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: The Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: H2O II: Homeless & Hunger Outreach Benefit @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring music by Rearview, Haley Moley, Hill Haints and the Kindness. 7:30pm.

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: Mordwolf @ Chrome, Waterford. CD release party for Machine of War. With Blase Debris, Smittix and Blackcat Elliot. 8:30pm. $10 (includes copy of the new CD).

MUSIC: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Big Sandy leads the band through their swinging brand of neo-rockabilly and honky-tonkin’. 9pm. $18.

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.

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ The Hangar, Troy. The blues-rockin’ behemoth heads to the Collar City in support of his new live double-album, Big Bad and Beautiful. With Mark Emanatian’s Soul Sky. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: John “Dr. Dirty” Valby @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Songs from the ribald to the raunchy to the ridiculously rude. With Probing Digit. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. $10.

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: The Stony Creek Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. They’re back after a long hiatus. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Quiet Company @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Led by Taylor Muse, the Texas band returns to Nippertown in support of their fourth album, Transgressor. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Robert Earl Keen @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. More music from Texas… 9pm. $35.

MUSIC: Corey Glover @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The lead singer for Living Colour rips it up with his band. 7pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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.

THEATER/RADIO: Suspense Halloween Radio @ The Linda, Albany. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents two classic radio plays, “The Hitchhiker” and “Sorry, Wrong Number.” 8pm. $25.

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.

MUSIC: Deb Cavanaugh @ Emack & Bolio’s, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Let’s Be Leonard @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Funk Evolution @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 9pm.

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.

MUSIC: The Audiostars @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. 7:30pm. FREE.

  1. Michael Eck says

    Look at this ridiculous list. It’s painful to have to choose. If somebody dares tell me today that there’s nothing to do in this town, Ima punchem.

  2. Richard Brody says

    Amen Brother Eck – if only I could be in five places at the same time.

  3. Rudy says

    I thought I was the only one feeling this way. Its no longer Smalbany folks.

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