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This new exhibition at the Clark Art Institute will consider the influence of impressionist master Claude Monet on contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly himself selected the works in the show, which will include two of his paintings, 18 of his unpublished drawings, and nine paintings by Monet.

In 2001, Kelly wrote, “Monet’s last paintings had a great influence on me, and even though my work doesn’t look like his, I feel I want the spirit to be the same.”

Pictured is Monet’s The Path under the Rose Arches (circa 1920–22).

Monet/Kelly opens Sunday (Nov. 23) at the Clark Art Institute (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.) and will remain on view through Feb. 15, 2015.

For more info, visit clarkart.edu or call (413) 458-2303.

 

This month’s edition of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors will feature Aparna Nancherla alongside the usual lineup of guest comedians in a program that promises a full two hours of comic entertainment.

Nancherla, who grew up in Washington, D.C., but now lives in New York City, has a background in improv, having studied at Washington Improv Theater, with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade on both coasts, and with the Groundlings. She also performs with the independent improv group Mythical Newsroom (check her out on YouTube). She’s appeared on FX, FXX, Last Comic Standing, MTV and Conan O’Brien’s TBS show.

Nancherla’s observational comedy ranges from the philosophical to the personal, from politics to dog poop. As she once observed, “Any pizza can be a personal one if you cry when you eat it.”

Aparna Nancherla will appear as part of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show Ever on Saturday (Nov. 22) at 8 PM at Underground at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady).

Tickets are $15. For more info, call 346-6204.

 

 

 

This Saturday evening, the Albany Symphony welcomes guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen to the podium to conduct a program titled Beethoven’s Pastorale. Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony, will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, and the Mendelssohn violin concerto.

The guest soloist on the Mendelssohn will be Caroline Goulding (pictured), an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient who will be making her debut with the ASO.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday (Nov. 22) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany).

Tickets are $19 to $59. For more info, call the ASO at 694-3300.

 

 

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill is directing the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic The Secret Garden, which opens this week (Tuesday) and is Capital Repertory Theatre’s holiday gift to the Capital Region.

This version is performed in “actor/muso” style, with the musical score performed by the cast onstage and in character. Capital Rep promises that this “immersive, hypnotic style of theater” is “perfectly suited” for the magic of Burnett’s well-loved tale of regeneration and hope.

The Secret Garden is in previews Friday through Sunday (Nov. 21 to 23) and opens Tuesday (Nov. 25) at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany). The show will run through Dec. 21.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday at 3 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Please call the theater for additional “special” matinee times. Tickets are $20 to $60. For more info, call 445-7469.

 

It’s true: Judy Collins still has the multi-octave voice of an angel. And if you’ve never seen her in concert, you can rectify this error when she takes the stage of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday night.

Collins recently taped a concert at Dromoland Castle in Ireland—which will be coming to PBS in summer 2015—and she will be singing a selection of Irish folk tunes alongside highlights from her own classic songbook.

Another thing you should know about Collins in concert: She’s a great raconteur with a lifetime of wonderful stories.

Judy Collins will perform tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 21) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy). Tickets are $28 to $37. For tickets and info, call the Music Hall box office at 273-0038.

 

 

Having honed and expanded their sound since forming in 1996, Enter the Haggis–originally a kind of Celtic jam band—recently decided that name no longer fit their more eclectic folk-world-fusion sound. So they renamed themselves Jubilee Riots after the 1875 Protestant-Catholic sectarian riots in their hometown of Toronto. Successful users of crowdfunding to finance their recordings, the band also used their website PledgeMusic last November to announce a campaign, the Penny Black Project, to create a new album based on story submissions from their fans. At Putnam Den Friday, Adam Exra Group will open.

(Nov. 21, 9 PM, $15, 63 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)

 

 

Seven awesome bands, two favorite venues, one kickass show! What more could you possibly be thankful for? Well, sure. . . . family and health and all that. But Funsgiving might just be the next best thing.

This year’s party will feature alternative/electro/folk/indie/psych/pop/rock B3nson family bands the Parlor (previously We Are Jeneric), Rival Galaxies, Bear Grass (left), Hammer Hawk, Neighborhood of Make, Believe and Secret Release. Dress warm cuz it’ll be cold out and you’ll want to hear bands at both venues to make sure you don’t miss any of the awesome. Be thankful, have fun!

(Nov. 21, 7 PM, 335 and 337 Central Ave., 432-6572)

 

Triple-threat singer, songwriter and guitarist Tommy Malone from New Orleans is still best known for being a founding dude of the Subdudes, and that’s just fine, because following a diverse musical path that included well-received appearances at jazz fests, Malone’s new release, Poorboy, is being compared, very favorably, to his early work with the ’dudes, who pioneered funky roots music. According to Malone’s website, Poorboy is about “Tommy’s ability to twist a phrase and craft a song . . . to turn you inside out.” And playing live, he just might turn you upside down, too.

(Nov. 21, 9 PM, $25, $20 advance, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)

 

Current Wilco guitarist Nels Cline has flexed his considerable talent in and around numerous genres, including jazz, avant-garde, alternative rock, experimental and free improvisation—and his star-studded list of collaborators is even more numerous (Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Medeski, Martin & Wood, to mention just a few). For this tour, Cline is treaming up with the much younger jazz guitarist Julian Lage, a former child prodigy who was the subject of a documentary made when he was 8, and who performed at the 2000 Grammys at age 13. Lage has been praised not only for his complex artistry, but also for the clarity and ease with which he delivers it. The duo are set to release an album, Room, on Nov. 25.

This show, another in the Egg’s American Roots & Branches series, will feature original compositions by both Cline and Lage, as well as “plenty of spontaneous improvisation.”

Nels Cline & Julian Lage will perform Thursday (Nov. 20) at 7:30 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $24. For more information, call 473-1845.

 

The Union College Concert Series continues tonight with the Doric String Quartet, which comprises Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone (violins), Helene Clement (viola) and John Myerscough (cello).

In praising a Doric performance from December 2012, the Financial Times wrote, “It is a sign of the resilience of the Doric String Quartet, formed in 1998, that it has continued onwards and upwards from its early successes in competitions to major awards for its recordings over the past few years.”

Tonight’s program will include Haydn’s String Quartet No. 6, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”) and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13.

Doric String Quartet will perform tonight (Thursday, Nov. 20) at 7:30 PM at the Union College Memorial Chapel (Union Street, Schenectady).

Tickets are $25, $10 students. For more info, call 388-6201.