4/12/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday
MUSIC: Joan Armatrading @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. A solo performance by legendary singer-songwriter will encompassing her entire storied career, which spans four decades and more than 20 albums with such songs as “Love and Affection,” “Show Some Emotion” and “Down to Zero.” With Melissa Ferrick. 7:30pm. $38 & $48. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
FILM/MUSIC: “Lee’s 88 Keys” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Nippertown’s Queen of Piano Jazz Lee Shaw is being honored with the prestigious Jazz Hero award by the Jazz Journalists Association, followed by the world premiere of a documentary film about her life and music, directed by Susan Robbins. And following the film, the Schenectady JAM Concert will be held in Proctors’ Robb Alley featuring the Keith Pray Quartet and Michael Benedict’s Bopitude with special guest baritone saxman Gary Smulyan. 2:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Tal National @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Great guitars, lightning-fast rhythms and a rotating cast of vocalists from the capital city of Niger, West Africa’s largest nation. In support of their new album, Zoy Zoy. 7pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Wild Ponies @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Doug and Telisha Williams are joined by drummer Jake Winebrenner to deliver unflinching country songs that move from easygoing swing to Crazy Horse-ish rattle-and-thump to traditional twang in support of their new album, Things That Used to Shine. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Willie Watson @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show makes a tour stop in Albany in support of his debut solo album, Folk Singer, Vol. 1, produced by David Rawlings and released on Gillian Welch’s Acony Records label. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland. Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck sing selections from Alan Lomax’s “The Folk Songs of North America.” 2pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Rob Paparozzi’s “Good Old Boys: The Music of Randy Newman” @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The singer-harmonicat and his friends – including pianist Robbie Kondor, guitarist David Spinozza, bassist Jeff Ganz and drummer Frank Pagano – celebrate the 40th anniversary of Randy Newman’s classic 1974 album. 10am. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Moving to Glory: A Gospel and Spirituals Concert” @ the First Baptist Church, Pittsfield. Wanda Houston is the featured guest artist, singing selections of her own as well as with the choruses. Proceeds from the benefit concert will go directly to the Pittsfield Youth Commission. 3pm. $15.
TALK: “Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Rise and Fall of the Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues” @ the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Michael E. Lomax – the author of numerous books on the racial divide in American sports and the struggle for equality on and off the field – discusses his latest book, “Black Baseball Entrepreneurs.” 2pm. FREE with museum admission.
DANCE: Keigwin + Company @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Provocative, witty, and engaging, choreographer Larry Keigwin fuses high art and pure entertainment. Sleek, sexy, electrifying movement takes center stage in a refreshing mix of dances, with music ranging from Eartha Kitt to Leonard Bernstein. 3pm. $26, $32 & $38; $12 students. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Blood Wedding” @ Skidmore College’s the Janet Kinghorn Theatre, Saratoga Springs. Carolyn Anderson and Will Bond co-direct Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetic play about a family vendetta that erupts when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. 2pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through April 19.
DANCE: “Sleeping Beauty” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The Skidmore College Orchestra and Dance Department team up for their ambitious collaboration on the renowned Tchaikovsky work. 3pm. $10; $7 seniors; FREE students & children.
MUSIC: Doug Cotler @ Congregation Gates of Heaven, Schenectady. The Singer Family Music Recital Fund presents a concert with the Grammy Award-winning composer-singer-musician who fuses traditional Jewish melodies with the power and rhythm of contemporary popular music. 2pm. FREE; please bring a non-perishable food item for Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry.
THEATER: “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One performance only. Written by and starring Academy Award winner James Lecesne, the critically acclaimed one-man play about a brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy. 8pm. $40. GO HERE for more info…
READING: Word Fest Kickoff @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. It’s the kick-off event of the week-long Albany Word Fest, as well as the publication party for the third issue of Albany Poets’ literary journal, Up the River. Editors Mary Panza, Carissa Haberland and Kevin Peterson present an evening of poetry and art by the poets published in the edition. 6pm.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Daniel Righeschi & Friends @ Proctors, Schenectady. The acclaimed Italian tenor returns to Nippertown for a benefit concert for the IACF of NY and the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc. 2pm. $55; $35 students.
READING: Abigail Thomas @ the Third Floor Gallery, Hudson. The Woodstock author reads from her new memoir, “What Comes Next and How to Like It.” With Chloe Caldwell, the Hudson author of the recent novella “Women.” 3pm. FREE.
THEATER: Out of This World @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Last chance! Kaliyuga Arts presents two visionary performance artists from opposite ends of the country in their signature pieces – Dan Carbone’s “Up From the Ground” (a Southern Gothic science fiction story) and Alexandra Tatarsky’s “Sign Felt!” (adapted from Goethe’s classic novel of adolescent angst and artistic striving, “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship.”) 2pm. $15; $10 students.
MUSIC: Anton Baranov @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The Russian classical guitarist is a prizewinner of more than 15 prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.
THEATER ON FILM: “King John” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. When the rule of a hedonistic and mercurial king is questioned, rebellion, assassination and excommunication ensue, culminating in the chilling attempt to commit an atrocity against a child, whose mother’s anguished grief cannot atone for her blinkered ambitions for her son. Directed by Tim Carroll, Shakespeare’s play stars Tom McCamus, Seana McKenna, Graham Abbey and Patricia Collins. 12noon. $15; $12 for ages 12 & under. Also at 7pm on Monday.
MUSIC: Edward Arron & Friends @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The co-artistic directors of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark will present an afternoon of chamber music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring Arron on cello with violinist Colin Jacobsen and violist Nicholas Cords. 4pm. $25; FREE students.