6/20/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

June 20th, 2015, 7:47 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson. Day One features an all-star line-up including Los Lobos, Shelby Lynne, Angélique Kidjo, Neko Case, Sam Amidon, Dom Flemons, David Crosby, Joanne Shenandoah, Josh White Jr., Kate Pierson, the Klezmatics, Tom Paxton and many more. Gates open at 9am; music at 11am. $85; FREE ages 12 & under. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Troy River Fest @ River Street, Troy. Crafted hand-made goods and local cuisine, art and entertainment – all located throughout Troy’s historic downtown district. Three stages of music featuring Albert Cummings, Hard Soul, Kimono Dragons, Troy Blues, Party Boat and more. 11am-7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Celtic Hall, Albany. A benefit concert for WEXT-FM featuring Accents, Sub Slab and Stockade Kids. 7pm. $15.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Backlot Beat Music & Funfest @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford. Face painting for the kids, Summer Reading sign-ups, refreshments and more. With live music by Johnny Rabb & the Graham Tichy Trio and Melodious Thunk. 12noon-4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jessica Pratt @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Acoustic dream-pop. With Widowspeak. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: Tuck and Patti @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With just a guitar and voice, the husband-and-wife duo of Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart have established a three-decades-long career of sublime jazz, R&B and crossover music. 6:30 & 8:30pm. $24.

MUSIC: Marty Wendell & His Tour Band @ the Little Theater on the Farm, Fort Edward. It’s a CD release party for the veteran country-rockabilly-folk-gospel singer-songwriter’s brand new album, A Real Good Run.

MUSIC: Opera Saratoga @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Acclaimed soprano Caroline Worra celebrates the poetry and lyrics of Bob Dylan, including the Saratoga premiere of John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a beautiful, haunting and powerful setting of some of Dylan’s most famous lyrics by the Academy Award-winning composer of “The Red Violin.” 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “The Epic of Gligamesh” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts presents a contemporary re-telling of the first great work of world literature, the ancient Babylonian poem. Directed and designed by John Sowle, the production features actor Steven Patterson in a virtuoso solo performance. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday, June 21.

MUSIC: Bobby Sanabria & Ascension @ First Congregational Church, Lee. The acclaimed Afro-Cuban drummer-percussionist leads his nine-piece band in a night of sizzling Latin jazz as part of the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend. 8pm. $25.

THEATER: “Kinky Boots” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The six-time Tony Award-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, the unlikely pair discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. 2 & 8pm. $25-$90. Through Sunday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Morse Rocks Music & Arts Festival @ Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. Featuring the Bow Thayer Band, Waylon Speed, the Dave Kolker Band, Innocent, I Want a Rock, the Carl Mateo Band, Doug Yoel, Kimmee Jo and more. 2pm.

THEATER: “The Lift” @ 703 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield. Rogue Angel Theatre present their site-specific new ritual theater production… in an elevator. Audience limited to 20. 6 & 9pm. $25. Through June 28. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Summer UnderCover Show @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Local bands covering whatever the hell they want… Featuring 1-10 as the Beets; Albany Frequencies Crew as Daft Punk; Bare Mattress as Luther Vandross; Carl Daniels as Brand New; Caroline Corrigan & Laura Carrozza as Simon & Garfunkel; Sugar Eater as Gram Parsons, more. 6pm. $10.

MUSIC: Anthony Fallacaro @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

CABARET: Loud & Proud Cabaret @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. It’s a featured attraction of the Hudson Pride Weekend celebration, starring Hedda Lettuce, a New York City-based drag queen, comedian and singer – one of the few who actually sings live instead of lip-syncing. With Tom Judson and more. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Dearest Vendetta @ the Parish Public House, Albany. With Real Blue Sky and the National Physical Fitness Award. 9pm.

THEATER: “Shining City” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. It’s opening night! Actor Mark H. Dold (stunning in last year’s production of “Breaking the Code”) returns in Conor McPherson’s drama about a Dubliner who seeks help from a counselor after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. As their sessions unfold, secrets are exposed in this thriller where a simple tale turns out to be anything but. 7:30pm. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

OPERA: “The Enchanted Pommegranate” @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Il Cuore Canta presents a storytelling concert with four gifted singers, and a musical ensemble that includes period instruments, bringing the music of Monteverdi, Sances, Purcell, Handel and others to life with grace, virtuosity, and warmth. 2 & 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

FESTIVAL: The Upper Union Street Strawberry Fest & Art Show @ Upper Union Street, Schenectady. It’s the 10th annual fest featuring children’s activities, pet-friendly activities, retail promotions, art and food. And, of course, music by Sonny & Perley, Noreen Pratt, the Long Bow Trio, Joe Roy Jackson, Fotia and the Voice of the Grove Drum Circle. 10am-3pm. FREE.

CABARET: Bridget Everett @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The singing tour de force is known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performances. Not for the faint of heart! 9pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Carson McHone @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Austin-based roots singer-songwriter and her band. With Tambourelli & Her SuperTrips and the Midnight Revival Band. 9:30pm. $7; $12 if under age 21.

THEATER: “Time Stands Still” @ Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies’ searing story of an heroic female journalist wounded covering the war in Iraq. Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong? 7:30pm. $37; $10 students. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Lake George Boat House, Lake George. 5pm.

THEATER: “Thoreau or, Return to Walden” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. It’s opening night! In the world premiere, playwright-actor David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet and philosopher as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. 8pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL: Sand Lake Summer Fest @ Butler Park, Averill Park. Amusement park rides, tennis tournament. Music by the Leafy Green Band at 4pm; Electric City Horns at 7pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

ARTIST TALK: Jill Skupin Burkholder @ the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. The photographer/artist discusses her work, which features handcrafted techniques such as bromoil printing, an alternative photography process using brushes and lithography ink to create an image, and encaustic techniques using beeswax and resin. 7:30pm. $7; $5 seniors & students.

THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 8pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

READING: Jeremy Yudkin @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. The author will read and discuss his book “Lenox School of Jazz: A Vital Chapter in the History of American Music and Race Relations.” 4pm. FREE.

COMEDY: “Jennifer McMullen Presents a Comedy Show” @ The Linda, Albany. The Local 518 comedian serves up another night of laughs with Shawn Gillie, AJ Foster, Rich Williams, Tony Rogers, B Burges and Jon & Dylan. 8pm.

THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky nod to Chekhov. Directed by Chris Foster, the Nippertown premiere production stars Kris Anderson, Roseann Cane, Ryan Davis, Mary Darcy, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves. 8pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sugar Pill @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 9pm.

MUSIC: Gross & Hart @ Emack & Bolio’s, Albany. The debut of the newly formed acoustic rock duo of Jim Gross and Dave Hart. 7pm.