12/2/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 2nd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: David Rawlings @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The acclaimed songwriter and guitarist was named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2012 by the Americana Music Association, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 and earned a Grammy nomination just earlier this week. He’ll be playing selections from his solo albums – including the new Poor David’s Almanack with an all-star band featuring long-time partner Gillian Welch, as well as Willie Watson, Paul Kowert and Brittany Haas. 8pm. $36.

MUSIC: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, they’re back for their annual holiday homecoming shows. 8pm. $12.

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MUSIC: “Turning of the Year” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. It’s a Celtic holiday mini-festival featuring John Whelan, Low Lily and Katie McNally for an evening of traditional Irish accordion, Scottish fiddling and Americana string band music. 7:30pm. $26 & $40.

THEATER: “The Fridge Plays” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two cutting-edge one-acts, two playwrights, two directors, five actors, one refrigerator. Straight from a sold-out run in NYC, it’s “The Fridge Plays” – Daniel Talbott’s “Nick and Zoe” directed by Shira-Lee Shalit, and Steve McMahon’s “sad indie love song” directed by Benjamin Viertel. 7:30pm. $20; students $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Bill Staines @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The veteran folksinger-songwriter-storyteller returns. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10.

MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A glorious sound made from a suitcase full of junkyard castoffs… 8pm. $22. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Dana Fuchs @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. 8pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ Colony, Woodstock. With Ed Romanoff. 8pm. $40.

MUSIC: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Flamingosis. 9:30pm. $17.

THEATER: “Middletown” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Last chance! Roseanne Raneri directs the student production of Will Eno’s moving and witty play about the ways in which the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lonnie Holley @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. His music is somewhere between — and perhaps beyond — Sun Ra and spoken-word poetry. He recorded his first album in 2012 at age 62 after making home recordings for more than two decades. His music, like his art (which is currently featured in the exhibition “Thumbs Up for the Mothership,” defies classification — haunting vocals, keyboards and new, unique renditions of songs with every performance. 8pm. $18 & $24; students $10. ALSO: an artist’s talk at 3pm.

MUSIC: J.E.D.I. @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It stands for Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation, and the band features members of the Brazilian Girls, Lettuce, the Nth Power and Break Science. With the Magic Beans. 9:30pm. $16.

MUSIC: Martin Sexton Trio @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The self-taught musician and upstate NY native composes a singular blend of folk, soul, jazz, gospel and pop. 9pm. $45 & $55.

MUSIC: Damn Tall Buildings @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. The Boston Globe called them “the Carter Family for the millennial generation.” 8pm. $8.

THEATER: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The romantic musical is a Broadway classic with six Tony nominations garnered by its recent NYC revival. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the show features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Stacy Mitchhart @ Lost & Found, Albany. 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: Colorway @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Northampton rockers featuring guitarist-bandleader F. Alex Johnson of Drunk Stuntmen and the Young @ Heart Chorus. With Flying Rob & Friends. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Murali Coryell @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The bluesman, his band and special guests play a benefit for Adopt-A-Future, an education program for refugee children. 7:30pm. $30.

COMEDY: Rob Schneider @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. “Saturday Night Live” alum. 7 & 9:45pm. $30.

CABARET: Christine Pedi @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Proctors’ One Night Only! The Cabaret Series returns with “Snow Bizness,” the latest show from the talented impressionist who conjures up the voices Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews and more. 7:30pm. $40-$50.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs. It’s the Holiday Fez-tacular. 7pm.

MUSIC: Talia Denis & Friends @ the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Acoustic Trauma @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

THEATER: “As Bees in Honey Drown” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Mark Stephens directs Douglas Carter Beane’s satirical comedy. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday, December 10.

MUSIC: The Williams Jazz Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Directed by Kris Allen, the band’s “The Healing Edge” concert explores contemporary big band arrangements by Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Ayn Inserto and others. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Elvis’ Blue Christmas Concert & Dinner @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. The benefit for Saratoga Children’s Theatre features Elvis tribute artist Matthew Boyce and his 28-piece Suspicious Mind Orchestra. 6:30pm dinner; 7:30pm show. $40; seniors $35; students $15. Light dinner included with admission.

THEATER: “Miracle on 34th Street” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theater Guild’s production of the holiday favorite. 2 & 7:30pm. $20; students & seniors $19. Through Sunday, December 10.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Northeast Ballet’s annual holiday performance. 7pm. Also at 2pm Sunday.

MUSIC: British Steel @ Chrome, Waterford. Judas Priest tribute. With Tesla tribute band Signs. 8pm.

THEATER: “Big Love” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Two-time Obie Award-winning playwright Charles L. Mee’s play fuses the ancient and the modern by bringing the plot of Aeschylus’ “The Suppliants” into the modern era. Directed by Carolyn Anderson. 2 & 8pm. $12; students & seniors $8. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: BerkStar @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

FILM: “Experiments in Film and Video: The Underground World of Mike and George Kuchar” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Whimsical and outrageous art movies by the ’60s avant-garde filmmaking brothers. 4pm. FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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