1/11/15: Today’s Tips: Sunday

January 11th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Elvis Birthday Bash @ the Ale House, Troy. Mark Gamsjager leads the Lustre Kings in tribute to Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. With Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Graham Tichy, Pete Vumbaco and lots more special guests. 8pm.

MUSIC: Sound and Shape @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. The Nashville rock trio rolls into town in support of their latest album, Bad Actors. 7:30pm. $5.

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MUSIC: The Mark Kleinhaut Quartet @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. The Swingtime Jazz Society presents guitarist Mark Kleinhaut with trumpeter Chris Pasin, bassist John Menegon and drummer Bob Halek. 4pm; followed by one-hour jam session at 6pm. $15; $5 students.

MUSIC: Willie Watson @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. A founding member of the Old Crow Medicine Show, Watson is touring in support of his recently released debut album Folk Singer Vol. 1, produced by David Rawlings. With Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra @ Proctors, Schenectady. Maestro Charles Schneider and SSO are joined by the acclaimed violin-and-cello duo of Madalyn & Cicely Parnas for a program of Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Rozsa. 3pm. $12 & $20; FREE students.

MUSIC: Alba’s Edge @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Led by siblings Neil and Lilly Pearlman (piano and fiddle, respectively), the quartet explores the common ground between the expressive melodies of Scotland, hypnotic rhythms of Latin America, dance grooves of funk and improvisations and harmonies of jazz. 7pm. $18; $5 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Fight Off the Winter Cold Benefit Concert @ First Church of Christ, Pittsfield. A variety of local jazz, folk and blues artists – including Carlton Maaia II, Linda Worster, Charlie Tokarz, Grahm Sturz, the Gospel Gang, John Haddad, Andy Kelly, Between the Banks and Hal Lefferts – share their musical talents to raise funds for the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregation’s Fuel Assistance Fund. 3pm.

MUSIC: Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Slow Collins. 8pm.

MUSIC: Alexis P. Suter & the Ministers of Sound @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The powerhouse vocalist, Blues Music Award nominee and Hipbone recording artist and her band, including drummer Ray Grappone and vocalist Vicki Bell, deliver their mix of gospel and blues. 10am. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. 3pm.

MUSIC: Jeffrey Folmer @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. Old and new folk. 8pm.

THEATER ON FILM: “John” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. 12noon. Also at 7pm Monday.

FILM: “Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The hour-long documentary is screened in conjunction with the current exhibition, Monet | Kelly. 3pm.

FILM: “Love Is Strange” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) have been together for nearly four decades and they finally tie the knot in wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. Shortly thereafter, George, who teaches at a Catholic school, loses his job and the couple is forced to sell their apartment. The New York City real estate market being what it is, they must temporarily live apart, until they can find an affordable new home. 3pm.

FILM: “Antarctica – A Year on Ice” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Think it’s been cold out there this week? Check out the epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter in Anarctica, the last pristine wilderness on the planet. 4:30pm. $8; $6 students.

FILM: “Concrete Night” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Pirjo Honkasalo’s dream-like odyssey through the beautiful city of Helsinki over the course of one night, focused on the 14-year-old boy Simo, who is searching for a sense of self and the ability to protect himself from his surroundings. 2:45pm. $8; $6 students.

FILM: “Happy Valley” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary takes an unflinching look at an iconic American institution in the wake of unthinkable scandal. For over 40 years, Joe Paterno was the revered and celebrated head coach of Penn State’s storied football team. Then in November 2011, everything changed when assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sex abuse. 12:30pm. $8; $6 students.

FILM: “Hop-a-Long Cassidy” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The original 1935 film. 2:30pm. FREE.