2/16/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday


MUSIC: Gregory Porter @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The soulful jazz singer and two-time Grammy Award winner steps into the Music Hall spotlight in support of his latest album, a tribute to the music of Nat King Cole. 8pm. $38.50, $44.50 $49.50.

MUSIC: Loudon Wainwright III @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The American songwriter, Grammy Award-winning folksinger, actor, author and former Saratoga resident returns. 8pm. $57.

MUSIC: Rose Record Label Gala @ the College of St. Rose’s Jack’s Place, Albany. Sydney Schizzano will be taking the Jack’s Place stage for the last time as a Saint Rose student while alumni Alenni will be performing as a member of Grl Pwr. Pink Nois and Julia Gargano will also be performing new music. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “They Are Waiting for You” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Turner Prize-winning visual artist Laure Prouvost presents the New York premiere of her first major stage production – a surreal and humorous medley of images, objects, words and stage effects developed in residence at EMPAC with collaborators Sam Belinfante and Pierre Droulers. 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/DANCE: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Taking place at a wide assortment of venues throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, Day One of the four-day fest is a marathon of music and dancing – workshops, dance instruction, concerts, dance parties, storytelling, kids’ activities and lots, lots more. Today’s schedule features Graham Tichy & the New Lowdown, Spare Parts, Fried Bananas, Quickstep, the Buddy System, Rosie Newton & the Green Mountain Playboys and lots more. 7pm.GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Birdland All-Stars @ Proctors, Schenectady. Led by drummer Tommy Igoe, the big band has created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. But wait, there’s more.. During the concert, spontaneous drawings and paintings on canvas, paper and iPad will be created by San Francisco artist Jeremy Sutton. 8pm. $20-$55. GO HERE to read an interview…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Jazz Festival @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. “Sounds from the Silk Road” features the Ara Dinkjian Quartet, an instrumental collaboration rooted in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music headed by the world-renowned oud player. With a solo performance by pianist Armen Donelian. 7pm. $25. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

MUSIC: Club d’Elf @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The psychedelic new-jazz combo celebrates its 20th anniversary with special guests keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist Will Bernard. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

COMEDY: The Gender Defenders Valentines Comedy Show @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Featuring Lynne Koplitz, Robert Kelly, Thea Vidale and Kevin Downey Jr. 8pm. $25-$35.

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The seventh annual fest featuring 10 10-minute plays by 10 playwrights. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, March 4.

MUSIC: Lespecial @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Front Business. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “Hedda Gabler” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. Juliet King directs Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama with Joanna Palladino (of Off the Record) in the title role. 7:30pm. $18; students $10. Through Sunday, February 18.

MUSIC: Victory Soul Orchestra @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. 9pm.

DANCE: Bridgman/Packer Dance @ The Egg, Albany. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer present their innovative “Video Partnering” choreography – the integration of performance and video technology that has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual. 8pm. $28.

THEATER: “U R Here” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Written and directed by Toni Anderson-Sommo, it’s the world premiere of a new comedy about a cast of characters at Jitters’ Java cafe who believe they may find the answers to life’s dilemmas on a new social media site. Benita Zahn stars in the fundraiser for the theater. 8pm. $30. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Jeff Nania’s Nutrio @ Johnny’s Pizza Bar, Schenectady. 6pm.

THEATER: “Paris Time” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of Steven Peterson’s dramatic thriller. A couple’s peace, a young woman’s life and a company’s fate are challenged by an anti-Semitic terrorist incident. 8pm. Through Sunday, February 18. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Philly Hype da Kid @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Zuni, Glenn Kelly and DJ Mr.CEO. 9pm.

MUSIC: Kevin Devine @ Colony, Woodstock. With Laura Stevenson and Guilt Mountain. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Ensemble Connect @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $8; seniors $5; students & children FREE.

MUSIC: Regional Music Showcase @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. Featuring Talia Denis, Frozen Sun and Julie Raleigh. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Axis @ Chrome, Waterford. With Modern Psychics, Yashira and Promised End. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins with featured artists the Roughouts, Chris Neumann, Reid Waring, Molly Comstock & Lucy Marston. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Muses & Melodramas: A Valentine’s Tour” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Freelance actor, director, designer and writer Garrett West retells the stories of some of the most popular star-crossed lovers depicted in masterpieces at The Hyde Collection. 5pm. $8; students FREE.

MUSIC: Club Zambezi Dance Party @ the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. Led by Artist-in-Residence in African Music Performance Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. 8pm. Also at 2pm Saturday.

MUSIC: Jeanine Ouderkirk @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Skidmore Bandersnatchers @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. An evening of a cappella singing. 9pm.

FILM/TALK: “Entre Nos” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The powerful 2009 film about the experience of new immigrants presents the story of a Colombian woman and her two young children struggling to survive on the streets of New York City. With commentary by co-directors and screenwriters Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza. 7pm. FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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