3/14/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

March 14th, 2015, 8:51 am by Greg

MUSIC: Kat Edmonson @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Mingling the worlds of jazz and pop vocals, the uttering charming singer has been earning rave reviews. The Boston Globe hailed her 2012 album, Way Down Low, as “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” And her 2014 follow-up, The Big Picture, confirms it was no fluke. 8pm. $22 & $26; $10 students.

MUSIC: The McKrells @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. What to do after the big parades? You can’t go wrong with Kevin McKrell, who has been doing the Celtic music thing since the days of Donny brook Fair. 4 & 8pm. $15. GO HERE for a review of Kevin McKrell’s new album…

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MUSIC: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. For more than 30 years, two-time Grammy Award-winner the eighth-generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. The soulful singer and dazzling accordionist leads a crack Louisiana band. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students; $45 for pre-concert reception at 5:30pm. & reserved concert seat.

DANCE: Ragamala Dance @ The Egg, Albany. Freely moving between past and present,
composition and improvisation, music and dance, the dance company delves into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal and total surrender in “Song of the Jasmine” – with a live soundscape of jazz and Carnatic music performed by a quintet led by the electrifying saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: Circle of Willis @ O’Toole’s, Colonie. 6pm.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ Forthlin Road“>the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 1pm.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Playing “new traditional Celtic rock.” 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Whippersnappers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The rousing, multi-talented trio of Peter Davis, George Wilson and Frank Orsini. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “They Built America: The Workers of the Erie Canal” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Capital Rep’s new On-The-Go! production was written by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the third original play in a series highlighting the role of upstate New York in forging the history of America. 11am. $12; $9 students age 17 & under.

MUSIC: Bernard Purdie & Friends @ the Falcon, Marlboro. One of the all-time great drummers, who has provided the funky beat on more than 3,000 albums – for everyone from Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan, from B.B. King to Isaac Hayes, from James Brown to the Rolling Stones. With Jake LaBotz. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at the Ritz Carlton. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through March 22. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Pine Hill Project @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Singer-songwriters Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky have teamed up with Americana music icon Larry Campbell and released their debut joint album, Tomorrow You’re Going, featuring covers of such rootsy, contemporary songwriters as Gillian Welch and Dave Carter. 9pm. $25 & $35.

THEATER: “Lark Eden” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts’ production of Natalie Symon’s play told in letters chronicling the enduring friendship of three small-town Southern women from the Depression Era through the early years of the 21st Century. Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Pony in the Pancake @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm.

MUSIC: Rustic Overtones @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. With Mirk. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Talking Heads tribute band. With Hall & Oates tribute band HMFO. 9pm. $15.

OPERA: “Three Little Pigs” @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Opera Saratoga’s Opera-To-Go program provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal. 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 4pm.

MUSIC: Channel 3 @ the Low Beat, Albany. The SoCal punk legends return to Nippertown for the first time in a looong tine. With Capitle, Aggressive Response, Scuzz and Teenage Shred. 8pm.

MUSIC: Tendai Muparutsa & Afro-Centric @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Guitarist-vocalist Tendai Muparutsa leads the Afro-pop quartet. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kristin Diable @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Swagggering soul-rock singer. With Anderson East. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kip Chapman @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 5pm.

BURLESQUE: S.P.A.M. Rock-n-Roll Burlesque @ @ the Low Beat, Albany. Scooter Pie returns with her bevy of beauties. 12midnight. $10.

MUSIC: David Caldwell-Mason Trio @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. The jazz pianist is joined by bassist Julian Smith and drummer Felix Lecaros. 9pm.

FILM: Rosa Barba’s “The Color Out of Space” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The site-specific work transforms EMPAC’s 8th Street façade into an outdoor cinema that uses the solar system as source material for a speculative film that connects EMPAC to the Hirsch Observatory across the campus. 8pm. FREE. ALSO at 8pm on March 21 & 28.

MUSIC: Mark Dignam & Friends @ the Tavern at the Williams Inn, Williamstown. Celtic music. 7:30pm. $12.

COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Latham. Featuring Christian Finnegan with Paul Virzi. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Atwater-Donnelly @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The acoustic duo brings gorgeous harmonies with vocals, guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin and more with a variety of fancy footwork styles. With Peter Quinones. 7:30pm. $16; $10 age 18 & under.

COMEDY: Say Anything! @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. An evening of improv comedy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Corigliano’s “Fern Hill” and Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra” with special guests he New England Conservatory Chamber Singers. 2pm. $30.

MUSIC: Unfinished Business @ the Greenbush Inn, East Greenbush.

THEATER: “Sleeping Dogs” @ the First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Robert John Ford’s prize-winning drama which centers on two mothers who face disturbing revelations about a fatal automobile accident involving their sons. Followed by a reception and talk-back with the playwright, actors and artistic director. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Craig Todd @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.