2/28/14: Today’s Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Blockhouses @ the Low Beat, Albany. Guy Lyons (formerly of the Figgs) leads his rockin’ new trio in their Nippertown debut. It’s also the first anniversary bash for Saratoga’s JetPack Promotions. With Party Boat and the Piggies. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/THEATER: ArcAttack @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Austin-based performance art group that specializes in playing music through a combination of home made, high-tech instruments (including a robotic drum kit and two custom-engineered hand-built Tesla Coils throwing out electrical arcs up to 12-feet long) and more traditional instruments such as guitar and bass. That’s what we call serious techno… 7pm. $9; $7 ages 17 & under.
MUSIC: Garnet Rogers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Canadian singer-songwriter is one of the very finest singers around, applying his dark, haunting baritone to vivid songs full of cinematic detail, accompanying himself on guitar and spicing things up with a lightning-quick wit. With Grammy-nominated Nashville singer-songwriter Sally Barris. 8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door; $10 children & students.
FILM: “The Grapes of Wrath” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. John Ford’s 1940 inspirational classic starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Followed by a post-screening discussion led by UAlbany history professor Kendra Smith-Howard. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Middletown” @ the Black Box Studio at Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Playwright Will Eno has created seemingly everyday characters with an extraordinary ability to articulate the deepest truths about being human: the clawing anxieties we cover up, the hopes and fears we cultivate, and the desperate need for connection with others. Directed by Daniel Shure. 8pm. $12 general admission; $8 students & seniors. Through Wednesday, March 5.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. The last-Friday-of-the-month-arts walk celebrates its eighth anniversary. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Midtown Men @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Four star from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” – Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Tony Award winner Christian Hoff – sing the music of the ’60s. UPDATE: After having been postponed from October, 2013, this concert has now been cancelled…
FILM: “I Am Divine” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, that honors him as a serious artist and immortal star. Divine’s entire story is told, from his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult superstar. 6pm. $9; $6 students.
FILM: “Blue Is the Warmest Color” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The controversial tale of a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is approaching adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. 8pm. $9; $6 students.