7/12/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke. Featuring Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, John Michael Montgomery, Scotty McCreery, Dan + Shay and Local 518 faves Cryin’ Out Loud. Gates open at 11am. GO HERE for more info… GO HERE for an interview with Dan + Shay…

THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night! This year’s American musical at Glimmerglass is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that Time magazine called “best musical of the 20th century.” Conducted by Doug Peck and directed by Charles Newell, it tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. 8pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Art in the Park @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. An all-day outdoor fine art show, curated by Saratoga Arts, and showcasing Local 518 artwork – drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, print-making and more. With food, kids’ activities and music by Jocelyn & Christian Arndt, Laura Molinelli & Chris Clark and Anthony Fallacaro. 10am-5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info & a complete schedule…

FILM/MUSIC: “The Measure of All Things” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Inspired by our fascination with “The Guinness Book of World Records,” Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green traveled across the world gathering footage of record-holding people and places, resulting in this unique “live documentary” film/performance with live music by indie-classical chamber ensemble yMusic. 8:30pm. $20 & $25.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Featuring the Nellies, Locust Honey and Dark Don’t Catch Me Here. 4pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beat*Shot Music Festival @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Day Two of the two-day, sixth annual hip-hop fest. With headliner Pharoahe Monch. 12noon. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Project @ Winston Farm, Saugerties. It’s Day Two featuring Kendrick Lamar, Moby, Big Gigantic, Matt & Kim, Four Tet, ZZ Ward, Conspirator and lots, lots more on four stages… Music starts at 1pm. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. It’s Day One of the two-day fest featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Puss n Boots (featuring Norah Jones), Lucius, the Lone Bellow, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the James Hunter 6 and lots more… Music starts at 12:30pm. UPDATE: This festival is officially sold out. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Xenia Rubinos @ Unity Hall, Fort Plain. Mohawk Valley Collective hosts the up-and-coming Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter in support of her high-energy, highly danceable debut album, Magic Trix. 7pm. $5.

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: The Buck Moon Arts Festival @ Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johnstown. Hey Jude…The Tribute kicks off Day One of the fest, which also features the Bentwood Rockers, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, Jessie Jensen and lots more. 10am-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Accents @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s the final show with the band’s current line-up, as Ben Hemingway and Matt Bent are moving on… With the Quick & the Dead and the Enlightened Machine. 8pm.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s a double-header for the last day of the company’s one-week residency. Performing “Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “Walpurgisnacht Ballet,” “Circus Polka,” “This Bitter Earth,” “Todo Buenos Aires” and “Everywhere You Go” at 2pm. Meanwhile the Gala performance at 8pm features “Acheron,” “After the Rain” and “Union Jack” with a lawn party beginning at 5:30pm.

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THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain Restaurant, Albany. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & the Goldtops @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

READING: Poets in the Park @ Washington Park, Albany. It’s the first reading of the series at the Robert Burns statue near Madison Ave. & Willett St. Featuring readings by Nancy Klepsch and Luis “L-Majesty” Pabon. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Circa Survive @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. 8pm. $22.

WORKSHOP: Christos Rafalides @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. The master vibraphonist conducts a master class on “Exploration of Improvisation and Rhythm.” 3pm. $15.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ World of Beer, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Lee Shaw @ Taste, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: The Joshua Fialkoff Trio @ Lyons Lake, Nassau. Swing dance party. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: The Josh Fialkoff Trio @ Red Square, Albany. The dance party crosses the Hudson and keeps on goin’… 12midnight. $15.

THEATER: “A Little Night Music” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt, played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn. 2 & 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.

MUSIC: 32 Pints of Apple Juice @ Red Square, Albany. With Mrs. Skannotto and Nine Votes Short. 8pm.

MUSIC: Tony Louie @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Howl and Cara Harbinger. 2pm.

THEATER: “Kiss Me, Kate” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Joe Calarco directs the classic Shakespeare meets Cole Porter romp. 2 & 8pm.

MUSIC: Christine Lavin @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. With Don White. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Gusto @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Forward Bound, Captain Planet, Rick Ruark, Mike Sweeney. 5pm. $6.

THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn’s play about an architect who struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects, while his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. Directed by Eric Hall. 8pm. $48. Through July 26.

THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 2 & 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.

MUSIC: Susan Trump @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A master of both banjo and mountain dulcimer, Trump’s magic stems from her ability to link the pastoral, tranquil images of traditional rural America to our contemporary life. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Rattail Jimmy @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Buddy Guy @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. The blues guitar master is back. He’s won six Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. With teenage Quinn Sullivan. Plus Slam Allen on the Plaza. 8pm. $46, $56, $66, $76 & $95; lawn $26. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ETC.: Delaware Avenue Street Fair @ Delaware Avenue, Albany. With Rob Jonas at Cardonna’s (10am); Erin Harkes at Mingle (12noon); Off the Record at the Delaware Avenue Library (1pm); Jesse Calhoun at Fort Orange General Store (2pm); and lots more… 9-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dafnis Prieto & Si o Si Quartet @ PS21, Chatham. The Cuban-American drummer, composer, and bandleader brings his band and his globally inspired music to the tent. 8pm. $30; $18 ages 18 and under.

CIRCUS: Circus Smirkus @ Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Saratoga Springs. 30 youth circus stars (ages 10-18) breathe life into this year’s theme, “Anchors Away For Atlantis.” 1 & 7pm. $22.50; $20 ages 3-18 & seniors; FREE children 2 & under. Also 1 & 7pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Otan Vargas @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Original, acoustic grunge-rock by Vargas and his trio celebrate the release of their new EP, Origins, produced by Staind bassist Johnny April. 7pm.

THEATER: “Much Ado About Nothing” @ Italian Community Center, Troy. The Troy Civic Theatre Co. rounds out its 2014 season with some Shakespeare. 7:30pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Steve Candlen @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

MUSIC: Seth Glier @ Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. USA Today calls him a “singer with an exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” 6:30pm. $20.

THEATER: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Broadway musical farce. 2 & 7pm. $7; $5 students.

MUSIC: Al Bruno @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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