2/9/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday
NOTE: As expected, some of today’s events have already been cancelled due to the snowstorm. We’ll continue to closely monitor and update the situation throughout the day.
MUSIC: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. It’s the big Mardi Gras weekend, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band celebrates its 35th anniversary of performing their New Orleans flavored jazz in the tradition they always have, by taking the party on the road to the people. It is a legendary jazz-party group, and it will be a legendary night of music. With the Chronicles. 7:30pm. $30.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Mardi Gras Dance Party @ Creative Connections Arts Center, Amsterdam. A Mardi Gras dance party and fundraiser for the annual Riverlink Park summer concert series featuring the Louisiana bayou sounds of Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. Includes Cajun buffet hosted by Cafe NOLA. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Doors open at 5:30pm; Cajun buffet at 6:30pm; music at 8pm. $60.
MUSIC: Glenn Jones @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Magnet Magazine calls him “the greatest living practitioner of the ‘American Primitive’ guitar style [John] Fahey founded and nurtured on his Takoma label.” For over 30 years, Jones has been a devotee of this approach to acoustic guitar playing which blends traditional country-blues fingerpicking techniques with classical compositional sensibilities. With William Rees. 8pm. $6-$10 sliding scale donation.
MUSIC: The Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Special guest pianist Yefim Bronfman joins conductor David Alan Miller and the ASO for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. Also Kodaly’s “Dances of Galánta” and Christopher Rouse’s “Kabir Padavali.” 7:30pm. Also at 3pm Sunday.
FILM: “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” @ the Beacon Cinema, Pittsfield. Ben Shapiro’s award-winning documentary film about the acclaimed photographer. A Q&A session with Crewdson follows the screening. 4:30pm. $5.
MUSIC: Heather Maloney Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter offers a pre-release party in support of her upcoming album due from Signature Sounds next month. With opener Nels Andrews. 8pm. $15.
FILM: Oscar Shorts (Animation) @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Oscar-nominated short animated films: “The Longest Daycare,” “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head over Heels,” “Paperman,” as well as other films. 2 & 6:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Robert Randolph & the Slide Brothers @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Calvin Cooke, Chuck Cambpell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent join Robert Randolph in a concert that reaches beyond sacred steel to also embrace blues, rock, soul and more. 9pm. $32.
FILM: Oscar Shorts (Live Action) @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Oscar-nominated short live action films: “Death of a Shadow,” “Henry,” “Curfew,” “Buzkashi Boys” and “Asad.” 4 & 8pm. $7; students $5.
THEATER: “The Liar” @ Shakespeare & Co., Lenox. It’s opening night for David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic French farce, as directed by Kevin G. Coleman. 7pm. $25, $40 & $50. Through March 24.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Music Of Jesus Christ Superstar @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Paul Green, founder of School of Rock, presents a concert-style presentation of the original cast recording, performed by an all-star line-up of local musicians including Tracy Bonham, Gail Ann Dorsey, Joey Eppard, Aaron Freeman, Connor Kennedy, Gary Miller, Joe Russo and many more. A benefit for the Woodstock Day School. 9pm. $20, $35, $45 & $65. Also at 4pm on Sunday.
THEATER: “The Last Five Years” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Troy Civic Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s musical that chronicles the five-year relationship between a rising novelist and an aspiring actress. Directed by Rachael Sheffer. 2 & 8pm. $15; students & seniors $13.
DANCE: “Apertures, Appendages, & Artichokes” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. The Upstate Pickup Dance Company performs choreographer Jamie Stiller’s new dance about explore the psychological, metaphorical and biological perspectives of the human heart, specifically the hearts of women navigating middle-age. 7:30pm. $10. Also at 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC/THEATER: “Power Balladz: The Ultimate ’80s Sing-Along” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. A unique interactive concert experience that is part “Wayne’s World”-like comedy, part interactive game show and part rock and roll concert. 8pm. $25. UPDATE: Due to the impending snowstorm, this performance has been postponed til 7:30pm on July 25. TALK: “Black Baseball Players, White Crowds: The Mohawk Colored Giants of Schenectady” @ Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady. Local baseball historian and author Frank Keetz will trace the history of the Mohawk Colored Giants, an all-African-American professional baseball team in Schenectady, and discuss the team’s impact and legacy in the area. 2pm. $5. UPDATE: Due to the snowstorm, this talk has been postponed til 2pm on Saturday, February 23.