2/13/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala, the acclaimed South African a cappella music and dance ensemble is celebrating more than 50 years of joyous and uplifting music. 8pm. $26 & $36.
MUSIC: Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar @ The Egg, Albany. An evening in slide guitar heaven with two masters – Sonny Landreth on electric guitar and Cindy Cashdollar on Dobro and lap-steel – performing together. 8pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Super 400 @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The powerhouse power trio is joined by special guest organist-saxman Craig Dreyer to play the classic 1969 Blind Faith album song-by-song, followed by a second set of originals and surprises. 9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. CD release party for One Child Left Behind, a knockout album of orchestral jazz rock, that features big band arrangements of tunes by Los Lobos, Neil Young, the Peggy Lee hit “Is That All There Is?” and, of course, a whole lotta Frank Zappa. 8pm. GO HERE to read a concert review…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/DANCE: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. A smorgasbord of music and participatory dance with more than 200 events stretched out over three days. Featuring the Gaslight Tinkers, the Irregulars, Spare Parts, George Wilson, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, more. 9am. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” @ M.C. Smith Intermediate School, Hudson. Last weekend Molly Ringwald was at Proctors. And today her “Breakfast Club” co-star Ally Sheedy directs Damaras Obi in the one-woman play based on the memoir of Lynda Blackmon Lowery, who was jailed nine times before her 15th birthday as a result of her participation in ’60s marches for voting rights in Selma. With the Hudson High School Choir. 3pm. $10; FREE children under age 12.
MUSIC: Angelique Kidjo @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Beninoise world music icon Angelique Kidjo arrives for an intimate acoustic performance that will change your life. “The power of Kidjo’s unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her and the infectious, activist energy that courses through her songs all transcend any native tongue” (NPR Music). 8pm. $39 & $49; $30 students. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: Big Dance Theater @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. “This Page Left Intentionally Blank” brings the galleries to new light in this performance-based museum audio tour. Manipulating the norms of the guide/visitor dynamic, participants don headphones and embark on an adventure through the galleries to discover what lies beyond the blank page of existence. Space is extremely limited. 12noon & 3pm. Gallery admission plus $5. GO HERE for more info…
COMEDY: Sebastian Maniscalco @ The Egg, Albany. Saying what we’re all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco’s specialty. Except when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier. 7 & 9:30pm. $39.50–$55.
MUSIC: Tragedy: The All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Hairband Riot. 9:30pm. $15.
FILM/MUSIC: “The Triplets of Belleville” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The classic animated film is screened with a live score by Benoît Charest and the nine-piece Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville. 8pm. $20-$45.
COMEDY: Henry Phillips @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The stand-up comedian-musician and star of the autobiographical film, “Punching the Clown” takes the stage, live and in-person. With Local 518 comedian also named Henry Phillips. 7 & 9:30pm. $15.
COMEDY: Finesse Mitchell @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. Stand-up comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum (2003-2006). 7:30 & 10pm. $12. UPDATE: The 7:30pm show is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: Candlelight Concert @ Omi Visitors Center, Ghent. Featuring the jazz duo of Australian-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter-composer Nadje Noorduis and vibraphonist-percussionist and composer James Shipp. 6:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: Intentional Jazz @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. Featuring Rob Fisch (trumpet), Aaron Dean (sax), Dave Pickard (trombone), David Bartley (piano), Dave Christopolis (bass) and Steve Collins (drums). 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.
THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, February 14. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The college’s acclaimed faculty chamber ensemble performs Le Rossignol by Léo Delibes; Cantata 82 Ich Habe Genug by J.S. Bach; “Bel Raggio Lusinghier” from Semiramide by Rossini; La Bohème by Puccini. 7:30pm. FREE.