11/3/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: The Don Byron Quartet @ A Place for Jazz at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The acclaimed jazz clarinetist-saxman (and former UAlbany music professor) has some big ears, and his music has ranged from klezmer and German lieder to Raymond Scott’s “cartoon-jazz” to Junior Walker’s soul/R&B and beyond. 7:30pm. $20; students $10; children under 12 FREE.
FILM/MUSIC: “Within Our Gates” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. Jazz drummer-composer William Hooker accompanies the 1920 silent film by director Oscar Micheaux that is the oldest known surviving film by an African-American filmmaker. The film portrays the hardships, duplicity and amazing reversals of fortune a black schoolteacher experiences on a journey north to raise funds for her school. 12noon & 6:30pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Redwood Curtain” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. It’s opening night! In Lanford Wilson’s drama, a 17-year-old Vietnamese-American piano prodigy, adopted in infancy by a wealthy California family, is obsessed with discovering the identity of her biological father, an American GI who abandoned her and her birth mother in Saigon. 7:30pm. $25; students age 21 & under $10. Through Sunday, November 12.
MUSIC: Kimock @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. In support of his new album, Satellite City, Steve Kimock performs on electric, acoustic, lap and pedal steel guitars playing blues, jazz, funk, folk and psychedelic-prog-rock with a band featuring Leslie Mendelson (keyboards), Andy Hess (bass) and John Kimock (drums). 8pm. $29.50. GO HERE to read an interview…
MUSIC: “Skylark: A Night of Songbirds” @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Featuring Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Carolyn Wonderland, Simi Stone and Rachael Yamagata. 8pm. $75.
MUSIC: Alex Smith @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The new torchbearer for the longstanding tradition of Adirondack folk ballads, the singer-songwriter draws much of his inspiration from his upbringing in rural Hamilton County. With Jake Brillhart. 8pm.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Art., music, shopping, people watching and more… 5pm. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring Graham Tichy & the New Lowdown. Free swing dance lesson at 7pm; music & dance at 8pm. $15; students & seniors $10.
THEATER: “Fun Home” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards – including Best Musical – is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, introducing audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. 8pm. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: The Meditations @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The veteran reggae vocal group formed in 1974 and sang backing vocals on several Bob Marley recordings, including “Blackman Redemption” and “Rastaman Live Up.” The group is still led by founding member Ansel Cridland. 9pm. $20.
THEATER: “The Last Wife” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. The Northeast regional premiere of Kate Hennig’s modern take on Katherine Parr’s marriage to Henry VIII. WAM Theatre’s production is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics and women’s rights. 7:30pm. $20-$40. Through Sunday, November 5.
MUSIC: Williams Concert Choir @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Conducted by Grammy Award winner Brad Wells, the choir presents the a cappella concert, “The Hamonious Song.” With the Williams Chamber Choir. 8pm. FREE.
FILM: “Bringing Out the Dead” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The screening of Martin Scorcese’s 1999 film is followed a Q&A with former paramedic Joe Connelly, on whose novel the film is based. 7pm. FREE.
GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…
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