11/21/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
COMEDY/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sandra Bernhard Is #blessed @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. She brings her own unique, sharp blend of wry insight and outspoken viewpoints, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque. A benefit for the Pride Center of the Capital Region. 8pm. $28, $34, $42 & $48.
MUSIC: Danilio Perez, John Patitucci & Brian Blade @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The trio has been three-quarters of the extraordinary Wayne Shorter Quartet for more than a decade. Since, they’ve also continued their individual careers as leaders of their own projects and groups. With their new album, Children of the Light, they step forward as a trio for the first time with imagination and fearlessness. 8pm. $29.50.
GALA/FUNDRAISER: POP! ACG Gala @ Renaissance Albany, Albany. The Albany Center Gallery’s Pop Art-themed party features amazing food, select artwork from our regional artists, silent auction and raffles, craft beer, wine, cocktails, dancing, and more. With emcee Tess Collins. 7pm.
MUSIC/MORE: Chandler Travis Three-O & David Greenberger @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for the retrospective compilation album Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger. 8pm. $22. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Stephin Merritt @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The acclaimed songwriter whose vast catalog includes the Magnetic Fields’ masterpiece 69 Love Songs and two dozen albums under four different band names besides, is responsible for some of the wittiest and most melodic songs in the indie music canon — he has been called “the Cole Porter of his generation” (TimeOut New York). He’s here for a rare stripped down performance, accompanied only by Magnetic Fields bandmate and cellist Sam Davol. 8pm. $35 & $44. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Brother Sun @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. The all-star contemporary folk trio of Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway fuses folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, numerous instruments and a cappella singing into a joyous explosion of musical diversity. 7:30pm. $26 & $35.
MUSIC: Satoko Fujii & Tobira @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Pianist, composer, improviser and overall musical whirlwind with more than 70 albums to her credit, Satoko Fujii leads a quartet featuring bassist Todd Nicholson, percussionist Takashi Itani and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura in support of their acclaimed new Libra Records album Yamiyo Ni Karasu. 7pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
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. 2pm. $10; $7 seniors; $5 students & children.
MUSIC: Cabinet @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With roots firmly planted in the Appalachian tradition, the band rolls into town in support of their latest offering, This Is Cabinet: Set II, featuring six original tunes and a cover of the Byrds’ “Mr. Spaceman.” With solo sets from JP & Pappy Biondo with a special DJ set from various members of the band. 10pm. $15; $10 with Dark Star Orchestra ticket stub.
MUSIC: The Wilderness Politics Tour @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. New Politics and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness are the headliners, and Australian indie band the Griswolds are in the middle slot, but the real wild card tonight is the opener LOLO (aka Lauren Pritchard), who also penned the music for the acclaimed off-Broadway musical “Songbird.” 7pm. $28.
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. 2 & 8pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: “Down with the Rent: The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York State” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. 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. 7:30pm. $25.
COMEDY: “Broads & Belly Laughs” @ The Linda, Albany. Jennifer McMullen headlines another fun-filled night of laughter with some of Greater Nippertown’s funniest females featuring Erin Harkes, Wanda D. Hudson (Miss Wanda Luv of Fly 92.3), Sharon Dyer, Carlisle Carey, Doreen Watson and Stephanie Ann. 8pm. $15.
FILMS: “The Man Who Invented Hollywood: A Tribute to Cecil B. De Mille” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. A three-film mini-fest featuring 1930’s “Madame Satan” (2pm); 1928’s “Chicago” (4:30pm); and the world premiere of the recently discovered and restored “The Golden Bed” (8pm). GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Matt Maguire @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm. FREE.
CABARET: “Keri Alonzo: Girl Singer” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Paying tribute to the women of music from Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz” to Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” 8pm. $25, includes dessert and coffee.
MUSIC: The Williams Gospel Choir @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The program “Gospel Through the Times” traces the history of American gospel music from African-American spirituals to contemporary gospel music. 4pm. 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. 2 & 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday.
PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Political and Aesthetic History of Surrealism” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. In celebration of the publication of “The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk,” with panelists Berlin-based philosophers Rita Bischof and Elizabeth Lenk, translator and editor Sarah H. Gillespie, and Samantha Rose Hill of Bard College. Christian Thorne, associate professor of English at Williams College, moderates. 3pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Featuring selections by Bach, Piston, and Prokofiev. 7:30pm. 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.
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. 3 & 7:30pm. $10 & $12.
THEATER ON FILM: “Hamlet” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy in London’s National Theatre production directed by Lyndsey Turner. 7pm. $17.