12/9/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

December 9th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

FILM: “Ironweed” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. A hometown screening in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Hector Babenco’s film based on William Kennedy’s classic novel. With commentary and Q&A with Kennedy and post screening reception. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Wilson Cables Coleman @ Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist George Cables and bassist Ira Coleman team up an evening of elegant chamber jazz. With the Art D’Echo Trio. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Jack DeJohnette Trio @ The Egg, Albany. The Jazz Hall of Fame drummer is joined by Ravi Coltrane (nominated for a Grammy earlier this week for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the title track of the trio’s latest album, In Movement) and bassist Matthew Garrison. With the Indo-Pak Coalition led by saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. 7:30pm. $36.

MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ the Low Beat, Albany. Ryder Cooley and her mascot spirit animal, Hazel the taxidermy sheep, leads her ethereal gothic-folk chamber band through the hypnotic selections of their self-titled debut album, released earlier this year. With Luis Mojica. 8pm. $6.

MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. One of rock’s great female singers, she’s got an Oscar as well as her Grammys. 8pm. $70, $100, $115 & $145.

THEATER: “Ipsa Dixit” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. It’s an evening-length work of theatrical chamber music by American composer Kate Soper. Exploring the intersection of music, language and meaning, the piece blends elements of monodrama, Greek theater and screwball comedy to skewer the treachery of language. 8pm. $18; $13 seniors & students.

MUSIC: Joe Lovano’s Birthday Bash @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The powerhouse jazz saxman celebrates his 64th birthday with Marilyn Crispell (piano), Dan Silverman (trombone), Ed Schuller (bass), George Schuller (drums), Judi Silvano (vocals), Peter Silverman (didgeridoo) and surprise guests… 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Joan Osborne @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. From “(What If God Was) One of Us” to “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” and beyond, the multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee brings the soul fire. 8pm.

MUSIC: Gin Wigmore @ the Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Albany. The Kiwi artist and musician rolls into town on her Let It Ride Tour in support of her new single “Dirty Mercy.” 9pm. $17.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ Caffe Lena at Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. The six-piece pop/folk/jazz band features Mallory Donnelly and Jeanne O’Connor, vocals; Bob Warren, guitar & vocals; Sam Zucchini, drums & vocals; Scott Bassinson, keyboards; and Tony Markellis, bass. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “Holiday Memories” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Opening night! Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory” adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke and directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 age 21 & under. Through December 18.

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LIVE: Troy Victorian Stroll @ Downtown Troy, 12/4/16

December 8th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sax O Clause

Sax O Claus & Josh the Elf

Photographs by Glenn Kaplowitz

For us here at Nippertown, it just doesn’t feel like the Christmas season until we’ve spotted those happy holiday hornmen Sax O Claus & Josh the Elf. Thanks to Luke McNamee and Josh Greenberg for brightening our holidays with the sax sounds of the season.

Of course, there was plenty of other music to catch during last weekend’s annual Troy Victorian Stroll including Johnny Rabb & the Tichy Boys, the Lustre Kings, Three Quarter North and even a rare sighting of Jeff Strange

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BEST OF 2016: TV Guide’s Top Television Shows

December 8th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too. (Sure, just email ’em to us…)

Here’s TV Guide’s list of the Top 10 Television Shows of the year, as compiled by Alexander Zalben:

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Happy Holidays @ Club Helsinki with Holidelic & Hedda Lettuce [Berkshire on Stage]

December 8th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Everett Bradley

Everett Bradley

You can always count on Club Helsinki in Hudson to come up with some pretty spiffy – and unusual – holiday offerings, and this year is no different.

Once again the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic – the brainchild of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor, dancer and Springsteen bandmate Everett Bradley – will usher in the holiday season at Club Helsinki with a two-night stand on Saturday & Sunday (December 10 & 11).

So how can you top that? With an encore show with Hedda Lettuce, the self-described “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen,” who brings her annual holiday show, “Lettuce Rejoice!” featuring her patented blend of poised characters, startling satire and original music at 7pm on Sunday, December 18.

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RIP: Bob Blood, 1924-2016

December 8th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg
A Bob Blood Sculpture in the Central Park Rose Garden

A Bob Blood sculpture in the Rose Garden in Schenectady’s Central Park

We are saddened to learn of the death of Bob Blood, Niskayuna artist and sculptor whose work can be found on display throughout Greater Nippertown. He died on December 1 at the age of 92.

To learn more about the life and work of Bob Blood, see Richard Brody’s story and photographs from 2012…

DECEMBER 8: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

December 8th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg


Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph of Iggy Pop at J.B. Scott’s, 12/8/79 by Martin Benjamin

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of December 8 concerts through the years…

2015: The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Deva Mahal @ the Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany
2014: The Piano Guys @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2013: Gus Mancini’s Sonic Soul Band @ Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper
2012: Natalie MacMaster @ The Egg, Albany
2011: Jeff Dunham @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
2010: Imagining Lennon, Jeffery Tario @ Savannah’s, Albany
2009: Cherish the Ladies @ The Egg, Albany
2008: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Afficianado @ Savannah’s, Albany
2007: Richie Havens, Kate McDonnell @ the Eighth Step @ Proctors, Schenectady
2006: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kate Pierson @ The Linda, Albany
2005: Railroad Earth, Honkytonk Homeslice @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004: Matisyahu @ Savannah’s, Albany
2003: Beth Amsel, Erin Harkes @ the Larkin, Albany
2002: Los Straitjackets, Rocky Velvet @ Savannah’s, Albany
2000: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1999: Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom @ MT Mugg’s, Glens Falls
1998: Dash Rip Rock @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1996: Two Lane Highway, the Dooley Austin Band @ Park West, Clifton Park
1995: Bill Keith & Upstate Bluegrass @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1994: Dryer, Crawdad, Blanket Party @ QE2, Albany
1993: God Street Wine @ Bogie’s, Albany
1992: 1000 Young, the Lost @ QE2, Albany
1991: Uncle Tupelo, Glee Club, 100 Acre Wood @ Bogie’s, Albany
1990: Dreams & Nightmares, Kildevil Blues @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1989: Johnny Copeland @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1988: Dance Planet @ Bogie’s, Albany
1987: Fetchin’ Bones @ QE2, Albany
1985: Loudon Wainwright III @ ???
1984: Charlie Smith Blues Band @ the Shoestring Inn, Albany
1979: Iggy Pop @ J.B. Scott’s, Albany
1967: The Doors, Tim Rose @ RPI’s Houston Field House, Troy (Jim Morrison’s 24th birthday; $4 top ticket price…)

ArtBeat: What To See

December 8th, 2016, 11:20 am by Sara


Utagawa Hiroshige: Awa Province: Naruto Whirlpools

Utagawa Hiroshige: Awa Province: Naruto Whirlpools @ The Clark

Japanese Impressions @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition of more than a century of Japanese printing traditions represented by seventy-three color woodblock prints, including works by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Itô Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, Yoshida Hiroshi and Kiyoshi Saitô . Opens Saturday December 10. (Through April 2)

(left) Laura Von Rosk: Untitled (light on snow trail) and Louise Laplante: Plant Girls First Lesson in Botany @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

(left) Laura Von Rosk: Untitled (light on snow trail) and Louise Laplante: Plant firls First Lesson in Botany @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Winter Exhibit @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. An exhibit of both large scale fabric installation and finely detailed drawings, painting and collages, offering unique commentary on the political, personal and environmental observations of what it means to live in a global community today, with works by Kate Hamilton, Allyson Levy, Laura Von Rosk, Louise Laplante, Andrea Moreau, Elizabeth Coyne and Eileen Murphy. Artist’s reception: Saturday, December 10, 5-7pm. (Through January 22)

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MASS MoCA Announces 2017 Concert Season

December 8th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

North Adams’ MASS MoCA – the largest arts complex in Greater Nippertown – has announced its winter/spring schedule of performance events, and once again the calendar is packed with adventurous music, dance, films, comedy and other events that can’t quite be categorized.

At the top of the list is the return of veteran gospel-soul singer Mavis Staples and a site-specific solo performance by acclaimed choreographer-dancer Bill T. Jones amidst Nick Cave’s sprawling installation “Until.”

And it make it all even more enticing, from now through January 2, tickets for many of the performances are discounted 25%.

Here’s the round-up of newly announced MASS MoCA performances:

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