5/19/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Saturday

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MUSIC: Rory Block @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Based in Chatham, the Queen of the Acoustic Blues performs in advance of her upcoming album, A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith, slated for release in July. 8pm. $37.

FILM: Carolee Schneemann @ Second Ward Foundation, Hudson. The ground-breaking artist returns to Hudson to present a screening of several of her seminal short films that address issues of the body, sexuality and gender. Following the screening will be a short Q&A period and a cocktail reception. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Ernie Williams Remembered” @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Yes, yes, yes… Spend an evening reminiscing about the late great Local 518 blues legend Ernie Williams and enjoying music by his original Wildcats band – featuring Joe Mele, Mark Emanatian, Rocky Petrocelli and special guests. With the Young Wildcats, a group of outstanding music students from Rocky’s Music Studio. Doors open at 6pm. $10.

MUSIC: Arooj Aftab @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. An integral part of the revival of independent Pakistani music in the early 2000s, Arooj Aftab’s album Bird Under Water introduced a new music genre, neo-sufi, to the world. Born and raised in Lahore, Aftab studied in Boston before settling in Brooklyn, where she performs her soulful music, which has been described as having a languid, dreamlike quality. 8pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.

THEATER: Leni @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. What happens to artists when they allow themselves – knowingly or unknowingly – to become cogs in a propaganda machine? This and other fascinating and complex moral and ethical issues are explored in Sarah Greenman’s play which uses the life of Hitler’s chosen filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl as a springboard. Directed by John Sowle; starring Roxanne Fay and Olivia Howell. 7:30pm. $22; students $10. Through Sunday, May 27.

MUSIC: Shiri Zorn/George Muscatello Trio @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. The jazz threesome – featuring vocalist Shiri Zorn, guitarist George Muscatello and percussionist Brian Melick – plays the latest in the series of One World Concerts. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Tines @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The Buffalo-based proto-metal band Tines features Kelly Murphy, formerly of Greater Nippertown’s Empire State Troopers. With Twin Speak and Yoma. 8:30pm. $7. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Blackberry Smoke @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Led by singer-guitarist Charlie Starr, the five-piece rockers roll into town in support of their new album, Find a Light. With Brother Hawk. 8pm. $32. UPDATE: This show has been postponed to Saturday, December 8.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Pianist Kevin Cole joins David Alan Miller and the orchestra for an all-Gershwin program. 7:30pm.

THEATER: A Life in the Theatre @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Bob Goepfert directs Theater Voices’ staged reading of David Mamet’s play. 3 & 8pm. FREE. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Broken Shadows @ Atlas Studios, Newburgh. Despite some damage from from the major storms earlier this week, the show will go on with the all-star jazz band featuring saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed with the founding members of the Bad Plus, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King. 8pm. $25.

THEATER: The Seagull @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. NorthEast Theatre mounts an intimate, site specific production of Chekov’s classic directed by Sandra Boynton. 2 & 7pm. $20; students & seniors $15. Through Sunday, May 27.

MUSIC: Claire Daly / Roberta Picket Duo @ Beattie-Powers Place, Catskill. Planet Arts presents a duo performance by the baritone saxophonist and pianist. 5pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. More fine pickin’ and singin’ from the wry bluegrass band. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Appropriate” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. Patrick White directs Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ drama. After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the children’s reunion takes a for the explosive. 7:30pm. $18; students $10. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: LAtoQC @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Veteran fiddlers David Greely (Louisiana) and Claude Méthé (Québec) invite you to connect the dots between their two vibrant traditions. For a quarter of a century, these two have made their mark as players and cultural ambassadors on both sides of the border. Accompanied by guitarist-singer-foot-percussionist Dana Whittle, they offer up songs and music that illustrate the respective differences and similarities of their dual French/North American roots. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook. The vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck present “The Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors.” 4:15pm. FREE.

EVENT: High School Musical Awards @ Proctors, Schenectady. 23 Greater Nippertown schools are participating, with student theatrical productions judged in a dozen different categories. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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