2/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

February 18th, 2017, 7:53 am by Greg

MUSIC: Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Yes, it’s the music of Beethoven improvised upon jam-band style. 9:30pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland. A very special performance of “Shadow and Act,” a suite of original music composed by guitarist Roger Noyes and inspired by Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” 2pm. FREE.

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FESTIVAL: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The 30th annual three-day, mid-February fest continues in 16 locations around town with the Grady Girls, the Amidons, Quickstep, Reggie Harris, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Genticorum, the Buddy System, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble and lots more… 9am. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Fab guitar duo. 8pm. UPDATE: This event is now officially sold out…

MAGIC: “Cons, Cheats & Scams: The Extraordinary Card Magic of Jason Ladanye” @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. One of the world’s top card magicians dazzles audiences with close-up sleight of hand, demonstrating just how easy it can be to win in Vegas – if you’ve got the skills. Hosting for and performing with Mr. Ladanye will be Sean ‘The Prankster’ Magician of Windham. 7:30pm. Also at 2pm Sunday. $20; $10 students age 21 & under.

COMEDY: Jo Firestone @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. Absurdist stand-up comedy dynamo. With Joe Pera and Dan Licata. $22 & $28; $10 students.

CIRCUS: Psychic Sideshow @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. Evil Dan and his sidekick Colleen the Sideshow Queen perform sideshow stunts, carnival cons, magic of the midway, miracles of the human mind and much more. 2pm. $15; $10 students age 21 & under.

COMEDY: Tim Meadows @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. “Saturday Night Live” alum. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ the Ale House, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Odd Body @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Rescott Renegade, Good Hair, Sup? and Nine Votes Short. 8pm.

MUSIC: Chris O’Leary Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The blues harmonicat – seen earlier this month at the Palace Theatre as part of the Last Waltz 40 Tour – blows down the house. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Kills to Kisses @ Art Omi, Ghent. Lisa Maree Dowling performs as her solo project, looping upright bass, vocals and more. 5pm. $10.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Acclaimed conductor Karina Canellakis picks up the baton for an evening that features Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. 7:30pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. An evening of 10 plays, each just 10 minutes long. 3 & 7:30pm. Through Sunday, February 26.

MUSIC: The Bremners @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. Rob Skane & Mike Lisi bring the pop. 1pm. FREE.

CIRCUS: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ Cabin Fever Cabaret @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Hudson ensemble offers its for-grown-ups-only show featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. 9pm. Audience members in costume receive a discount at the door.

COMEDY: Comedy Night @ Trojan Hotel, Troy. Hosted by Erin Harkes. 8pm. $10.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. “Billy on the Street” writer Leah Bonnema goes Underground. With Tracey Carnazzo. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Club Zambezi Dance Party @ Williams College’s ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. Led by Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. 2pm. $3.

DANCE: Fly Dance Company @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. High-energy hip-hop, classical and modern dance. 7:30pm. $22 & $27. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled…

THEATER: “Lovers’ Spat” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. Allyn Burrows directs scenes from Shakespeare’s famous couples loving, fighting, scheming & wooing. 7pm. $25. Also at 2pm Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: Rodney Laney @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With Anthony DiDomenico. 7pm. $18.

THEATER: “Assisted Loving: Dating with My Dad” @ theREP, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of New York Times writer Bob Morris’ poignant new comedy explores the world of contemporary digital dating later in life. 3 & 8pm. Through February 19.

MUSIC: Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles @ Proctors, Schenectady. The first half of the tribute features favorites from the Beatles’ career, while the second half imagines what you might have seen if the Fab Four reunited for a concert 10 years after they originally broke up. 8pm. $20-$70.

THEATER: “Grand Concourse” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. A crisis of faith comes to a boil in a church soup kitchen in the Bronx. Directed by Patrick White. 7:30pm. $18; $10 students. Through Sunday, February 19.

MUSIC: Soul Time @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Featuring members of two bands, Kung Fu and The Chronicles. 9:30pm. FREE.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The ongoing documentary project – still being shot on location – chronicling the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. Followed by a discussion with director Fidel Moreno and Hunkpapa Sioux Chairman Cedric Goodhouse. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “The Game’s Afoot” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Homemade Theater’s production of Ken Ludwig’s whodunit. 7:30pm. Through February 26.

MUSIC: The Brothers Blue @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Leslie Barkman @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Max Creek @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Jam band pioneers. 9pm.

TALK/DEMO: Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek offer an in-depth demonstration and discussion of EMPAC’s 496-speaker Wave Field Synthesis audio system. 1 & 3pm. $6. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Formula 5 @ Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “The Door Next Door” @ The Linda, Albany. Women With Voices present their dinner-and-theater murder mystery production. 2pm.

THEATER: “The Birthday Party” @ Masonic Temple, Albany. Linda Shirey directs the Confetti Stage production of the Harold Pinter classic, a menacing, pitch-black comedy. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through February 26.

MUSIC: Aquanett @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. ’80s tribute band. 9pm. FREE.