3/15/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

March 15th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: John Gorka @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The fab singer-songwriter rolls back into the Caffe in support of his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down, out now on Red House Records. 7pm. $24.

TALK/FUNDRAISER: “An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Best known for his roles in such acclaimed films as “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “American Graffiti” and “The Goodbye Girl,” Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is also an activist who addresses the environment, substance abuse and education through his Dreyfuss Civics Initiative. Dreyfuss will discuss these efforts and answer audience questions about his film career in this benefit for Columbia Memorial Health. 8pm. $100.

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MUSIC: The Parting Glass’ Anniversary Celebration @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga’s award-winning Irish pub first opened its doors on this date in 1981. Featuring Irish step dancers, Celtic rock form Forthlin Road and more. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Cris Williamson @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Forty years ago, a collective of young radical lesbians released a record album that was to become the soundtrack of a movement. Olivia Records, as the collective was known, recorded and released Cris Williamson’s The Changer and the Changed, which quickly became one of the most successful recordings of the time, sparking the music genre that would become known as Women’s Music. 2pm. $26.

MUSIC: Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra @ the Polish Community Center, Albany. It’s polka time with the 18-time Grammy Award-winning polka king. With Eddie Forman & His Orchestra. 2pm. $20.

MUSIC: Taking Back Sunday @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. In support of their new album, Happiness Is. With the Menzingers and letlive. 7pm. $30.

CIRCUS: Cirque Ziva @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. A fast-paced show featuring award-winning Chinese acrobatics with traditional dance and music. 7pm. $37 & $47; $25 children age 12 and under.

EVENT: One Giant Try It @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. An interactive event and open house where visitors can make, create and observe the vast array of art workshops and classes the Arts Center offers – live screenprinting, family friendly activities and a chance to win a free week of summer arts education camp. 12noon-2pm. FREE.

WORKSHOP/FUNDRAISER: Mark Schulman @
Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. A drum clinic with the drummer-author-motivational speaker whose resume includes some of rock music’s biggest stars, including Sheryl Crow, Pink, Foreigner, Cher, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, Destiny’s Child and more. With door prizes, giveaways and a meet-and-greet session. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Flashes of Hope and Childhood Cancer. 1pm. $20.

THEATER: “Lark Eden” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Last chance! 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. 2pm. $15; $10 students.

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. 2pm. $20-$60. Through March 22. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Andre Michel Schub @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The classical pianist will perform Beethoven’s Sonata op. 2 No. 3 and “Appassionata” Sonata op. 57; Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 in Ab Major; Fauré’s Nocturne No. 6 in Db Major; and Franz Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy in C Major D760. 3pm. FREE.