7/11/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 11th, 2015, 8:20 am by Greg

MUSIC/COMEDY: Weird Al Yankovic @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. From “My Bologna” to “Tacky,” Weird Al is the long-reigning King of Novelty Music. Long live King Weird Al! 8pm. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.

MUSIC: Dom Flemons @ PS21, Chatham. The fun, fabulously talented founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops continues his career as the multi-instrumental American Songster, tonight playing in trio format. 8pm. $25; $15 students.

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MUSIC: Toshi Reagon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The soulful singer-guitarist presents “The Love Sessions: Michael Jackson vs. Prince,” a love-themed concert that dives into the songbooks of two American pop icons. The show features Reagon and a spectacular group of collaborators – including Ki Ki Hawkins, Tamar-Kali, Morley, Martha Redbone, Xavier Smith, Rachel Eckroth, Ganessa James, Allison Miller, Alex Nolan and Chala Yancy. 8pm. $26 & $36; $20 students.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. Featuring Tune-Yards, Red Baraat, Antibalas, Lydia Loveless, the Wood Brother, Rubblebucket, J Mascis, Booker T. Jones, Milk Carton Kids, the Stray Birds, Polaris, more. Music at 12:45pm. UPDATE: tickets for today are now officially sold out. Single-day tickets may still remain for Sunday.

MUSIC: Mike Doughty @ Unity Hall, Fort Plain. In support of his latest album, Stellar Motel, the former Soul Coughing frontman rolls into town to play a fundraiser for the Mohawk Valley Collective. With Ross Cashiola of the Texas band Hotel Brotherhood. 6pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. BBQ masters from across the Northeast duke it out for the top prize in such categories as Best Pulled Pork, Best BBQ Chicken, Best Pork Rib, Best Beef Brisket and more. With music by the Refrigerators, Super 400, the Matt Mirabile Band, the Holly & Evan Band, Maurizio and 9pm fireworks. 10am-9:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for for info and a complete schedule of bands…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke. Dierks Bentley headlines Nippertown’s biggest country music bash. With Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay, Craig Campbell, A Thousand Horses and the Cadillac Three. $55. Gates open at 11am. GO HERE for more info…

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Presenting “Interplay” (Gould/Robbins); “Tarantella” (Gottschalk, reorch. by Kay/Balanchine); “Symphony in 3 Movements” (Stravinsky/Balanchine); “Western Symphony” (Kay/Balanchine) at 2pm. Plus the annual Ballet Galla at 8pm featuring “Belles-Lettres” (Franck/Peck); “Pictures at an Exhibition” (Mussorgsky/Ratmansky); and “Mercurial Manoeuvres” (Shostakovich/Wheeldon).

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beat*Shot Music Festival @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The sixth annual hip-hop happening featuring Pharoahe Monch, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing, PJ Katz, Oddy Gato, J-Live, Awar, Moses Rockwell, Kid Lucky Beatrhymer, Bell’s Roar, more… 12noon-2am. $15; $20 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Secret Release @ the Low Beat, Albany. EP release party for Songs in the Key of Trash.

MUSIC: The Power @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. CD release party for the zombie-metal band’s new album I Love Brains. With Renewal of Faith, Built for Battle, Nigh Is the Hour and Here 2 Stay. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Don Armstrong & Tom Mitchell @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Two of the Local 518’s most esteemed ex-pats return for a joint concert. 8pm. $20.

OPERA: “La Cenerentola” @ SPAC’s Spa LIttle Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga presents Rossini’s magical opera starring mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy. 2pm.

MUSIC: Eilen Jewell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. She crafts a unique style that mixes poetic ballads with swinging rockers. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly and ’60s era rock and roll. New Haven-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Seth Adam warms up the crowd. 9pm.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Gypsy swing sound inspired by Django Reinhardt. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Stu Hamm Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Having stunned audiences across the world with his innovative playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, Stu Hamm has established himself as a bassist to be reckoned with. Tonight he’ll be joined by Alex Skolnick (Testament) on guitar and Joel Taylor (Allan Holdsworth, Al DiMeola) on drums in support of his new album, The Book of Lies. 7 & 9:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: Jimy Graham @ Powers Park, Troy. The blues-rocker kicks off the Powers Park Concert Series tonight. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Chicken Run Family Restaurant & Steakhouse, Windham. 6pm.

THEATER: “Deathtrap” @ BTG’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated comedy-thriller stars Gregg Edelman, Alison Fraser, Eric Hill, Tom Pecinka and Debra Jo Rupp. 2pm. $62. Through July 25.

MUSIC: Ben Karis-Nix @ Salem Art Works, Salem. He leaves the Orange behind for a night to do a solo show to launch the Music & Pizza Concert Series. 6pm. $10.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

FESTIVAL: GE Kids Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. The kid-centric outdoor celebration features music, theater and dance, in addition to an array of activities such as face painting, bounce rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, animals and balloons. Featuring Nick Jr. stars Peppa Pig and her brother George, Arm of the Sea Theater, bounce rides, the Two by Two Zoo, the Hannaford Ice Cream Challenge and a special Sing Along Adventure with Barney. 12noon-5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “The Rejection Project (518)” @ the Albany Barn, Albany. A new multi-media play made from hundreds of Albany community stories and voices; directed by Allison Lerman-Gluck and Alex Hovet. 8pm. $8.

THEATER: “The unCivil War” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Yes, it’s a bluegrass musical comedy at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. 150 years after the final gunshot, the Civil War’s six lone survivors grab their banjos, washboards and what’s left of their sanity to retell the story of the infamous conflict. Starring J. Robert Spencer (Tony Award and original cast member of “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal”) as Abraham Lincoln. 7:30pm. $32-$45. Through July 18.

READING: The Nitty Gritty Slam Team @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featuring Poetyc Visionz, Amani, Elizag and Daniel Summerhill. With guest host Thom Francis. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of readings…

MUSIC: The Back 40 Band @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. CountryFest after-party. With True Grit Outlaws. 6pm.

MUSIC: Turkuaz @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Brooklyn funkateers. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “Thoreau or, Return to Walden” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Last chance! 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. 2 & 8pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Shining City” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. Last chance! 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. 4 & 7:30pm. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 10pm. $12.

MUSIC: Garden State Radio @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 9pm.

THEATER: “Five Years Later” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Returning to Salem after two sold-out shows in the Fort’s cabaret last fall, Aja Nisenson performs the world premiere of her new one-woman show. 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Rocco’s at the Jonesville Store, Jonesville. Acoustic blues. 8:30pm.

THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Last chance! Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 2 & 8pm. GO HERE to read review…