LIVE: Brad Terry @ Spring Street Gallery, 9/28/17

October 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mark Kleinhaut, John Menegon and Brad Terry

Mark Kleinhaut, John Menegon and Brad Terry

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

There is a new jazz concert series in Saratoga Springs, taking place at the intimate 50-seat Spring Street Gallery. Presented by Capital District Jazz, the Jazz at the Spring series takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month (except December).

The inaugural concert in the series was held last month, and it was sold out, featuring veteran clarinetist Brad Terry accompanied by Mark Kleinhaut on guitar and John Menegon on bass. Terry’s musical career has stretched over more than 60 years, starting with lessons as a teenager from friend and neighbor Benny Goodman. He then went on to perform with Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Buddy Tate and many others.

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Comedian Morgan Miller Headlines $5 Comedy Series [Berkshire on Stage]

October 16th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

Comedian Morgan Miller takes over the $5 Comedy Series at The Garage in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Thursday (October 19). Miller is a New York-based comedian who performs stand-up, sketch and improv. Morgan is currently on the Upright Citizens Brigade house Harold team Mermaids and has toured with the UCB Touring company for two years.

Morgan was recently in a national commercial for Papa John’s and “Ghostbusters” produced by Comedy Central. She has also appeared and created web commercials for H&R Block and Oreo Cookie Balls. She has written and acted for Conde Nast and Above Average Productions, and has appeared on the Comedy Central DVD special, “No Real Reason.”

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UK Techno Experimentalist Actress Comes to Troy [Berkshire on Stage]

October 16th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

On Friday (October 20), UK techno experimentalist Actress will perform his AZD live set at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. The show will begin at 9pm with Swedish DJ Toxe making her first American appearance.

One of the most stylistically elusive figures in UK electronic music, Darren Jordan Cunningham has been releasing music under the name Actress since 2004. Mixing club-ready techno with dark ambient and experimental sensibilities, Actress has built a catalog of iconic and genre-defying albums on Ninja Tune and Warp while, headlining shows at the world’s dance-music proving grounds, such as the Barbican Center and Berghain Berlin.

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Times Union Center Announces New Concert

October 16th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

With a pair of platinum albums and nine certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum singles on his rapidly expanding discography, contemporary country music hitmaker Brantley Gilbert returns to Greater Nippertown for a concert at Albany’s Times Union Center at 7pm on Saturday, February 3.

Opening the show will be Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips.

Priced at $34.75, $45 & $59/75, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (October 20).

10/16/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

October 16th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Brothertiger @ the Low Beat, Albany. With TV Girl, Titanics, Casual Decay. 7:30pm.

TELEVISION: “The Voice” @ WNYT-TV. Greater Nippertown rock singer Moriah Formica enters the Battle Round of the singing competition, facing off against Shilo Gold. 8pm.

BURLESQUE: Pop Culture Provocateurs Burlesque Revue @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 10pm.

MUSIC: Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 7:30pm. Donations encouraged.

STORYTELLING: Front Parlor Series @ The Olde English Pub, Albany. Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk. Tonight’s topic is “It is what it is.” 7:30pm.

OPEN MIC: Monday Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm show. $3; students FREE.

FILM: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 2, 4:30 & 7pm. $5.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

10/15/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

October 15th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Bobs @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. After 35 years, the quartet of vocal acrobats serves up one last a cappella extravaganza at the Caffe on their farewell tour. 7pm. $27.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief @ The Low Beat, Albany. Featuring DJ Trumastr, the Evan & Holly Band, JB aka Dirty Moses, Wavy Cunningham, DJ Mercy, Apostrophe S, Front Business, more. 2pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Ray LaMontagne @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Joining the singer-songwriter for an intimate acoustic show will be bassist John Stirratt from Wilco. With Ethan Gruska. 7pm. $55 & $75. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

CABARET: Weimar New York @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Hosted by Kate Rigg, the cabaret show features downtown NYC legend Phoebe Legere, opera singer Joseph Keckler; composer-performance artist M. Lamar; banjo-wielding Curtis Eller; multimedia artist Alexis O’Hara; burlesque performer Nada Phoenix Wood; and larger-than-life trans-genre performer Jordan Arsenault. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Keys for Kids Gala @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Hosted by Donald “Soulman” Hyman with entertainment by DJ Mr. CEO, comedian Lady T and the Room Service Band. Also featuring raffles, a dance contest, buffet dining and more. 4-9pm. $35; $60 per couple. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Lost Lake” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Imperfect strangers meet in this warm, touching and funny one-act written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn. 2pm. $50. Through Sunday, October 22. GO HERE to read a review…

THEATER: “The Last Wife” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. The Northeast regional premiere of Kate Hennig’s modern take on Katherine Parr’s marriage to Henry VIII. WAM Theatre’s production is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics and women’s rights. 2pm. $20-$40. Through Sunday, November 5.

MUSIC: The Music of Stehphen Dankner @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The program includes “De Profundis” with violinist Joana Genova and cellist Cicely Parnas; “The Merit of Light: Seven Songs of Stephen Rifkin” with mezzo soprano Ivy Walz and pianist Charis Dimaras; “Duo for Two Violins” with violinists Joana Genova and Heather Braun-Bakken; and “Piano Quintet” with the Arneis String Quartet and pianist Victor Cayres. 3pm. FREE.

THEATER: “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Last chance! The Circle Theatre Players present the regional premiere of the dramaric play adapted from Schenectady native John Ball’s novel, which was also the source material for the Oscar winning Best Picture movie celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 2:30pm. $18; under age 18 $10. GO HERE to read review…

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10/14/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

October 14th, 2017, 7:32 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Sam Bush Band @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Mandolin virtuoso and the Godfather of Newgrass brings his eclectic band back to The Egg in support of his latest album, Storyman. 7:30pm. $38.50.

MUSIC: Blind Owl Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s the album release party for the Saranac Lake-based band’s third album, Skeezy Patty. With Grassroots Rebels. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Triffid @ TJ’s Flightline Pub, Glenville. It’s flashback time with Alan Payette, Tommy Verrigni, CJ Benenati, Joe Schepis, John Chiara and possible guest appearances. With the Penny Knight Band. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Built for Battle @ Chrome, Waterford. CD release party. With Remains of Rage, Sworn to Vengeance, Act of War, One Less Scumbag and Eating Gods. 7pm.

DISCUSSION: “Dirty Deeds: Election Mischief, Cybercrimes & Civil Liberties” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. UAlbany’s Victor Asal moderates the discussion with novelist Russell Banks; David Daley (author of “Ratf**ed: The True Story Behind the Secret Plans to Steal America’s Democracy”; James Steiner (ex-CIA official and Program Coordinator for Homeland Security); Kelley Vlahos (Managing Editor of The American Conservative). 9:30am. FREE.

DISCUSSION: “Race, Class, and the Future of Democracy” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gilbert King moderates the discussion with Carol Anderson (author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide”); José Cruz (Director of UAlbany’s Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies); Juan González (co-host of “Democracy Now!” and author of “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America”); Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (MacArthur Fellow and author of “Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx”). 11:30am. FREE.

DISCUSSION: “The First Amendment & Free Speech Under Attack” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Ashleigh Banfield (host of “Primetime Justice”) moderates the discussion with Floyd Abrams (author of “The Soul of the First Amendment”), Anthony Paul Farley (Professor of Jurisprudence at Albany Law School), Kristina Findikyan (senior counsel at Hearst); Richard Honen (conservative commentator on WAMC’s “The Roundtable”). 2:30pm. FREE

DISCUSSION: “The End of Newspapers?” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Rex Smith (editor of The Albany Times Union) moderates the discussion with Bill Keller (former executive editor of The New York Times); Pamela Newkirk (professor of journalism at NYU); Richard Tofel (founding general manager and current president of Pro Publica); Jim Rich (Executive Editor of HUFFPOST). 7pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Reverbicon @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. Part festival, part convention with comic book artists Kevin Conrad, Bill Anderson and Keith Haugen, as well as self-proclaimed “dysfunctional clown” Lenn Oddity, 3D artwork exhibits, vendors, door prizes and, of course, lots of headbangin’ music headlined by The Erotics. 2:30pm. $15. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The guitarist with the David Bowie band and The Cure heads into Troy in support of his new album, Imaginary Friends Live. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A program of “Hollywood Favorites: Star Wars & More!” 7pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

MUSIC: Marc Cohn @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter of “Walking in Memphis” and more. 8pm. $50. UPDATE: This concert has been postponed. New date TBA…

MUSIC: Aztec Two-Step @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The veteran folk-rock duo celebrates the release of Naked, their first album of all original material since 2004. 7:30pm. $30 & $50.

MUSIC: Billy Bragg @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. He’s been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. 8pm. $35 & $45.

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It’s the Weekend!

October 13th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg


Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible before Monday rolls around again.

But before we head out for some weekend fun we’d like to send out a 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

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful world 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:

Mark Alexander Hudson
Steven Stock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Anthony Tassarotti
Rudy Lu
Bryan Lasky
J Hunter
Tim Reidy
Wanda Callagy
Kirsten Ferguson
Stan Johnson
Barbara Waldinger
Macey Levin
Gail M. Burns

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.

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