10/16/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
ART/FUNDRAISER: Fusion @ the Albany Barn, Albany. It’s the fourth annual Albany Barn “anti-gala,” benefiting its mission to support local artists and the Arbor Hill community. Featuring custom cocktails and cuisine designed by Chef Mark Graham, a star chef formerly of Max London’s and Taste, as well as artwork by The Barn’s artists-in-residence inspired by movers, shakers and unsung heroes of Albany’s past. With music by the Bryan Brundige Trio and Deejays Space, Time & Spacetime. 6pm. $75 & $125; $200 couple.
MUSIC: Arturo O’Farrill Septet @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. It’s Latin Jazz Night with the Grammy Award-winning world class composer and director of the Afro-Jazz Orchestra. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.
FILM/TALK: “Back in the Saddle Again! A Hilarious Conversation with Mel Brooks and Screening of Blazing Saddles” @ Proctors, Schenectady. One of the top comedy films of all time will be presented on the big screen followed by a live conversation and audience Q&A with the true comic genius, Mel Brooks himself. Somebody give the governor a harrumph! 7:30pm. $50-$155.
MUSIC: Kinky Friedman @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The stogie-waving, black-hat-wearing Texas Jewboy singer-storyteller-Tequila purveyor-animal rescuer-author returns to The Linda in support of his new album, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met – his first album in 40 years. With Brian Molnar. 8pm. $28.
MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. As part of their Third Friday Charity Concert Series, Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck will also celebrate the release of their new album, Hard Trials. With special guests Don McGrory, Ted Hennessey and Amaal Yehia. 7pm. FREE; donations benefit the Guilderland Interfaith Council Food Pantry.
MUSIC: Sara Milonovich @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-fiddler celebrates 20 years of music at Caffé Lena, after making her debut on the historic stage as an 11-year-old farm kid from Amsterdam. 8pm. $20.
THEATER: “Grinder’s Stand” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts offers Oakley Hall III’s play about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark expedition). Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Through October 18. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Loreena McKennitt @ The Egg, Albany. An intimate evening of eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music with longtime collaborators Brian Hughes and Caroline Lavelle. 8pm. $49.50, $54.50 & $59.50.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rockin’ from the Heart @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. Music by Kelly McGuire, Northern Comfort, Ian Hunter, Blue Factory, Funkalicious, Wed Zeppelin, more raising funds for the Center for Disability Services in Albany. 5pm. $10.
PERFORMANCE: Oneohtrix Point Never @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The project was first revealed this summer in an interview with an alien named Ezra – the tale of musician Daniel Lopatin’s new foray into alt-rock-damaged electronica, inspired by a fictitious ’90s band called Kaoss Edge. 8pm.
THEATER: “The Exalted” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. In an intimate performance by writer/performer Carl Hancock Rux and composer/musician Theo Bleckmann tells the tale of the last days of German-Jewish art historian Carl Einstein, one of the first critics to affirm the importance of African sculpture, thus influencing the development of Cubism and the European avant-garde. Directed by Anne Bogart. 7:30pm. $25; $10 students. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out.
ARTIST TALK: Janet Werner @ the College of Saint Rose, Albany. The Montreal-based artist is in town in conjunction with her exhibit “Zero Eyes.” 4:30pm book-signing; 5-7pm gallery reception at the Massry Gallery; 7pm artist talk at St. Joseph Auditorium. FREE.
PERFORMANCE: The Discovery Project @ MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams. The multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration features Josh Nelson (music), Travis Flournoy (video) and Claudia Carballada and Jesse Ottinger (art installation) as they explore the thematic works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. 7:30pm. $12; $5 students. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Manuel Valera @ New Cuban Express @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents the Havana-born pianist-composer and his band as they serve up an evening of adventurous Latin jazz. 7:30pm. $15. GO HERE to read an interview…
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.
THEATER: “The Homecoming” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, it’s a knotty, classic piece of theater, directed by Eric Hill. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 25.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Oxyana” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. A harrowing profile of Oceana, West Virginia – a once-thriving coal town that has become the “capital” of the Oxycontin drug abuse epidemic. Screening followed by a Q&A with director Sean Dunne. 7pm. FREE.