10/18/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: The Empire Jazz Orchestra @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Schenectady’s own big band is joined by a trio of special guest saxophonists – Sharel Cassity, Ada Rovati and Claire Daily – in the feature concert of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. 8pm. $20-$35.
MUSIC/DANCE: “An Evening of Music and Dance” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Composer David Lang, Skidmore faculty member and choreographer Debra Fernandez, and the musical group So Percussion present an evening of dance and song inside the “I was a double exhibition” space. 5pm. FREE, but tickets are required. Call 518-580-8080 for reservations.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Brown’s Oktoberfest @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. Brown’s is hosting their annual Oktoberfest to benefit the Rensselaer Land Trust with plenty of Brown’s Wholly Moses!, Great Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest Lager and German Fare. Hand-rolled cigars on the deck from Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe. And live music all day from Flood Road (1pm), Annie in the Water (3:30pm) and the reunion of Jericho Joe (6pm). 1-9pm. $10 donation.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Pianist Joyce Yang joins the ASO for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and David Alan Miller leads the symphony in Tchaikovsky’s most famous work, “Pathetique.” 7:30pm. $19-$59.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FOOD/FUNDRAISER: Soup ‘r Bands @ Roaring Brook Ranch, Lake George. The sixth annual fundraiser for the Upstate Autism Alliance features soups from more than 30 restaurants, a silent auction and music by 11 bands – the Audiostars, Black Mountain Symphony, Funkalicious, Radio Junkies, Dirt Cheap, James Hood, Austin Barosi, Chris Ballini, Saving Atlantis, Tim Wechgelaer & Friends and Sugar Pill. 6pm. $25.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: LODGE @ Riedlbauer’s Resort, Round Top. A benefit for WGXC-FM featuring DJs Chris Bishop, Spike Priggen, Tim Livingston and Lunar Moss from 2-7pm (FREE) and bands Bishop Allen, Palm, Dirty River and Slow Collins at 7pm ($20). GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Rosanne Cash @ the Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. She was magnificent with her husband-guitarist John Leventhal at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall back in March. Now see her with the full band. 8pm. $54 & $74.
COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: John Waters @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The iconoclast, filmmaker and strange mind behind “Cry Baby,” “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester,” “Female Trouble,” “Hairspray” and other films perform his one-man show, “This Filthy World, Volume 2,” as a benefit for Basilica Arts and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. 8pm. $125 & $175; $50 students.
MUSIC: Kim & Reggie Harris and Ken Whiteley @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Three great performers will be together on our stage for a great evening of folk, gospel, blues and more. 8pm. $23; $5 children 12 & under.
MUSIC: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ The Egg, Albany. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section Southside Johnny and his band have been putting their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound for 40 years. 7:30pm. $35 & $38.
MUSIC: Brett Dennen @ The Egg, Albany. The breezy songs of Brett Dennen combine the earnest sentiments of activist folk with sweet-natured pop and lyrics that stay away from melodrama and lean more toward uplift. Dennen performs music from his five albums, including his most recent Smoke & Mirrors in a solo acoustic concert. Odessa opens the concert. 8pm. $29.50.
CABARET: “Comeback! A Tragicomic Cabaret” @ the Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. Molly Parker-Myers channels Lillie St. Clair-Myasnikov – former child star of the 1980 Broadway flop “Baby! Jane!” – as she returns to the stage for an evening of popular songs in the public domain, circa 1920-22, accompanied by pianist Joel Flowers (and a flask of gin). 7:30pm. $15.
DANCE: Abraham.In.Motion @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Choreographer and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Kyle Abraham and his ensemble of phenomenal dancers perform his newest work, “The Watershed,” which commemorates 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 20 years since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. 8pm. $26, $32 & $38; $18 students. GO HERE for more info…
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. 3 & 8pm. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. These tall guys play high-energy, acoustic ’70s and ’80s country-rock, blues, bluegrass and originals. Powerful vocals, dynamic instrumentation and a great repertoire. And opener Heather Pierson won the New England Songwriting Contest. 8pm. $17.
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. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 19. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany. The choral group kicks off its fall season with an a cappella concert titled “Hope, Faith, Life, Love” in the directorial debut of José Daniel Flores-Caraballo. 7:30pm. $25 & $35; $10 students.
MUSIC: Ensemble Dal Niente @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Ensemble Dal Niente – a 20-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective – performs Alexandre Lunsqui’s “Diogenes’ Lantern”; Lee Hyla’s “Passegiata” for solo violin; Hans Thomalla’s “Desert Songs” for soprano and piano and more… 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Company” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents the Stephen Sondheim musical about five married couples and their single friend Robert, who seems to have it all. 2 & 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Luca Marino @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Poe” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Eric Hill directs and David Adkins stars in the world premiere of a new play that explores Edgar Allan Poe’s final days. 7pm. $35. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Poor Man’s Whiskey @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Bluegrass-meets-jamrock as the band serves up one set of original tunes and one set of Allman Brothers Band covers. With the High Peaks Band. 9:30pm. $8.
THEATER: “The Mousetrap” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, directed by Paul Trela. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18.
THEATER: “A Position of Relative Importance” @ the First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre opens its season with a staged reading of Hal Borden’s comedy about a case of mistaken identity. 7:30pm. $15 include post-reading reception.
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. 8pm.