9/15/13: Today’s Tips: Sunday


FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George. It’s Day Two of the 30th anniversary of the Lake George Arts Project’s annual jazz fest with a world-class line-up of musicians. Today’s roster includes Christian Howes & Southern Exposure, Ben Williams & Sound Effect and the Dave Liebman Big Band, all performing with the gorgeous Lake George as a backdrop. 1pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: The John Scofield Uberjam Band @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. In recent years, guitar master Scofield has played in town as a special guest with both jazz piano legend McCoy Tyner and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. This time around he leads his own world-class Uberjam Band featuring guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Andy Hess and drummer Tony Mason. 7:30pm. $30; $15 students.

MUSIC: Michael Eck @ Kiersted House, Saugerties. Heritage Folk Music presents roots scholar/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck in his new one-man celebration of Woody Guthrie’s New York days, “My Name Is New York: Woody Guthrie’s NYC Songs.” 3pm. $10.

THEATER: Lisa Lampanelli @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. In a departure from her signature insult comedy, Lampanelli stars in a developmental production of her new one-woman show, “Skinny Bitch: NOT a Stand-Up Comedy Show,” directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando. 3:30pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Dan Bern @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter rolls into town in support of two recent albums, Drifter and the baseball-themed Doubleheader, which such tunes as “The Golden Voice of Vin Scully,” “42,” “The Sun Shines on McCovey Cove” and our fave, “When My Buckner Moment Comes.” 7pm. $20.

CONVENTION: FantaCon @ the Albany Marriott Hotel, Albany. The two-day comic book, horror and fantasy convention FantaCon returns to Albany after a loooong hiatus, horror film actors, comic book artists and lots of vendors with tons of rare merchandise – all providing an intimate convention experience. 10am-5pm. $20; children age 10 and younger are free with each paid adult admission. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Ghost: The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s the first national tour of the musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. Directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus, the show features music by a team of Grammy Award-winners, including Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. 2pm. $20, $45, $55, $65 & $75. Through Friday.

MUSIC: Dawn Upshaw & Friends @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. The world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning soprano joins pianist Gilbert Kalish, violist Nicole Divall and singers from the Bard Conservatory for a program that includes works by John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms, Paul Hindemith, Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók and David Lang. 3pm. $15 & $20 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Francytramp @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Nashville-based psychedelic grunge-popsters. With Boxer Brown and Mutarortot.

TALK: “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Erin B. Coe, chief curator at the Hyde Collection, will speak about curating the exhibition on its closing day. Reservations are required. 2pm. FREE with museum admission. UPDATE: This lecture is now officially sold out.

FILM: “The East” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. A 2013 suspenseful espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, who stars as former FBI agent Sarah Moss, starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. 7:30pm. $7; $5 students.

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