NEW VENUE: Here come da Judge! Artie Fredette of Positively Fourth Street in Troy is throwing in with Mike Olekoski and Howard Yaeger of Badass Burrito (and Baby Badass, too) to open a new restaurant/bar/live music venue in downtown Troy. The Judge’s Inn is expected to open before the end of the month at the site of the former Golden Fox restaurant at 254 Broadway.

NEW BAND: Elliptical Propulsion Unit is a brand spankin new all-star fusion band featuring members of Disposable Rocket Band, Nautilus and Charmboy. The cool combo will be kick-starting it at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday sharing the bill with Crack Party and Hudson-based headliners Mother Fletcher.

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NEW CASTING: Tony Award-winning actress Harriet Harris will play Mrs. Lovett opposite Jeff McCarthy as Sweeney Todd in Barrington Stage Company‘s season opener of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning musical thriller, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Harris – who is currently featured in the Roundabout Theatre’s revival of Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” – won the 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on Broadway and is well known for her television roles on “Desperate Housewives” and “Frasier.”
“Sweeney Todd” will run on BSC’s Mainstage from June 17-July 17.

NEW VENUE: Proctors in Schenectady has purchased the former KeyBank branch at 436 State St. Proctors plans to turn the space into a multi-use, community gathering place, banquet hall and performance space with arts offices. Proctors’ CEO Philip Morris estimates that the atrium area could hold 450 people at 8-foot round tables. The new space has been named Key Hall at Proctors.

NEW MANAGEMENT: The annual city-wide New Year’s Eve celebration First Night Saratoga has been run by YMCA of Saratoga for the past 14 years, but the management of the family-friendly, alcohol-free event will now be under the auspices of Saratoga Arts (formerly known as the Saratoga County Arts Council). The December 31 festivities typically attract between 10,000-12,000 revelers to downtown Saratoga Springs. “Saratoga Arts is all about making the arts accessible to the broadest range of community members, so­ First Night Saratoga is a perfect fit for us,” said Joel Reed, executive director of Saratoga Arts.

NEW BAND: What She Said is a new Nippertown band of rockers formed from the ashes of the Fizziks and Subzero. The new band will take the stage at Katie O’Byrne’s in Schenectady at 9:30pm on Saturday.

NEW MANAGEMENT: Art Night Schenectady, the arts walk that takes place throughout downtown Schenectady on the third Friday of each month, has announced that Meghan Murphy will take over as the new co-coordinator for the event. Murphy is a working photographer, artist and curator, as well as founder and coordinator of the Confluence Art Group.

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