4/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Mangum was here in 2013 in what was one of his first shows in over a decade. This time he’s back with the whole band. With the Dot Wiggin Band. 8pm. $45.
MUSIC: Caroline Rose @ The Linda, Albany. She’s punky and witty, with a style teetering on rockabilly in its stripped-down, bluesy way. Her 2014 debut album I Will Not Be Afraid spins stories with a sense of adventure, a certain bad-ass swagger and a devil-may-care attitude. With Henry’s Rifle. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The founding members of Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, the duo share a rare musical chemistry, as they reach into a deep songbag of acoustic folk, blues and ragtime. 8pm. $30. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Northern Faces @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The hometown CD release party for the band’s self-titled debut album. With Stellar Young and Royal Tongues. 9pm. $15, copy of album included with admission. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Wallace Roney Quintet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The jazz trumpet master blows onto campus with bassist Buster Williams, drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Ben Solomon and pianist Victor Gould. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Over the Rhine @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist lead the Ohio-based folk-Americana group as they bring their glistening harmonies and wistful ballads to town. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse @ the Falcon, Marlboro. In 2014, the Jazz Journalists Association named Rudd as Trombonist of the Year…for the fifth time. Here he’s joined by Heather Masse (vocals), Rolf Sturm (guitar) and Mark Helias (bass). With the young phenom Isabella Englert. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: “Opera1” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A collaborative effort between composer Ryan Ross Smith (music) and librettist K. Michael Fox, “Opera1” will be performed by the Williams College Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Gold. With Buffalo’s Wooden Cities. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Andrew Calhoun @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. With the long overdue return to the spotlight of Kate McDonnell. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.
THEATER: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Featuring music from the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score along with additional music. 8pm. $20, $45, $60, $70, $85 & $105. Through Sunday.
OPEN MIC: Word Fest Open Mic @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Hosted by Albany Poets, the annual five-hour marathon Word Fest Open Mic returns home to the UAG Gallery on Lark Street. 7pm. 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. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through April 19.
TALK: “House Keys, Not Handcuffs” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Extraordinary activist, organizer, vice presidential candidate and “homeless hero,” Cheri Honkala leads a passionate discussion about the human right to housing, the national movement to abolish poverty and the upcoming 2015 U.S. Social Forum in Philadelphia. 7pm. $10 suggested; $5 student/low-income. ALSO community potluck dinner at 5pm.
FILM: “Nobody Knows (Dare Mo Shiranai)” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Barely into his teens, Yûya Yagira won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his portrayal of a boy who raises his young siblings in a Tokyo apartment after their mother abandons them. 7:30pm. FREE.