7/20/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

OPERA: “An American Tragedy” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night! Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

MUSIC: Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. With roots stretching back to the 1940s, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned ‘Son’ bands in all of Cuba. This classic and classy big band — on its first tour of America — features horns, vocals, congas and bongos in a vibrant dance explosion of Afro-Cuban grooves. With guitarist Maria Zemantauski. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: Bruno Mars @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The hitmaker (and Emmy nominee) brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to town. With Aloe Blacc. 8pm. $43, $62.50, $82.50 and $102.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s the final day of the fest, featuring the Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Lonely Heartstring Band, the Lotus Blossom Special, the Barley Jacks and more. Main Stage music begins at 10am.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Competitors duke it out for best BBQ honors. With lots of music – by Dan Johnson, the Jimy Graham Band and Chelsea Cavanaugh. The event also benefits the Northeast Kidney Foundation. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Omi Improvisers Orchestra @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Each summer, jazz greats Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso lead the OIO in a unique concert of “guerrilla jazz.” This year’s ensemble features a jazz pianist from Azerbaijan, a French classical cellist, a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and pop vocalist, a player of the adungu – a traditional African harp – and a vocalist from Columbia County. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yidstock @ Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. It’s the closing day of the annual Yidstock celebration, and it all wraps up with three concerts: Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (1pm, $30); Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder (The Heschel Project) (4pm, $30); and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa (7:30pm, $32).

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THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 2pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Bernice Lewis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Massachusetts singer-songwriter celebrates the release of Checks and Love Letters, her first album in eight years, which was produced by the Twangtown Paramours, who also open the show with their harmony-laden “sophisticated Americana.” 7pm. $17. GO HERE for more info…

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.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bearsville Picnic; Reggae by Nature @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An all-day reggae fest in the garden outside the theater. Featuring Inner Visions, Ras Atiba, the Saratiba World Band, Iyata Safari, Squeeky Plus Rebel Angel Dancers, Papa Lion, Starcade, Queen Tubby and Sounds of Solomon. 12noon-8pm. $20.

MUSIC: KBD @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents the trio of experimental musicians – Michael Kimaid (drums, electronics), Gabriel Beam (guitar, electronics) and Ryan Dohm (trumpet, electronics) – who have been playing together since 2006. With Blacklight Lighthouse and Matt Weston. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “State Fair” @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. The summer musical performed by the Clifton Park Not So Common Players will take you back to Iowa in 1946 where it will be a “Grand Night for Singing.” 8pm. FREE. Through July 27. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes Duo @ the Stewart House, Athens. 4pm.

DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. Ballet 2014 in the Ted Shawn Theatre features New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht with a select ensemble of top ballet stars including Tyler Angle, Craig Hall, Robert Fairchild, Rebecca Krohn, Tiler Peck, Georgina Pazcoguin, Teresa Reichlen and others. 2pm. $45, $65 & $75. Plus Dorrance Dance is at the Doris Duke Theatre for two weeks featuring Michelle Dorrance and her phenomenal tap ensemble. 2:15pm. $22 & $45.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

THEATER: “The Women in My Life” @ Ft. Salem Theater, Salem. Last chance! Jerry Gretzinger stars in a new musical about a fading star and his challenges both on and off stage. 2pm.

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quintet @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Performing jazz standards and original compositions. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ben Zeigler & Friends @ Riverfront Park, Coxsackie. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Much Ado About Nothing” @ Italian Community Center, Troy. The Troy Civic Theatre Co. presents some Shakespeare. 2pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Joe “Elvis” Borelli & the Reflections @ the Town Office Lawn, Wynantskill. The North Greenbush Summer Concert Series continues. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER ON FILM: “A Small Family Business” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. This National Theatre production of Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s play is a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed. 12noon. $15; $12 age 12 & under. Also at 7pm Monday.

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