10/21/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 21st, 2016, 7:27 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz is a modern-day one-man band armed with a vintage 1950s amp, a guitar he salvaged from a dumpster and a suitcase full of found-object percussion. With the Dupont Brothers. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz hosts the Local 518 faves performing “Suite Lee” dedicated to the late pianist Lee Shaw, as well as other original compositions. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

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MUSIC: Don Armstrong @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. It’s a homecoming concert for the former Saratogian, who will be singing songs of the southwest, accompanied by Tony Markellis, Ed Lowman, Teresina Huxtable and Liz Hood. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Check out the handiwork of 50 master guitar makers from all around the world and hear a dozen great guitarists – up close. 11am. $20. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info and the complete list of performers…

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ theREP, Albany. Paris Time by Steve Peterson. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are joined by special guests Jim Gaudet, Bob Ristau and Tim Wechgelaer. Benefit for the Veterans Miracle Center. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: And the Kids @ the Half Moon, Hudson. In support of their new album, Friends Share Lovers. With Palm and Battle Ave. 8pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Wood Park Shepard Park, Lake George. Day One of the three-day fest featuring Iudica and Funk Evolution. 4pm. $20 for the three-day fest. FREE. GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands… UPDATE: The fest has been re-located to Shepard Park, and admission is now FREE.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. CD release party for Here Comes the Wave. With Monogold and the Black Ships. 8:30pm. $10.

DANCE: The Koresh Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. Earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense and ostentatiously eccentric, the ensemble interprets the music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Ravel. 7:15pm pre-performance talk; 8pm dance. $28.

MUSIC: Average Bear @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Led by saxman Luke McNamee and guitarist Mike McMann. 8pm.

MUSIC: Rickie Lee Jones @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. An intimate evening with the two-time Grammy Award winner. 7pm. $55.

MUSIC/COMEDY: “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Pianist-comedian David Scheel’s speciality is having fun at the expense of classical music – from Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber. 7:30pm. $27.50.

MUSIC: Anthill Annihilator @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Factory Radio, Valuable Currency and the Honey Ridge Blues Band. 8pm. $6.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan Band @ Hotel on North, Pittsfield. 8pm.

THEATER: “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Steven Patterson stars in a one-man performance directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 is under age 21. Through Sunday, October 23. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Bird Dogs @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Dylan & Zachary Zmed (sons of “T.J. Hooker” star Adrian Zmed) serve up a tribute to the Everly Brothers. 7 & 9pm. $18.

THEATER: “An American in Paris” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! The touring production of the four-time Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, launches with previews in Schenectady. 8pm. $25.75-$95.75.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Clifton Park Country Fest @ Spare Time Clifton Park and City Sports Grille, Clifton Park. Featuring Big Sky Country, Whiskey Highway and Kevin Richards. 6pm. $10.

DANCE: SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams @ the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. Multimedia dance performance by sound/video artist Andrea Williams, artist Lee Pembleton, scientist Todd Anderson and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Mister F @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Lespecial. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Bear Bones Project @ S&S Farm Brewery, Nassau. 6pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Eric McMahon @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 8 & 10pm. $15.

FILM/TALK: “Snowpiercer” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, the 2013 film has been hailed as a classic of the new climate fiction genre (“cli-fi”). Directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho and Tilda Swinton. With commentary by screenwriter Kelly Masterson. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Briteny Holden @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by Christine Bile. With Liam Davis, Vevoda and Connor Walsh. 6pm.

THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 23. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.

MUSIC: Ensemble Connect @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Formerly Ensemble ACJW. Members are alumni or current fellows of a two-year program that supports young professionals as they develop careers as top performers, innovative programmers and dedicated teachers who are engaged with the communities in which they live and work. 7pm pre-performance discussion; 8pm concert. $8; $5 seniors; free for students and children.

MUSIC: Sherry Steiner @ BOOM Room, Pittsfield. With the Vertical Curve and Bob Feuer. 5pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Heathers: The Musical” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night! The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents the stage musical based on the 1989 film about the Heathers of Westerberg High. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday, October 30.

MUSIC: Eileen Mack & Wayne Hawkins @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.