11/7/14: Today’s Tips: Friday
MUSIC: The Pine Hill Project: Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell @ The Egg, Albany. Two of the day’s finest singer-songwriters (and friends for more than 25 years) join forces with multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Larry Campbell, bassist Byron Isaacs and drummer Justin Guip for an evening of contemporary folk songs and some well-chosen covers from their new collaborative recording Tomorrow You’re Going. With Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams opening. 8pm. $28.
MUSIC: Bria Skonberg Quintet @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz welcomes the acclaimed trumpeter-vocalist back to town, as she covers jazz from swing to modern. Her stage presence, coupled with her husky singing voice and trumpet chops, have garnered a “Rising Star” spot in DownBeat Magazine’s 2013 Critics Poll and an “Up and Coming Star” nod from the Jazz Journalists’ Association. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: The Last Conspirators @ the Low Beat, Albany. Led by hyperactive frontman Tim Livingston, the powerhouse band fuses old-school punk, roots rock and heartland rock with fierce, often politically charged lyrics. With Hudson Valley punks Cell 63. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Cocktail Slippers @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The all-female Norwegian garage-pop quintet recently released their fourth album, People Talk, on Little Steven Van Zandt’s label, Wicked Cool Records. The Connection opens. 9pm. $6.
MUSIC: Bobby Long @ The Linda, Albany. British-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter is back again with a deep songbag of memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. With MaryLeigh Roohan. 8pm. $17.
MUSIC: PossumHaw @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The drive of bluegrass and
the original lyricism of folk, delivered by Colby Crehan, one of the finest female vocalists in the region, and her well-oiled band. 8pm. $18; children & students half-price.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.
READING: “Room 10 Rants” @ College of St. Rose’s Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. In conjunction with her autobiographical exhibit “Bloody Dick Road in the Big Hole Valley: Files From the Girl in Room 10,” (featuring nods to David Bowie, Patti Smith, REO Speedwagon and the soundtrack to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) artist Daniella Dooling reads from her teenage drug diaries, accompanied by Les LeVeque on an analogue video synthesizer. 7pm.
THEATER: “The Rape of Lucrece” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. It’s the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective’s production of the Shakespeare play starring Dan Hodge in a gender-bending, tour de force solo performance. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Also 7:30pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday.
MUSIC: Expanded Piano @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Imagine being inside a piano. Imagine the piano expanded to the size of a concert hall. This EMPAC-commissioned concert and installation is grounded in the idea of “prepared piano,” a tradition where screws, rubbers, bolts, etc., are attached to the strings inside a piano, altering the sound. Stavros Gasparatos’ Expanded Piano transforms the idea into a uniquely electronic form. An acoustic piano is wired with both regular microphones and contact microphones attached to the body of the piano, its strings, and mechanisms. Each microphone’s signal is manipulated in real time through a computer and then routed to its own loudspeaker, creating a multichannel space around the audience that puts the listeners “inside” the piano. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
THEATER: “Twin Infinity” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Yes, Intergalactic Nemesis returns for the third and final chapter of its Live-Action Graphic Novel… Three actors, a Foley artist, and a pianist perform in front of more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels to tell the hilarious sci-fi adventure story. 8pm. $15 & $30. Also 1:30 & 7:30pm Saturday.
THEATER: The Blue Horse Repertory Co. @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. With director Lora Lee Ecobelli at the helm, the theater troupe performs scenes from the works of Tennessee Williams, Christopher Durang, Shakespeare and more. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: ”Night Music: A Cappella Choral Music of and for the Night” @ Williams College’s Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown. The Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir are conducted by Grammy Award winner Brad Wells in a concert featuring unaccompanied choral works by Rachmaninoff, Whitacre, Lassus and others. 8pm. FREE.
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.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Conversation” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 dramatic thriller starring Gene Hackman. A talk by poet/jazz scholar Sean Singer follows the screening. 7pm. FREE.
FILM: “No Turning Back” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The latest thrilling full-length ski film from Warren Miller. Ticketholders will receive exclusive resort and retailer offers. 8pm. $23. Also at 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Ed Clifford @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.