3/3/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Anvil @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Led by guitar hero Lips Kudlow, the semi-legendary Canadian metalheads serve up a seriously headbangin’ night as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. With Night Demon, Graveshadow and Let Go Daylight. 9pm. $20.
MUSIC: Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The frontwoman for the Carolina Chocolate Drops teams up with the four-time Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist/producer in support of her brand new sophomore album, Freedom Highway. 9pm. $45 & $55.
MUSIC: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Respected from Tehran to Berlin to Shanghai, the acclaimed Iranian hand drummer comes to EMPAC for a rare U.S. performance. Considered one of the most innovative and virtuosic hand drummers in the world, he has dominated elite international competitions since the age of 9. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. UPDATE: Due to President Trump’s executive order preventing immigration and visiting visas to the US from a number of countries, the necessary artist visas were not able to be obtained, and the concert has been cancelled.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Leland Sundries @ Or Gallery & Tavern, Hudson. Their album Music for Outcasts earned an A- rating from rock critic godfather Robert Christgau, who hailed frontman Nick Loss-Eaton and the band as “a garage-band version of the Band.” With Alex P. 7pm.
DANCE: “The Blues Project” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center, Williamstown. A collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by the extraordinary choreographer Michelle Dorrance, and award-winning musician-composer Toshi Reagon featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. 8pm. $10; $3 students.
DANCE: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: A Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. The dances – “Why You Follow” and ”On Earth Together” – fuse traditional African dance with contemporary choreography that invites audiences to share in their celebration of community and the resilience of the human spirit. 7:15pm talk; 8pm performance. $28.
THEATER: “Fragments” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Shea Leavis directs the play by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through March 8.
MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Ronald Feldman conducts the orchestra and special guest pianists Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky in a performance of Bach’s Double Concerto in C Minor and Double Concerto in C Major. 7:15pm talk; 8pm performance. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Swing dance lessons at 7pm, followed by a dance featuring music by the Alan Thomson Little Big Band at 8pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.
THEATER: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” @ Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy. Celese Raspanti’s concentration camp drama is directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 10am & 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday.
FILM: “His Girl Friday” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Howard Hawks’ 1940 newspaper comedy stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. With a pre-screening panel discussion at 7:30pm featuring Rosemary Armao, Marion Roach Smith, Casey Seiler and Lydia Kulbida about the challenges facing women in journalism. 8pm. FREE.