10/14/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

October 14th, 2017, 7:32 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Sam Bush Band @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Mandolin virtuoso and the Godfather of Newgrass brings his eclectic band back to The Egg in support of his latest album, Storyman. 7:30pm. $38.50.

MUSIC: Blind Owl Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s the album release party for the Saranac Lake-based band’s third album, Skeezy Patty. With Grassroots Rebels. 9:30pm. $15.

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MUSIC: Triffid @ TJ’s Flightline Pub, Glenville. It’s flashback time with Alan Payette, Tommy Verrigni, CJ Benenati, Joe Schepis, John Chiara and possible guest appearances. With the Penny Knight Band. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Built for Battle @ Chrome, Waterford. CD release party. With Remains of Rage, Sworn to Vengeance, Act of War, One Less Scumbag and Eating Gods. 7pm.

DISCUSSION: “Dirty Deeds: Election Mischief, Cybercrimes & Civil Liberties” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. UAlbany’s Victor Asal moderates the discussion with novelist Russell Banks; David Daley (author of “Ratf**ed: The True Story Behind the Secret Plans to Steal America’s Democracy”; James Steiner (ex-CIA official and Program Coordinator for Homeland Security); Kelley Vlahos (Managing Editor of The American Conservative). 9:30am. FREE.

DISCUSSION: “Race, Class, and the Future of Democracy” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gilbert King moderates the discussion with Carol Anderson (author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide”); José Cruz (Director of UAlbany’s Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies); Juan González (co-host of “Democracy Now!” and author of “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America”); Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (MacArthur Fellow and author of “Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx”). 11:30am. FREE.

DISCUSSION: “The First Amendment & Free Speech Under Attack” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Ashleigh Banfield (host of “Primetime Justice”) moderates the discussion with Floyd Abrams (author of “The Soul of the First Amendment”), Anthony Paul Farley (Professor of Jurisprudence at Albany Law School), Kristina Findikyan (senior counsel at Hearst); Richard Honen (conservative commentator on WAMC’s “The Roundtable”). 2:30pm. FREE

DISCUSSION: “The End of Newspapers?” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Rex Smith (editor of The Albany Times Union) moderates the discussion with Bill Keller (former executive editor of The New York Times); Pamela Newkirk (professor of journalism at NYU); Richard Tofel (founding general manager and current president of Pro Publica); Jim Rich (Executive Editor of HUFFPOST). 7pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Reverbicon @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. Part festival, part convention with comic book artists Kevin Conrad, Bill Anderson and Keith Haugen, as well as self-proclaimed “dysfunctional clown” Lenn Oddity, 3D artwork exhibits, vendors, door prizes and, of course, lots of headbangin’ music headlined by The Erotics. 2:30pm. $15. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The guitarist with the David Bowie band and The Cure heads into Troy in support of his new album, Imaginary Friends Live. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A program of “Hollywood Favorites: Star Wars & More!” 7pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

MUSIC: Marc Cohn @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter of “Walking in Memphis” and more. 8pm. $50. UPDATE: This concert has been postponed. New date TBA…

MUSIC: Aztec Two-Step @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The veteran folk-rock duo celebrates the release of Naked, their first album of all original material since 2004. 7:30pm. $30 & $50.

MUSIC: Billy Bragg @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. He’s been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. 8pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: North Sea Gas @ Celtic Hall, Albany. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Peg Delaney Trio @ the Athens Cultural Center, Athens. The One World Music Series concert features pianist Peg Delaney, bassist Bill Delaney and percussionist/series curator Brian Melick. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Ronnie Baker Brooks @ the Upper Room, Albany. The son of blues guitar great Lonnie Brooks carries on the family tradition. 7pm. $20 & $35.

MUSIC: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Gillespie’s birth, his long-time bassist John Lee leads the six-piece ensemble in a tribute to the trumpet great. With the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble. 7:30pm. $23-$38.

MUSIC: Moon Worship @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Eternal Crimes and Hill Haints. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Lucky Valentines @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm.

COMEDY: Chris Gethard @ Colony, Woodstock. With Joe Rumrill. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

THEATER: “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the regional premiere of the dramaric play adapted from Schenectady native John Ball’s novel, which was also the source material for the Oscar winning Best Picture movie celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, October 15. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Hambones @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The veteran folk-rock quartet returns with another tribute to Bob Dylan. 7:30pm. $20; students $10.

THEATER: “The Color Purple” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel transformed into the Tony Award winning stage musical revival. 2pm. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “The Bitter Game” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Keith A. Wallace serves up a searing solo theater piece charged with pain, poetry and laughter. Blending verse, prose and shit-talkin’ into a stirring commentary, it begs the question: What does it mean to survive while Black in America? 8pm. $20 & $30; students $10.

MUSIC: Theory of a Deadmman @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Ayron Jones. 8pm. $23.

MUSIC: Particle @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Lespecial. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Glenn Miller Orchestra @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Classic big band music. 7:30pm. $28 & $34.

FESTIVAL: Pittsfield Harvest Festival @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. With live music by Banulis & the Miller Jazz Duo (9-11am) and the Hoping Machine (11am-1pm). 9am-1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: All Torn Up @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Capitle, Your Brain on Drugs and Saurians. 8:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Azzaam Hameed @ the Thirsty Owl, Saratoga Springs. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Neal Herr @ the Eden Cafe, Loudonville. “The Last Time for Me” is a cabaret celebration of show songs by Neal Herr, featuring 20 of the best theater songs from his award-winning career (“Pepper with the Salt,” “Old Friend,” “Dear God,” “Twisted Country”) with Gigi Bull and David Strange. 7:30pm. Partial proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ the Parish Public House, Albany. With Mournin Dove. 9:30pm.

THEATER: “Sex With Strangers” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Stephen Nachamie directs Laura Eason’s smart, digital-age dramedy about a pair of writers snowbound in a bed & breakfast. Starring Jenny Strassburg and Ben Williamson. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 15. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC: Maddhaus @ the Glove Theater, Gloversville. With FM. 7:30pm. $12.

THEATER: “Gaslight” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The story of a suavely handsome man who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions. Directed by Louisa Proske. 2 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 22. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: “Steady On: Celebrating Lilith Fair at 20” @ The Linda, Albany. A talented quartet of female singer-songwriters – Sloan Wainwright, Lara Herscovitch, Sharon Goldman and Amy Soucy – carry the torch sparked by the groundbreaking 1997-1999 Lilith Fair tour. 8pm. $22.

BURLESQUE: K-Oktoberfest 2017 Boylesque Revue @ Rocks, Albany. With emcee Guy Smiley and all male cast featuring Hot Toddy, Rowe Fyre, Mister James, Connor McCormick, Corkscrew Le Tease and more. 10:30pm. $10 & $15.

THEATER: “Cabin Pressure” @ the University Club, Albany. Karen Christina Jones directs Albany playwright Damon Stewart’s first short play, a situational comedy set on board a flight from St. Paul to Albany. 7pm. $20.

THEATER: “Cabaret” @ Russell Sage College’s Meader Little Theater, Troy. The classic Kander & Ebb music directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 7:30pm. $15; students & seniors $12. Through Sunday, October 15.

WORKSHOP: Rodney Holmes Drum Clinic @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. The drummer’s resume includes playing and recording with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana, as well as Al Jarreau, the Brecker Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Jim Weider’s Project Percolator and many others. 4pm. $20.

THEATER: “Lost Lake” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Imperfect strangers meet in this warm, touching and funny one-act written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn. 2 & 7pm. $50. Through Sunday, October 22. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Big Eyed Phish @ the Saratoga Auto Museum, Saratoga Springs. The Dave Matthews tribute band plays a benefit for Universal Preservation Hall and Saratoga Auto Museum. 7pm. $30.

THEATER: “Always… Patsy Cline” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Benita Zahn and Molly Rose McGrath star in the Park Playhouse production about one of country music’s most beloved artists and her friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Featuring many of Cline’s hits including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walking After Midnight” and others. 2 & 8pm. $24; kids 12 & under $15. Through Sunday, October 15.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: Confetti Fest XIII @ the Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. The 13th incarnation of Confetti Stage’s annual short play festival features five short plays. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 15.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…