10/11/13: Today’s Tips: Friday
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sweet Honey in the Rock @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The revered female, African-American, a cappella ensemble celebrates four decades together with their concert, “40th Anniversary Celebration: Forty and Fierce.” Both sweet and rousing, they’re known for their diverse, socially conscious mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. It’s a joyful noise, and it’s also a fundraiser for the YWCA of NorthEastern NY. 8pm. $25, $35, $42.
MUSIC: Plume Giant @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The huge sound of Brooklyn-based newcomers belies its three-piece chamber-folk format. The band employs a dozen instruments, infusing its music with soft whispers and vaulting vocals to achieve both intimacy and exaltation. Charming, sometimes strange, always erudite music. 8pm. $12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students.
MUSIC: Drum Night @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Four different powerhouse drummers – Michael Benedict, Pete Sweeney, Bob Haleck and Mark Foster – square off in pairs to fuel the big beat behind Bopitude, wrapping up with a drum-a-palooza four-way battle. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Roy Hurd @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. His songs have been recorded by such Nashville hitmakers as Paul Brant, the Oak Ridge Boys and Duane Steele, but the heart of his music is rooted deep in the Adirondack Mountains where he lives. He’ll be accompanied by fab fiddler Frank Orsini. pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
THEATER: “Venus in Fur” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the regional premiere of David Ives’ sexy, funny, Tony Award-winning dramedy, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 8pm. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Through October 20. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Kill Me Now” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. It’s the U.S. premiere of Kaliyuga Arts production of Brad Fraser’s intimate, funny and heartbreaking drama about caring and ultimately saying goodbye to those we love. 8pm. $25; $20 students & seniors. Through October 13.
MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Ronald Feldman conducts the first concert of the season featuring works by Beethoven, Paine and Sibelius. With special guest pianist Doris Stevenson. 8pm. FREE. With a free pre-show talk by Feldman in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
THEATER: “Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Celebrate Berkshire women writers with an evening of stories old and new. Mary Mott will share stories of her life (“From Where I Sit”) and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor will perform a stage adaptation of “Roman Fever,” a short
story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton. 7pm. $30. Through October 20.
FILM: “The Garden” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s 2008 documentary examines the battle between the residents of a Latino neighborhood and corporate business interests over 14 acres of urban farmland. 7:30pm. FREE.