11/13/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
READING: Selected Shorts @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. One of National Public Radio’s most popular shows comes to the stage of the Music Hall for a live presentation. The theme of the night is “Uncharted Territories” – moving, comical, and surprising stories about unexpected encounters, featuring readers Sam Underwood (“The Following,” “Dexter”), Patricia Kalember (“Sisters”) and Tony Award-winner Boyd Gaines. 8pm. $27 & $34.
MUSIC: Iris Dement @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Her music is spare, heartfelt, honest. It’s at once deeply personal and fiercely political. She brings her band to town in support of her new album, The Trackless Woods. Pieta Brown opens the show. 7:30pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: The Joe Krown Trio @ the Parish Public House, Albany. New Orleans Hammond B3 master is joined by his all-star bandmates Walter “Wolfman” Washington on guitar and Russell Batiste, Jr. on drums. 9pm. $15. GO HERE to read a concert review…
MUSIC: Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The mother and daughter duo wraps up their week-long campus residency with a concert of uplifting empowering music. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students.
FILM/MUSIC: “Vampyr” with Gary Lucas @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The Grammy-nominated guitarist is aswim in accolades, and justly so. Best known for his work with cult star Jeff Buckley and the legendary Captain Beefheart, Lucas (who has also worked with icons like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and Amanda Palmer) performs his original score for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic horror film. Followed by a concert of film theme music. 7:30pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Brick by Brick @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. This is gonna be one headbangin’ Friday the 13th CD release party! With Sworn Enemy, Execution Style, Ego Destroys, Trife Life and Borrowed Time. 7pm. $13 (includes copy of the new CD).
MUSIC: The Chris Potter Quartet @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz wraps up its fall season of concerts with the saxman who arrived on the New York scene in 1989, performing with bebop icon Red Rodney. Through the ’90s, he continued to gain invaluable bandstand experience as a sideman while also making strong statements as a bandleader-composer-arranger. 7:30pm. $15; $7 students; FREE children under age 12.
THEATER: “Polina” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Michael Viktor Butler’s play, telling the tale of a beautiful young woman who steps nightly from the paintings her son obsessively renders, to murder and feast upon the genitals of young, male virgins. Starring Butler, Irene McMahon and puppet master Erica Johnson. 8pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Also at 8pm on Saturday.
THEATER: “BOND: The story of a soldier and his dog” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. East coast premiere. The one-man/one-dog show show written and performed by Logan Black tells the story of his experiences as a Specialized Search Dog Handler, training and later working alongside his bomb-sniffing K-9 partner Diego in Iraq. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students, seniors & veterans. Through November 15.
MUSIC: Tim Hecker @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The Canadian electronic musician serves up his newest project, working with light designer MFO to develop a synchronized light show, expanding some of his aesthetic ideas into the visual domain. 9pm.
MUSIC: Boz Scaggs @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Kicking off The Egg’s Scaggs/Skaggs weekend (which wraps up with Ricky Skaggs on Sunday), the Grammy Award-winning vocalist and his band will perform a full evening of hits ranging from “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle,” to cuts from his new album, A Fool to Care. 8pm. $69.50, $74.50 & $99. GO HERE for a concert review…
MUSIC: Herdman, Hills & Mangsen @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The fabulous threesome reunite again in this special performance of unparalleled harmonies and sweet singing. 8pm. $23; $5 children age 12 & under.
MUSIC: “Voices of Resistance, Voices of Faith” @ Williams College’s Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown. The Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir conducted by Brad Wells explore vocal music rooted in collective and personal efforts to oppose tyranny, including songs of struggle, affirmation, and faith from Estonia, the Republic of Georgia and Renaissance Europe. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Holy Laughter” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. WAM Theatre’s production of Catherine Trieschmann’s play follows an Episcopal priest who finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday, November 22.
PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE: deepdeepbodygl!tter @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. It’s a 21st-century folk dance, a ritual for nothing and everything. Hosted by Hana van der Kolk and Skidmore students Ally Lehman and Cinthia Duran Larrea, this fully immersive event invites participants on a journey of intimacy, absurdity, cooperation and celebration. Somewhere between a party, a square dance, a transformational encounter group and a performative ritual honoring seen and unseen forces in our lives. 7:30pm. FREE.
DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Russell Sage’s Meader Little Theater, Troy. Students and faculty at Russell Sage College share the stage with ESDC in this annual concert. 7pm. Also at 7pm on Saturday.
TALK: An Intimate Conversation with Lidia Bastianich @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Emmy Award-winning restaurateur, celebrity chef and host of Public Television’s “Lidia’s Italy” discusses almost 50 years of cooking, eating and educating with Times Union food writer Steve Barnes. 8pm. $20-$39.50; $85 VIP.