3/31/13: Today’s Tips: Sunday

March 31st, 2013, 12:17 pm by Greg

THEATER ON FILM: “People” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. National Theatre of London’s production of Alan Bennett’s new play directed by Nicholas Hytner. 1pm. $22; children under 12 $15.

FILM: “Lore” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A 14-year-old German girl (striking new­comer Saskia Rosendahl), must lead her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country and soon finds her world shattered as she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive. 4pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: “The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Swedish original starring Noomi Rapace. 6pm. $7; students $5.


3/30/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday

March 30th, 2013, 7:29 am by Greg

MUSIC: Bopitude @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Michael Benedict’s all-star jazz ensemble is joined by baritone sax master Gary Smulyan in support of their latest album Five and One. 7 & 9:30pm. $15. UPDATE: The 7pm show is sold out.

MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for Poulopoulos’ new sophomore solo album, Harvest the Heart. With Caitlin Canty. 7:30pm. $14.

MUSIC: Consider the Source @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. And now for something completely different – “sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion” from this adventurous power trio. With Panzerballett and Timbre Coup. 9:30pm. $15. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets…

RADIO: “A Tribute to Michael Brecker” @ WCDB 90.9FM. Saxophonist Brian Patneaude pays tribute to the late Michael Brecker on DJ Bill McCann’s “Saturday Morning Edition Of Jazz” radio program. 8am-12noon.

READING/MUSIC: Clark Coolidge @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. The experimental poet and jazz drummer will read from his semi-legendary book “A Book Beginning What and Ending Away,” recently published by Fence Books. Bassist Michael Bisio will accompany the reading, sponsored by the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series. 8pm. FREE; donations encouraged.

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It’s the Weekend!

March 29th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

Kiss the work week goodbye, and say hello to the weekend!

But before we head out for some big fun Easter weekend around Nippertown, 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:

Larry Murray
Kirsten Ferguson
Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Gail M. Burns
Wanda Callagy
Joel Patterson
Matt Mac Haffie
Timothy Reidy
Roger Noyes

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 – tix, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
EMPAC at RPI, 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 Egg, Albany
The Eighth Step, Schenectady
Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs
Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington
Proctors, Schenectady
Bogie’s, Albany
The Ghent Playhouse, Ghent

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: The Waterboys @ WAMC’s The Linda, 3/26/13

March 29th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Waterboys @ The Linda (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

The Waterboys

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson


With a big, bright, oh-so-close-to-full moon hanging in the Nippertown sky on Tuesday night (March 26), Mike Scott didn’t sing the Waterboys’ signature song “The Whole of the Moon.”

OK, maybe Mr. Scott is getting tired of the song, having probably played it a gazillion times since it was the band’s most recognizable hit back in 1985.

But considering that the band was celebrating the U.S. release of their new album, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, it was perhaps even more surprising that they didn’t crank up that album’s bluesy rocker “A Full Moon in March.”

Odd? Um-hmmm… Strange? Oh yeah, no doubt about it, but as it ended up, the Waterboys’ loooong overdue Capital Region debut at the jam-packed Linda, was as an acoustic trio, perhaps not the best setting for either of those songs.

On the other hand, Scott and his Tuesday night compatriots – fiddler Steven Wickham and newcomer Daniel Mintseris on keyboards – packed plenty of rock & roll power in their sit-down set at The Linda, conjuring up such diverse influences as Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon and Van Morrison.

It was simply the most transfixing performance that I’ve seen so far this year, setting the bar high for the rest of 2013.

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

March 29th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you just don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it.

So for the casual once-or-twice-a-week reader, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. Festival Fever: MOVE Music Festival, 4/27/13 (by Staff)

2. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

3. First Concert of 2013 Announced for Brewery Ommegang (by Staff)

4. Another New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

5. Another New Concert Rolls into SPAC (by Staff)

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The Slaughterhouse Chorus Homecoming Show @ Valentine’s on Saturday

March 29th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Slaughterhouse Chorus

The Slaughterhouse Chorus (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Albany’s homegrown punk rock Americana band the Slaughterhouse Chorus is wrapping up their latest U.S. tour with a homecoming celebration at Valentine’s Music Hall on Saturday night (March 30). The No Tour for Old Men tour landed in six states between New York and Kansas over the course of just 10 days. The band was named the Capital Region’s Best Punk Band in Metroland’s Readers’ Poll earlier this month, and they have recently released a split single with Syracuse punk rockers Bridge Under Fire.

Meanwhile, the band has also teamed up with the like-minded Henry’s Rifle to launch the Built4BBQ record collective. The label has already released the first of three compilation albums planned for 2013, The Appetizer. The sampler album features 18 tracks from Charmboy, the Pistolwhips, Brooklyn’s the End Men, Bridge Under Fire, Maggot Brain and Linear North, as well as numerous special guests representing the best in independent music from across NYS. The Appetizer is currently available for free download in a variety of formats.

At Valentine’s on Saturday, the Slaughterhouse Chorus will be joined by their tourmates the End Men, as well as rapidly rising California garage-popsters Warm Soda (in support of their debut album Someone For You on Castle Face Records) and Local 518 faves Party Boat and the Jack Russell Terrorists. Doors open at 7:30pm on Saturday. Admission is $5.

Tonight’s Show Goes On at the Washington Avenue Armory

March 29th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Washington Avenue Armory in Albany won a court ruling on Thursday when a New York State Supreme Court justice ruled in its favor against the City of Albany, allowing the Armory to resume hosting concerts inside the arena at the corner of Lark Street and Washington Avenue.

The decision by State Supreme Court Justice Michael C. Lynch blocks the city from shutting down large EDM dance parties at the armory – at least temporarily. The first win for the armory in the ongoing legal battle with the city over the shows, the stay of further proceedings precludes the city from enforcing the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision which restricted the Armory’s ability to host concerts.

“Thursday’s decision by Justice Lynch isn’t just a win for the Armory, but it’s a huge victory for the arts and entertainment community here in Albany,” said Michael Corts, operating manager of the Armory. “We look forward to working with the city to identify any future concerns and to engage in a working relationship that benefits both the Armory and the city.”

The ruling allows for the Armory to host shows, including tonight’s Stuff Your Face With Bass: White Massive. Doors open at 7pm. All tickets are general admission and $25.

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist’s story at The Times Union

Bits + Pieces

March 29th, 2013, 11:30 am by Greg

Jazz saxophonist Brian Patneaude will be spinning platters and stepping up to the radio microphone on Saturday morning (March 30) for his annual tribute to the late saxman Michael Brecker. Listen in on DJ Bill McCann’s weekly “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” radio program on WCDB 90.9FM from 8-12noon on Saturday.

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture in Cohoes is launching of their latest cultural enterprise — Foundry Press, A Print Collective. Housed in the annex of the Cohoes Public Library, Foundry Press will provide letterpress printing and bookmaking services, classes and workshops, open studios and tours with the goal of furthering the craft of traditional printing and book arts.

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