MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. The powerhouse singer-songwriter is back in Greater Nippertown for an intimate solo concert. 7:30pm. $66.50, $76.50 & $86.50.
MUSIC: Mipso @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Chapel Hill indie string band in support of their new album Coming Down the Mountain. With Avi Jacob. 7pm. $18.
FILM: Mariam Ghani @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy.
Mariam Ghani introduces several films from the Afghan Film Archive — the state film institute based in Kabul, Afghanistan — as part of her ongoing research project What We Left Unfinished. The New York-based artist will also screen her own in-progress film, which explores five unfinished feature films that were made between 1978-1991, during the years of Afghan Communism. 7pm. $6.
MUSIC: Home Free @ The Egg, Albany. Country music a cappella quintet. 7:30pm. $27.50, $40 & $130. UPDATE: The show is now officially sold out…
WORKSHOPS: Albany Improv Fest @ the Upper Room, Albany. 11:30am: “Improvising Memorable Characters” with Christopher J. Simpson; 2pm: “Musical Improv” with Mark S. Meritt. $25 each; $40 for both. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Scott Petito’s io @ The Falcon, Marlboro. A genre-bending jazz-rock mash-up of originals and reworked covers. Inventive, exploratory yet immensely accessible – featuring guitarist David Gilmore, saxman Erik Lawrence, keyboardist Rachel Z, drummer Ben Perowsky and bassist Scott Petito. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Three-O @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The ever-charming, ever-unpredictable Travis will be performing many songs from the fabulous, new Chandler Travis Philharmonic CD, Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 2 & 1. With Rabasi Joss (aka, Jocelyn Arem, the director of the Caffe Lena History Project). 8pm. $22.
MUSIC: Bridget Kearney @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The bassist from Lake Street Dive steps out on her own in support of her solo debut, Won’t Let You Down. Her bandmates include Sarah Pedinotti and Benjamin Lazar Davis, who also open the show as the duo, Fit Club. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Sixties Spectacular @ Proctors, Schenectady. A musical flashback to the ’60s featuring Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone; B.J. Thomas; the Grass Roots; and Joe’s Boys with guest vocalists Al Bruno and Trish Anderson. 7pm. $39.75-$54.75. GO HERE to read an interview with Peter Noone…
MUSIC: Bumper Jacksons @ The Linda, Albany. In support of their upcoming album, “I’ve Never Met a Stranger,” the band rolls into town, painting America’s musical story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. With Michael Eck, Caroline MotherJudge, Mitch Elrod and Bob Buckley. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Low Lily @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The string-and-vocal folk trio – Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) with Corey DiMario (bass) – weaves traditional influences with modern inspiration. 7:30pm. $23; $5 children ages 12 & under.
FESTIVAL/COMEDY: The Albany Improv Festival @ the Upper Room, Albany. Improvisational comedy troupes from all across the country gather for the second annual fest. 12noon. $10 (one hour); $15 (two hours); ($20) the whole day-long festival ($20). GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…
You are cordially invited to HRC Showcase Theatre on April 22 for a staged reading of Up from Stardom, by Lawrence DuKore.
Lawrence DuKore has had success as a playwright, screen writer, television writer, novelist, and lyricist. He began his career with the Richard Pryor film, Greased Lightning. His television play, A Mistaken Charity, was produced for PBS/American Playhouse and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best dramatic writing. Mr. DuKore is a member of both the HB (Herbert Berghof/Uta Hagen) Playwrights Foundation and the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Workshop. His plays have been produced regionally (CentreStage, Greenville, South Carolina; Jewish Ensemble Theatre, West Bloomfield, Michigan, etc.) and off-Broadway. His play, Stained Glass, premiered off-Broadway at the award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse.
Marking the inauguration of PS21’s twelfth season opening night will be a concert by Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. Other season highlights include the Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, classical piano concerts featuring Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” performed by Simone Dinnerstein and Chopin’s “Preludes” performed by Lincoln Mayorga.
In addition to the musical offerings, PS21 will host play readings and films about the American immigrant experience. Rounding out the season is the month-long Chatham Dance Festival, which features some of today’s most influential dance companies and a month-long residency by Parson Dance.
Here’s the schedule for PS21’s 2017 concert series:
MUSIC: The Chainsmokers @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Either you love ’em or hate ’em. The EDM/pop duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall just released their debut album, Memories…Do Not Open, earning them the kind of reviews not seen since Nickelback. With Kiiara and Emily Warren. 7pm. $60.50 & $81.
MUSIC: Willie Nile @ The Linda, Albany. The Buffalo-born singer-songwriter has been rockin’ since 1980, and he rolls into town for his annual visit, offering a preview of of his upcoming album, Positively Bob.
MUSIC: Sofia Talvik @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Swedish folk/Americana artist makes her Greater Nippertown debut in support of her latest album, Big Sky Country. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Gospel Jubilee @ Proctors, Schenectady. The sixth annual gospel celebration features joyful and uplifting music by headliner Yvette C. Williams, as well as the Capital Region Jubilee Mass Choir with musical direction by Reverend Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr. 7pm. $25.
Each year Shakespeare festivals around the globe celebrate the birthday of our greatest playwright with special events. And at 7pm on Saturday (April 22), Shakespeare & Company in Lenox joins in the movement, hosting the Northeast Regional Tour’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Tina Packer Playhouse. A reception with the cast will follow the performance.
“The Bard’s birthday celebration is an event for the whole family,” said Director Jonathan Croy. “With an exhilarating 90-minute performance, followed by a reception with the artists, and, of course, a slice of birthday cake, it is a great way to add a little magic and mischief to your evening.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the Bard’s most performed plays. The plot involves four lovers lost in the woods and a group of rude mechanicals who have set out to put on a play. Very quickly, they all become entangled in a dream world. The Fairy Kingdom is at odds, spells are cast and the devilish sprite Puck weaves his mischief amongst the mortals, but is all fair in love and war?
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