11/23/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

November 23rd, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Steve Hackett @ The Egg, Albany. The guitar great revisits the ground-breaking prog-rock classics from his years with Genesis, including “The Musical Box,” “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” and “Supper’s Ready.” 7:30pm. $38 & $48.

MUSIC: Lake Street Dive @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 8pm. $25 & $45. UPDATE: This concert is officially sold out.

MUSIC: FiddleFire! @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Canadian folk faves the Sultans of String perform their award-winning children’s show. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sultans of String @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Following their free matinee performance, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award-winners fire up their high octane, roots-jazz-worldbeat mash-up in support of their new album, Symphony! 7pm. $20; $9 children & students.

MUSIC: Alexander Turnquist @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The hometown composer/12-string guitarist will be joined by Brooklyn piano trio Sontag Shogun and experimental cellist Julia Kent for a triple-bill of contemporary ambient music. 8pm.

MUSIC: Slowshine @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Rustle Crow and Playboy Manbaby. 7:45pm. $5.

MUSIC: Rock & Roll Brunch @ the Low Beat, Albany. Food at 10:30am. Music with Mike Griffin and Kimono Dragons at 12noon.

READING: “Community of Writers” @ the Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady. Dan Wilcox hosts the 12th annual celebration of Local 518 writers, featuring readings by Therese L. Broderick (poetry); Rose Kent (children’s fiction); James Pavoldi (fiction); Steve Hellyard Swartz (poetry, screenwriting, playwriting); Bunkong Tuon (poetry and non-fiction). Followed by a reception, book sale and signing. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Join ASO for the family event featuring an instrument petting zoo (2pm) and a performance by Cowboy Dave & the Symphony Showdown (3pm) featuring Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” along with selections by Bernstein, Sousa, Joplin and Mozart.

ARTIST TALK/DISCUSSION: Vilma Mare @ the Foundry, Cohoes. Join author James Howard Kunstler and fashion designers Vilma Mare and Kathleen Tesnakis in a panel discussion about the psychological impediments to rebuilding local economies and the obstacles faced by the arts community as they strive to overcome the challenges of competing in a global economy. 1pm.

FILM: “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. 2:30 & 4:30pm. $5. Through Wednesday.


11/22/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

November 22nd, 2014, 7:58 am by Greg

MUSIC: Chuck Prophet @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of contemporary roots-rock’s greatest songwriters brings his band, the Mission Express, back to Hudson in support of his excellent new album, Night Surfer. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Ale House, Troy. They’re back! Mark Gamsjager has been so busy booking and promoting shows at the Ale House that his own band hasn’t played there in over a year. They make up for it tonight with Austin’s pedal steel guitar virtuoso Cindy Cashdollar joining in the rollicking fun. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The 14th annual celebration of the Fab Four’s music by the Skidmore students and faculty. 2 & 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; $3 students & children.
2 p.m.

MUSIC: Josh Ritter @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The super singer-songwriter has a literary disposition, and tonight you’ll get in on the ground floor as he serves up a special acoustic peek at material from his upcoming album. He’s calling the show “Trying Out Some New Songs and Such.” With the Walkmen’s Walter Martin opening. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: The Touré-Raichel Collective @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar pianist Idan Raichel, who have developed an inspirational collaboration and artistic kinship to create inter-cultural, free-form, acoustic masterpieces that cross boundaries of country, culture and tradition. 8pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: Arlo Guthrie’s Guthrie Family Reunion @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Legendary folk icon and eldest son of Woody Guthrie gathers together three generations of Guthries to perform Woody’s songs as well as new material written by various family members. 8pm. $25, $49 & $64. UPDATE: This concert is officially sold out.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors Underground, Schenectady. NYC stand-up Aparna Nancherla makes her Nippertown debut as the headliner with her delightfully absurdist wit and uniquely whimsical point-of-view. Thomas Attila Lewis hosts, while Erik Anker and Nippertown expat Kevin Marshall opens. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Fabolous @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. It’s a fabolous night of hip-hop… With Konshens. 7pm. $25.

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It’s the Weekend!

November 21st, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that big weekend fun. But before we head out for the 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:

Timothy Reidy
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Kirsten Ferguson
J Hunter
Carl Smith
Rudy Lu
David Brickman
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, 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:

Proctors, Schenectady

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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The Egg, Albany
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
The Ale House, Troy
The Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany
A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
The Palace Theatre, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
The Parish Public House, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/6/14

November 21st, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As the runner-up on season 9 of “American Idol,” Toledo singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox grabbed the national spotlight, and she’s been rolling along ever since.

With two albums to her credit since then, Bowersox made her headlining theater debut at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy two weeks ago, accompanied by bassist-vocalist Rachel Coates.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser opened the concert.

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It’s Time for the Black Velvet Art Party!

November 21st, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project

The 26th annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project
takes place this Saturday

The Black Velvet Art Party is back!

The annual fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project will be held from 7-11pm on Saturday (November 22) at the Georgian Resort in Lake George. Proceeds from the event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery art exhibitions.

Celebrating its 26th year, the Black Velvet Art Party – an invigorating gathering of the local art scene – is renowned for its out-of-the-ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art & fashion awards and dance music by Big Fez & the Surfmatics.

This year’s theme is “Gnarly!” In keeping with the playful nature of the party, award categories include Tres Tacky, Svelte, Velveluminous (the brightest), Velvelicious (most delicious), Velveeta (the cheesiest) and Velveluptuous (the sexiest.) Award winners will be presented with wildly decorated trophies.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.

LIVE: Consider the Source / Mister F @ the Parish Public House, 10/31/14

November 21st, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Consider The Source

Consider the Source

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

There’s always a big batch of entertainment options on Halloween, but the Parish Public House in Albany presented wild double bill that was quite worthy of your attendance.

It was a night of tricks and treats, and Consider the Source – purveyors of their patented “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion” sound – served up a bonus treat as they celebrated the release of their new EP, World War Trio, Part I, featuring the six-part suite, “Put Another Rock in That Bag.” Yeah, that’s a Halloween trick, to be sure…

Not only that, but they churned it all out while dressed as those mischievous little Droogies from “A Clockwork Orange.”

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HOT READS: Top 10 Nippertown Stories of the Week

November 21st, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar returns to The Egg

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

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 was a whole lot of 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 in the past week:

1. The Egg Announces Two More New Concerts (by Staff)

2. The Egg Adds Another New Rock Concert (by Staff)

3. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

4. The Egg Announces ANOTHER New Concert (by Staff)

5. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. CANCELLED: Cher @ the Times Union Center (by Staff)

7. The Egg Adds a New Concert (by Staff)

8. MASS MoCA Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 11/15/14 (by Greg Haymes, Carl Smith)

10. LIVE: The Hello Strangers @ The Linda, 10/10/14 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Jacob’s Pillow Has Record-Breaking 2014; Previews Some 2015 Offerings [Berkshire on Stage]

November 21st, 2014, 11:00 am by Sara
The serenity of Jacob’s Pillow in winter belies the intense activity now underway as it prepares for its 2015 season.

The serenity of Jacob’s Pillow in winter belies the intense activity now underway
as it prepares for its 2015 season.

By Larry Murray

No sooner has the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival tallied up its record-breaking attendance and ticket sales for 2014 than we find them in the midst of planning another season of exciting activity. For one thing, the year-round international center of dance is breaking ground this month on an expansion project. The building project is significant – it will triple the areas available for storage and public access to its rare and extensive dance archives.

The Pillow also revealed some of its 2015 offerings.

In brief, 2015 will see the Pillow launch its 90th anniversary season with the legendary modern dance ensemble Martha Graham Dance Company. Jessica Lang Dance will offer The Wanderer, created in part during a Creative Development Residency at the Pillow. For families, the New York Theatre Ballet will mount a production of Cinderella for all ages. Finally, tap superstar Michelle Dorrance, her company Dorrance Dance, and composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely are highlighted in a return engagement of The Blues Project.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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