2/6/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

February 6th, 2016, 8:18 am by Greg

MUSIC: Umphrey’s McGee @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. After 17-plus years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing eight studio albums and selling more than 3.5 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee is still going strong as they bring the Couch Tour to town. With Tauk. 7:15pm. $30.

FILM/TALK: “Molly Ringwald Revisits the Club” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a screening of the classic coming-of-age dramady, “The Breakfast Club,” followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A with the actress Molly Ringwald herself. 7:30pm. $20-$150.

MUSIC: Poor Dead Molly @ River Street Pub, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: J Krak’s 38th Birthday Punk Breakfast @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Gay Moyor, Throat Culture, Neutron Rats and Hill Haints. Breakfast served from 9am-12noon. Music at 10am.

THEATER: “Facing Our Truth” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. A reading of six 10-minute plays – by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat – inspired by the Trayvon Martin and reflecting on race relations. 7:30pm. $15; $5 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/ART/FUNDRAISER: “Darkness/Light” @ the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Nearly 100 artists – including painters, photographers, musicians, poets, dancers – explore the theme to raise funds and awareness for Code Blue Saratoga. 6-8pm. Pay what you can.

FILMING: Shift the Paradigm @ the Low Beat, Albany. Be part of the music video for the song “Glamorous Rabbit.” 3pm.

MUSIC: “Basically Beatles” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Addie & Olin-Unleashed!, Don Young’s Silver Beats and Maria Zemantauski with Brian Melick and Monica Roach play the music of the Fab Four. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Mister F @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s the Umphrey’s McGee after-party. With Ampevene. 11pm. $15.

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February 5th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Scorcher doesn't begin to describe it.

Is it time for the Puppy Bowl yet?

Congrats! You made it through the first week of February. But before we head out for the big Super Bowl/Mardi Gras 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
Ed Conway
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Kirsten Ferguson
Stanley Johnson
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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
Jazzstock, Woodstock
Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Phish Slated for Return to SPAC

February 5th, 2016, 3:05 pm by Greg
Phish @ SPAC, 7/7/12

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Phish is headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center again this summer, rolling in for a three-night stand over the Independence Day weekend, at 7:30pm on Friday-Sunday, July 1-3.

Tickets are priced at $65 for reserved amphitheater seating and $45 for lawn general admission. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, February 26.

The Theater Barn Announces 2016 Season of Shows [Berkshire on Stage]

February 5th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.



By Larry Murray

The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York has revealed its choices for its 33rd season, featuring both traditional favorites – an Agatha Christie mystery and a couple of musical chestnuts – and some unexpected fare. One of the most affordable theater experiences in the region, Theater Barn is known for casting local actors along with seasoned professionals from New York, and has blown us away with its high standards more than once. The company continues to offer reasonable ticket prices so that seniors as well as young families can afford to attend their shows.

Here’s what is coming up in 2016. We love all their choices.

Don’t Talk to the Actors

June 24–July 3
This farce has been called “A love song to the theater — laugh out-loud funny, witty and delightful!” A young playwright from Buffalo, NY is suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when his play is optioned for Broadway. He soon finds himself hilariously in over his head dealing with egocentric actors. Don’t talk to the actors, just give them a script and let nature take its course…

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

February 5th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Philip Morris and Maggie Mancinelli-Cahil

Proctors’ Philip Morris and Capital Repertory Theatre’s Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill

Photograph by Ed Conway

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. SPAC Announces Rockin’ New Concert (by Staff, Stanley Johnson)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. THE DOZEN: February’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes)

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

5. Proctors & Capital Rep Announce New Season of Shows (by Ed Conway, Greg Haymes)

6. The Albany Top 40? (by Staff)

7. The Egg Announces Free Concert & Folk Legacy Exhibit (by Staff)

8. Lookin’ Ahead in 2016: Festival Fever (by Greg Haymes, Dan Hogan)

9. LIVE: The Mike Stern Trio @ the Van Dyck, 1/22/16 (By J Hunter, Rudy Lu)

10. (tie) LIVE: Davell Crawford @ the Cock ‘n Bull, 1/20/16 (by Michael Hochanadel)

10. (tie) LIVE: The Joey Alexander Trio @ the Woodstock Playhouse, 1/30/16 (by Rudy Lu)

Times Union Center Announces Big New Comedy Show

February 5th, 2016, 10:41 am by Greg

Get down with some laughs…

It’s called the Comedy Get Down, and it will be gettin’ down at Albany’s Times Union Center at 8pm on Saturday, April 9. The evening will feature five veteran allstars of movies, television, books, sitcoms, talk shows, radio shows and and more as they step into the downtown arena’s spotlight to showcase their stand-up comedy skills – Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy.

Prices are still TBA, but tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday, February 12.

SPAC Announces Four New Concerts

February 5th, 2016, 8:31 am by Greg

Country music fans around Greater Nippertown will be heading to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer to see a batch of top Nashville acts.

SPAC has announced the following new concerts:

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2/5/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 5th, 2016, 8:02 am by Greg

MUSIC: Mark & Maggie O’Connor @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Mark O’Connor is no stranger to Greater Nippertown, having played jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical music at various venues around town. This time around the multi-instrumental virtuoso is joined by his wife, an acclaimed violinist in her own right for an evening of soaring American Classic music. 8pm. $29 & $24.

MUSIC: Mardi Gras Festival @ Proctors’s GE Theatre, Schenectady. It’s Mardi Gras weekend, so let the good times roll! The party starts at 6pm with authentic Cajun cuisine, Hurricanes & cocktails, Beads, traveling music, a drag queen parade… Then at 8pm two powerhouse bands straight out of Louisiana – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole – will keep the dance floor hoppin’. $40 (includes a $5 coupon for any food or drink).

MUSIC: Soul Brass Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s another Mardi Gras celebration! The party kicks off at 4pm at the Woodstock Village Green where the New Orleans brass band leads a parade and second line (come join in) down Tinker Street. Then at the theater, grab some free jambalaya and gumbo from 7-9pm before the band takes the stage at 9pm. $15 includes jambalaya & gumbo.

MUSIC: Doug Irving @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. CD release party. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Ariana Gillis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Canadian singer-songwriter. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Red Haired Strangers @ the Palmer House Cafe, Rensselaerville. Showcasing their brand new album, Doc Roots Elixir Guaranteed to Satisfy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ the Madison Theater, Albany. In NYC, Andy Stack spent 13 years gigging every venue he could. He later moved to Hudson, NY, and things really began to happen. In 2014 the stars aligned for the formation of a new band, Buffalo Stack, poised to capture the hearts of anyone who loves old-school rock & roll, blues & Americana music.” 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Record Company @ the Low Beat, Albany. The LA-based blues-rockers offer a sneak preview of their debut album, Give It Back to You, slated for release on the Concord label on February 12. With the Further Unsound. 8pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

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