4/2/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 2nd, 2016, 7:56 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Cult @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Anchored by vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band ruled their native Britain with mid-’80s singles like “She Sells Sanctuary” before breaking into the American metal market in the late ’80s with “Love Removal Machine.” Now they’re on the road in support of Hidden City. 8pm. $40.

MUSIC: Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Sanctuary celebrates its tenth anniversary with a don’t-miss concert by the AZimbabwe music legend and his band. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Roots Music Festival @ The Linda, Albany. Ryan Montbleau headlines the seventh annual fest along with James Edmund’s Heavenly Echoes, Ira Wolf, Dan Perrillo’s Useless Cans, Red Haired Strangers and host Michael Eck. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

DANCE: Twyla Tharp’s “The One Hundreds” @ YMCA, Schenectady. Twyla Tharp’s “The One Hundreds” is a community dance event starring 100 community participants and company members of Twyla Tharp Dance. 5:30pm.

EVENT/FUNDRAISER: Backstage Ball @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A red-carpet gala event featuring an awards ceremony in honor of Alan Goldberg, the chairman of the Palace Theatre Board of Directors. 6pm.

MUSIC: Magpie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. Presenting “Songs for the Earth: A Tribute to Rachel Carson.” 7:30pm. $24-$35.

MUSIC: David Mallett @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. He sings folk songs of rural living in a heartfelt voice accompanied by clear and gentle guitar. His “Garden Song” and “The Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel,” rooted in the northlands of his native Maine, have been recorded by John Denver and many others. 8pm. $27.

THEATER: The 24-Hour Theatre Project @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. 50 theater artists are given just 24 hours to create, rehearse and perform five new plays. The project combines the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theatre. 7:30pm. $10-$20. GO HERE for more info…

EVENT: Local Author Day @ Barnes & Noble at Colonie Center, Colonie. Discussions and book-signings by more than a dozen Greater Nippertown writers, including W.B. Belcher, Vincent Zandri, Darryl McGrath, Peggy Frezon, Bob Cudmore and more. 1-4pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

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. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Veils of the Void. 9:30pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Northeastern Woodworkers Association Showcase & Festival @ Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. Woodworking lectures, demonstrations, tools & materials sales and more. With live bluegrass music by Three Quarter North (12noon), Marcotte Mountain Music (1pm) and Cedar Ridge (2pm). 10am-5pm. $10; FREE under age 12. Also 10am-5pm on Sunday.

EVENT: Alternative Albany Open House @ various locations, Albany. Three forward-thinking institutions in Albany’s Mansion Neighborhood invite the public to peek in and see what they’re up to: Grand StreetCommunity Arts (12noon-1pm), the Albany Free School (12noon-2pm; with breakfast specials and baked goods available from 9am-12noon); and Radix Ecological Sustainability Center (1-3pm).

MUSIC: John Brown’s Body @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 9:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: Ruby Amanfu @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Dubbed “Nashville’s Next Indie Star” by Billboard, the astonishing soul-rock singer is a force to be reckoned with. 8pm. $22 & $28. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

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. 2 & 8pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC: Chops & Sauerkraut @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Chops and Sauerkraut are a hard-edged rockabilly, honky-tonk and garage band influenced by Carl Perkins, the Standells, ? and the Mysterians, Frankie Yankovic, Elvis Presley, Bob Wills and the Cramps. With Two Gun Man. 9pm.

MUSIC: Off the Record @ the Ale House, Troy. A lounge-rock trio straight outta the ’60s. 8:45pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: Community Dance with Fennig’s Allstars @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. 7pm. $8; FREE ages 12 & under.

MUSIC: Jonah Parzen-Johnson @ Spotty Dog, Hudson. Jazz and horns. With Dave Miller. 8pm. $5.

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. 3 & 8pm. $20, $30 & $50. Through Sunday.

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

FESTIVAL/FILM: Festival Cinema Invisible @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Screening a wide variety of films of Persian speaking communities and beyond. 12noon-10pm. $10-$40. Also 12noon-6pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Madalyn Parnas @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Accompanied by pianist Andreas Ioannides, the acclaimed violinist offers a program of Beethoven, Ysaye, Brahms and Kreisler. 7pm. $20.

COMEDY: Sorry Not Sorry @ the Low Beat, Albany. Improv sketch comedy. With Dollars to Donuts. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Fissure @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Goolagoon and Neutron Rats. 8pm.

MUSIC: Yankee Holler @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Band of Ghosts and Gordon St. 9pm.

DANCE: “Show No Show” @ Art Omi, Ghent. Gabrielle Revlock and Aleksandr Frolov met and began developing “Show No Show” during their three-week residency with Dance Omi in August 2014. 5pm. $15.

THEATER: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. An abridged, hour-long adaptation of the Shakespeare classic comedy. 11am. $11; $9 students.

MUSIC: Phil Shapiro & Carrie Shore @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Ithaca-based folk duo. 8pm. $18; $10 under age 18.

MUSIC: Skeleton Keys @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. A keyboard-centric, electronic exploration of the music of the Grateful Dead, featuring Alex Mazur (Gratefully Yours) and Steve Molitz (Phil & Friends). 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Mad Co. @ The Egg, Albany. Bad Company tribute band. With Who’s Next. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Doug Church @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Elvis tribute. 3 & 7pm. $40.

MUSIC: Unforgettable Fire @ River Street Pub, Troy. U2 tribute. 9pm.

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