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…

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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.

MUSIC: The Chronicles @ Centre Street Pub, Schenectady. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston” @ Albany Public Library Main Branch, Albany. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “The Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston” @ Albany Public Library Howe Branch, Albany. 3pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: Rob Schneider @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. The “Saturday Night Live” alum takes to the stage for a night of stand-up. 4:30, 7:30 & 10pm. $30. UPDATE: Both the 7:30 & 10pm shows are now officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Matt Mirabile Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller directed by Rachael Sheffer. 8pm. $22, $24 & $28. Through February 7.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The saxman is joined by Rob Lindquist (piano), Otto Gardner (bass) and Jeff Siegel (drums). 9pm.

MUSIC: Jeff Przech @ Berlin Free Town Library, Berlin. The singer-songwriter-guitarist showcases selection from his debut CD, Sounds Like Fresh, accompanied by guitarist Dennis Fancher. 7:30pm. $8 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With full band. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Modmen @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Blackcat Elliot and Rearview. 8pm. UPDATE: The Modmen have cancelled their performance; their replacement is the Addison Boys.

MUSIC: Capital Zen @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Revibe and Sammich. 9:30pm. FREE before 9:30pm; $7 thereafter.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Cajun/Zydeco Dance @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Featuring Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew. 7pm lesson; 8pm dance. $15.

COMEDY: Big Jay Oakerson @ the Comedy Works, Albany. Warming up for his upcoming Comedy Central special taping at Webster Hall. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $49.95 dinner & show; $25 show only.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $11.

MUSIC: Last Daze @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Wanda Houston Band @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Berkshire band plays vintage R&B and jazz in the latest installment of the On the Stage Series – where the audience is seated on the stage with the performers. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Shades of Gray @ Parish Public House, Albany. Saints & Sinners: Post-game fundraiser for Siena basketball alumnus, Jim Mextorf (class of ’88). 10pm.

MUSIC: Window @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Desafinado @ River Street Pub, Troy. With Long Shore, Eric Lewis, John Frederick and Schrapnel Warning. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Four Nations Ensemble @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. It’s the first in a series of three evenings of Baroque music inspired by paintings in the Clark’s collection. 6pm. $20. FREE students & children.

MUSIC: Frankie Lessard @ the Dutchaven Golf Course, Buskirk. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Get the Led Out @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Led Zeppelin tribute band. 8pm. $27.50 & $37.50.

MUSIC: Cryin’ Out Loud @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. 10pm.