5/4/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Friday

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Steven Van Zandt (aka Little Steven or Miami Steve) is renowned for both his own substantial body of work and for his ongoing role as a touring and recording member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band. Van Zandt has also expanded his artistic parameters to include landmark work as an actor on “The Sopranos” and “Lilyhammer” as well as host, historian and rock’n’roll advocate on Sirius XM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” He brings his band to town in support of his new album Soulfire, as a benefit for TeachRock. 8pm. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $74.50.

EVENT: “This Is Your Life, William Kennedy” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The NYS Writers Institute celebrate its founder in his 90th year with appearances by special guests, prerecorded video tributes by major authors and filmmakers, and a slideshow of photographs documenting significant milestones in a singular and eventful life. A reception with light refreshments to follow. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Head & The Load” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. William Kentridge — a remarkably versatile artist whose evocative vision combines the political with the poetic, while combining elements of visual and performative arts — brings a troupe of more than 50 performers for a two-week residency culminating in two work-in-progress performances of his new work, which deals with subjects as sobering as apartheid, colonialism and totalitarianism. 8pm. $25 & $35. ALSO at 8pm on Saturday. UPDATE: Both performances are now officially sold out…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Unicorn Rodeo Roundup @ Stony Creek Ranch Resort, The second annual roundup is a musical benefit for the S.A.M. Fund, which helps Southern Adirondack area musicians and their families that fall on hard times. Tonight’s performance features the Stony Creek Band. 8pm.

THEATER: “Last Train to Nibroc” @ the Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. Lora Lee Ecobelli directs the Kaaterskill Actors Theater’s production of Arlene Hutton’s intimate and touching play about a headstrong young couple in rural Kentucky in the days just prior to WWII. Starring Ida Joy and Logan Rando with music by Ramblin Jug Stompers. 7pm. $15; students $10. Through Sunday, May 13.

MUSIC: Haunted Cat @ the Low Beat, Albany. Album release party. With Hill Haints and Grab Ass Cowboys. 9pm. ALSO: The Absentees play a 6pm happy hour show. 8pm.

MUSIC: Ellis Hall @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The blind musician melds gospel, blues, soul and pop into a dynamic performance. He was the frontman for Tower of Power; he plays bass, keyboards and guitar; he sings in a five-octave voice; and he’s worked with giants including James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Patti LaBelle. They call him “The Ambassador of Soul.” 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Emily Ritz @ the Half Moon, Hudson. A veteran of such Bay Area bands as Yesway, Honeycomb and DRMS, the visual artist and indie, alt-soul musician (and now Hudson resident) celebrates the release of her debut solo album, Pattern Recess. With Kacey Johansing and Harrison Basch. 8pm.

MUSIC: Eilen Jewell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Idaho native, a favorite of Helsinki audiences, emerged from Boston’s thriving indie-roots music scene in the mid-oughts and established herself as a solidly rootsy vocalist and Americana songwriter ever since. The self-styled “queen of the minor key” writes and plays a blend of noirish rockabilly, surf-tinged country, retro-rock and jazzy folk into one eclectic but irresistible evening with her rockin’ band. 8pm. $25.

COMEDY: Mike Birbiglia @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton.With his three previous shows — Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes — Birbiglia has pushed the envelope of what it means for a comedian to do a one-person show, helping establish the form as a legitimate subject of stand-up, all while maintaining a style and voice of his own. He takes it to the next level with The New One. With Jacqueline Novak and Chris Laker. 8pm. $30.50 & $40.50.

ARTSWALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Roam the city and discover visual art, music, food and drink bargains and lots more. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Remember Jones @ Colony, Woodstock. Recently named one of Paste Magazine/Daytrotter’s Top 10 Soul/R&B artists of 2017, the powerhouse singer brings her 12-piece orchestra to recreate the entire 2006 Grammy Award-winning Amy Winehouse album Back to Black. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Cause @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. ’80s-vintage power-popsters outta Syracuse. With Slik Nik & Tex’s Playboys and the Va Va Voodoos. 8:30pm. $7.

THEATER: “Blithe Spirit” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. One highly spirited wife is fun, but two is fertile ground for this smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages from the witty pen of Noël Coward. Meet cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine (Gary Lindemann), re-married to Ruth (Brenny Rabine) but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira (Yvonne Perry), who has been conjured up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati (Eileen Schuyler). 8pm. Through Sunday, May 6. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC: Lucid @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. Reuniting for a special show, the hardest working band in the North Country careens across the musical spectrum as a V8 blend of genres emerge – from jazz to rock, honky tonk blues to reggae. With the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Adrian Aardvark. 9pm. $20.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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