12/6/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Mountain Snow & Mistletoe @ The Egg, Albany. The annual down-home concert of holiday songs and stories led by Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball accompanied by the Mountain Snow Orchestra featuring fiddler John Kirk, guitarist Kevin McKrell and percussionist Brian Melick. 7:30pm. $24. Also at 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ the Parish Public House, Albany. It’s a CD release party for the “Northern Rock” combo’s new live album, Ruff Stuff, recorded at Red Square, which, of course, is now the Parish Public House. With Lucid. 9pm. $12.
MUSIC: Jaimeo Brown Transcendence @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Renowned drummer-composer Jaimeo Brown’s haunting debut as a leader, Transcendence, brilliantly taps the root soul connections between African-American spirituals, transcendental East Indian music, Coltrane-esque improvisation and 21st century electronic music. Brown will be accompanied by saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Chris Sholar. 7pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Plague @ the Low Beat, Albany. Old school punk double-bill. JP fronts the reunited 20th century Local 518 punk band. With Jim Romano leading the reunion of Capitle. 8pm. $5. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Chris Pasin’s Random Acts of Kindness @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. New compositions by trumpeter/composer Chris Pasin, inspired by artists such as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman and Alban Berg, will serve as a vehicle for freely interactive improvisation of the band that also features guitarist Mark Kleinhaut, keyboardist Wayne Hawkins, bassist John Menegon and drummer Dave Berger. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Rockin’ Christmas 2014” @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Pop songwriter-pianist Whitney Wolanin & Her Shenanigans get you into the spirited, sing-along, party mood of the holiday season. Proceeds benefit the Rockin’ Christmas Fund at Siena College. 8pm. $27, $37, $47 & $57.
MUSIC: The Grand Slambovians @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’s GE Theatre, Schenectady. Sleepy Hollow’s unique folk-rock faves invade the Eighth Step with an arsenal of exotic instruments, quirky songs and an abundance of energy. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.
THEATER: “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Academy Award-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” workshops her latest play, wrapping up a two-week residency with the Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA. 8pm. $16; $5 students.
PERFORMANCE: Creative Connections: A Musical Storytelling Event @ Fulton Street Gallery, Troy. Featuring Richard Lovrich, Patrick Porter, Peter Storey, Jay Renzi, Poetyc Visionz, Lecco Morris, Kurt Przybilla, Corey Aldrich and more. 6pm. $10.
PERFORMANCE: “A Possibility of an Abstraction” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Germaine Kruip’s production transforms the theater into a field of cinematic experience. It is a play of perception, where shadow, reflection, architecture and stage become the characters in a filmic experience created in the moment. 7pm. $18: $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: CKS @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The powerhouse blues-rock organ trio features drummer Randy Ciarlante (of the Band), organist Bruce Katz (of the Gregg Allman Band) and guitarist Scott Sharrard (of the Gregg Allman Band). With Stephen Clair & the Millionaires. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: WRPI Folk DJ Showcase @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Host Steve Daub (of WRPI-FM’s “Stormy Monday Blues”) showcases Jamaican-born, NYC-raised Jimy Graham, NJ bluesman Jeremy Wallace and the Berkshires-based Robin O’Herin. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Keith Pray’s Mohawk Brass Band @ the First Reformed Church, Schenectady. A benefit concert for Capital District Jazz Ltd.’s Youth Brass Band Mentorship Program featuring traditional and contemporary New Orleans style brass band music. With Schenectady City School District student musicians. 5pm. $10.
DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Northeast Ballet’s production of the Christmas classic under the artistic direction of Darlene Myers, featuring Lauren Lovette and New York City Ballet star Gonzalo Garcia. 7pm. $20-$40. Also at 2pm Sunday.
DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of the Christmas classic with choreography by Madeline Cantarella Culpo. 2:30 & 6:30pm. $23, $31 & $37; $16.50 & $25 children. Also 1:30 & 4:30pm on Sunday.
PERFORMANCE: “Bloopers #1” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The newest performance-driven collaboration by artists Michael Bell-Smith, Sara Magenheimer and Ben Vida uses the language of “breakdowns,” or comedic outtakes, as the artists blend props, video and electronic music to play with the social power of different kinds of media. 9pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: French Montana @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Moroccan-born, Bronx-bred rapper takes a break from the studio where he’s putting the finishing touches on his sophomore album, Mac & Cheese, featuring his new DJ Mustard-produced single “Don’t Panic.” With Rowdy Rebel. 9pm. $28.
THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 3 & 8pm. $20-$65. Through Sunday, December 21.
MUSIC: Mike Doughty’s World-Renowned, Award-Winning Question Jar Show @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The former Soul Coughing frontman lands in Woodstock in support of his new album, Stellar Motel. 9pm. $25 & $45.
MUSIC: Dala @ MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams. A very special holiday show featuring the acoustic Canadian folk-pop duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine. With the Allegrettos opening the show. 7:30pm. $10.
THEATER/MUSIC: “Classic Holiday Revue” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Local performers revive those olden days with a nostalgic pastiche of song, spirit and comedy for a good old-fashioned Christmas variety show. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Woodstock singer-songwriter plays violin, guitar and percussion, boasts a huge, versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. She’ll be joined by drummer Zack Alford (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Vernon Reid), bassist Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s, Ani DiFranco) and guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Gang of Four), as well as keyboardist David Baron. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Close Encounters with Music @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. “A Holiday Celebration: Best of the Baroque,” featuring arias and cantatas by Telemann, Bach, Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi. 6pm. $25 & $45.