7/15/11: Today’s Tips: Friday
THEATER/MUSIC: “Xmalia” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A marvelous theater performance that’s part concert, part silent film, part opera, part circus and totally captivating. Musician-performance artist C. Ryder Cooley and friends present her sublime, 70-minute theatrical meditation on the extinction of animal species on Proctors big Main Stage. (Read our review of “Xmalia” here.) 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Railbird @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Named the Best Band in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region issue this week, Sarah Pedinotti and the boys make their Helsinki debut, co-headlining with Yassou Benedict. 9pm. $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day Two of the fabulous, four-day fest, one of the finest bluegrass fests in the country, believe it or not. Today’s performers include the Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Claire Lynch Band, O’Brien Party of Seven, the SteelDrivers, the Red Stick Ramblers, the Sweetback Sisters and lots more. Main stage music starts at 11am and goes late into the night. One-day tix for today are $60; an all-fest ticket (including camping) is $180. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. The Howlin’ at the Moon concert series continues with more great down-home acoustic music. With John Rice and Terri Roben. 7pm. $2 donation.
DANCE: The New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. SPAC’s ballet season comes to a close this weekend, so catch it while you can. Tonight is CDPHP Family Night with performances of “Circus Polka” (Stravinsky/Robbins), “Dances at a Gathering” (Chopin/Robbins), “Valse Faintaisie” (Glinka/Balanchine) and “Agon” (Stravinsky/Balanchine). 8pm. $26, $47, $54.50, $64.50, $72.50; lawn $20; kids 12 and under free on the lawn.
FILM: “Bird” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Clint Eastwood’s 1988 biopic features a tour de force performance by Forest Whitaker, who inhabits the life and sound of legendary bebop saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. 4pm.
MUSIC: Beaucoup Blue @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Americana Philadelphia-based Americana father-and-son duo of David and Adrian Mowry return to the Caffe in support of their third album, “Free to Fall.” With Greg Klyma. 8pm. $17.
MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The Upbeat On the Roof concert series continues with the Nippertown master saxman and his band – playing on the roof. 7pm. FREE.