4/19/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday
MUSIC: Jazz Appreciation Month Gala @ the Colonie Elks Lodge, Latham. A jazz extravaganza featuring performances by the UAlbany Jazz Ensemble, Elizabeth Kasius Woodbury & Heard, String of Pearls, the Pearl River Trio, the Teresa Broadwell Quintet and Aikiko with Joe Magnarelli, Myron Walden and Rudy Petschauer. The event will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bill McCann’s radio show “The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” on WCDB-FM. Additional honorees include jazz writers J Hunter and Greg Haymes of Nippertown.com and Tom Pierce of AlbanyJazz.com. 1-7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ The Hangar, Troy. The boogie woogie piano-poundin’ Commander lands in Troy. With Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings (celebrating the release of their new album, Go Green) and Texas troubadour Billy Eli (with Kevin Maul and Tony Markellis). 6pm. $25. GO HERE for a review of the Lustre Kings’ new album…
MUSIC: David Bromberg & Larry Campbell @ The Egg, Albany. An evening of blues, folk, country and bluegrass with two guitar virtuosos who are equally adept on fiddle, mandolin and virtually any stringed instrument. 7:30pm. $35. GO HERE for a recent concert review…
EVENT: Open House @ the Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. In honor of the third anniversary of the passing of Levon Helm, the staff will host an open house. Tour the grounds and studio, take photos, share memories and honor Levon’s amazing legacy. There is no music planned, but in typical LHS tradition, well, ya never know who might show up. 12noon-3pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Willy Porter @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Searching for “the shaman that lives inside the guitar” has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning more than two decades and 10 albums. His live shows are guitar-driven events – equal parts grit, soul and muscle – that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original. With Carmen Nickerson. 7pm. $20.
THEATER: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! 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. 2pm. $20, $45, $60, $70, $85 & $105.
MUSIC: The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Louis Lohraseb conducts the orchestra in Bruckner’s Overture in G minor, Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 and Haydn’s Cello Concerto no. 1 featuring guest cellist Cicely Parnas. 3pm. $25.
ARTIST TALK: Ash Thayer @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The photographer gives a talk, slidepresentation and book-signing for her new book, “Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000” about the East Village squatters who were forced to be secretive and exclusive as a result of their poor legal standing in the buildings. Few outsiders were welcome and fewer photographers or journalists. 3:45pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Ian Bostridge @ Union College’s Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. The renowned classical tenor performs Schubert’s Winterreise, followed by a discussion of his new book on the work, “Winter’s Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession.” Accompanied by pianist Wenwen Du. 3pm. $25; $10 syudents.
FILM: “The Wrecking Crew” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. They were the west coast studio musicians who played on hundreds of hit records in the ’60s and early ’70s. This documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. 6:15pm. $8; $6 students.
MUSIC: Engelbert Humperdinck @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. This was supposed to be a make-up concert for the Hump, in the wake of his last-minute cancellation back in 2011, but alas… 3pm. $36, $46, $56 & $76. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled… again.
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.
THEATER ON FILM: “A View From the Bridge” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Featuring a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (“The Imitation Game,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) in the Young Vic’s bold production of Arthur Miller’s dark, passionate drama. 12noon. $15; $12 for ages 12 & under. Also at 7pm on Monday.
FILM: “The Sturgeon Queens” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, Julie Cohen’s documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, as well as interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer. 6pm. $8; $6 students.