2/21/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Phil Samuels Memorial Concert @ the Low Beat, Albany. Capitle, Vertebrae, the Plague and Phantom Signals play a benefit for Stand Up to Cancer in memory of Phil Samuels’ passing a year ago. 8pm. $20 suggested donation includes a special memorial t-shirt. UPDATE: Due to scheduling conflicts, the Plague will be performing as an acoustic trio.
MUSIC: Umphrey’s McGee @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The six-piece, Chicago-based, jam-oriented prog-rockers roll into Nippertown in support of their latest album, Similar Skin. And maybe preview their upcoming The London Sessions, due in April. With Tauk. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: Socks in the Frying Pan @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. From County Clare, Ireland, brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo will be accompanied by Aodan Coyne on guitar and vocals. 8pm. $23; $5 age 12 & under.
MUSIC: Kristen Thien @ the Falcon, Marlboro. she has carved out her own unique contemporary blues sound that travels the highway between 1955 Chicago, 1969 Memphis and present-day New York City. With the Holly & Evan Band. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
CIRCUS: FAQ Circus @ the Gasholder Building, Troy. Their new show “Running” focuses on the incredible capabilities of the human body demonstrated through contortion, gymnastics and juggling. The unique performance space is minimally heated. Dress warm and Bring your own chair if you want to sit down. 2 & 7:30pm. $15; $10 students.
MUSIC: Bill Mays @ Baba Louie’s Backroom, Pittsfield. Part of the Pittsfield 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the NYC pianist offers a concert that surveys jazz’s progression from raggedy honky-tonk sounds to its speakeasy era, to its heyday in the mid-20th century, to bebop, and now to America’s Classical Music. 8pm. $20.
THEATER: “A Living Documentary” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Arts, Ananndale-On-Hudson. Cynthia Hopkins performs her newest work, a hilarious and searing reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as a professional theater artist in the 21st century. 7:30pm. $25; $10 students.
FESTIVAL/FILM: QFest 2015 @ Proctors, Schenectady. Nippertown’s two-day LGBT film festival. Today’s schedule features “Watermelon Woman” (1pm), “The Return” (2:45pm), “The Crying Game” (4pm) and “Kinky Boots” (7pm). All films are screened FREE.
BURLESQUE: “10 Shades of Gypsy Layne” @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Company offers its latest production. Sizzling. Sultry. Cool. Playful. Outrageous… and that’s just half of it. 8pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Phil Henry Acoustic Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Great harmonies and beats provided by Saratoga musician Gary Moon and a little mandolin spice by Jeff Kimball. In support of their new album, Aberdeen. 8pm. $18.
COMEDY: Gilbert Gottfried @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. He’s been doing stand-up comedy since he was 15 years old. He was hired as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. His profile rose with a series of improvised promos for MTV. His television appearances have ranged from “The Cosby Show” to “Late Night with David Letterman” to “Celebrity Apprentice.” And if you’ve ever seen “The Aristocrats,” well, say no more, right? 9:30pm. $35.
COMEDY: Gilbert Gottfried @ Wolf’s 1-11, Albany. He’s been doing stand-up comedy since he was 15 years old. He was hired as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. His profile rose with a series of improvised promos for MTV. His television appearances have ranged from “The Cosby Show” to “Late Night with David Letterman” to “Celebrity Apprentice.” And if you’ve ever seen “The Aristocrats,” well, say no more, right? 8pm. $35.
THEATER/MAGIC: “The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible” @ Proctors, Schenectady. This mind-blowing showcase features the jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists – Yu Ho-Jin, Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Aaron Crow and Adam Trent. Expect an evening of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. 2 & 8pm. $20-$85. Through Sunday.
THEATER: “Fences” @ The Egg, Albany. August Wilson’s Pulitzer prize and Tony Award-winning play is presented by the Rebel Soul Performance Troupe. 8pm. $20; $8 students & children. Also at 4pm Sunday.
MUSIC: The Albany Symphony @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. With Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who will perform Vaughan William’s “Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra” and Michael Daugherty’s “Reflections on the Mississippi: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra.” Also on the program are the Brahms Symphony No. 3 and Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. 7:30pm. $19-$59. Also at 3pm Sunday.
MUSIC: Mark Fell & Keith Fullerton Whitman @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. It’s the US premiere of a new duo project from two of the most restless innovators in electronic music. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
COMEDY: The Not Too Far From Home Professional Stand Up Comedy Tour @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. 8pm. $15. UPDATE: This show has been postponed til fall.