5/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 2nd, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Cassidy & the Music @ The Linda, Albany. She’s the former lead singer, main songwriter and driving force behind the all-female rock quintet, Antigone Rising. Since leaving AR, Cassidy’s talent for songwriting has earned her invitations to co-write with legends and Grammy winners including Beth Nielson Chapman and Annie Roboff (Faith Hill), Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty, Santana) Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson) Motown pioneer Lamont Dozier (Marvin Gaye, Supremes) and Darrell Scott (The Dixie Chicks). Can’t wait to find out what she’s up to now… 8pm. $18.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The fab folk – who brought the classic “Ashokan Farewell” to the world – knows how to swing, too. The multi-talented twosome plays a benefit for the ongoing restoration of the theater. 8pm. $20.

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FUNDRAISER: Lake George Music Festival Dinner & Dance Fundraiser @ Dunham’s Bay Resort, Lake George. A benefit for August’s Lake George Music Festival. Featuring an sll-inclusive sit-down dinner, live entertainment and dancing with the Danny Lombardo Duo, door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. 6pm. $40.

MUSIC: Hammer Hawk @ the Low Beat, Albany. The B3nson Family band brings their “post-hamburger” sound as they celebrate the release of their new album, Schleppers. With Dryer, Rival Galaxies and Sobgoblin. 8pm. $5; FREE if you’re sportin’ a beard.

MUSIC: Moon Worship @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. Cool music… outdoors. With lastdayshining. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dan Navarro @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Carrying on the tradition of the Lowen & Navarro duo, who also penned hits for the likes of Pat Benatar, the Bangles, Dionne Warwick and more. And the marvelous Local 518 singer-songwriter Kate McDonnell makes an all-too-rare appearance, opening the show. 8pm. $22.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

MUSIC: The Hit Men @ Proctors, Schenectady. A band of hit-making musicians, including Lee Shapiro and Gerry Polci (of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons), Jimmy Ryan (of the Critters), Larry Gates (of Desmond Child) and Russ Velazquez (of Sting’s band). 8pm. $20, $25, $30, $40 & $55.

MUSIC: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With the Jauntee. 9:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Suitable Groove @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With the Stone Revival Band and Summer of Doug. 8pm. $10; $15 if under age 21.

COMEDY: Alison Larkin @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Angelo-American comedian, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author of “The English American” offers a sneak preview of her brand new show, “Alison Larkin LIVE!” 7pm. $35 & $55: VIP $110, includes a post-show reception on stage with the artist.

THEATER: “A View From the Bridge” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Glens Falls Community Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s tragic drama. 8pm. $27. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “The Night of the Iguana” @ Albany Civic Theatre, Albany. Carol King directs Tennessee Williams’ classic drama. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through Sunday, May 17.

MUSIC: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The fiery progressive fusion-blues power trio. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Green Goats Jam” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Three bands – the country/Celtic Little Creek Band, the contemporary Celtic T McCann Band and the classic country Stringmasters – play a benefit concert to raise funds to rebuild a barn and reestablish a herd of 100 goats that were destroyed in a tragic fire in Red Hook this past February. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Magdalens @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. The Albany alt-folk band is joined by veteran drummer Al Kash. 8pm.

COMEDY/MUSIC: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Featuring Eli Braden, a regular guest and frequent contributor on “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius/XM and the self-proclaimed “New King Of Music-Based Comedy.” Expect hilarious, off-color comedy music. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Circa Survive @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With special guests Balance and Composure and prog-rockers Chon in support of their debut album Grow. 7:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ Conkling Hall, Rensselaerville. Featuring vocalist Mallory Donnelly, guitarist-vocalist Bob Warren, drummer-vocalist Sam Zucchini, bassist Tony Markellis and keyboardist Peg Delaney. 8pm.

MUSIC: Arthur Brooks Ensemble V @ the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents an encore performance. With Crank Sturgeon. 8pm.

THEATER: “Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Directed by Travis G. Daly, this special performance features 10-minute performances from this year’s Berkshire County high school musical productions, including “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Urinetown,” “Cabaret,” “The Music Man,” “9 to 5” and more. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Larchmere String Quartet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The foursome features String Quartet in B flat Major op. 76 no. 4 “Sunrise” by Joseph Haydn, followed by string Quartet no. 1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes” by György Ligeti, and finish with the string Quartet in C Minor op. 51 no. 1 by Johannes Brahms. 8pm. FREE.

TALK: “Spaceflight & the Human Body: Can Humans Survive a Trip to Mars?” @ miSci, Schenectady. Explore the human factor involved in long duration spaceflight with NASA experts, Dr. John Charles from NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Dr. Heidi DeBlock from Albany Medical Center and NASA’s Cardiovascular Lab at JSC. 1:30pm. FREE with museum admission.