4/1/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

April 1st, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Gogol Bordello @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Eugene Hutz and his crazy band of Gypsy punks will have you bouncing off the walls… guaranteed. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: The Lawn Sausages @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The perfect April Fools Day band. With Nikki Lee. 9pm. FREE.

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MUSIC: Kim Nazarian @ The Egg, Albany. Grammy-nominated jazz singer and a member of New York Voices plays a homecoming concert in support of her debut solo album, Some Morning. 8pm. $25; $20 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Fall Out Boy George Thorogood @ Christopher’s Pub at the Northway Mall, Albany. After recently completing a west coast tour with Al Stewart Copeland, FOBGT play a headlining homecoming show in support of their eponymous debut album. 8pm. $16 in advance; $20 at the door.

OPERA: “Xerxes” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Handel’s opera is directed by Artist-in-Residence Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, featuring students in her “Opera Workshop” course, guest countertenor Chad Payton and Skidmore faculty baritone Dennis Blackwell, with the Skidmore String Orchestra led by guest conductor Scott Schoonover and prepared by Senior Artist-in-Residence Michael Emery. 8pm. $10; $7 seniors; FREE students & children. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: The New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Veteran Grateful Dead spin-off band. 8pm. $30.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Monster Jam @ the Mad Hatter, Guilderland. An all-star line-up including Brantley Gilbert O’Sullivan, Tiny Tim Hardin, Cassandra Wilson Phillips, Rusted Root Boy Slim and more. 7:30pm. $7.

FESTIVAL/FILM: Festival Cinema Invisible Kick-Off Reception @ Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery, Schenectady. Poetry, music, light fare and a cash bar launches the fest prior to two days of films from Persian-speaking communities and beyond. 7pm. $10.

THEATER: “Streetcar Named Desire Under the Elms” @ Essence Mime Theater, Chestertown. It’s opening night! The Firlefanz Puppets offer the world premiere of the all-mime interpretation of the Tennessee Williams/Eugene O’Neill masterwork. 8pm. $35. Through Sunday. UPDATE: Tonight’s performance is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Jack Williams @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Singer-songwriter-master guitarist. 8pm. $24.

THEATER: “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Play reading by the Creative Place International. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Rechorduroys @ the Low Beat, Albany. Led by Ben Garrett, formerly Party Boat. With Bent Shapes and Pony in the Pancake. 8pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Mountain Goats @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $30.

DISCUSSION: Fran Lebowitz: A Conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. Humorist and quintessential New Yorker Fran Lebowitz reflects on American life — from pet peeves to timely issues — in conversation with Bard Humanities Professor Daniel Mendelsohn. 8pm. $25.

COMEDY: Ralphie May @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7 & 10:30pm. $30. Also at 7 & 10:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Bing Crosby Stills Nash & Young Marble Giants @ Papa Bear’s, Colonie. Today’s best bet. This one is going to rock. Don’t forget your dancing shoes. 8pm. $12.

PERFORMANCE: “Atlas Revisited” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. In 2012, visual artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne visited the Atlas Film Studios in the Moroccan desert. There, in front of film sets from previous Hollywood productions, they hired a group of studio camels and tried to persuade them to dance. The result of this endeavor can be seen in their 2014 video “Atlas/Inserts,” a choreography that casts the camel both as a political animal and a technology of movement. Now with “Atlas Revisited,” their latest collaboration, the artists look back at the project and beyond. In a performance using text, movement, and moving image, they question their own motivations and the consequences of their pursuit of an image of freedom. 8pm.

MUSIC: Pete Seeger & the Silver Bullet Band @ Chuck’s Brown Derby, Schodack. It’s an Americana-meets-Motor City mash-up. With Tom T. Hall & Oates opening the show. 9pm. $15.

CABARET: Eric Michael Gillett @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Performing “Man About Town: The Wit and Wisdom of Noel Coward.” 8pm. $20; $10 under age 21.

THEATER: “The Lion King” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is helmed by director Julie Taymor, who brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Also featuring the choreography of Garth Fagan and the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. 8pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC: Diana Kralling Through the Wreckage @ Uncle Ray’s, Albany. Intimate piano jazz re-inventions of Dave Edmunds’ catalog. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Melissa Ferrick @ The Linda, Albany. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Paddy Keenan @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The Irish bagpipe legend performs in his signature wild and free style in a cabaret setting. Keenan is recognized well beyond traditional Irish music circles as a solo artist and as a founding member of the groundbreaking Bothy Band. 7:30pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Tommy James Taylor Swift @ Cahoots, Albany. Yes, they’re back for their Tuesday night residency throughout the month of April. With up-and-coming soul punks Al Green Day. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Adam Ezra Group @ The Garage, Pittsfield. 8pm. $12. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Minnie Pearl Jam @ the Electric Grinch, Schenectady. They’re back in town for their third cornpone-grunge concert of the year. With Sayer – Leo Sayer’s new band of heavy-metal headbangers – opening the show. 9pm. $6.

THEATER: “The Blue Sky Boys” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Deborah Brevoort’s play is an exhilarating romp through the creative minds of the maverick engineers who stopped at nothing to get a man to the moon and back. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. 8pm. $20, $30 & $50. Through Sunday, April 3.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Alphabet City @ the Old Post Road Saloon, East Greenbush. A tribute to MGMT, U2, L7, NRBQ, REM, AC/DC and X. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Satisfaction @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Rolling Stones tribute band. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ the Parish Public House, Albany. It’s tie-dye time! 10pm. $7.

FILM: “In Between Days” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. A Korean immigrant girl confronts the challenges of making a new life in a cold, bleak, unnamed North American city. Director So Yong Kim received the Special Jury Prize at Sundance for the film, her first feature. The screening will be preceded by the 1917 Charlie Chaplin short, “The Immigrant.” 7:30pm. FREE.

One thought on “4/1/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday”

  1. Andy Gregory says:

    So much foolish music. I turn my back on it, and shall go to the theatre for the mimes.

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