10/12/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson
MUSIC: Jack Williams @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Hailing from South Carolina, he’s the sound of the American south. Acclaimed as “one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk,” his flawless fretboard work, southern-flavored songwriting, and graceful entertaining have carried him through 50+ years, 10 CDS and countless live performances. 8pm. $24.
MUSIC: LADAMA @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Boogie down for four rebel Latrina musicians – Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas – each from a different country and culture of the Americas. 7pm. $20. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…
FILM: “If It Bleeds” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Inspired by recent events in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, Isabelle Pauwel’s EMPAC-produced feature film uses the pageantry of sports entertainment to explore the grotesque and sublime spectacle that is everyday survival. 7pm.
THEATER: Sagittarius A. @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Using monumental staging, experiential cinema, and sound, “world maker” Yara Travieso’s immersive theater performance stretches the parameters of the EMPAC Concert Hall and invites the audience to share in making it “breathe.” 8pm. $18. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…
INSTALLATION: Exploring 3D Sound with the EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis Array @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. One of the most extensive sound systems of its kind in the world, the array’s 500 tiny speakers create the sonic equivalent of 3D cinema. 12noon-11:30pm. FREE. Also 12noon-11:30pm Saturday.
INSTALLATION: SlowMeDown @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Open throughout the 10YEARS Celebration, SlowMeDown is a moving-image installation by choreographer Maria Hassabi drawing on material from her live dance projects. 12noon-11:30pm. FREE.
DANCE: “In the Mood for Frankie” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Choreographer Trajal Harrell’s dance trio will be performed in EMPAC’s lobby on a runway-style stage connected by a stream of swimming goldfish. The show will run three times throughout the 10YEARS event. 9:30pm. FREE. Also at 7 & 10:30pm Saturday.
MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The Hudson-based dark-carnival band utilize accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap-steel/guitar and percussion combine to create a fairytale fusion of circus, post-punk, Gypsy and psyche-folk music. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Bobby Previte’s Rhapsody Band @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. Featuring Nels Cline (guitar), John Medeski (piano), Zeena Parkins (harp), Fabian Rucker (alto sax), Jen Shyu (voice/fiddle/percussion) and Bobby Previte (drums/autoharp/harmonica/percussion). 7pm. $35.
FILM/MUSIC: Michael Franti: “Stay Human” @ Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. Following the screening of “Stay Human,” directed by Michael Franti, which juxtaposes his worldwide musical travels and work with the growth of his personal life, Franti will offer an acoustic performance selection of some of his favorite songs. 1:30pm. $30.
THEATER: Driving Miss Daisy @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Lora Lee Ecobelli, Paul Carter and Tony Pallone star in Alfred Uhry’s heart-warming 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama directed by Flo Hayle. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 21.
MUSIC: Mississippi Heat @ The Linda, Albany. Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago blues band whose motto is “Traditional Blues with a Unique Sound.” 8pm.
THEATER: Our Town @ Russell Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center Theatre, Troy. Eileen Schuyler directs Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday.
THEATER: Anastasia @ Proctors, Schenectady. Travel from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. With a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens with direction by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak. 8pm. Through Sunday.
DANCE: The Paul Taylor Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. Dancemaker Paul Taylor, one of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, shaped the homegrown American art of modern dance that he helped define since becoming a pioneering choreographer in 1954. The Company continues his legacy at The Egg with a mix of classic and new works including “Cloven Kingdom” (1976), “Company B” (1991) and “Concertiana” (2018). Pre-performance talk begins at 7:15pm; 8pm dance. $36.
COMEDY: Rory Albanese @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. The stand-up comedian and executive producer is also a nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer with “The Daily Show” from 1999-2013. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25
MUSIC: Ustad Shafaat Khan @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The multi-talented Indian classical multi-talented musician performs Indian classical/folk music on sitar, tabla and vocals, Sufi-inspired compositions and a multi-cultural fusion ranging from western classical, jazz and rock to pop, flamenco and African rhythms. 7:30pm. $25.
THEATER: The Royale @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, the drama bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Orange Is the New Black”). This powerhouse play brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a man’s place in history. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 14. GO HERE to read review…
THEATER: Naked @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Eric Hill directs Nicholas Wright’s new version of Luigi Pirandello’s play which follows the story of a woman, in the midst of questioning her existence, as the men around her impose their view of her into the world. 7pm. $52. Through Sunday, October 28. GO HERE to read review…
THEATER: 33 Variations @ Skidmore College’s Black Box Theater, Saratoga Springs. Marie Glotzbach directs Moises Kaufman’s play that simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations” and the journey of a musicologist to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write 33 distinct variations on a simple theme by a minor music publisher. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 20.
THEATER: Always… Patsy Cline @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Playhouse Stage Company presents Benita Zahn, Molly Rose McGrath and a six-piece country music band for the jukebox musical based on the music and life of the great country singer. 8pm. $27. Through Sunday, October 14.
COMEDY/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Remembering “Hee Haw” @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. It’s a tribute to “Hee Haw” featuring Vicki Gayle, Ed Smyth, Bill Notro, Carmen Lookshire, David Phillips, Carol Durant, Justin Murray, Tommy White and more. Proceeds will be used to purchase materials for Operation Christmas Child. 7:30pm. $7.50. Also on Saturday.
THEATER: A Murder Is Announced @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Circle Theatre Players kick off their new season with the Agatha Christie mystery full of twists and turns. Directed by Paul Trela. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, October 14.
THEATER: Biloxi Blues @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dan Ventresca directs the second in Neil Simon’s coming-of-age trilogy. This play follows the adventures of Eugene Jerome when he joins the Army near the end of WWII and learns about life and love. 8pm. Through Saturday, October 13.
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