NOTE: Due to the abundance of white stuff out there – and more that’s reportedly on the way – events may be cancelled/postponed. We here at Nippertown.com are doing our best to provide up-to-the-minute info, but we advise you to check in with the venue before heading out.
MUSIC/BOOKS/TALK: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, Albany. It’s time once again for the third-Thursday-of-the-month concert/discussion sponsored by the fine folks at CRUMBS. This month Matthew Carefully (formerly known as Matthew Loiacano, formerly of the Kamikaze Hearts) provides the music, followed by a discussion with Vincent Zandri – drummer with the Blizterz and novelist – as he talks about his new novel, “Moonlight Falls.” 7pm. Free.
BOOKS/FILM/TALK: Sapphire‘s “When Push Comes to Precious” @ Russell Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy. Gearing up for the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7? The author of the 1996 novel “Push” – which served as the basis for the Best Picture-nominated Oscar contender “Precious” – will give a talk at Russell Sage. She will also do a Q&A session and book-signing. And to top it off, there will be a screening of “Precious,” too. Film at 6pm. Talk at 8pm. $5; students $3. UPDATE: Postponed due to weather.
ART/MUSIC: The Amazing Acoustaphotophonogrammitron @ the Massachussetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51, North Adams, Mass. In conjunction with the current exhibition of the same name which bridges the genres of visual arts and music, the gallery is sponsoring an evening of performances by exhibiting artists, including Paul de Jong (of the Books), Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan and Ven Voisey. 7:30pm. $12.
MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Saratoga Springs’ veteran jazz ‘n’ standards singer – and one-third of the sparkling jazz vocal trio String of Pearls – plays an intimate Electric City show. 7pm. Free.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Miracle in Milan” with Laurie Anderson @ Images Cinema, Williamstown, Mass. Vittorio de Sica’s 1951 film is one of performance artist Anderson’s favorite movies, and it’s very relevant to her current work, “Delusion,” which she’ll be performing at Williams College on Friday and Saturday. In addition to the screening, the evening will also include a Q&A with Anderson, followed by a reception. 7pm.
WORKSHOP/DISCUSSION: “Marketing for Artists and Non-Profits” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The latest installment of the ACCR’s Nuts + Bolts workshop series aims help help artists and arts administrators discover some of the inexpensive tools that can be used to market your work and creations to a larger audience. (Like perhaps, Nippertown.com?) What is marketing, after all? And how can you market on a shoestring? And how can you keep track of what works and what doesn’t? 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: The Klezmatics @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. World-renowned superstars of the klezmer world, they’ve melded Jewish spiritualism and the Eastern European music traditions with such diverse influences as gospel, punk, Arab, African and Balkan music. It’s a free show, but tickets are required as it’s sure to be a packed house. Go here for tickets. 8pm. Free. UPDATE: Oooops, never mind. It’s already sold out.
MUSIC: Carbon Leaf @ The Egg, Albany. As part of the American Roots & Branches concert series, the Virginia-based rootsy quintet gets a jump on the upcoming March avalanche of Celtic music concerts. Austin singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel opens the show. 7:30pm. $24. UPDATE: Carbon Leaf concert has been postponed to Friday, April 16 due to the weather.
MUSIC/COMEDY: “One Night For Haiti” @ Savannah’s, Albany. Ill Funk Ensemble, IMI, Greg Aidala, the Justin Allen Trio, Smittix, Brian Keirnan, Dan Rossi and Josh Sperber hit the stage in a benefit for Charity: Water. 6pm. $20.
MUSIC: Rain @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yet another Beatles tribute band… 7:30pm. $27.50, $37.50, $47.50. UPDATE: Another weather related casualty of the Nippertown concert scene. Postponed til Wednesday, June 16 – when it might actually “rain,” instead of snow.
MUSIC: Valerie DeLaCruz @ 677 Prime, Albany. After a long hiatus, the Nippertown pop-country singer-songwriter returned to music last year with the sparkling holiday album, “Glorious Noel.” Tonight, she’ll offer an evening of standards accompanied by pianist Azzaam Hameed. 6:30pm.
MUSIC: Ensemble East @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown, Mass. Masayo Ishigure, James Nyoraku Schlefer and Charles Wei-Ting Tang perform Japanese classical music – from the traditional to the contemporary – on koto, shamisen and shakuhachi. 8pm. Free. UPDATE: One more, postponement due to the storm. No make-up date for this one yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know.