FESTIVAL: The Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany. It’s the 66th annual Tulip Fest, the harringer of the outdoor music season featuring
MS MR, Rubblebucket, Sleeper Agent, the Chain Gang of 1974, Titanics, Accents, the Parlor and Rebel Darling. Music starts at 1pm. FREE. UPDATE: The Chain Gang of 1974 and MS MR have cancelled their appearances. Panama Wedding and Mike Doughty have been named replacements. GO HERE for complete updated schedule of bands…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bogies Repair Fest @ Bogies, Albany. It’s Day Two of the three-day headbangin’ benefit bash. Today’s line-up features Vacant, Tribal Soul, Let Go Daylight, the Erotics, All For Revenge and Clay People. 6:30pm. Pay what you will. GO HERE for showtimes & complete schedule of performances…
MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. While Skip is recovering from heart surgery, clarinetist Ron Joseph will sub for him this weekend. Here’s to a speedy recovery, Skip! 10pm. GO HERE for more info…
DANCE: Paul Taylor Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. Celebrating 60 years of choreography, Paul Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his creations performed by the Company that has set the global standard for contemporary dance excellence. 8pm. $38.
ROLLER DERBY: The Hellions of Troy @ Rollarama, Schenectady. The Herculadies (the Hellions’ B-team) play their first home bout of the season against the Hill City Rollers from Oneonta. 8pm. $12; $3 for kids under 12.
MUSIC/FILM: “Cult Rock Film Soundtracks Live” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Montreal duo Orgasmo Sonore dazzles the ears and eyes with a live mix of truly great movie music – by the likes of Ennio Morricone, Goblin and John Carpenter – and powerful visuals from the associated films. Followed by a screening of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece, “Suspiria!” 7pm. $9; $6 students.
THEATER: “The God Game” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s powerful, three-character play that tackles the topics of religion and politics head-on. The bold, thought-provoking play is directed by Kristin Coury and stars Yvonne Perry, Laurence Lau and Jeffrey Binder. 3 & 8pm. $20, $50 & $60. Through May 25.
THEATER: “Psycho Beach Party” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Local Actors Guild presents a theatrical high-camp mash-up of Frankie and Annette beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers. 2 & 8pm. $15.
GUITARS: Capital Region Guitar Show @ the Knights of Columbus Hall, Saratoga Springs. Guitars, guitars, guitars and just about anything ese with strings. Buy, sell, trade or just look around. 10am-5pm. $7 ($2 off if you bring an instrument or amp): FREE kids under 12.
THEATER: “Flashdance: The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s the 30th anniversary of the film, and now it’s live on stage – the tale of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day making it big. 2 & 8pm. $20, $40, $55, $65 & $75. Through Sunday.
FILM: “Finding Vivian Maier” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An intriguing documentary about the discovery of the work of an unknown street photographer who secretly took more than 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later. 7:45pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: In the Pines @ the University Settlement Camp Theater, Beacon. Featuring Gato Loco, Knock Yourself Out, Speed the Plough, the M Shanghai String Band and Pontoon. 5pm. $20; FREE kids under 10.
FILM: “The Throwaways” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. It’s the official Capital Region premiere of the long-awaited film by local filmmakers with Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley that tells the tale of homeless filmmaker, activist and co-director McKinley, who channels his experience of living on the streets through the lens of a video camera. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.
COMEDY: “Jennifer McMullen Presents a Comedy Show” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Some the Local 518′s funniest comedians including Shawn Gillie, Erin Harkes, Luke Donovan, Dwayne Murphy Jr., Jaye McBride and Jon & Dylan. 8pm. $15.
FESTIVAL: RiverSpark Canal Fest @ Waterford Harbor & Visitor Center, Waterford. Featuring music by 4 Ever 1 (10am); RJQ Jazz (11am); Three Quarter North (12noon); the Boys of Wexford (2pm); and Herb Carter Jr. & 18 Strings of Trouble (4pm). 9am-6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Finest Kind @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The Ottawa-based folk trio of Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Shelley Posen brings exquisite harmony singing and brilliant vocal arrangements to Old Songs. 8pm. $20; $5 children 12 and under.
MUSIC: Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers @ Levon Helm Studio, Woodstock. Be part of the band’s live record taping. 8:30pm. $25. UPDATE: All seats for the show are sold out; standing room tickets are still available.
MUSIC: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Direct from his opening act slot for B.B. King at the Palace Theatre, the ace guitarslinger tears it up at the considerably more intimate Van Dyck. 8pm. $14. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ the Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The Grammy Award-winning American roots duo plays Appalachian melodies, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, Civil War classics and original songs. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: Blacklight Lighthouse @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. A collaboration between two artists who work in collage mode, building cinematic, improvisational layers of sound using loops, effects and samples, with a variety of analog digital and acoustic instrumentation. With Matt Weston and Parashi. 8pm.
THEATER: “Hudson Air: Static Cling” @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Andrew Joffe directs the theatrical presentation of radio plays, recreating the atmosphere of a radio broadcast studio with live sound effects. 7pm. $15; $10 students.
THEATER: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Last night’s performance was cancelled due to illness, so tonight is opening night. 8pm. UPDATE: Today’s 3pm performance has been cancelled due to illness.