9/24/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany. Hot on the heels of last week’s LarkFest comes another free, rock ‘n’ roll street fest – the second annual PearlPalooza with Mutemath headlining the bash. 12noon-9pm. FREE. (See complete schedule here.)
MUSIC: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp @ The Egg, Albany. Two of the original stars of the Broadway smash musical “Rent” reunite to perform songs from that show and a variety of pop and rock tunes. And the band features Woodstock guitarslinger David Malachowski. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FreshGrass: A Festival of Bluegrass & Art @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The massive MASS MoCA hit a home run as the host of the Solid Sound Festival. Can they do it again with a bluegrass fest? Today’s line-up features David Mayfield (6pm), Sarah Jarosz (6:30pm), the Hackensaw Boys (8pm) and the Infamous Stringdusters (9:30pm). $38. The fest continues all day on Sunday.
THEATER: “69°S” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s harrowing 1914 expedition to Antarctica, Erik Sanko and his ensemble Phantom Limb unite puppetry, dance, film, history and photography with a score that melds live junk-rock by Skeleton Key, recordings of the Kronos Quartet and glacial field recordings to create a stunning vision of Antarctica’s past, present and future. 8pm. $18.
BENEFIT/FESTIVAL: Goodnight Irene: Eastern NY Farm Aid 2011 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke. Kids activities, raffles, auction, vendors and more for hurricane/flood relief benefit fest. Entertainment includes local pipe & drum bands, Johnny Cash tribute artist Harold Ford, southern rockers Noose and country combo the Back 40 Band. 12noon-8pm. $10 per carload.
MUSIC: Henderson Berlin Clark @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Jazz-fusion guitar master Scott Henderson fires up his power trio muscles with bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Mike Clark. 7 & 9:30pm. $25 in advance; $29 at the door.
ROLLER DERBY: The Hellions of Troy @ Rollarama, Schenectady. The gals strap on their skates once again to face off against Maine Roller Derby. 8pm. $12; kids 12 and under $3.
MUSIC: Betty @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. Three outspoken, harmony-laden gals (and alum of HBO’s “Encyclopedia”) have been in the spotlight since the ’80s, and they’re still at it – this time as part of the Woodstock Film Festival. 11:30pm. $20 in advance.
FESTIVAL: International Festival @ Hill Street Market Place, Troy. The third annual fest runs from 11am-sundown with plenty of food and crafts, but the highlight promises to be a concert tribute to Nick Brignola at 5pm featuring drummer David Calarco, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, bassist Otto Gardner and saxman Brian Patneaude. FREE.
MUSIC/ART: “Music & More” @ the Meeting House, New Marlborough. Seth Rogovoy presents a multimedia program based on his book, “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet,” followed by a Dylan tribute concert with his band, the Rolling Rogovoy Revue. After the concert, a reception will be held at the Meeting House Art Gallery featuring an exhibition of rarely seen photographs of Dylan by Ken Regan that span three decades. 4:30pm. $20, $25; students and children are free.
FESTIVAL: Adirondack Balloon Festival @ Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury. Day Three of the four-day fest kicks off with balloon launches at 6:30am. Music by the Jonathan Newell Band at 2pm. FREE.
FESTIVAL/FILM: Woodstock Film Festival @ various location, Woodstock and surrounding communities. The fest continues with events featured at nearly a dozen different venues. If we had to pick one must-see flick on today’s schedule, it would be Sam Levinson’s “Another Happy Day” (12:30pm at the Woodstock Playhouse), starring Ellen Barkin, this year’s recipient of the fest’s Excellence in Acting Award. See today’s complete schedule.
TELEVISION: “Game Changer: The Blast That Shook the World” @ WNYT-TV. Nippertown filmmaker Paul Rutherford’s documentary examines the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The film features the story of the six Cuva brothers from Cohoes, who were in harm’s way as they served their country, while President Truman was contemplating that fateful decision to use the most powerful weapon ever devised. 8pm.
MUSIC: Troubadours of Divine Bliss @ Caffe Lena. The Kentucky trio features accordion, violin, guitar and female harmonies as they mix up an engaging brew of acoustic folk, jazz, blues and Americana. With the Berkshires blues ‘n’ gospel singer-songwriter Robin O’Herin. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Amanda McBroom @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Stage 2, Pittsfield. The London Times has called her “the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” With Michele Brourman. 8pm. $35; VIP $45 (includes reception).
COMEDY: Berkshire Comedy Spotlight II @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Six homegrown comedians hit the stage – Kevin Bartini, Brian Collins, Rick D’Elia, Jake Gold, Jay Montepare, Karen Rontowski – and bring the laughs. 8pm. $15, $20, $30.
FILM: “Pianomania” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Directed by Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis, this documentary follows Stefan Knupfe (Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner in Vienna) as he dedicates himself to the task of pairing world-class instruments with world-famous pianists. Juggling the demands of the pianist, the piano, and the piece to find the perfect match requires boundless enthusiasm, but also endless patience and nerves of steel. 3:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday, October 2.
MUSIC: The Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, the chamber ensemble – featuring flutist Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, soprano saxophonist Paul Evoskevich, violinists Amanda Brin and Jamecy Morey, violist Will Hakim, cellist David Bebe, pianist Young Kim and harpist Karlinda Caldicott – launches its ninth season with music from Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla and Celso Machado. 7:30pm. FREE.