3/20/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: The Levin Brothers @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Tony Levin (bassist with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) has, for the first time, joined up with his brother, keyboardist Pete Levin (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter), to record an album in the style of music they loved listening to when they were kids – the cool jazz of the ’50s. Rounding out the quartet are saxman Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff Siegel. 7 & 9:30pm. $22.
MUSIC: Lower Dens @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The Baltimore band’s 2012 sophomore album Nootropics was a stark, textured paean to krautrock experimentation, while the new Escape From Evil marks a bold step forward for the band and the welcome manifestation of singer Jana Hunter. With Palm and Sunitirene. 8pm. $7.
COMEDY: Jay Leno @ Proctors, Schenectady. The acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
8pm. $30, $55, $75, $95 & $125.
TALK: Chris Stein @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. As part of the Woodstock Writers Festival, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Blondie co-founder-guitarist-songwriter sits down for a conversation with Will Hermes about his recently published photography book, “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk.” 8pm. $35.
MUSIC: Scott Ainslie @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The blues guitar master celebrates the release of his new CD, The Last Shot Got Him, featuring his 1934 Gibson arch top guitar and a collection of blues from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis and others. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…
TALK: PechaKucha Night, Volume 9 @ Sage College’s Opalka Gallery, Albany. Short talks by interesting people, including All Over Albany’s Greg Dahlmann, artist George Guarino, Tom Crowell of Chatham Brewing, photographer Chet Boehlke Jr. and others. 6:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Sadies @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. For more than two decades and 16 albums, the Canadian country-punk band has been pumping out their melodic, hard-rocking alt-country – like the missing link between the Band and the Mekons. 9pm. $18.
PERFORMANCE: DD Dorvillier’s “Extra Shapes” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Created by choreographer DD Dorvillier, in collaboration with composer Sébastien Roux and lighting designer Thomas Dunn, “Extra Shapes” is a performance for lunging figures, a musical concert for loudspeakers and a light show – all occupying a rectangular space divided into three horizontal bands, featuring sound in the front, light in the middle and dance in the back. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Chicago: The Musical” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The longest running American musical in Broadway history lands on the Palace stage… live. 8pm. $38, $48, $58 & $68. Also at 2 & 8pm Saturday.
MUSIC: Songwriters in the Round @ Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. Four area singer-songwriters – Michael Jerling, Douglas Irving, Mel Guarino and David Hughes – play original songs and chat about the songwriting process. 7pm.
THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at the Ritz Carlton. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 8pm. $20-$60. Through March 22. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Riverstone @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Troy. The chamber music ensemble performs classical music from baroque to contemporary with an intriguing blend of instruments – flute, oboe, viola, cello and harp. 12noon. FREE.
THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Brandon Jones directs the jukebox musical chockfull of classic rock & roll and R&B songs from the pens of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. 8pm. $22 & $28. Through March 29.
THEATER: “Peter Pan” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players serve up the classic battle between Peter Pan (Nessa Corcoran) and Captain Hook (Mark Wilson), directed by Jan Nielsen. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, March 29.
FILM: It Came From Schenectady Salutes Barry B. Longyear @ Proctors, Schenectady. A pair of classic sci-fi films – “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Fantastic Planet” – plus a Q&A with sci-fi author Barry B. Longyear. 7pm. $9; $6 students.