8/24/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

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Donnybrook Fair
Donnybrook Fair in 1981

MUSIC: Donnybrook Fair @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Yes, they’re back together again for a brief reunion. From 1978-1985, Kevin McKrell, David McDonnell and Jeff Strange were the darlings of the Irish club scene, ruling the Grinch Empire in the Local 518 and traveling all across the USA and Ireland doling out their particular brand of Irish folk music. 7:30pm. $29.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Huichica East @ Chaseholm Farm, Pine Plains. Great music paired with regional culinary talent and wines from Gundlach Bundschu Winery at this family-friendly boutique festival. Day One of the three-day fest features Mail the Horse, Essex Green, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Here Lies Man, Bettye LaVette, Mercury Rev, Garth Hudson, more. Music starts at 3pm. $45.

MUSIC: The Blasters @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. While Dave Alvin is busy working with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, his brother, the powerhouse vocalist and co-founder Phil Alvin, continues to lead the pioneering roots rockers, including drummer Bill Bateman, bassist John Bazz and guitarist Keith Wyatt. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: John Hiatt & The Goners @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The veteran singer-songwriter reunites with The Goners (featuring slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their classic album, Slow Turning – playing it in its entirety along with other gems from his treasured songbook. 8pm. $39.50 & $49.50.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Cornelius Bates & Vanessa Falabella @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The evening of authentic Brazilian bossa nova music is a benefit for Animalkind, the cat rescue and adoption center in Hudson. 8pm. $25 & $60.

MUSIC: The Athens Performing Arts Summer Concert Series @ Riverfront Park, Athens. Featuring the Nick Moss Band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Clay People @ Chrome, Waterford. Dan Neet and company return to the Greater Nippertown spotlight. With Renewal of Faith, Frozen Sun and I Recant. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Front Business @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With NXNES and Pink Nois. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Summer Hoot @ the Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. Day One of the three-day fest features Billy Wylder, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Johnny Society, the Big Takeover, Lyn Hardy & the Catskill Corral, more. Music starts at 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Roomful of Teeth @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The ensemble of Grammy Award-winning vocal titans led by Williams College professor Brad Wells, returns to its summer home to perform Richard Beaudoin’s “Another Woman of Another Kind” featuring Claire Chase and a new arrangement of David Lang’s “Little Match Girl Passion.” 8pm. $26 & $40.

MUSIC: Livingston Taylor @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The fourth child in the famously musical Taylor family (James, Kate, Alex and Livingston) and a Berklee College of Music professor since 1989 kicks off a two-night Travers Weekend stand at the Caffe. With Sophie Buskin. 8pm. $60. Also at 8pm Saturday.

DANCE: Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. The Lumberyard’s away-from-home season continues with “Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and Other Works by John Bernd” is a collage of choreography and music that John Bernd (1953-1988) created during the last seven years of his life. From the late ’70s throughout the ’80s to his untimely death at the age of 35 in 1988, Bernd relentlessly created a body of work that was singular in its vision and force. He was a key figure of the East Village scene and was one of the first artists to deal openly with gay themes. He worked interdisciplinarily, and with an extraordinary array of dance artists who would go on to make some of the most interesting work in New York. 8pm. Through Sunday.

THEATER: West Side Story @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Last chance! 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. 7:30pm.

DANCE: Bang Group @ PS21, Chatham. Choreographer David Parker’s “A Mouthful of Shoes” brims with comic enthusiasm and brings together a blend of tap, body percussion, vaudeville, ballet and contemporary dance. Toe shoes, tap shoes, Velcro suits are all part of an evening filled with rhythm and fun. The music is by Morton Feldman, Wolfgang Mozart, Steve Reich, Dean Rosenthal, Igor Stravinsky. 8pm. $35; students $10. Also at 8pm Saturday.

FILM: “Deconstructing The Beatles’ The White Album” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. In this film, composer-producer, Scott Freiman, a favorite live presenter who is expected to return to Proctors for the 2019-20 season, takes Beatles fans of all ages into the studio with The Beatles as they create their bestselling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album). 2 & 7pm. $6. Also at 2 & 7pm on Wednesday.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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