10/10/14: Today’s Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Mandolinist-composer Chris Thile of Punch Brothers and bassist-composer Edgar Meyer team up in support of their new album Bass and Mandolin. These two MacArthur Foundation geniuses – both members of the Goat Rodeo Sessions – will cross traditional boundaries in a diverse program of largely original music. 8pm. $27, $32, $37 & $42.
MUSIC: Martina McBride @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The fabulous country star showcases the more soulful side of her considerable vocal talents on her latest album, Everlasting, covering such soul classics as “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Bring It On Home to Me” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” 8pm. $41.75, $51.75, $61.75, $71.75 & $81.75.
MUSIC: The Hello Strangers @ The Linda, Albany. The sister duo features Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace, whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound. The sisters are supported by a dynamic and talented trio: Spencer Pheil on lead guitar, Trent Renshaw on drums and Tom Hoy on bass. 8pm. $12.
MUSIC: Alexis Cole Quintet @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents the award-winning jazz vocalist who has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager. She won the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and received an award in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition. She will be backed by a quartet that includes the outstanding tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the great pianist Harold Mabern. 7:30pm. $15.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: O+ Festival @ various locations, Kingston. It’s Day One of the three-day fest, kicking off with a parade at 6pm, followed by performances by Arc Isis, Tony Levin’s Stickmen, Hand Habits, Paul Green’s Rock Academy, Freeman and more. $35 for all three days’ admission. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “The Source” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. In July 2013, Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after publishing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked to the public. The conviction provoked a maelstrom of media coverage, ranging from portraits of Manning’s personal life to new dialogues about military abuses. In producer Beth Morrison’s latest work-in-progress, Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive headfirst into this digital storm with an assemblage of Twitter feeds, chat transcripts and court testimony, wound together in an arresting new music-theater production. 8pm. $15 & $22.
MUSIC: Lou & Peter Berryman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Do you like clever wordplay? Do catchy tunes and hilarious punchlines give you a lift? If so, treat yourself to the warm and witty folk duo that makes us simultaneously laugh at and care about the people they lampoon. As heard on “A Prairie Home Companion” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” 8pm. $22.
THEATER: “No Place to Go” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. With his edgy brand of jazz/folk/alternative, singer-composer-playwright Ethan Lipton and his bandmates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax) deliver a darkly hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed. 8pm. $35.
ARTIST TALK: Daniella Dooling @ the College of St. Rose’s St. Joseph Auditorium, Albany. In conjunction with her mixed media exhibit “Bloody Dick Road in the Big Hole Valley: Files from the Girl in Room 10” at the Esther Massry Gallery. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Claudia Schmidt @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. She’s been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama and celebrating the moment. 8pm. $20; $5 children 12 & under.
THEATER: “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy/drama about prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays after six years away and announces plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Directed by Michael Bush. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 19. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Ashley Bathgate @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Springs native and Bang on a Can All-Stars’ cellist performs the music of David Lang, co-curator of the current exhibit, “I was a double.” 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out, but the performance will be streamed live.
COMEDY: David Sedaris @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The great skill with which the humorist and best-selling author slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. 8pm. $53 & $68.
THEATER: “An Enemy of the People” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Arthur Miller’s poerful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play about one man’s brave struggle to do the right thing in the face of extreme social intolerance. Directed by Julianne Boyd. 8pm.
MUSIC: Bearsville Theater Autumn Songwriter Showcase @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring Beacon folk duo the Whispering Tree, Woodstock guitar virtuoso Billy Rogan, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Brian Mackey and Bearsville favorite Dean Batstone. 8:30pm. $10 suggested donation.
ARTS WALK: Woodstock Nights @ various locations, Woodstock. Night-time arts stroll, shopping, food, music, drink and fun.5-9pm. FREE.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Visitors” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Godfrey Reggio’s film – his fourth with composer Philip Glass – reveals humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology, which connects humans in extreme emotional states to experiences far outside themselves. The film is a visceral exploration of the senses and the kinds of machinery we’ve built to expand them. Followed by a panel discussion with Reggio and Langdon Winner, Rensselaer professor of science and technology studies. 7pm. $6.
FILM: “Safety Last” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. One of the iconic comedies of the silent era, the 1923 film features the slapstick genius Harold Lloyd as a young go-getter from a small American town who moves to the “big city” in order to make something of himself, but winds up in all sorts of trouble instead. With live musical accompaniment by Mike Schiffer. 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Mood Indigo” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Inventive auteur Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel to provide the foundation for this 2013 visionary and romantic film starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. 6pm.
FILM: “The Zero Theorem” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Terry Gilliam’s madcap science fiction epic stars two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. With Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, David Thewlis and Tilda Swinton. 7:50pm.