1/31/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

January 31st, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Macero @ White Lake Music & Post, Albany. A fundraising concert for the MOVE Music Festival. With Better by Morning. 6:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Featuring an opening set by the Bottle Rockets and then another set with them serving as Crenshaw’s backing band in a career-spanning set of his best tunes. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. The Woodstock band celebrates the release of their new album, Music From Hurley Mountain. 3pm.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Troy singer-songwriter makes a two-night stand at Greater Nippertown’s premier coffeehouse. With Matthew Fowler. 7pm. $27. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

THEATER: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller directed by Rachael Sheffer. 2pm. $22, $24 & $28. Through February 7.

EVENT: “PostSecret: The Show” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. With original music, recorded voices, projected images and video, it’s an immersive experience as three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind some of the most sexual, sad, funny and controversial – many of which have never been seen before. 1:30pm. $30; $20 students.

THEATER: “Zora” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. American Place Theatre’s theatrical biography of Zora Neale Hurston is performed by Cheryl Howard, capturing the extraordinary spirit of the “Queen of the Harlem Renaissance” and inviting the audience into her exemplary life — rich with folklore, intimate portraits of her contemporaries and excerpts from her significant body of literary work. 3pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 2pm. Through Sunday, February 14.

MUSIC: The Community Music Space’s Young Performers Showcase @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. on Sunday, Located at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, the Community Music Space is an artistic educational center that provides a voice for music and acting in the Hudson Valley. Its goal is to prepare people for a creative life as well as refining and building skills for professional and aspiring artists. 6pm.

DANCE ON SCREEN: “The Taming of the Shrew” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Bolshoi Ballet in HD. 1pm. $17.

FILM: “Love & Mercy” @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. The 2015 Brian Wilson bio-pic featuring Paul Dano and John Cusack. 2pm. FREE. GO HERE to read review…

FILM: “101 Dalmations” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The 1996 live-action version starring Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson. 2pm. $5.

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1/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

January 30th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Joey Alexander Trio @ Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. He made his Greater Nippertown concert debut last summer with a stunning performance at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park, and now the 12-year-old piano sensation has just received two Grammy nominations for 2016 for Best Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Originally scheduled for the Woodstock Community Center, the concert has been moved to the Woodstock Playhouse due to the increased demand for tickets. 7:30pm. $35. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

COMEDY: Chris Gethard @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. He’s the Internet’s favorite sad sack. The talk show host, Upright Citizens Brigade stand-by and underdog stand-up comedy hero specializes in comedy of errors, merging mayhem and melancholy in his hilarious brand of off-beat humor that transforms any situation — from waging a year-long Twitter campaign to get Diddy on his show, to improv with Robin Williams — into an absurd adventure. Chris Gethard in the house means anything goes. 8pm. $22 & $28; $10 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Charles Yang @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Boston Globe proclaims, “Charles Yang plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” His edgy musicianship also embraces pop, rock and improvisational styles, and he has become an inspiration to young players the world over. He’ll be joined by the Empire State Youth Orchestra and conductor Helen Cha-Pyo. 7pm. $20-$40.

MUSIC: Austin Barosi @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. The Queensbury singer-songwriter and his band celebrate the release of his debut CD, All Around My Window. With Band of Ghosts. 8pm. $10; $8 for seniors, students & veterans. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Troy singer-songwriter makes a two-night stand at Greater Nippertown’s premier coffeehouse. With Matthew Fowler. 8pm. $27. Also at 7pm on Sunday. UPDATE: Both nights are now officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Giraffes @ the Half Moon, Hudson. NYC hard-rockers bring the heavy jams as the celebrate the vinyl release of their previously digital-only album, Usury. With Slow Collins and DJ Lunar Moss. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Johnny Rabb’s Big Band @ the American Legion Lodge, Wynantskill. 7pm. $12.

ART: Free Day @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s the annual day of free admission for all at the sprawling exhibition campus with a wide array of special events going on, too. 11am-7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Mean Sound Machine @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Black Mountain Symphony. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, February 14.

EVENT: “PostSecret: The Show” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. With original music, recorded voices, projected images and video, it’s an immersive experience as three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind some of the most sexual, sad, funny and controversial – many of which have never been seen before. 1:30 & 7:30pm. $30; $20 students. Also at 1:30pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: The Mighty Diamonds @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Mighty Diamonds have cancelled their appearance. The Big Takeover and Royal Heart Sound are still scheduled to perform. 9pm. FREE.

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It’s the Weekend!

January 29th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
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Congrats! You made it through the last week of January. But before we head out for the last weekend of the month, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Michael Hochanadel
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Kirsten Ferguson
Timothy Raab
Dan Hogan
Bob Cohen
David Brickman
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
The Cock ‘n Bull, Galway
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
The Van Dyck, Schenectady

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: moe. @ the Palace Theatre, 12/31/15

January 29th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

moe. does Talking Heads… Yes, it was “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” as the encore at Albany’s Palace Theatre on New Year’s Eve.

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LIVE: moe. @ the Palace Theatre, 1/1/16

This Weekend’s Album Release Parties: The Giraffes, Austin Barosi

January 29th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Hard-rockin’ NYC-based band the Giraffes bring their heavy jams to the Half Moon in Hudson on Saturday (January 30) in celebration of the vinyl release of their new album, Usary, on Silver Sleeve Records. The album was originally released last fall in digital-only format.

Lead singer Aaron Lazar and guitar wizard Damien Paris form the focus of the band supported by the locomotive rhythm section of maniac drummer Andrew Totolos and latest Giraffe, Josh Taggart on bass.

Joining the Giraffes for the celebration at the Half Moon will be Slow Collins and DJ Lunar Moss.

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Queensbury singer-songwriter Austin Barosi celebrates the release of his new debut CD, All Around My Window, with a concert at the Hudson River Music Hall in Hudson Falls at 8pm on Saturday (January 30). He’ll be performing the vast majority of the album’s songs with a full band.

Drawing on such diverse musical influences as Alice in Chains, Pat Metheny, Pink Floyd and Philip Glass, Barosi’s songs take on a progressive, outside-the-box structure, combining unconventional melodies with dense harmonic textures. Opening the show will be Band of Ghosts, who will be playing an acoustic set. Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors, students & veterans.

TV TIME: “Mike Nichols: American Masters” Tonight on PBS-TV

January 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, three BAFTAs and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an artistic trailblazer. As the legendary comedy duo Nichols and May, Nichols and his partner Elaine May revolutionized comedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Now, May has directed the first documentary about her former partner, “Mike Nichols: American Masters,” premiering on WMHT-TV at 9pm tonight (Friday, January 29) to launch the 30th anniversary season of PBS-TV’s “American Masters” series.

With charm and wit, Nichols discusses his life and 50-year career as a performer and director. “Mike Nichols: American Masters” features new interviews with his friends and colleagues, including Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Bob Balaban, Tony Kushner, Neil Simon, Frank Langella, James L. Brooks and many others, conducted by film, TV and theater producer Julian Schlossberg (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “American Masters — Nichols & May: Take Two,” “American Masters: The Lives of Lillian Hellman”). Schlossberg also conducted an exclusive interview with Nichols for the film. The documentary features insights and highlights from Nichols’ acclaimed films, including “The Graduate,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Catch 22,” “Silkwood,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Working Girl,” “Angels in America” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” as well as his theatrical productions “Barefoot in the Park,” “Luv” and “The Odd Couple.”

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

January 29th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes brings his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration to Tanglewood

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there sure was a whole lot of A&E news to write about this week.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. SPAC Announces a Pair of Concerts (by Staff, Bob Cohen)

2. Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

3. The Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

6. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

7. Tanglewood Announces New Rock Concert (by Staff)

8. Lookin’ Ahead in 2016: Festival Fever (by Greg Haymes, Dan Hogan)

9. LIVE: The Mike Stern Trio @ the Van Dyck, 1/22/16 (by J Hunter, Rudy Lu)

10. JANUARY 28: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Staff, Kirsten Ferguson)

ArtBeat: What to See

January 29th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara

MASS MoCA Free Day 2016 @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MASS MoCA’s annual day of free admission includes art-making, gallery tours, pop-up performances and more. Saturday Jan. 30, 11am-7pm.


Opening:

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean to You? @ MCLA Gallery 51

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean to You? @ MCLA Gallery 51

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean to You? @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A juried group exhibition that examines how art can ignite conversation between artist and viewer, viewer and viewer and viewer and self. Opening reception: Monday, February 1, 5-7pm. (Through February 28)

Works by Fabrice Monteiro @ Williams College Museum of Art

Works by Fabrice Monteiro @ Williams College Museum of Art

African Art Against the State @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exibition examining the history of activism, intervention and resistance that has characterized a great deal of African art-making from prehistory to the present, including works by Lalla Essaydi, David Goldblatt, Fathi Hassan, Fabrice Monteiro, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Zanele Muholi and Yinka Shonibare as well as sculptures by the Yoruba People and masks by the Igbo People. Opens Friday, January 29. Opening reception: Tuesday, February 2, 4pm. (Through August 28)

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