11/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Encore! Eighth Step Reunion @ the Eighth Step Upstairs at the First Presbyterian Church, Albany. The Eighth Step’s 50th anniversary continues with a trip back to where it all started at the corner of Washington Park in Albany. Featuring John Kirk & Trish Miller, Glenn Weiser & Greg Schaaf, Annie & the Hedonists (original line-up), Laurie Siegel, Cathy Winter, Ruth Pelham, Betty Boomer & Steve Stanne, Dan Einbender, Rick Nestler and WAMC-FM radio host Wanda Fischer of “Hudson River Sampler.” 7pm. $25 & $50.

MUSIC: Stephen Clair & the Pushbacks @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The former Albany singer-songwriter – now based in Beacon – brings his band to Catskill to showcase selections from their upcoming album. 7:30pm. $20; students $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The folk haven revs it up for a rockabilly revival night with Mark Gamsjager and the band. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Ashley Bathgate @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The cellist with the Bang on a Can All-Stars (and Saratoga Springs native) performs an entirely new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach, incorporating extended performance techniques, live electronics and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music. 7:30pm. $28.

DEMONSTRATION/MASTERCLASS: Ashley Bathgate @ The Egg, Albany. A cello technique demonstration and master class providing insight into her approach to playing the cello – both in the traditional manner as well as how she utilizes electronics. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Eddingtons @ the Low Beat, Albany. What happens when members of the Last Conspirators recruit F. Lee Harvey Blotto to pound out the Big Beat for them? Find out tonight when they make their debut. With Oneonta’s Hop City Hellcats. 8pm.

FUNDRAISER: Future 40 Gala @ Renaissance Albany Hotel, Albany. Albany Center Gallery’s Gala features co-hosts Heather Kovar and Jonathan Hentrich with music by Intell Hayesfield. 7pm. $100; age 35 & under $75.

MUSIC: The Arlo Guthrie Family Show @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. It’s Thanksgiving time which means that Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is back in the spotlight once again. And his kids, Abe and Sarah Lee help carry on the musical legacy of their grandfather, Woody. 8pm. $26-$70.

MUSIC: Tim O’Brien @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The bluegrass legend brings his encyclopedic knowledge of bluegrass and roots music, as well as his dazzling skills on every stringed instrument known to mankind. With singer-songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, frontwoman for the Honeycutters. 8pm. $25 & $30.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. 8pm. The popular Troy troubadour plays a hometown show. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Robert Gordon @ Colony, Woodstock. The rockabilly kingpin. With Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. 8pm. $25.

OPERA: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” @ Hudson Area Library, Hudson. A workshop work-in-progress presentation of Act II with musicians and singers. 1 & 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Saint Motel @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Gibbz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Ustad Shafaat Khan @ The Linda, Albany. The master sitar player brings his East Meets West tour to town. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 2 & 8pm. $10; seniors $7; students & children $5.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rock for Tots @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring Skeeter Creek, River Junction, Watch Dogs, The Collectors and Wylder. 3pm. Admission is $10 with a new/unwrapped toy; $20 without.

MUSIC: Songs of George Ward: Until the Black Flies Go @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. An evening of songs collected and performed by the veteran Greater Nippertown folkster, featuring Dave Ruch, John Roberts, George Ward and special guests. 7:30pm. $22; children 12 & under $5.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Jam for Tots @ Lost & Found, Albany. Music by Luke Weiler, Positive Mental Trip, the Brother Z Band, Dustin Sawyer, For No One and Glowing Bug. 5pm.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yes, we’re headed into winter, but David Alan Miller and the orchestra are celebrating Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” 7:30pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

COMEDY: Ladies of Laughter @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Four of the funniest female comics – Kelly MacFarland, Jocelyn Chia, Robin Fox and Jane Condon – bring the funny. 3 & 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. With IAMDYNAMITE and Stellar Young. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Nellies @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Arlen Roth Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The master of the Telecaster. With Lexi Roth. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

OPERA: “The Mother of Us All” @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. R.B. Schlather directs the production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s 1947 opera about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America, which began in upstate New York. 4pm. $20, $35 & $55. Through Sunday. UPDATE: This performance is officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: The Mallett Brothers Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With the Slaughterhouse Chorus. 9:30pm. $15.

FILM/TALK: “A Sinner in Mecca” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Muslim and openly gay, Parvez Sharma travels to Mecca to reveal a never-before-seen side of Islam with his book and film, “A Sinner in Mecca.” Award-winning filmmaker, author and activist Parvez Sharma will
discuss his new book at a screening of his acclaimed film. 7pm. $10; students/low income $5.

MUSIC: Albert Cummings @ the Upper Room, Albany. The Williamstown bluesman and Blind Pig recording artist fires it up in downtown Albany. 7pm. $20 & $30.

COMEDY: Italian Comedy Festa @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Featuring Johnny Rizzo and Liz Russo. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Last Pharoah @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Vicious Rotten Hell Bastards and Grimer. 8:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: Funkrust Brass Band @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. The NYC funkateers roll in supporting their high-energy, post-apocalyptic brass-punk debut album, Dark City. With Boston’s all-women street brass band Boycott, and Max’s New Hat, a new Balkan brass project based in Kingston from veteran bandleader Max Fass. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Noises Off” @ Siena College’s Beaudoin Theatre, Loudonville. Michael Frayn’s hit farce directed by David Girard. 2 & 8pm. $10; students & seniors $8. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Aaron Lewis Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Bear Bones Project @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Wheel @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden, Saratoga Springs. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Vicki Gayle @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. Country music from Mother Maybelle Carter to Carrie Underwood. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: ZBTB @ Rivers Casino, Schenectady. Zac Brown tribute band. 8pm. $10.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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