10/19/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Grandpa Jones’ 100th Birthday Show @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Two fine purveyors of vintage Americana – Lost Radio Rounders and Ramblin Jug Stompers – team up to pay birthday tribute to the down-home country and gospel singer, banjo picker extraordinaire and all-around, all-American entertainer. With banjos galore and plenty of corny cornfield “Hee Haw” humor. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Peter Wolf @ The Egg, Albany. As part of the American Roots & Branches concert series, the hot-wired lead singer of the J. Geils Band returns with his own group and his signature mix of rock & roll, blues, R&B and country. 8pm. $38.50. GO HERE for more info…
ART RECEPTION: “Caffe Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A wine-and-cheese closing reception for the exhibition and the official publication of a new book and CD box set. With comments by Scott Goldman, vice president of the Grammy Foundation. 5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE and HERE for more info…
FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: Fifth Annual Festival of the Dead @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Halloween happening featuring the Erotics, Shotgun Wedding, the Henchmen, the Swing Docs, Poor Dead Molly, Bishop, Uncivil Liberty, Jimmy Hinchcliff and MotorHome, as well as DJs, macabre artwork by Jeff Brower, the UAlbany step-dance team Organized CHAOS, a wandering magician and a big costume contest with prizes awarded for Best Group, Most Creative, Scariest and Sexiest Costumes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Family Trauma Fund at Albany Medical Center, Aurora Foundation of Northeast, and Team Sonny Ann. Doors open at 7pm. $30. GO HERE for more info…
FILM/FUNDRAISER: “Twentieth Century” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A special fundraising event featuring a screening of Howard Hawks’ 1934 rapid-fire romantic comedy starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard – projected in 16mm, just like we did almost 20 years ago. Salad & lasagna dinner at 6:30pm; screening at 7:30pm. Reservations highly suggested at firstname.lastname@example.org $12.50.
THEATER/FILM: “The Angola Project: A Fusion of Film and Narrative in Three Parts” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Jeremy Xido leads a dramatic expedition through a varied landscape of truths, not-quite truths, the history of colonial Portugal, the travelogues of Burton Holmes, the films of Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly, the Detroit race riots/rebellion, Berlin documentary film crews in Africa and the blood-thirsty mechanisms of international film finance with his solo performance presented in three parts at 4pm, 5:30pm and 8pm. Admission to each part is $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Brown’s 2013 Oktoberfest @ Revolution Hall, Troy. Great German foods, plenty of Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkin Ale and premium cigars, in addition to music by Flood Road, Chilly Nickels and Eastbound Jesus. A benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust. 1:30-8pm. $8 donation. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Acoustic Blues Showdown @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany. Featuring Holly & Evan, more. 7pm.
MUSIC: Talib Kweli @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Not just the founding father of conscious rap, he is an artistic tour de force and shining light in hip-hop. His dynamic musicality is the centerpiece of his most recent album, Prisoner of Conscious AKA P.O.C. With Rebel Diaz. 8pm. $22 in advance; $25 at the door; $18 students.
DANCE: “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a distinctive theatrical vision, Bourne has won Tony Awards as both choreographer and director, and he puts both skill sets to good use with a transformative production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that features ravishing stage sets, enthralling puppetry and, yes, vampires, too. 2 & 8pm. $20, $40, $50, $60 & $75. Through October 20. GO HERE for review…
MUSIC: The Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A program of charming works by Ravel, Fauré and Aaron Jay Kernis around Schumann’s gorgeous and picturesque 3rd Symphony. With pianist Andrew Russo. Each piece, inspired by impressionism. 7:30pm. Also at 3pm on Sunday.
ARTIST TALK: Jason Middlebrook @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Learn about Jason Middlebrook’s interests in site, sustainability and community during this presentation of his past and present work in conjunction with his current exhibition, “My Landscape.” 2pm. $7.
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. 3 & 8pm. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Through October 20. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Piano Guys @ The Egg, Albany. Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation with their highly original blend of classical music with pop which has now brought them to their major label debut album, The Piano Guys, and a PBS television special. 7:30pm. $34. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
THEATER ON FILM: “Macbeth” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The National Theatre of London’s production of William Shakespeare’s classic, starring Kenneth Branagh and directed by Rob Ashford. 1pm. $22; $15 children under 12.
MUSIC: Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences, the rootsy singer-songwriter headlines the Traveling Steam Show, an old-fashioned vaudeville-style road show, which includes an opening set by singer-songwriter Tiffani “Tif” Ginn, who is also a member of Eaglesmith’s band. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: Brubeck Brothers Quartet @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Brothers Dan and Chris Brubeck – along with guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb – pay tribute to their iconic father Dave Brubeck as the headline act of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. Directed by Ronald A. Lively, the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will open the concert with the Brubeck brothers as guest soloists. 8pm. $18 & $30.
MUSIC: David Caldwell-Mason Jazz Trio @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Brooklyn-based jazz pianist David Caldwell-Mason brings his trio – also featuring drummer Jeff Hirshfield and Chilean bass phenom Pablo Menares – for a program of jazz standards, Bulgarian folk music and original tunes. 8pm.
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.
COMEDY: The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Featuring the Tenderloins, the cast of “Impractical Jokers” live in an interactive comedy show with improv, never before seen videos inspired by their TV show and more. 7:30pm. $35; $85 VIP meet & greet.
MUSIC: Consider the Source @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The NYC-based sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion trio rolls into town for a pre-release bash in support of their upcoming live, nine-track album, F**k It, We’ll Do It Live, Volume 2, their first CD featuring new drummer Jeff Mann. With Fikus. 9:30pm.
DANCE: Nacre Dance Company @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. Nacre takes the audience through a brief history of modern dance, performing three solos from Jose Limón’s “Dances for Isadora” and two original works by Beth Fecteau. 8pm.
THEATER: “Irish Nudes Live in the Cafe: An Evening of One-Act Plays” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. A collection of short plays by Adam O’Connor, Eric Washburn, Val Kavanaugh, Sue Frost, Deborah Dorman, Joe Starzyk and Sandra Hutchnson. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18. Through October 20.
MUSIC: Evan Cory Levine @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The inimitable reincarnated bluesman – once of Hudson but now of Philly – serves up an evening of captivating unmistakable and singular renditions of Americana classics and more. 8pm. $5.
THEATER: “Nutshellapalooza!” @ Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Nutshell Playhouse presents a scrumptious mix of original music, puppets and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!) 11am. $5 suggested donation.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Not Working” @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. Inspired by Studs Terkel’s “Working,” D.W. Gibson traveled with M.J. Sieber and Mallery Avidon from southern California to New York City interviewing Americans who have lost their jobs since the financial collapse of 2007. The documentary screening will be followed by a Q&A with Gibson. 5pm. FREE.
FILM: “My Left Foot” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the autobiography of the Irish artist afflicted with cerebral palsy and attendant demons. A spastic quadriplegic born into a large, poverty-stricken family, Brown learns to write with his only functioning limb – his left foot. 2pm.