2/16/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday
MUSIC: Leyla McCalla @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The former cellist with the Carolina Chocolate Drops makes a stop at the Caffe to celebrate the release of her new debut solo CD, Vari-Colored: A Langston Hughes Tribute. 7pm. $18.
FESTIVAL/DANCE/MUSIC: The Flurry Festival @ various location, Saratoga Springs. It’s the final day of the fest with performances by Girl Howdy, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Eight to the Bar, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Sharon Katz & the Peace Train and lots more. 9am. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Jane Monheit @ The Egg, Albany. Jane Monheit, one of the day’s most romantic vocalists, will perform a Valentine’s weekend concert of love songs with her band. Guitar virtuosos Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo team up for an evening of love songs from jazz and pop standards to Brazilian and the Beatles. 7:30pm. $29.50.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lahinch Playground Rebuilding Benefit Concert @ Hibernian Hall, Albany. A benefit to raise funds to help build a children’s playground in the hurricane-ravaged town of Lahinch on the west coast of Ireland. Featuring performances by the Brothers Flynn, Shadowland, Frank Jaklitsch and Rakish Paddy with Michael Eck, Evan Conway, John Cromie, Bob Long and other favorite local musicians. 2-5pm. $10 suggested donation.
MUSIC: Ben Flocks @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The saxophonist celebrates the release of his new CD Battle Mountain with his band – keyboardist Sam Reider, bassist Garret Lang and drummer Evan Hughes. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
THEATER/COMEDY: “Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. With his new one-man show, the stand-up comedian and “SNL” veteran tackles 226 years of American history in 70 minutes, beginning with the U.S. Constitution’s preamble and going through the various amendments. He also looks at the evolution of politics and political leaders, media outlets, popular celebrities, U.S. Presidents and why the Kardashians are the perfect embodiment of the American Dream. 7pm. $25 & $35.
MUSIC: The Saints of Swing @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Led by tuba player David Winograd and trumpeter Mike Rosler, and featuring Miss Rene Bailey at the microphone, the eclectic swing band romps through a Sunday brunch sessions. 10am. Donations encouraged.
DANCE: Black History Month Step Show @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The ninth annual step show features teams from UAlbany, Siena and St. Rose as well as other upstate New York schools and some of the best step teams from outside the area. 5pm. $15.
THEATER: “Caroline, Or Change” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Corie Rowe directs the bold Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical about a black maid (Barbara Howard) in Louisiana in 1963, struggling both emotionally and economically. 2pm. $18, $22 & $28.
FILM: “Into the Mind” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. With stunning cinematography, this 2013 film blurs the lines between dream state and reality, and immerses you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. 7:30pm. $10.
FILM: “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke interweave personal stories of patients and physicians with the those of leaders battling to transform healthcare. Followed by a panel discussion featuring George Jolly. 7:30pm.
FILM: “Museum Hours” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Jem Cohen’s low-budget but exquisitely shot film explores the unseen Vienna and demonstrates the power of art to both reflect and change our lives, as Canadian Anne (Mary Margaret O’Hara) travels to Vienna and strikes up a friendship with Johann (Bobby Sommer), a museum guard at the Kunsthistorisches. 3pm.