NOTE: As expected, many of today’s events have already been cancelled in expectation of the impending snowstorm. We’ll continue to closely monitor and update the situation throughout the day.
MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Bopitude @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Baritone saxmaster Gary Smulyan joins the band – tenor saxman Brian Patneaude, trumpeter Chris Pasin, pianist Jon Leroy, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Michael Benedict – in support of their latest album, Five and One. 7 & 9:30pm. $15. UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, these shows have been postponed to Saturday, March 30.
MUSIC: Shana Falana @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The psychedelic dream-pop band employs looping, backing tracks and visual projections to enrich their experimental music. With Emily Sprague and Vacation. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Residents @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The pioneering avant-garde DIY post-art-rockers celebrate their 40th anniversary. 7pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, this show has been postponed. New date TBA. MUSIC: The Grand Slambovians @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. They’ve changed their name from Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, but their captivating music remains the same. 8pm. $34. UPDATE: Due to the impending snowstorm, this concert has been postponed. New date TBA…
DANCE: “Big City” @ The Egg, Albany. The Brian Brooks Moving Company performs their newest dance, which explores the physical and emotional destruction that takes over nations, communities and individuals. Other works on the program include “Descent,” “Motor” and his signature solo work “I’m Going to Explode.” 8pm. $24; students $12.
MUSIC: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. It’s Mardi Gras weekend, and the party is in full swing with the classic Bourbon Street sounds of New Orleans. 8pm. $45. UPDATE: Postponed to a TBA date due to snow storm.
DANCE: LeeSaar The Company @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. After exploring how to translate the extreme conditions of military life to the stage, choreographers Lee Sher and Saar Harari created “grass and jackals” – a new dance piece and light spectacle that also features lighting by Avi Yona Bueno. 8pm. $15; students $10.
OPERA: “La Traviata” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a 22-piece orchestra, it’s Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre’s production of the Verdi classic directed by Heidi Lauren Duke. 7:30pm. $40; students $30. Through February 17. UPDATE: Tonight’s performance has been cancelled due to the storm.
MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Come celebrate Mardi Gras weekend with authentic traditional New Orleans jazz, beads, doubloons and good times. 10pm. Also 10pm on Saturday.
FILM: “Russian Ark” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Aleksandr Sokurov’s stunning 2002 cinematic achievement explores 300 years of Russian history, all filmed in one continuous single shot. 7:30pm. FREE. UPDATE: The film screening has been cancelled due to the storm.
MUSIC: Che Guevara T-Shirt @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. CD release party for the party’s new album Everyone That’s Dead Was Obviously Wrong. With Irradiated Beef and the Latent. Doors at 9 pm. More info here…
MUSIC: Black Francis @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A solo show by Charles Thompson of the Pixies, who has also utilized such Musical pseudonyms as Frank Black and Frank Black & the Catholics. Whatever the name, the music rocks. With Reid Paley, also solo. 9pm. $25. UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, this show has been postponed til 8pm on Sunday, February 24. MUSIC: Michael Jerling @ Stony Creek Public Library, Stony Creek. North country singer-songwriter accompanied by Teresina Huxtable and bass-master Tony Markellis, who just last month was nailing down the bottom end for the Trey Anastasio Band at a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, this concert has been postponed til Friday, February 22. MUSIC: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ Gallagher’s Banquet House, Cairo. It’s a zydeco Mardi Gras celebration at this classic party space with a big wooden dance floor. 8pm. UPDATE: Postponed til spring due to snow storm. THEATER: “The Laramie Project” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming – a victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman play explores the territory. Directed by Adam Coons. 7:30pm. $15. Through February 24. UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, tonight’s performance has been cancelled. The show will have its opening night on Saturday (February 9).
FILM: Oscar Shorts (Animation) @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Oscar-nominated short animated films: “The Longest Daycare,” “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head over Heels,” “Paperman,” as well as other films. 6pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: Oscar Shorts (Live Action) @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Oscar-nominated short live action films: “Death of a Shadow,” “Henry,” “Curfew,” “Buzkashi Boys” and “Asad.” 8pm. $7; students $5.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Swing Dance @ Club Helsinki Upstairs, Hudson. Pianist Gordon Webster & Friends provide the music. 7pm workshop; 8:30pm free lesson; 9pm live music. $25 workshop & dance; $15 dance only. UPDATE: Cancelled due to snowstorm. PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany Contra Dance @ the Albany Elks Club, Albany. Former Nippertonians Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr lead Corachree, their contradance band, into town. Beginner’s workshop at 7:45pm; dance at 8pm. UPDATE: This dance is cancelled due to the storm.
THEATER: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Michael Gatzendorfer directs the musical about two con men who work the French Riviera. 8pm. $18, $22 & $28. Through February 17. UPDATE: Tonight’s performance will go on as scheduled, but the opening night party has been re-scheduled for Friday, February 15.
MUSIC: Low Cut Connie @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Low Cut Connie is a NYC boogie-woogie rock ‘n’ roll band that sounds like a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis and the Replacements. 9pm. $15. UPDATE: This show has been postponed due to the storm. New date TBA.