ArtBeat: What To See

July 30th, 2015, 10:00 am by Sara


Works by Jeff Wigman and Jon Gernon @ Clement Frame Shop

Works by Jeff Wigman and Jon Gernon @ Clement Frame Shop

Real & Unreal @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. New works by Jon Gernon and Jeff Wigman. Opening reception: Friday, July 31, 6-9pm. (Through August 26)

Peter Ware; A Job for Superman @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Peter Ware; A Job for Superman @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Reimagined! An International Show of Comic and Cartoon Art @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. A show featuring both local and international artists exhibiting re-imagining superheroes in new and creative ways. Opening party: Saturday, August 1, 4-7pm. (Through August 29)

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7/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 30th, 2015, 7:57 am by Greg

MUSIC: RaeLynn @ Corning Preserve Boat Launch Parking Lot, Albany. It’s Country Night at Alive at Five. An alum of season two of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” the country singer has covered the bases with her first two hits singles, “God Made Girls” and “For a Boy.” With Big Sky Country. 5pm. FREE. UPDATE: The Alive at Five show has been moved from Jennings Landing to the rain site due to weather reports. GO HERE for more info and the complete Alive at Five concert schedule…

MUSIC: Peter Yarrow @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare features speakers, cake and a performance by the legendary folksinger. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Joe Hill 100 Roadshow @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. A stellar line-up of activist folk musicians Magpie, Joe Jencks, Charlie King and George Mann performs songs of justice and freedom as part of the nationwide tour honoring the life, music and legacy of the labor icon on the centenary of his execution. Longtime regional IWW member Greg Giorgio will host the show. 7pm. $22; $30 Gold Circle.

MUSIC: The Chronicles @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. It’s the Alive at Five after-party. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Murder for Two” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Scott Schwartz directs the new musical murder mystery-comedy. 7:30pm. Through August 9.

MUSIC: Bradley Brookshire @ Hyde Hall, Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents the harpsichordist in “The Goldberg Variations Demystified.” 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.

THEATER: “Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Adirondack Theater Festival continues its 21st season with the two-person rock musical directed by Chad Rabinovitz. 7:30pm. $32-$45. Through August 1.

MUSIC: Ben O’Shea’s Dadtet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay concert series continues with trombonist Ben O’Shea leading the band – Brian Patneaude on tenor saxophone; Keith Pray on alto saxophone; Dave Gleason on piano; Mike Lawrence on bass; and Andy Hearn on drums – in a mix of straight ahead jazz and Latin-influenced music, including pieces written by Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and others. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule… UPDATE: This concert has been moved indoors to Proctors’ Robb Alley due to the threat of storms.

MUSIC: Dog on Fleas @ Barker Park, Troy. Led by Grammy Award-winning producer Dean Jones, Dog on Fleas have been making crazy original music for kids and families for 15 years, running the gamut from rock to calypso, swing to funk. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Local 518 music showcase, this week featuring Desafinado, Siobhan Hotaling and Metrohead. 8pm. FREE.

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LIVE: Steeleye Span @ the Music Haven, 7/19/15

July 29th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Maddie Prior

Maddie Prior

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Tom Lindsay, Stanley Johnson, Tim Reidy

WHO: Steeleye Span
FEATURING: Maddy Prior (vocals); Rick Kemp (bass); Liam Genockey (drums); Pete Zorn (guitar, etc.); Julian Littman (guitar); Jessie May Smart (violin)
WITH Ulster Landing
WHERE: The Music Haven, Central Park, Schenectady
WHEN: Sunday, July 19, 2015

UPCOMING: The Joey Alexander Trio plays a free jazz concert at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park on Sunday (August 2). The Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo opens the show at 7pm.

GO HERE for the complete 2015 Music Haven concert schedule…

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LIVE: The Edgar Winter Band @ Alive at Five, 7/23/15

July 29th, 2015, 3:03 pm by Greg
Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

Texas blues-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter brought his current band – guitarist Doug Rappoport, bassist Koko Powell and drummer Jason Carpenter – to town for a free Alive at Five concert last week – exactly 12 years after playing a free concert at the Empire State Plaza…

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COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements

July 29th, 2015, 2:05 pm by Greg

Craig Finn - frontman for the Hold Steady – has announced that his sophomore solo album, Faith in the Future, is slated for release on September 11. And in support of the album, Finn will be hitting the road and opening his tour with stops at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Wednesday, October 14 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale on Friday, July 31) and the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Friday, October 16 ($TBA).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned-hit country singer Darius Rucker is slated to return to Albany’s Times Union Center.

Lawn tickets are now on sale for $13.75 for tonight’s (Wednesday, July 29) formerly “amphitheater-only” concert by Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. Amphitheater tickets are priced at $25, $39.50, $69.50 & $79.50.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: The Alive at Five concert with country singer RaeLynn and Big Sky Country at 5pm on Thursday (july 30) has been moved from Jennings Landing to the rain site at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch Parking Lot under the I-787 overpass due to the threat of inclement weather.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Former Genesis guitar master Steve Hackett and his band are returning once again to The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Thursday (July 30).

Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall has bolstered its calendar with some new additions, including the Wood Brothers, who are slated to take the stage at 8pm on Saturday, October 3. Tickets are $20 in advance; $23 at the door. Also upcoming at UCH are Lil Durk with Gun Play and Hypno Carlito at 8pm on Sunday, August 30 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); the return of the ever brutal Skinless with All Out War, Assault On the Living and Tyranize at 7pm on Saturday, September 26 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Clutch with Corrosion of Conformity and the Shrine at 8pm on Saturday, October 10 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door); Jersey faves the Bouncing Souls with Left Over Crack, Beach Slang and All Torn Up at 7:30pm on Friday, October 16 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); the twisted duo Twiztid with Blaze, Boondox, Prozak, Wolfpac, Scum and K.Daver at 8pm on Monday, October 19 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); and Mat Kearney’s Just Kids Tour with Parachute at 8pm Thursday, October 22 ($20 in advance; $23 at the door). Tickets for the new concerts go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 31), except for the Wood Brothers, whose tickets are already on sale.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Massry Center for the Arts at Albany’s College of Saint Rose has announced its upcoming season of more than a dozen concerts including Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Stewart Copeland & Jon Kimura Parker, Jake Shimabukuro and more…

Club Helsinki in Hudson has announced a handful of new shows including Don Byron & Friends – featuring Zachary Alford, Pete Levin, Matt Finck, Dean Bowman and Scott Petito – playing the music of Junior Walker at 8pm on Thursday, August 6 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Slam Allen at 9pm on Friday, August 28 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin present Touristes at 8pm on Thursday, September 17 ($22 & $28); and last, but certainly not least, Nick Lowe at 8pm on Wednesday, October 7 ($TBA).

Americana singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams makes her Great Barrington debut at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8pm on Saturday, October 10. Priced at $35, $60 & $80, tickets go on sale to Mahaiwe members at 12noon on Thursday (July 30) and to the general public at 12noon on Tuesday (August 4).

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Veteran Comedian Robert Klein Brings the Laughs to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire On Stage]

July 29th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Berkshire Theatre Group welcomes Tony and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Robert Klein to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Saturday (August 1). Special guest Scott Blakeman opens the show.

For more than 40 years, Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television and in film. Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famed Second City theatrical troupe in Chicago.

He was nominated twice for Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album of the Year for his albums Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter. He received a Tony nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical, “They’re Playing Our Song.” In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Sisters Rosensweig.”

In 1975, Klein was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on HBO. He has gone on to do nine one-man shows for the network; his most recent, “Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced,” aired in 2010. He co-starred in the hit NBC series, “Sisters,” and recently has a recurring guest-starring role on “Law and Order.” He regularly appears on talk-shows, making more than 100 appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman” alone. Klein has also appeared in many notable films including “Hooper,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Primary Colors,” “People I Know,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “The Back-Up Plan” with Jennifer Lopez.

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FEST: The Lake George Blues & Roots Music Festival on Saturday & Sunday

July 29th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

The inaugural Lake George Blues & Roots Music Festival takes place this weekend (Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2) at Wood Park in Lake George, featuring the best of the Local 518 blues bands in addition to national headliners Blind Pig recording artist Albert Cummings, British guitar great Albert Lee and Dobro/steel guitar queen Cindy Cashdollar. The festival promises a variety of blues interpretations, from rural acoustic to New Orleans street music to the very electric urban sounds of Chicago blues.

Along with the great music, the fest will host a number of food vendors and a beer and wine tent. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Gates open at 12noon on both days with music starting at 2pm on Saturday and at 1pm on Sunday. Tickets are available for $20 per day; $30 for a two-day, all-fest pass.

Here’s the daily line-up for the inaugural Lake George Blues & Roots Music Festival:

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ArtBeat: Maxfield Parrish @ the Fenimore Art Museum [Get Visual]

July 29th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
Maxfield Parrish - Masquerade oil on board 1922

Maxfield Parrish – Masquerade oil on board 1922

Review by David Brickman

If you think an exhibition of work by an early-20th-century illustrator with broad commercial appeal is not to be taken seriously, think again. “Maxfield Parrish: Art of Light and Illusion,” on view at Cooperstown’s Fenimore Art Museum through September 7, is a knockout.

Maxfield Parrish was the most popular and highest paid commercial artist of his time and, judging from the art, artifacts and facts on display here, he earned it. While skill alone never makes great art, it can’t hurt – and Parrish had enough skill for 10 great artists. Initially educated through his artist father’s tutelage and a seminal two-year European sojourn as a teen, Parrish first took an architecture degree, then went to study under Howard Pyle, himself a memorable illustrator of the day, before embarking on a career that revolutionized the field of commercial art reproduction.

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