” – an evening of broken-hearted country songs. 7:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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