10/24/14: Today’s Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The virtuoso banjo duo of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn embraces a diversity that stretches from the traditional to the groundbreaking with just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and adventurous musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. 8pm. $25, $34 & $42.
MUSIC: Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Les Claypool & Co. pay tribute to the music of the original “Willy Wonka” film and then go wonking through a batch of the greatest hits, too. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 & $54.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: Lip Talk @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, it’s the band’s first Albany show since changing their name from Railbird, but Sarah Pedinotti’s voice and imagination are as charming and captivating as ever. With Better Pills and Alexander Turnquist. 9pm.
MUSIC: Johnny Mathis @ Proctors, Schenectady. “Chances Are.” “Misty.” “It’s Not for Me to Say.” And too many other hits to count, the sublime singer celebrates his 58th year in the music business with an orchestra conducted by Scott Lavender. With comedian Brad Upton. 8pm.
MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. The Hudson Valley-based Americana rockers do their thing in support of their recently released self titled debut album. 9pm. FREE. GO HERE for a recent concert review…
MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The five-time Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer offers an intimate acoustic performance. With special guest Tift Merritt. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50.
MUSIC: John Menegon Quartet @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents the Hudson Valley bassist and his band – Tineke Postma (sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums) – in support of Menegon’s new album I Remember You. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Andy Cohen & Paul Asbell @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Fingerstyle guitar fans will be in heaven tonight. Blues picker Cohen is a virtuoso 6- and 12-string guitarist and “walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia” with songs well-known, obscure and weirdly wonderful. Asbell has a dizzingly diverse repertoire that encompasses early blues, Dr. John and Bill Frisell with romantic swing tunes and Otis Rush slow-burners thrown in. 8pm. $22.
PERFORMANCE: “The Fortunetellers” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Ellie Ga’s narrative performance inspired by her six-month residency on the Tara, a research boat frozen in the Arctic ice, drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data. The work mixes live storytelling, recorded sound, still images and film to bring new insight and intimacy to Ga’s Polar adventure. 8pm. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”…
MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Upstate New York’s fave ska-reggae group unleash their signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies and dub dropouts, led by Jamaican-born vocalist NeeNee Rushie. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Zambezi Marimba Band @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Led by Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi Marimba Band was founded in 1992 and is inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. 8pm. FREE.
DANCE: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers @ The Egg, Albany. One of the country’s premier contemporary Asian-American companies performs an evening of repertory works including “BE/LONGING-Light/Shadow” – a deeply spiritual and unexpected hybrid of Western and Eastern cultures inspired by martial arts, calligraphy, tai chi and modern dance. 8pm. $28.
THEATER: “Evil Dead: The Musical” @ Uncle Sam Atrium, Troy. Singing zombies. Dancing dead. Splattering blood. Director Erin Giacomino helms the Troy Civic Theatre’s production of the camp/horror musical based on Sam Rami’s 1983 film. 8pm. $15; $13 students & seniors. Through November 9.
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: “Stage and Screen” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Romance, Soul & Rock ‘N Roll presents a tribute to the movies and Broadway musicals. Directed by Ted Concepcion. 7:30pm. $20. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday.
FILM: “20,000 Days on Earth” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Drama and reality combine in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 2014 film covering a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave, with startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process. 6pm.
FILM: “Lemon: The Movie” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. An intricately crafted documentary following Lemon Andersen’s struggle to free his family from poverty by embarking on a harrowing journey to bring his life story to the stage. Featuring music by hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Aloe Blacc, it follows his desperate battle to keep the past where it belongs and move into a brighter future. 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Life is Beautiful” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The winner of three Academy Awards – including Best Actor for Roberto Benigni – this 1997 Chaplinesque fable is about the power of imagination set against the stark reality of World War II Europe. 7pm. $7.