8/23/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Stephane Wremble @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Virtuosic Gypsy swing guitarist Stephane Wrembel is like the second coming of Django Reinhardt. Born in Paris and educated at Berklee College of Music, Wrembel wrote the theme song to Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” has performed at the Academy Awards, and is generally one of the most astonishing musicians you’ll ever hear. 8pm. $16 & $20. UPDATE: The Lost Bayou Ramblers were originally slated to perform at this concert, but their performance has been cancelled.
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Conductor Stéphane Denève welcomes guest pianist Denis Kozhukhin for the season closer featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Prokofiev’s Cinderella Selections and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with the traditional cannon display and fireworks. 8pm.
MUSIC: 518 Punk Rock Summer Slam @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Seven bands, two venues, one big night. At the Low Beat: Society High, Teenage Shred, the Savage Randys, Nine Votes Short. At Pauly’s: Eye and I, Spilt Milk, Eric Lewis. 8pm. $8.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Summer Hoot @ the Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest with music today by David Bromberg, Marco Benevento, John Cohen, Mike + Ruthy, Milton, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Breathe Owl Breathe and more. 9:30am music. $40; FREE kids 12 & under. GO HERE for more info…
OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Last chance! Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 8pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest with performances today by Hot Acoustics, Matt Zeiner & Friends, Ryan Montbleau, the Midnight Sun, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Max Creek. 11am music. GO HERE for more info…
OPERA: “Ariadne in Naxos” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Richard Strauss’ opera-within-an-opera features both lighthearted comedy and heroic grand opera, as two different performing troupes compete for the attention of a wealthy patron. Conducted by Kathleen Kelly and directed by Francesca Zambello. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bella Terra Festival @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown. Day Three of the four-day fest features Turkuaz, Playonbrother, Keys N Ktrates, the Alchemystics, Capital Zen, Mushroom Cloud, Jen Durkin & the Buisness and lots more. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Spuyten Duyvil @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Soaring vocals, traditional jug band energy, slide guitar and blues harp propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through 100 years of American roots music. A benefit for Caffe Lena’s renovations. 8pm. $20.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ETC.: Berne Summerfest @ Berne Town Park, Berne. A full day day of family activities, a talent contest, puppet show, fireworks and loads of food and crafts, as well as plenty of live music by the Hilltown Ramblers, the Red Haired Strangers, Shine Hill Road, the Bluestones and a Bunch of Guys. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…
THEATER: “Tomorrow in the Battle” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. The drama by British playwright Kieron Barry had its world premiere here in August, 2012 and was a smash hit. Now it’s back for a return engagement. 8pm. $29. Through August 31.
FESTIVAL/ARTS: Arts & Crafts Festival @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. Featuring area handmade pottery, wood crafting, handwovens, candles, jewelry, fine arts, furniture and more. 10am-4pm. $5; FREE kids.
DANCE: TAKE Dance @ PS21, Chatham. As part of the Chatham Dance Festival, the dance company presents two world premieres and a daring and exuberant memory piece, “Somewhere Familiar Melodies.” 8pm. $30; $18 students 18 & under.
COMEDY: “Unconstitutional” @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. It’s comedy in the Catskills, as Colin Quinn brings his oddball approach to American history from the founding fathers to predator drones to the Kardashians… 8pm.
FILM: AnimationFest @ Proctors, Schenectady. The fest wraps up with screenings of “Finding Nemo” (10am), “The Pirate Fairy” (12noon), “Metropolis” (2pm), “Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone” (4pm), “Akira” (6pm) and “The Sky Crawlers” (8:15pm). $5 per film; $3 age 17 & under.