11/19/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

November 19th, 2016, 7:40 am by Greg

MUSIC: Sierra Hull @ The Linda, Albany. She’s been recognized as a mandolin prodigy since age 11 when she made her Grand Ole Opry debut with Allison Krauss. Now at age 25 she’s a bona fide virtuoso (and a fine songwriter), and she’ll play The Linda in support of her new album Weighted Mind. With Michael Eck. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: 10,000 Maniacs @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. All the hits – “Because the Night,” “More Than This,” “Trouble Me” and more – by the college radio pioneers led by Mary Ramsey on lead vocals and viola. 7:30pm. $32, $42 & $52. GO HERE to read a new interview with Mary Ramsey…

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FUNDRAISER: Albany Center Gallery 40th Anniversary Gala @ Renaissance Albany Hotel, Albany. The Mona Ruth Brickman Memorial Artist of the Year Award will be bestowed upon Tara Fracalossi and the Les Urbach Lifetime Achievement Award to Stuart Horn. Mistress of Ceremonies is the ever-charming Tess Collins, while the Albany Institute of History & Art’s Tammis Groft serves as honorary chair. Music by the Dylan Perrillo Trio. 6pm.

MUSIC: Squirrel Nut Zippers @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Led by the band’s visionary creator, Jimbo Mathus, the Zippers are back with their eclectic fusion of Delta blues, Gypsy jazz and swing in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their most celebrated album, Hot. 8pm. $34.

MUSIC: Magnetic Fields @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Stephin Merritt, the master songsmith behind the Magnetic Fields, returns with the full band for the world premiere of the second half of the songs from the new Nonesuch Records album, 50 Song Memoir. 8pm. $45; $35 students; $55 preferred.

MUSIC: Dark Star Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Wending their way through another Grateful Dead concert setlist… 8pm. $36.50.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Glenville. Wry, witty bluegrass music and great home-crafted brews. We recommend the Campout Stout… 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Christine Lavin & Don White @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Funny folk. 8pm. $28 & $50.

MUSIC: Murali Coryell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The blues guitarslinger and his band – guitarist Jesse Gress, bassist Bill Foster and drummer Liviu Pop – celebrate the release of his new album, Mr. Senator. 9pm.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The band will be giving away three copies of “The Last Waltz” DVD, signed by Hair of the Dog’s Larry Packer, who appeared in the film playing fiddle with The Band. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore @ Caffe Lena @ 230 Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The Grammy Award-winning vocalist and her guitar-playing husband dig into the Americana roots songbag. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: The Mike + Ruthy Band @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Americana stand-outs. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: “Forward Into Light” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The history of the American women’s suffrage movement in New York State in song and story. Directed by Andy Spence. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Pink Talking Fish @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Performing “The Dark Side of Gamehendge,” a special concept show that mashes up Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with Phish’s Gamehendge, infused with a number of Talking Heads faves. With the Primate Fiasco. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan Band @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. The blues and beyond. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Groovin’: A ’60s & ’70s Musical Journey @ Proctors, Schenectady. Tribute to the classic rock era featuring Kris Coleman, Krista David, Tommy Love, Collette, Bryan O’Neill, Lenny Thomas and more. 8pm. $22, $30 & $38.

MUSIC: Roswell Rudd at Eighty One @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The great veteran jazz trombonist celebrates his 81st birthday playing with Fay Victor, Ken Filiano and Lafayette Harris. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Collar City Fall Ball @ the Takk House, Troy. Prom for adults with music by the Graham Tichy Band. 8pm.

FUNDRAISER: Epicurious @ UpRiver Café, Lake Luzerne. A celebration featuring delectable culinary delights along with a display of food-related art from regional artists throughout the open kitchen, restaurant and heated back porch. A benefit for the Lake George Arts Project. 4-7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Performing Handel’s “Water Music” and Schumann’s “Symphony No. 4.” 7:30pm. Also at 3pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Pig Food Records Five Year Anniversary Party @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Giant Gorilla Dog Thing. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rock for Tots @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring the Rough n Ready Band (3:30pm), River Junction (5:45pm), Wylder (7:30pm) EB Jeb (9pm). With Winchester & Young.

TALK: Medea Benjamin @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Activist, author and co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 students/low income).

MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Students, faculty, staff and friends pay tribute to the music of the Fab Four. 2 & 8pm. $10; $7 seniors; $5 students & children.

MUSIC: Shine On @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. Performing Frampton Comes Alive in its entirety. With Overture. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Low Lily @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The string band/vocal trio of Liz Simmons (guitar), Flynn Cohen (guitar, mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) plays traditional acoustic music. 8pm. $18; $10 under age 18.

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

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Elvis tribute artist David Lee performs a benefit for St. Catherine’s Center for Children. 7pm. $32.50 & $37.50; $72.50 VIP (includes pre-show reception).

MUSIC: Crown the Empire @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Rockin’ in support of their new album, Retrograde. With Bless the Fall, New Years Day, Too Close to Touch and Light Up the Sky. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Almost Queen @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. A tribute to Freddie Mercury & Co. 8pm. $22, $35 & $39.

BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Revue @ Hudson Harbor Steak & Seafood, Albany. Join Roxxi and her troupe for a night of fun-filled hi-jinx and bathtub gin-infused burlesque from the golden age of jazz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Deb Cavanaugh @ Emack & Bolio’s, Albany. A special interactive family show with the limberjack and “crankie.” 5pm.

THEATER: “Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show” @ the Albany Barn, Albany. Creative License presents the female-centric comedy starring Carissa LoPresti-Weiss and Emer Geraghty. Directed by Aaron Holbritter. 7:30pm.

COMEDY: Robert Kelly @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm.

MUSIC: TooMuchTooFast @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Solar Gypsys. 10pm. $8.

MUSIC: Dopapod @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 10:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Rensselaer Orchestra @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, the orchestra performs works exploring the sublime nature of romantic tragedy. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Williams Gospel Choir @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. 4pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Water by the Spoonful” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. The Pulitzer Prize-winning
play by Quiara Alegría Hudes has a six-performance run directed by Kim Stauffer. 2 & 7pm. Through Sunday.

Is there an event that we overlooked? Add it to the comment box below…