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…

COMEDY: Lewis Black @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The stand-up comedian brings his Rant, White & Blue Tour to town. 8pm. $29.50, $49.50 & $65.

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: Eleanor Friedberger @ The Beverly, Kingston. Formerly of the Fiery Furnaces, the singer-songwriter plays a solo show. With Chris Maxwell and Ambrosia Parsley. 8pm. $15.

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.

MUSIC: J. Collin @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Wovoka, Creepy Club, Grab Ass Cowboys, Brooks Strause and Extravision. 8pm.

MUSIC: Gay Tastee @ the Low Beat, Albany. With The Mish. 6pm.

MUSIC: Nick Matulis @ Altamont Free Library, Altamont. The SongTeller Sessions concert series continues… 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Frozen Sun @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. CD release party for Sea of Madness. With Bad Mothers. 7:30pm. $10.

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: Sly Fox & the Hustlers @ River Street Pub, Troy. With Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band. 8:30pm. $5.

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.

MUSIC: Big Drops @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. With The Coax and High Waisted. 10pm.

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: Winterpills @ the Dream Away Lodge, Becket. 7pm.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington. 8pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Cool Schmool @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Haley Moley, Barkeater and A Judgemental Swarm of Bees. 8:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: RAQ @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Goose. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Thompson Square Duo @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The contemporary country husband-and-wife duo of Keifer & Shawna Thompson. 8pm. $30-$55.

MUSIC: Tanager @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Fenimore Blues @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Jonny Couch @ Colony, Woodstock. With the Beautiful Bastards and Sham Morris. 8pm. $12.

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.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Duo @ Dukes Chophouse at Rivers Casino, Schenectady. Piano man Dave Gleason joins the saxophonist. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: EagleMania @ the Glove Theatre, Gloversville. Eagles tribute band. 7:30pm. $35.

MUSIC: The Wheel @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. Pay what you like.

COMEDY: This Boy Is Unbelievable @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. Comedy revue. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Aquanett @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm. 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…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

1 Comment
  1. Kara Sawyer says


    Lost & Found, a new bar and kitchen in Albany’s warehouse district is hosting two upcoming performances by Jazz artist Glen David Andrews (info bit.ly/2xMbbSN) and holding a monthly “Arts & Drafts” series on Sunday afternoon (info for next event http://bit.ly/ARTSDrafts).

    Thanks, Nipper!

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