7/20/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

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MUSIC: body/head @ BSP Kingston’s Back Room Theater, Kingston. A ferocious, powerful and engaging blast of noise from the formidable duo of Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth) and Bill Nace in support of their brand new album, The Switch. Their improvisational live show is mesmerizing. With Steve Gunn-John Truscinski Duo. 8pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. Day Two of the four-day fest with Dry Branch Fire Squad, Billy Strings, the Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas, the Wood Brothers, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, Molly Tuttle, Songs from the Road Band, Fireside Collective, Mile Twelve, Mountain Ride, Mark Lavengood Band, Kaia Kater, Quickstep and more. Five stages. Music at 10:30am. $85; kids 12 & under FREE. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend @ PS21, Chatham. Rory Block – Chatham’s own internationally acclaimed Queen of the Acoustic Blues – kicks off her three-day fest. 8pm. $25; students $10. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/THEATER: Shakespeare in the Pines @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. A festive afternoon of Shakespeare’s faeries and nymphs, sonnets and soliloquies to enchant children of all ages. 12:30pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Divine Vibes @ the Beer Diviner, Petersburg. Two stages. Day One features The Tradition, Scott Hopkins, Feryl Meryl, Matthew Pryce, Bendt, Rechorduroys, Ampevene, Matthew Funtime EDM. Music starts at 6pm. FREE; parking $5. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Kinky Friedman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The one-and-only Kinkster brings his Circus of Life Tour to the Spa City. With Brian Molnar. 8pm. $42. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Ballet fans, don’t blink or you’ll miss it. NYC Ballet’s summer residency at SPAC will last for just five days long. Tonight it’s Romeo & Juliet. 8pm. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Late Night Traditional Jazz with the NYC Ballet Orchestra @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Musicians from the New York City Ballet Orchestra perform old-school traditional jazz from the teens and ’20s. 11pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: the Franklin Alley Social Club’s Luau Block Party @ Franklin Alley, Troy. Surf’s up! Three surf-rock bands – The Jagaloons (from Albany), the Men in Gray Suits (from Canada) and Black Flamingos (from New Jersey) – will be playing in the alley behind the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 5pm. FREE.

OPERA: The Barber of Seville @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Rossini’s comic bel canto masterpiece is presented in a production directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Glimmerglass Festival Music Director Joseph Colaneri. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Shannon McNally @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Her soulful melodies and gritty, time-stopping vocals made her the embodiment of the Americana genre, as you can her of her latest album, the Rodney Crowell-produced Black Irish. With the DuPont Brothers. 9pm. $20.

THEATER: As You Like It @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Shakespeare opens its 2018 summer season with the classic comedy directed by Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin. 6pm. FREE. Through July 28.

PERFORMANCE ART: Tim Youd’s 100 Novels Project @ the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. The 100 Novels Project is an ongoing performance art piece in which Tim Youd retypes novels from beginning to end in locations that play a central role in the novels. Employing the same make and model typewriter used by the author, he types each novel on a single sheet of paper, which is backed by an additional support sheet. The artist loads the two-ply paper through the typewriter repeatedly, until the entire novel has been retyped. Upon completion, the two pages are separated and mounted side by side as a framed diptych, recalling two pages of an open book with the words obscured. Youd will be re-typing “Ironweed” by Albany author William Kennedy. 10:30am-4:45pm. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Hub City Stompers @ the Low Beat, Albany. New Jersey ska band. With Nine Votes Short and Whoopi. 8pm.

DANCE/THEATER: Spirit of the River @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. Directed by Pamela Badila, co-founder of the Badila family’s Diata Diata Folkloric Theatre company, Spirit of the River blends West African folklore with dancing and drumming to offer a dramatic tale of courage, mystery, betrayal, and love. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Young Paris @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. Born in Paris and raised in Hudson, Young Paris‘ (Milandou Badila) unique blend of traditional Afro-culture, high fashion and visionary approach to music and media make him a creative pop-culture force to be reckoned with. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Crazy Swedes @ Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake. Electrifying jazz-fusion band featuring guitarist Will Severin, keyboardist Rob Lindquist, bassist Eric Schwanke and drummer George Fortune. 7pm. $15

THEATER: The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. A retro sci-fi adventure-comedy written by David Mamet with kids in mind, but with plenty of sly, sarcastic, satirical humor for adults to guffaw over. 7:30pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Tab Benoit @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. It’s an evening bayou blues. The Louisiana bluesman is a four-time Blues Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and five-time Blues Music Awards’ Contemporary Male Performer. 8pm. $29.50, 32.50 & 37.50.

MUSIC: Paleface @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. The prolific, influential alt-folk cult-­hero is now a high-energy, charismatic duo featuring Monica “Mo” Samalot, on drum-kit and charming candied vocal harmonies. 8pm.

THEATER: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Take an exuberant ride on the rails, into the backwoods and onto the wide-open highway with the music of Johnny Cash! This remarkable life story features 31 foot-stompin’, emotionally-packed songs including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” 8pm. Through Sunday, August 12. GO HERE to read our review…

MUSIC: Athens Performing Arts Summer Concert Series @ Riverfront Park, Athens. Featuring Springsteen tribute band Tramps Like Us. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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