5/9/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 9th, 2015, 7:37 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany. A colorful fantasia of flowers, a cornucopia of crafters, an orgasm of people-watching and a constant parade of great music on two big stages featuring the Kooks, Joywave, Flagship, the Orange, Jocelyn Arndt, the Spectacular Average Boys, Holly & Evan, Andy the Music Man, the Incredible Larry and more. 11am-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for a complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Lumpen Proles @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, they’re back together again, kickin’ it old-school. A special post-Tulip Fest blast from the past with Local 518 proto punks Scot Gray, Josh Vincent and Bill “Max Media” Rella. With Vicious Rotten Hell Bastards. 8pm.

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MUSIC: Rufus Wainwright @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great singer-songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater dance and film. 8pm. $35, $55 & $80. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Peter Yarrow @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Yes, he’s the Peter of the legendary Peter, Paul & Mary folk trio. With Bethany & Rufus. 7:30pm. $35 & $50.

COMEDY: Cameron Esposito @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The on-the-rise LA-based comic ,who haunts late-night TV, hosts two hilarious podcasts, and authors a column for The Onion’s AV Club, has “a stylish presence” and “a gift for plugging punchlines into personal stories” (The New York Times). Come find out why Jay Leno called her “the future of comedy.” 8pm. $18 & $24; $8 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Make A Wish Benefit Concert @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Metrohead, Stranger at Home, Skippy Piper and Catherine Called the Cops. 12noon. $20 or whatever you can.

MUSIC/ART: Daniel Kelly Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Jazz pianist Daniel Kelly and his band weave a sonic tapestry while the Seeing With Photography Collective involves audience members in their singular process of creating photos in the dark. 7pm. $15; $10 students/low income. ALSO: A Seeing with Photography media workshop from 3-5pm and a community potluck dinner from 5-6:30pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Kopecky @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Previewing their upcoming album, Drug for the Modern Age. It’s WEQX-FM’s official Tulip Fest after-party. With Best Good Friends. 8pm. $15.

TALK: “Science Fiction, Hollywood and the 1950s” @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. Presented by Rob Edelman in conjunction with the exhibit, “It Came From Schenectady: Science Fiction in the Capital Region.” 2pm. $5.

MUSIC: Bob Warren & Joy MacKenzie @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Their intimate and poignant songs are perfectly suited to the spare orchestration of a folk duo. He’s an articulate, versatile writer & fine guitarist. She’s a crystalline-voiced singer with an intuitive grasp of harmony and timing. They sing of nature, relationships, the state of the world and plenty of catchy, soulful tunes that just feel good like a summer day at the beach. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Williams Percussion Ensemble @ the Clark Art Institute’s Reflecting Pool, Williamstown. Performing John Luther Adams’s expansive and elemental “Strange and Sacred Noise,” a 70-minute immersion in the deep resonance of drums, gongs, marimbas and sirens. 4pm.

MUSIC: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The cool jazz guitarist-singer is joined by his actress-singer wife for a swinging evening of favorites and standards. 9pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: An Evening with John DeRosalia @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. His songs range from blues to rock to jazz, with deep, poetic and often humorous lyrics which speak of the emotions that fill all our lives. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Blue Machine @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “I Love Lucy Live On Stage” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Live theater production of two fave “I Love Lucy” TV episodes – “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” 2 & 8pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65. Also at 2pm Sunday.

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 May 16.

MUSIC: Crown the Empire @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Volumes, Dark Matter and Adhara. 7:30pm. $17.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz featuring reedman Parsons with Tim Coakley, drums; Rich Skrika, piano; Bernie Mulleda, guitar; Richard Downs, cornet, vocals; and Ken Olsen, trombone. 9:30pm.

ART RECEPTION: “Avalon Archives” @ the Falcon, Marlboro. An exhibit of numerous pieces from Brewster’s Avalon Archives: A Museum of Roots and Rock ‘n’ Roll which pays tribute to musicians through art and education. 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Moonalice @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Moonalice features Barry Sless on guitar, pedal steel (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band); Pete Sears on keys, guitar, bass (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna); John Molo on drums (Bruce Hornsby, Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends) and Roger McNamee on guitar and bass (Flying Other Brothers, Guff, the Engineers). With the Midnight Ramble Band. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Breakfast in Fur @ Ground Zero at RPI, Troy. The New Paltz band blends psychedelia with electronica in celebration of their new album, Flyaway Garden on Bar/None Records. With the Bronzed Chorus, Owel and Klozapin. 8pm.

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.

COMEDY: Charlie Murphy @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Yes, he’s Eddie Murphy’s brother and a former member of “Chappelle’s Show.” 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

STORYTELLING: Story Slam @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Martha Frankel and Kris Garnier present “I Believe in the Power Of…” 8pm. $20.

MAGIC: “Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Sieger” @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. The master of sleight-of-hand magic presents his new live show. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Auriel Camerata​ @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany. The vocal chamber ensemble presents “The SongCatchers: Folk Traditions in Song.” 7:30pm.