4/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Walter Salas-Humara @ the Low Beat, Albany. The former bandleader of the Silos takes the Low Beat stage in support of his latest solo album, Curve and Shake. With the Canjo 10’s. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Animal House” Reunion @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a special cast reunion and screening of National Lampoon’s classic 1978 comedy from 1978 with Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, John Landis and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Urban Gumbo @ the Bayou Cafe, Glenville. It’s a double-barreled party, as Urban Gumbo celebrates their 25th anniversary as well as the release of their brand new reunion album, Hard Times for Love. The band’s current line-up features vocalist Lisa Gordon, bassist Gary Butts, guitarist Rob Piorkowski, keyboardist (and former Metroland publisher) Peter Iselin and drummer/singer Bob Girouard. With Diva & the Dirty Boys. 9pm. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest at a dozen locations. More than 100 bands in all. GO HERE for more info and a complete scheduled of who’s playing when…

MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. A special double drum incarnation with ASQ drummer Steven Partyka teaming up with former ASQ drummer James Ketterer for an evening of chamber-oriented jazz arrangements featuring original music and covers. With emcee J Hunter. 8pm. $8.

THEATER/MUSIC: “Down With the Rent” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Eight stellar singers-musicians – Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino (Magpie), John Roberts, George Ward, Greg Clarke, Bill Spence, George Wilson and Toby Stover – form the cast for the two-hour performance featuring authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors involved in the 19th Century rebellion by regional farmer tenants against the tyranny of landowner-landlords of 1840s New York. Created by Andy Spence. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

MUSIC: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A marathon event in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western, instrumental and experimental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall. Featuring Greg Fox, SUUNS, Pruient, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins, Brian Dewan, Slow Collins and many other musicians, as well as films. Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows welcome… 3pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: C-R’s Farewell Concert @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. After a dozen years of musical theater at the Music Hall, C-R Productions is moving on. All proceeds benefit C-R Kids Arts Programming. 6:30pm reception; 8pm show. $25, $30 & $40. GO HERE for more info…

FASHION/FUNDRAISER: Electric City Couture Fashion Show @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The sixth annual fashion extravaganza features both established and up-and-coming regional fashion designers in a juried runway experience. The evening will showcase signature collections of five designers including Schenectady-based special guest MA+CH and, for the first time ever, a full men’s line by Saratoga-based frittelli and LOCKWOOD. Proceeds will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Peter Mulvey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With a bit of Tin Pan Alley, a pinch of modern acoustic music and a whole lotta bedrock Americana, the singer-songwriter churns out punchy acoustic rock and ballads that don’t shy away from darkness… or light. With Hayley Reardon. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg, Albany. The former frontman for the band Live takes the stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Live’s album Throwing Copper, performed in its entirety.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

MUSIC: The Lonesome Brothers @ the Ale House, Troy. Jim Armenti, Keith Levreault and the one and only Ray Mason celebrate 30 years of Lonesome Brothers. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Weight @ Levon Helm Studio, Woodstock. Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, Brian Mitchell, Byron Isaacs and Marty Grebb are the Weight. They were Levon’s brothers in life & in music, having played in many incarnations of the Band, the Rick Danko Band, the Levon Helm Band and more. With Fatboy Kanootch 8pm. $45 & $60.

MUSIC: Heather Maloney @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. It’s the CD release party for the singer-songwriter’s new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sounds Recordings. With Will Dailey. 8pm. $18.

THEATER: “Spring Awakening” @ Sage College’s Meader Little Theater, Troy. Leigh Strimbeck directs the 2006 Tony Award-winning rock musical featuring music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. 8pm. $15; $12 students & seniors. Through Sunday. GO HERE for review and more info…

TALK/MUSIC: “Deconstructing the Beatles’ White Album” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Scott Freiman returns to offer an in-depth examination of the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album (commonly referred to as “The White Album”). 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Third Day @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Christian rockers bring their Soul on Fire Tour to town. With Ellie Holcomb. 7pm. $21, $27 & $37; VIP $76.

COMEDY: Ralphie May @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. 8pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Architeuthis Walks on Land @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The viola and bassoon are not typically brandished in the pursuit of free improvisation and noise, but the duo of Amy Cimini and Katierine Young brings fierceness and energy to these typically orchestral instruments with extended techniques, bass amplification and rich textures. Sharing the bill will be Miranda Cuckson, who presents a set of complex and microtonal works for solo violin by Xenakis, Ferneyhough and Haas. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Off the Record @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. Neo-lounge rockers. 12:15pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Joe Locke @ the Central House Hotel, Germantown. The jazz vibraphonist is joined by drummer Jaimeo Brown and bassist Ricky Rodriguez. In conjunction with a special exhibition of jazz photographs by the masterful Chuck Stewart. 6pm reception; 8pm concert. $25. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 8pm. $11.

COMEDY: The Nobodies of Comedy @ Proctors, Schenectady. A touring talent showcase of young, up-and-coming comedians, including Tim Krompier, Ralph Tetta, Lori Palminteri and Jamie Lissow. While not household names yet, these hilarious young comics are poised for comedy greatness. 8pm. $20-$28.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Hudson’s own bluesy roots-rockers – Andy and Tania Stack, Brandon Morrison, Lee Falco and Connor Kennedy – step into the Helsinki spotlight. 9pm.

MUSIC: Conehead Buddha @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Black Mountain Symphony. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Williams Gospel Choir @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The spring concert “Let the Church Say Amen” features gospel hits such as “Our God Is an Awesome God,” “I Will Bless The Lord” and “Do You Know Jesus?” 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “America’s Got Downton” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Actor, impressionist and YouTube sensation Luke Kempner creates more than 30 characters in this tour-de-force one-man parody that blends celebrity visitors with well-known characters from the hit PBS-TV series “Downton Abbey.” 1:30 & 7:30pm. $20, $40 & $50.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. 3pm.

MUSIC: Consider the Source @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With the Primate Fiasco. 9:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Life in Color: The Big Bang @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The self-proclaimed “world’s largest paint party” featuring DUBBS and Snails. 6pm. $40, $48, $53, $58, $68 & $78.

MUSIC: High Peaks Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Harmonic Duo @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Octavo Singers @ the First Reformed Church, Schenectady. Director Curtis Funk and the singers plumb the depths of Mendelssohn’s “St. Paul Oratorio,” an exultant and beautifully melodic work that is rarely performed. 7:30pm. $25; $20 seniors; $15 syudents.

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