9/21/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday


FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s Day Two of the three-day bluegrass-and-beyond fest. Today’s line-up features the Lone Bellow, the Gibson Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny & Friends, the Wood Brothers and lots more. Music starts at 11am. $38; $28 students; $18 kids ages 7-16. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

FESTIVAL: LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany. Willie Nile and Bobby Long headline the 32nd annual street celebration. Also featuring the Last Conspirators, the Charlie Watts Riots, Grainbelt, Rodeo Barons and lots more. 10am-5:30pm; music starts at 11:25am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

FESTIVAL: Farm Aid @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Carlene Carter, Kacey Musgraves and lots more, including Nippertown’s own the Parlor. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out, but there will be live audio broadcast at 2pm on Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse; and live webcast at FarmAid.org beginning at 5pm. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Charlie Watts Riots @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s the official LarkFest after-party and CD release celebration for CWR’s new album, A Break in the Weather. With Jon Powhida International Airport and Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang. 6pm. $5. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL: Electric City UkeFest @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a full day of ukulele-related fun with such uke virtuosos as Jim & Liz Beloff, Joel Eckhaus, Stuart Fuchs, Ron Gordon, Bill Dillof, Michael Eck, Tim Findlan, Luana Haraguchi – workshops, demonstrations, jam sessions, open mic and a bid concert finale. Festivities get underway at 10am. All-fest tickets (includes all workshops & evening concert) are $40; $20 students; children under 12 free w/adult. $15 for 7pm concert only. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. The Railroad Boys chug into Hudson Falls for an evening of wry songs and bluegrass in support of the recently released album, Reasons That I Run. 7pm. $8 & $12. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freedom of Expression Music Fest @ West Mountain Ski Center, Queensbury. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest. Today’s line-up includes Slipcase, Styles&Complete, ETC(!)ETC(!), Timbre Coup, Roots of Creation, Consider the Source and lots more. Music starts at 1pm. GO HERE for more info…

PERFORMANCE: “To Sublimate” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The Berlin-based French artist Julien Maire offers a lecture-performance that features experiments — mechanical, electronic, graphical, sculptural, chemical — in search of a “blurry matter” closely related to speed and optics, philosophy, and mathematics. 7pm. $13.

MUSIC: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ the NYS Museum, Albany. Performing “Tenting Tonight: Music of the Civil War.” With Kim & Reggie Harris. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Infamous Stringdusters @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s the official Farm Aid After-Party, so you never know who might show up, but the Virginia-based newgrass-jam band are worth the price of admission all by themselves. 10pm. $20.

COMEDY/DISCUSSION: Dick Cavett & Bobcat Goldthwait @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. As part of the Woodstock Comedy Festival, it’s a comedy and conversation, hosted by Eddie Brill. To benefit Family of Woodstock and the Polaris Project. 7pm. $12.50, $25 & $37.50.

COMEDY/MUSIC: Mario Cantone @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An evening of comedy and music with Cantone & his band to benefit Family of Woodstock and the Polaris Project. 9:30pm. $12.50, $25 & $37.50.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Songs of the Carter Family” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. A benefit for Old Songs featuring a lasagna buffet dinner and concert featuring Mark & Carolyn Schmidt and Suzie Ziegler singing class Carter Family songs. With George Wilson, Bill Spence and John Roberts. Dinner at 6pm; concert at 8pm. $25 for both; $15 for the concert-only.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Schoharie Rock the Valley @ the Parrot House, Schoharie. A fundraiser for the Fire Department featuring Poor Dead Molly, M-16, Von Rudder, Max Violet, Flash Back and lots more. 12noon. FREE; donations accepted. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Dyer Switch Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran Local 518 bluegrass band features the distinctive vocals and guitar of JoAnn Sifo backed by Bob Altschuler (banjo and Dobro), Tom Thorpe (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Bob Bates ( fiddle) and Butch Ryan (bass and vocals). 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Boathouse, Lake George. Solo. 4:30pm. FREE.

COMEDY: “Everybody Needs a Little Luv Comedy Contest” @ Holiday Inn Express, Latham. Miss Wanda Luv hosts as comedians Jaye McBride, Shawn Gillie, Brandon Sager, Erin Harkes, Doreen Watson and Sharon Dyer compete for the top prize. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Café’ NOLA, Schenectady. It’s the blues… 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The blues and more… 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The St. Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. It’s a National Hispanic Heritage Month musical celebration with the works of Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pete Francis @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Yup, the guy from Dispatch. With the Ameros.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto with Cho-Liang Lin and the world premiere of Clarice Assad’s Nhanderu. 7:30pm.

PERFORMANCE: Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. In conjunction with their current exhibit, the New York-based collaborative art duo performs “Spray Piece.” Using a large array of paint to decorate canvas and each other, the performance culminates with Nick and Jake collapsed on the floor, their hands interlocked. 4pm. FREE.

FILM: “The Asbury Short Film Concert” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. NYC’s longest running short film exhibition presents its national touring selections, a fast-paced program of Oscar winners, US film festival “Best of Show” winners and international honorees blasted on to the big screen at The Linda. With host Scott Cohen. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC/ART: Joni Bishop @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter-guitarist performs in concert and exhibits her portraits of musicians who have influenced her, including Louis Armstrong, Rev. Gary Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson. 8pm. $16; $10 ages 17 and under.

MUSIC: The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs works by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. 7:30pm. $25-$75.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor @ Panza’s Restaurant, Saratoga Lake. The jazz vocalist accompanied by pianist Peg Delaney. 7pm.

DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. A performance of “If Books Could Dance!,” a family-friendly program featuring dances inspired by the works of authors and illustrators Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”), Thomas Locker (“Water Dance”) and Hudson Talbott (“River of Dreams”). Accompanied by percussionist Brian Melick. 7pm.

MUSIC: TAPESTRYduo @ Blessings Tavern, Colonie. “All things acoustic.” 9pm.

FILM: “Bonnie and Clyde” @ Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs). Arthur Penn’s 1967 Depression-era crime drama “Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “The Big Lebowski” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Dude abides… $9; $6 students.

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