10/23/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

October 23rd, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Lonely Heartstring Band @ Caffe Lena @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The New England-based bluegrass band in support of their debut album, Deep Waters. 7pm. $24.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Day Three of the fest features Madison Vandenberg, Sirsy and Country Fresh. 1:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Check out the handiwork of 50 master guitar makers from all around the world and hear a dozen great guitarists – up close – including Larry Campbell, Kaki King, Pierre Bensusan, Cindy Cashdollar and more. 11am. $20. GO HERE for more info and the complete list of performers…

***THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Albany. A reading of Honor Student by Michael Erickson. 5pm.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Trio @ Reel Seafood Co., Colonie. Jazz brunch. 11:30am.

MUSIC: Art Song Festival @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. 1 & 4:30pm. FREE.

WORKSHOP: David Calarco Drum Clinic @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 1pm. $15.

MUSIC: John Simon & the Jazz @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Not only a fine pianist who’s played with Howlin’ Wolf, Eric Clapton and Karen Dalton, but also an acclaimed record producer who’s helmed albums for The Band, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, John Hartford, Bobby Charles, Emmylou Harris and lots more. 10am. Donation encouraged.

THEATER: “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Last chance! Steven Patterson stars in a one-man performance directed by John Sowle. 2pm. $20; $10 is under age 21.

THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Last chance! The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 2pm.

THEATER: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia @ The Egg, Albany. Three of Eric Carle’s most treasured stories – “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Papa Please Get The Moon For Me” – feature evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry. 3pm. FREE when accompanied by a child; $18 children.

THEATER: “Heathers: The Musical” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents the stage musical based on the 1989 film about the Heathers of Westerberg High. 2pm. $20. Through Sunday, October 30.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Threepenny Opera” @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Rory Kinnear stars as Macheath in Brecht & Weill’s raucous musical. 11am.


10/22/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

October 22nd, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Amy Rigby @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The singer-songwriter celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut solo album, Diary of a Mod Housewife, with bassist Eric Goulden, drummer Doug Wygal and guitarist Alex Turnquist. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Upstate psych-rock powerhouse Shana Falana is headed to town for a release party for her new album Here Comes the Wave. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC/TALK/FUNDRAISER: Rufus Wainwright @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A concert and conversation with musician and Basilica director Melissa Auf Der Maur to benefit the Basislica. 8pm. $50.

THEATER: John Kelly @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A work-in-progress performance of Time No Line, an autobiographical project based on his experiences as a queer East-Villager living at the height of the AIDs epidemic in the ’80s. 8pm. $15 & $21; $5 students.

MUSIC: Jerry Douglas @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The dobro master. With Pierre Bensusan and Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub. 8pm. $40, $50 & $65.

MUSIC: “Around the World in 80 Minutes” @ the Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Saxophonist Harry White and pianist Todd Sisley perform music by composers from seven nations, including works by Ravel, Grieg and Rachmaninov. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Aztec Two Step @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The veteran folk-pop duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman are celebrating their 45th anniversary together. 7pm. $29.

MUSIC: Robbie Fulks @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. 7pm. $25. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC/COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: 10-Year Anniversary Block Party for the Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Greg Aidala hosts the evening with rock power trio Super 400 headlining the benefit with funds going towards a cure to end breast cancer. 8pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Gala Celebration of ASAC & UAG @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. A celebration of nine years of collaboration and partnership between Albany Sonic Arts Collective and Upstate Artists Guild at the venue’s final performance. Live performances by Century Plants, Luciernaga, Matt Weston, Bone and Joint Center, Urkas, Shumoto & the Byrde, CJ Champagne, Blacklight Lighthouse, Chris Bassett, Daniel Nester, Michael Peters and more. 5:30pm. $5.

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It’s the Weekend!

October 21st, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
I know I left a bone out here somewhere...

I know I left a bone out here somewhere...

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some fun.

But before we head out for the fully fall-flavored, leaf-peepin’ weekend, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Rudy Lu
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Reidy
David Brickman
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Holly & Evan Band

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

City of Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
The Egg, Albany
Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs
Albany Center Gallery, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Darling Valley @ Tricentennial Park, 9/21/16

October 21st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Darling Valley (formerly Accents) entertained the lunchtime crowd last month in Albany’s Tricentennial Park as part of the weekly September in the City Art Fair series.

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Song o’ the Week: Rosary Beard’s “Carcosa”

October 21st, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Nathan Simms has filmed a music video that’s just as beautiful as the sparkling instrumental “Carcosa,” performed by Rosary Beard (the acoustic guitar duo of Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn) with special guest violinist Tucker Callander

Cultural Provocateur John Kelly Takes the Stage at MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

October 21st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara


John Kelly, a theater artist of rare emotional depth, presents “Time No Line,” a solo work-in-progress based on personal journal entries about the East Village of the 1980s, gender performance, the culture wars, queer history and more, incorporating movement, projections, song and spoken word. Kelly takes the stage at MASS MoCA’s Club B10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (October 22).

John Kelly originally trained as a dancer, studying with top ballet schools before transitioning to the fine arts with a focus on painting and drawing. His connection with the self-portrait progressed into his work with corporeal mime, trapeze, tight-wire and voice. Each interest produces a different perspective on the human body, which has become a central theme in much of Kelly’s work.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

October 21st, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Alt

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there sure was a whole lot of A&E news to write about this week.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. Troy Music Hall Announces Eight New Concerts (by Staff)

2. The Alt: Kinda Like Metroland? (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. CLARIFICATION: Regarding the Demise of Metroland (by Staff)

5. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

6. This Time It’s No Joke: Kanye West Is Coming to Albany (by Staff)

7. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

10. Hump Day Unusual Moment (by Staff)

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

October 21st, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

From FreshIndependence.com: Nippertown photographer Rudy Lu was interviewed by Kim Laureen, whose Vancouver-based blog covers the North American music and indie film scene.

From Saratoga.com: Kathryn Tracey writes “Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum Wins American Alliance of Museums Publication Competition”

From The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich writes about the nearly forgotten East Texas gospel singer Washington Phillips and Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, the new CD and book package authored by former Greater Nippertown music scribe Michael Corcoran.

From On and Off the Shelves: Scott Jarzombek writes about the Albany Public Library Foundation’s third annual Literary Legends Gala on Saturday (October 22) at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, honoring Greater Nippertown authors Marion Roach-Smith and Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Amy Biancolli writes about Opera Saratoga’s free “Sings for Seniors” concert series, which kicks off on Saturday (October 22).

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy absolutely raves about Benjamin Clementine’s concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center last weekend…

From Pitchfork: Simon Reynolds’ intriguing round-up of “Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music”

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsBerkshire On StageThe LindaLeave Regular Radio BehindHudson SoundsArtist GG Roberts