11/20/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Funsgiving VIII @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. A celebration of music, fun, giving thanks and facial hair. The B3nson family and Built4BBQ take over the two adjacent venues for a dual party featuring eight bands – Bear Grass, Hammer Hawk, the Hoborchestra, Secret Release, Henry’s Rifle, Slaughterhouse Chorus, Bummer City and Bridge Under Fire. Doors open at 7pm. $8 includes admission to both venues.
MAGIC: Steven Brundage @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. He fooled Penn and Teller; will he fool you? The internationally-renowned magician serves up an evening of fun for the entire family. 7pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. Tom Lindsay & Michael Eck wrap up their Third Friday Charity Concert Series with special guests the Bluebillies, teen multi-instrumentalist Niamh Schmid and a rare appearance by singer Kim Kilby. Proceeds benefit Family Promise of the Capital Region. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: Steve Forbert @ The Linda, Albany. The singer-songwriter lands in Greater Nippertown in support of his new album, Compromised, his 16th studio album that was recorded in Cape Cod and Woodstock with co-producer John Simon, who also helmed Forbert’s breakthrough sophomore album, 1979’s Jackrabbit Slim. With Greg Klyma. 8pm. $25.
READING: Daniel Nester @ the Low Beat, Albany. The author, College of St. Rose professor and big-time music fan reads from his brand new coming of age memoir, “Shader,” at the happy hour book release party. 6pm.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the 15th annual Beatlemore Skidmania concert featuring 13 different acts – rock bands, acoustic acts, a cappella groups and sitar players – featuring Skidmore students and faculty members paying tribute to the music of the Fab Four. Under the direction of Joel Brown. 8pm. $10; $7 seniors; $5 students & children. Also at 2pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Jane Monheit @ The Egg, Albany. Since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s vocal competition, she’s remained one of the most captivating jazz singers of her generation. Backed by pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neil Miner and drummer Rick Montalbano, she pays tribute to the First Lady of Song with her new show, “Jane Monheit Sings Ella Fitzgerald: The Songbook Sessions.” 8pm. $34.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Ciaran Sheehan @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Dublin-born Broadway star returns for an evening of traditional Irish songs, Broadway tunes and a touch of the holiday spirit accompanied by an ensemble cast of Broadway musicians and performers. A benefit for the Irish American Heritage Museum. 7:30pm. $25, $30 & $75.
MUSIC: David Jacobs-Strain @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The super roots-blues guitarist serves up his modern take on modal blues, a captivating hybrid of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Lightnin’ Hopkins with Michael Hedges and Kelly Joe Phelps. With Abbie Gardner, a slide guitar-playing singer-songwriter and a member of the acclaimed trio Red Molly. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany Shindig! @ the First Congregational Church, Albany. It’s an old-fashioned dance party – a new hybrid concert/dance event featuring Jay Ungar & Molly Mason performing a mini-concert to kick off the evening, followed by a easy-to-learn, fun-to-do selection of simple community circle, square and contra dances. 7pm. $7.
THEATER: “Motown the Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” the musical tells the story behind the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. 8pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Sons of the Never Wrong @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, Schenectady. The Chicago-based contemporary folk trio of Bruce Roper, Deb Lader and Sue Demel return to Greater Nippertown as part of the A Place for Folk concert series. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.
DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. In conjunction with the exhibit “From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design,” Sinopoli & Co. utilize a unique mixture of technology, video game design and music with live dance to generate a unique, interactive performance. 6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: “Down with the Rent: The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York State” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. A performance of authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors in the 1840s. Featuring Greg Artzner, Terry Leonino, John Kirk, George Ward, Paul Draper, Greg Clarke, Bill Spence, George Wilson and Toby Stover. Compiled and directed by Andy Spence. 8pm. $20; $5 children age 12 & under.
THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “ChipandGus: A Comedy with Balls” @ Proctors, Schenectady. John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen’s theatrical evening is self-described as “a ping pong play.” Set in a sports bar in Schenectady, this unique performance is funny, fast, moving and profound. The show is a benefit for Schenectady Light Opera Company. 7:30pm. $20.
MUSIC: And the Kids @ The Garage, Pittsfield. The Northampton-based indie-pop band takes the stage in support of their new album Turn to Each Other. With Anonymous Animal. 8pm. $12. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Carry Your Heart” @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The two-act performance is written by Creative Action Unlimited founder Michael Kennedy based on interviews with six people who have been affected by suicide. In the second act, audience members can share their own stories about suicide with the troupe, who will immediately act them out on stage. 7:30pm. $10 & $12. Also at 3 & 7:30pm on Saturday.
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.
MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Duo @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. With pianist Wayne Hawkins. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Macbeth” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. The Shakespeare classic directed by Holly L. Derr. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, December 6.
MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Performing Roy Harris’ Symphony No. 3; Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3; and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto featuring soloist Mark Peskanov. 8pm; 7:15pm pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
FILM: “The Ten Commandments” @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany. Kicking off the two-day “The Man Who Invented Hollywood: A Tribute to Cecil B. De Mille.” 7pm. GO HERE for more info…
FILM: “Things to Come” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The human race blunders into a future of pointless world war and rampant plague — but hope endures in this 1936 epic adapted for the screen by sci-fi master H.G. Wells from his 1933 novel. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. 7:30pm. FREE.