4/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

April 24th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Boy Harsher @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Minimal synth coldwavers from Northampton. 10pm.

TALK: Neil DeGrasse Tyson @ Proctors, Schenectady. He’s back with a new show: “The Cosmic Perspective.” 7:30pm. $20-$250.

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.

OPEN MIC: Monday Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sing-up; 7:30pm music. $3; FREE students.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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4/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

April 23rd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The powerhouse singer-songwriter is back in Greater Nippertown for an intimate solo concert. 7:30pm. $59, $69 & $79.

MUSIC: Mother Goose Jazz Band @ Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Clifton Park. A jazz-for-kids concert featuring saxman Josh Greenberg and the rest of the band, plus guest guitarist Chuck D’Aloia. 2pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. the dynamic duo showcases Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes. With Ryanhood. 7pm. $24.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Gabriel Tajeu @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The benefit for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society features the sweet soul-pop sounds of the Alabama-based singer-songwriter. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/FILM: Festival Cinema Invisible’s International Film Festival @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The sixth annual festival showcases films exclusively from and about the Middle East and Northern Africa. 10am-7pm. $25 for an all-day pass. GO HERE for more info…

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.

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4/22/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 22nd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

Happy Record Store Day!
Happy Earth Day!

MUSIC: Richie & Rosie @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The dynamic banjo and fiddle duo of Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton play music deeply rooted in the Americana tradition. 8pm. $18; $10 under age 18.

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: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The acclaimed steel guitarist and his band celebrate the release of their new album, Got Soul. 8pm. $28.

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.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Mike Lebovitz headlines. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Va Va Voodoos @ River Street Beat Shop, Troy. It’s Record Store Day! Celebrate with some free live music at Troy’s finest record shop. 1pm.

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…

MUSIC: Average Bear @ the Ale House, Troy. 9pm.

READINGS: Word Fest Invitational Slam @ Troy Kitchen, Troy. The grand finale of the week-long Albany Word Fest. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/FILM: Festival Cinema Invisible’s International Film Festival @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The sixth annual festival showcases films exclusively from and about the Middle East and Northern Africa. 10am-9pm. $25 for an all-day pass. Also from 10am-7pm on Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

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HRC Showcase Theatre Presents Reading of “Up from Stardom” [Berkshire on Stage]

April 21st, 2017, 1:00 pm by Sara

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.

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PS21 Announces Summer Season of Concerts, Dance, More

April 21st, 2017, 10:30 am by Greg
Rory Block

Rory Block curates and performs at PS21’s Gospel & Blues Fest

Photograph by Tim Reidy

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced its summer 2017 program of music, dance, theater, workshops and children’s events under the tent in Chatham.

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:

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Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

April 21st, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

It’s a Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour…

Sponsored by HOT 99.1FM, the Reunion Concert is rolling into Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Friday, May 26.

The concert is slated to feature Mase, 112, Carl Thomas, Total and Black Rob – all of whom were signed to Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/Puffy/P. Diddy/Diddy’s Bad Boy Records at one time or another.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $55, $70 & $103.

4/21/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

April 21st, 2017, 7:32 am by Greg

MUSIC: Citizen Cope @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. An intimate, acoustic performance from the acclaimed singer-songwriter in Greater Nippertown’s sublime listening venue. 8pm. $36 & $46.

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: The Joey Alexander Trio @ Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. Jazzstock presents the 13-year-old jazz piano wunderkind. 7:30pm. $40, $50 & $60.

MUSIC: The Nile Project @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The inspiring ensemble of 13 African musicians calls attention to water quality issues at home and around the world with their collaborative multi-culti music. 7pm. $15. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE TICKETS…

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.

READING: Readings Against the End of the World @ UAlbany’s Husted Hall Café, Albany. The return of the marathon 24-hour open mic for the first time since 1993. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and a complete Albany Word Fest schedule…

MUSIC: Barenaked Ladies @ The Egg, Albany. Those clever Canadians are back! With soulful a cappella veterans the Persuasions. 8pm. $59.50, $69.50 & $79.50.

TALK/COMEDY: The Amazing Kreskin @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. Now 82 years old, the veteran mentalist is still at it… 7:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The old-school jazz-pop singer-guitarist plays standards and more. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students.

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.

MUSIC: Average Bear @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Luke McNamee and Mike McMann lead their latest band. 8pm.

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Shakespeare & Co. Celebrates The Bard’s Birthday [Berkshire on Stage]

April 20th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara
Graphic design by Kevin Sprague.

Graphic design by Kevin Sprague

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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