10/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. After nearly 30 years of international touring and over 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label (with over two million albums sold), Anonymous 4 is making the 2015-16 season its last. To cap off their amazing career, they will bid farewell with their Civil War program, the 1865 tour, taking their friend, renowned old-time fiddler-banjoist-guitarist-vocalist, Bruce Molsky, along. 8pm. $27 & $36.
MUSIC: Andy McKee @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Andy McKee is among the world’s finest finger-style acoustic guitar virtuosos, and his crossover success to more than 150 million YouTube viewers underscores his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.
MUSIC: The Howard Fishman Quintet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Guitarist-composer Howard Fishman explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 with “The Basement Tapes Project.” Considered one of the most agile interpreters of the American songbook, Fishman’s performance is more than a tribute – it’s a trip back through “old, weird America” to get to the very source of Dylan’s material. 8pm. $35. Also 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Loudon Wainwright III’s “Surviving Twin” @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Featuring new material with many of his most well known songs as well as spoken word sections taken from the writing of his late father and esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist, Loudon Wainwright Jr., whose column, “The View From Here” was featured from 1963-1988. 8pm. $34. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/MORE: Overit Studios Launch Event @ Overit Studios, Albany. Art, food and, of course, music are featured in the grand opening celebration of the new recording studio. Live music by Immaculate Heart, Stellar Young and Giant Gorilla Dog Thing. 5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands…
PERFORMANCE: An Evening of Avant Garde Entertainment @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. This eclectic, all-ages, multi-genre event kicks off with the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers, followed by a collaboration between composer/keyboardist Carl Landa, DJ/vocalist Jennifer Maher and modern dancers choreographed by Skidmore professor Deb Fernandez. 5-7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: vhvl + Daedelus + Ikonika @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. From three stylistically distinct corners of the global beat scene, a trifecta of dance-music heavyweights raise the roof with a concoction of hip-hop, house and techno. 9pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibits, music, food, fun… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Theo Hill Quartet @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents a homecoming concert by Albany native Theo Hill, who began his jazz piano studies with Lee Shaw at age 12. Since moving to NYC he’s worked with Dave Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter and others. He released his debut CD in 2013. 7:30pm. $15; $7 students; FREE children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
FILM: “Lee’s 88 Keys” @ the Orpheum Theatre, Saugerties. The Woodstock Film Festival presents a screening of Susan Robbins’ feature documentary about Local 518 jazz piano queen Lee Shaw. With Q&A. 8:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Soule Monde @ Parish Public House, Albany. Avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton and B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski of the Trey Anastasio Band. With Lord Electro. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Circa Waves @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Formed in Liverpool (England, not NYS) two years ago, the band – guitarists Kieran Shuddall and Joe Falconer, bassist Sam Rourke and drummer Sian Plummer – are on the maiden U.S. tour. With Kimono Dragons. 8pm. FREE.
EVENT: Fork in the Road @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. In conjunction with Albany’s First Friday, it’s the final FITR of the season featuring food trucks, artisanal vendors, art and music by funkateers Oobleck (6pm). And FREE ice cream, too. 4-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Wiyos @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The old-timey trio – Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins – brings their original blend of music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, including blues, country, ragtime, gospel and swing. 9pm. $18.
DANCE: “Neither” @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Jonah Bokaer, recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Choreography (2015), realizes his Fellowship project with a choreographed staging of Morton Feldman’s “Neither” (1977), with libretto by Samuel Beckett, specifically for the architecture of the Hudson Opera House. 7pm. $20. Also 7pm Saturday.
MUSIC: An Evening of British Music Hall @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Those old classic Music Hall songs sung by ravishingly costumed performers Amanda Boyd-Grout, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, Lincoln Mayorga, Ted Pugh, John Roberts and Judy Staber. 8pm. $20.
TALK: Stephanie Wilson @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Pittsfield native and NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson talks about her life-changing experiences and her career in space. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
FILM: “Mavis!” @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. The Woodstock Film Festival hosts a screening of the feature documentary about soul-gospel singer Mavis Staples. Followed by Q&A with director Jessica Edwards. 9:30pm. $20.
THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 8pm. $20-$50. Through October 18.
THEATER: “Proof” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the award-winning drama by David Auburn, directed by Sky Vogel, and produced by Joan Fuess. The play centers around the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased), who tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. 8pm. $18; $10 if under age 18. Through October 11.
FILM: “1 Giant Leap II: What About Me?” @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The Woodstock Film Festival screens the world premiere of Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto’s non-linear, globe-trotting and visually exhilarating film with Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle, Tom Robbins, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Billy Conolly, Gabrielle Roth, Deepak Chopra, Ram Das, Bhagavan Das, Krishna Das, Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, Baaba Maal, Maxi Jazz, Carlos Santana, Stewart Copeland and more. Followed by Q&A. 5pm. $20.
THEATER: Confetti Fest 11 @ Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. Confetti Stage presents plays – “Nailing It” by Mark Dalton; “The Seven Deadlies” by Amy Sarah LaMena; “String Game” by Katherine Ambrosio; “Goodnight Lizzie” by Celina Pulenskey; “Stars” by Lydia Nightingale; and “The Play About Your Shoulder” by Alex Hovet. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through October 11.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free swing dance lesson at 7:30pm, followed by an 8:30pm dance with live music by Bryan Brundige & His Piggly Wigglies. $15; $10 students & seniors.
FILM: “The Toll of the Sea” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Chester M. Franklin’s 1922 silent film stars pioneering Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong as a Chinese woman who rescues and falls in love with a shipwrecked American seaman. With live musical accompaniment by Mike Schiffer. 7:30pm. FREE.