6/19/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Opera Saratoga @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Acclaimed soprano Caroline Worra celebrates the poetry and lyrics of Bob Dylan, including the Saratoga premiere of John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a beautiful, haunting and powerful setting of some of Dylan’s most famous lyrics by the Academy Award-winning composer of “The Red Violin.” 8pm. $20. Also at 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Train @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the Picasso at the Wheel Tour. With the Fray and Matt Nathanson. 7pm. $29.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $79.50; lawn $25.
MUSIC: Mike Gordon @ The Egg, Albany. While Trey is doing the Dead thing, the Phish bassman brings his other band to town – featuring Scott Murawski (guitar), Craig Myers (percussion), Robert Walter (keyboards) and John Kimock (drums), along with a pretty hi-tech audience interactive show. 8pm. $31.25.
MUSIC: Chuck D’Aloia & Friends @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The Local 518’s homegrown fab fretboard master returns to town for a homecoming concert with with an all-star line-up of Greater Nippertown’s jazz musicians. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Brian LaPoint & the Joints @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. CD release party for their new album, Pick Me Up. All 10 musicians who played on the album will be on the stage. A special acoustic performance, as well as a performance of the album in its entirety. 8pm.
THEATER: “The Epic of Gligamesh” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts presents a contemporary re-telling of the first great work of world literature, the ancient Babylonian poem. Directed and designed by John Sowle, the production features actor Steven Patterson in a virtuoso solo performance. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday, June 21.
THEATER: “Kinky Boots” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The six-time Tony Award-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, the unlikely pair discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. 8pm. $25-$90. Through Sunday.
THEATER: “The Lift” @ 703 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield. Rogue Angel Theatre present their site-specific new ritual theater production… in an elevator. Audience limited to 20. 6 & 9pm. $25. Through June 28. GO HERE for more info…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Morse Rocks Music & Arts Festival @ Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. A benefit for the Dennis Jones’ Performing Arts Center Project featuring Paul Green Rock Academy, Hudson’s Crew, Late Night Bloomer, Katie Hoffstatter, Logan Callahan, Jack Smythe, more. 6pm. $15; $5 students. Also at 2pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Simone Felice @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The Catskill singer-songwriter is a founding member of the Felice Brothers and the Duke & the King, and he’s toured and worked with the likes of Levon Helm, Corner Oberst & Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rick Rubin, the Avett Brothers and more. With Anna Mitchell. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: Michael Powers Frequency @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Scorching blues-rock, led by the dynamic singer-guitarist Michael Powers, who serves up the missing link between southern porch-blues, down-and-dirty Chicago blues and the hard-rocking R&B of British Invasion-era rock groups. 9pm.
THEATER: “Time Stands Still” @ Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies’ searing story of an heroic female journalist wounded covering the war in Iraq. Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong? 7:30pm. $37; $10 students. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. A benefit concert for the Resource Center for Accessible Living. With Carl Mateo, Lindsey Webster and Gillen Malkine. $25 & $35.
THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky nod to Chekhov. Directed by Chris Foster, the Nippertown premiere production stars Kris Anderson, Roseann Cane, Ryan Davis, Mary Darcy, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves. 8pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 2 & 8pm. Through Saturday, July 11.
MUSIC: Nervosity Concert @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. Middle school and high school battle of the bands featuring the Best Friends Band, DeLuca, Awesome Yellow Planet, Adam & the Conglomerates, Amelia Schramm, Lame, Metrohead, Routine, Brittney Glogowski and White Pages. GO HERE for more info and a complete summer schedule…
FILM: “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. This emotional portrait of the writer and civil rights activist, delivered mostly in his own words, combines intimate interviews, public speeches, rarely seen archival footage and illuminating contributions from friends and colleagues like Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron. Director Karen Thorsen will introduce the film. 8pm. $9; $5 students.
FILM/TALK: “Arvind” @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Austin’s award-winning filmmaker Evan Roberts screens his documentary film at Palamountain Hall as part of the Storytellers’ Institute. 7pm. FREE.