10/13/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Jeffrey Foucault @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The acclaimed singer-songwriter brings his band to town to celebrate the release of his new album, Blood Brothers. With Laurie Sargent. 5pm bar opens; 6-7:30pm dinner; 8pm music. $85 for all food, gratuity and performance.

COMEDY/MUSIC: Lea DeLaria @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. If you only know her from her role as Big Boo on “Orange Is the New Black,” you’re in for a pleasant surprise as she melds stand-up comedy and jazz singing – including some swingin’ David Bowie covers. 8pm. $40.

MUSIC: The Plimsouls @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Led by founding guitarist Eddie Munoz (but not original frontman Peter Case), the veteran California power-popsters roll into Greater Nippertown. With Trailer Park Moonlight and Smittix. 3pm. $15.

MUSIC: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The long-running Woodstock band keeps the spirit of The Band alive. 8pm. $27.

MUSIC: Sun Natives @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a release party for their new album Ripperology. With Rechorduroys and Candy Ambulance. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Christian McBride’s New Jawn @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The award-winning jazz bassist brings his new band to town to cap off the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. 7:30pm. $25 & $38. With DBx2 in The Garage (in the Colonial Lobby) at 6pm.

MUSIC: Bonnie Prince Billy @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The shape-shifting DIY Louisville folk-rocker (aka, Palace Brothers, Will Oldham) re-surfaces and steps into the spotlight. With the Other Years. 8pm. $40 & $50.

MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. It’s the Yes I Am 25th Anniversary Tour. 8pm. $74.75, $89.75 & $104.75. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: “Lost Highway Suite” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Derived from her opera of the same name, composer Olga Neuwirth’s “Lost Highway Suite” evokes a mysterious tone and structure in a concert performance featuring the 35-member International Contemporary Ensemble and a 64-speaker Ambisonic dome built around the audience. 8pm. $18; students/seniors $13.

THEATER: Sudden Rise @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Moved by the Motion (led by new MacArthur Foundation Grant recipient Wu Tsang and boychild) serve up an ensemble performance that explores different modes of storytelling through an improvisational structure, utilizing elements of theater, film, movement, text and music. 9:30pm. $18; students/seniors $13.

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.

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. 7 & 10:30pm. FREE.

DEMONSTRATION: The Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab Research Demonstration @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Director Hui Su will introduce the vision of CISL, the progress made by his team in a few areas of research, and several technical demonstrations such as an occupant-aware cognitive environment enabled with multi-modal interactions, cognitive and immersive environments for language teaching and decision making and immersive narrative generation. 2pm. FREE.

TALK: Down the Rabbit Hole: A Time Capsule for Digital Texts, Images and Sounds @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Digital archives depend on complex technological environments, electricity, chips, air conditioning, maintenance and are challenged by changing hardware, operating systems, applications and data formats. EMPAC director Johannes Goebel discusses solutions he and the EMPAC team have developed. 4pm. FREE.

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: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Conductor David Alan Miller leads the orchestra through the gala program featuring the orchestral premiere of “Re(new)al” by the inventive composer, Viet Cuong. The performance also features the ASO debut of powerhouse violinist Stefan Jackiw, performing Brahms’ magnificent Violin Concerto, and closes with operatic selections from Verdi’s Forza Del Destino, Bizet’s Carmen and Wagner’s iconic” Ride of the Valkyries.” 7pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

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. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 14. GO HERE to read review…

FESTIVAL: Apple Fest & Craft Show @ Goold Orchards, Castleton. Lots of family fun activities, wine, cider, art and crafts, as well as entertainment by the Hill Country Cloggers and Dick “The Sun Mountain Fiddler” Solberg. 9am. $10; kids 12 & under FREE.

MUSIC: The Mohan Brothers @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Lakshay Mohan and Aayush Mohan are reviving the lost art of playing the duet of sitar and sarod with “Strings in Harmony,” their second tour of the U.S. 7:30pm. $30 & $35.

THEATER: The Glass Menagerie @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Julianne Boyd directs Tennessee Williams’ timeless classic American drama. 2 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 21.

MUSIC: “Almost Unplugged” @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. An evening of acoustic music performed by Israel Singer, Marji Zintz, Rocks & Water and Andre Ernst. 8pm. $10.

FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest @ Arrowhead Farms, Accord. The free, all-ages celebration features beer, food trucks and live music by Rootbrew (3pm), Billy Wylder (5pm) and Tulula (7pm). 12noon. FREE.

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. 2 & 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Calvin Johnson @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the release of his new K Records album, A Wonderful Beast. With Mystery Girl and Eternal Crimes. 9pm. FREE; donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Willi Amrod Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Joined by legendary hornmen Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis, alums of James Brown’s band. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

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.

FESTIVAL: Harvest Fest @ the Glen Conservancy, Glen. A celebration in honor of the generous spirit of singer-songwriter Balladeer John Kenosian featuring the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers. 11am-4pm.

COMEDY: The Make Comedy Great Again Tour @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. One night with four headliners (with over 100 years of experience in) – Jeff Allen, Ross Bennett, Brad Upton and Earl David Reed. 8pm. $40.

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. 2 & 7pm. $52. Through Sunday, October 28. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Deb Cavanaugh @ the Beer Diviner, Petersburgh. Joined by special guest Phil Merens on guitar. 6pm.

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.

MUSIC: Atmosphere @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Minneapolis hip-hop duo celebrates the release of their new album, Mi Vida Local. With Dem Atlas, The Lioness and DJ Keezy. 8pm. $28.

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. 2 & 8pm. $27. Through Sunday.

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.

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. $10.

THEATER: Biloxi Blues @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Last chance! 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.

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.

THEATER: Confetti Fest 14 @ Albany Masonic Lodge, Albany. Confetti Stage presents its annual short play festival showcasing Greater Nippertown playwrights. 7:30pm. $15; Through Sunday, October 14.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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