7/7/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

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Today at Saratoga Winery: Melstock, a benefit for Sirsy’s Melanie Krahmer

Photograph by Tim Reidy

MUSIC/COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Melstock @ Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. A benefit concert for Sirsy’s Melanie Krahmer, who is battling cancer once again. Featuring music by Ubuntu, Erin Harkes and the Lustre Kings, as well as comedy by Quentin Davis, Jen McMullen, Jim Felter, Dre Cerbin, Ryan Shanahan and Erin Harkes. 5pm. $10 suggested donation.

MUSIC: The Nels Cline 4 @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Wilco’s lead guitarist has long straddled the rock/jazz divide, and with his latest outfit he connects the dots. An outgrowth of his two-guitar duo with guitar phenom Julian Lage, the duo has morphed and expanded into a heavy-on-the-funk quartet with the addition of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey. Playing in support of their new album, Currents, Constellations. 9pm.

DANCE: STREB @ Lumberyard, Catskill. The gravity-defying extreme dance company presents an outdoor performance of “Singular Extreme Actions,” the first official public event at the not-quite-officially-open dance incubator. 2 & 7pm. $30. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Jonatha Brooke @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter (and former one-half of The Story) makes a double-header stop in the Spa City. 6 & 8pm. $62.

THEATER: West Side Story @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Tony and Maria, Leonard Bernstein’s 20th-century incarnation of Romeo and Juliet, struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice. This production gets a hip, urban spin and features the original Jerome Robbins choreography in one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musicals of our time. 8pm. Through Friday, August 24.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: 107.7 WGNA Countryfest @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Chelsea Sulkey (5pm), Carly Pearce (5:40pm), Maddie & Tae (6:50pm), Dan + Shay (8:10pm) and Rascal Flatts (9:45pm) with second stage acts Abby Anderson (3:30pm) and Morgan Evans (4:15pm).

PANEL DISCUSSION: NYS Summer Writers Institute @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Caryl Phillips, Tom Healy, Elizabeth Benedict and April Bernard tackle the topic “Can Art Be ‘Offensive’?” 7pm. FREE.

OPERA: The Consul @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s riveting opera delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter – the struggle for freedom against oppression and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, July 15.

MUSIC: PI Power Trio @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Veteran guitarist Pat Irwin (of The Raybeats, 8-Eyed Spy, the B-52s) is joined by Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals). 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Paradox Saints @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. The band is celebrating the release of their new album, Post Script. With Tambourelli & Her SuperTrips and Señor Sway. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Bill Charlap Trio @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. the Grammy Award-winning pianist and his band celebrate the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: ParkFest @ Gavin Park, Wilton. Featuring music by Beatlemania Now, Bluz House Rockers, Skip Parsons Riverboat Jazz Band, Fyfes & Drumms of Olde Saratoga, Latitude 43. 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: Riverlink Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. The summer concert series kicks off with Mark Doyle & the Maniacs. GO HERE for more info and the complete summer concert series schedule…

THEATER: The Sound Inside @ Williamston Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker stars in this world premiere drama by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, directed by David Cromer. 3:30 & 8pm. Through Sunday, July 8.

MUSIC: LADAMA @ MASS MoCA’s Dre Pavilion, North Adams. The ensemble of women who hail from every corner of the Americas performs a Pan-Latin blend of original music and traditional songs. Prepare for a dynamic evening of rhythm and energetic song that communicates across continents. 8:30pm. $22 & $36; students $12.

MUSIC: Red Haired Strangers @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Country blues and Americana. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Freedom Park Summer Concerts @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Featuring Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: The Closet @ Williamstown Theater Festival, Williamstown. Tony Award winner and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Matthew Broderick stars in this world premiere comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw. 3:30 & 8pm. Through Saturday, July 14.

MUSIC: Ted Poley @ Chrome, Waterford. The voice of Danger Danger. With Tony Harnell (of TNT) and Hairband Riot. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Harbor Jam @ Rivers Casino & Resort’s Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Schenectady. From their beginnings in Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes to the present-day unit featuring founding member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, drummer Scott Thompson and guitar ace Donnie Clark, Pure Prairie League continues to embellish the rich 45-year history of the country-rock hitmakers. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy. Soul Sky kicks off the summer concert series. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: The Royal Family of Broadway @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Last chance! The world premiere of a brilliant musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores. 2 & 8pm. GO HERE to read review…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: British Music Invasion Weekend @ Wood Park, Lake George. Today’s Day One schedule features the classic Beatles/Stones face-off with Across the Pond and Tumbling Dice. 7pm. $10; children under age 12 FREE. GO HERE for more info…

DANCE: Paul Taylor Dance Company @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Mahaiwe celebrates its 11th consecutive season with the seminal Paul Taylor company, including a New England premiere. 2 & 7:30pm. $10, $40, $65 & $95.

THEATER: Morning After Grace @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. Regge Life directs the New England premiere of Carey Crim’s hilarious, heartwarming and unconventional new comedy that tackles love, loss and second chances. 3pm. Through Sunday, July 15. GO HERE to read review…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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