7/22/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Led by The Cure’s guitarist (and former David Bowie collaborator), the power trio – also featuring bassist Kevin Hornback and drummer Marc Pisapia – makes their greater Nippertown debut. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Madison Avenue Fire Relief 2017 @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. A benefit for the occupants displaced by the recent fire on Madison Avenue, featuring performances by Hartley’s Encore, Mic Lanny, Selector David Normal and more. With raffles and silent auction. 8pm. $10 suggested donation.
MUSIC: Booker T. Jones @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Of course, we all know Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions,” but there’s so much more to the multi-instrumental bandleader Booker T. Jones. 8pm. $26 & $32; $16 students.
MUSIC: Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up,” “Do I Love You?,” “Walking in the Rain,” more. 8pm. $30-$85.
MUSIC: Rod Stewart @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Rod the Mod’s career has jumped the shark so many times that you’ve likely forgotten what a consummate vocalist he really is. With Cyndi Lauper. 7:30pm. $35, $75, $99.50, $149.50 & $199.50 for reserved amphitheater seats; $30 for lawn general admission.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Summer Undercover III @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The two neighboring venues team up present Asa Morris & The Mess as L7; Bare Mattress as Grace Jones; Cannon the Brave as Britney Spears; Cloaca as Bikini Kill; County Mike as Julien Baker; Hill Haints as the Ronettes; Hospital Corners as Garbage, more. A benefit for Albany Equinox. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Simone Dinnerstein @ PS21, Chatham. Pianist Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2007. Now hear her play them live. 8pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Kicking off the season at the track, a bunch of bands – Sirsy, Alan Darcy, the Erin Harkes Band and the Racing City Chorus – play at various locations around downtown Saratoga. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival line-up…
OPERA: “The Seige of Calais” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. The story of courage and self-sacrifice in the year-long Siege of Calais during the Hundred Years’ War inspired composer Donizetti’s rarely-heard Italian bel canto work. 8pm.
THEATER: “At Home at the Zoo” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Directed by Eric Hill, Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story)” joins Albee’s classic 1959 play, “The Zoo Story,” with its prequel, “Homelife” (2004) written 45 years later. 2 & 8pm. $52. Through Saturday, August 26.
FESTIVAL: Berne SummerFest @ Berne Town Park, Berne. Featuring Kilashandra, the Lazy Suns, the TCL Country Cloggers with Tom White & Henry Lamont, the Hilltown Ramblers, Andy the Music Man. 3pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…
THEATER: “Mamma Mia!” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The smash hit jukebox musical is jam-packed with those sunny, irresistibly catchy songs of ABBA. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, August 13.
THEATER: “Copenhagen” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents a staged reading of Michael Frayne’s riveting drama in which three dead people discuss atomic physics. Really. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students age 21 and under. Through Sunday.
THEATER: “Ragtime” @ Washington Park Lakehouse Stage, Albany. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, “Ragtime” is a soaring, epic, culturally-important musical chronicling the lives of three families from three different worlds at the start of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American Dream. 8pm. FREE, $16, $18 & $24. Through Saturday, July 29.
THEATER: “The Holler Sessions” @ Ancram Opera House, Ancram. Written and performed by Frank Boyd, the play is staged as a live radio show, centering around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. 8pm. $25. Through July 23.
MUSIC: Kids Can Too @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The whole family gets to play along with Bang on a Can faculty and fellows. This musical exploration performance-presentation is hands-on and gets wilder and wilder each year. 11:30am. $8.
THEATER: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Wesley Broulik directs the opening production of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s 2017 summer season. 6pm. FREE. Through July 29.
READING: National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Funny, moving, and surreal tales with unexpected twists and turns performed by actors James Naughton and Richard Masur. 7pm. $25; $20 seniors; $15 students.
FILM/TALK: “Strange Weather” @ Upstate Films, Woodstock. Holly Hunter stars in the poignant, lyrical, Southern-set drama about loss, vengeance, overcoming and the power of female friendship. Plus a discussion with director Katherine Dieckmann and Sharon Van Etten, who wroote the film’s original score. 2pm.
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