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35clubboxpicFor years there was a local singer-songwriter named “Ian Hunter,” and we’d list his gigs, always thinking for a split second, “that Ian Hunter?” before realizing, no, it’s the nice, talented local dude with the same name as the English rock legend. Well, golly, look who’s coming to Helsinki Hudson this Saturday: that Ian Hunter, frontman-god of Mott the Hoople and, after that, author of a long and fruitful solo career.

Briefly, Mott the Hoople were the band that the 1969-75 equivalent of hipsters loved for their prepunk blend of self-mocking (but still heavy) hard-rock moves and soul-searching songwriting. Bowie, a fan, wrote and produced their biggest hit (“All the Young Dudes”); Mick Jones, pre-Clash, was president of their fan club; and Martin Scorsese featured Mott songs on his film soundtracks. After four classic albums (out of six, not a bad achievement) Mott fell apart. Ian Hunter went on to write and record albums sporting sardonic yet heartfelt anthems like “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (which you may know from Great White’s shitty version) and “Cleveland Rocks.”

So, yeah, we’re pretty excited that that Ian Hunter, accompanied by the Rant Band, is coming to the area.

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will perform Saturday (Aug. 29) at 9 PM at Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets are $65 and $45.

For more info, call the club at 828-4800.


35performanceboxpicLike all comedians worth their salt, New York City-based Liz Miele has been doing stand-up forever. Well, at least since she was a teenager. She’s been on Conan’s show and Jon Stewart’s old show and various Comedy Central specials—again, like any comic worth her salt. Her debut comedy album, Emotionally Exhausting, has been very well received, and she’s the author of Damaged, a Kickstarter-funded animated web series about a couple of broken robots adopted by humans. (This has also been well received.) This really is her cat she’s holding in the photo, and Miele is headlining Saturday at the Madison Theater’s latest Mad Laughs comedy night.

The really big show will be hosted by Michael McLaughlin and also feature comics Kevin Smith and Ethan Ullman.

Liz Miele and guests will perform Saturday (Aug. 29) at 9 PM at the Madison Theater (1036 Madison Ave., Albany).

Doors open at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

For more info, call the box office at 438-2094.



35ndpicMENZELBroadway audiences have known and loved Idina Menzel, who’s performing at Tanglewood on Saturday night, for almost two decades. This is thanks in large part to her star-making turns as the fiancée/girlfriend from hell in Rent and as Elphaba, the considerably more complex take on the emerald-hued Wicked Witch of the West in Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked. Thanks to national tours and recordings, Menzel had become more widely appreciated in recent years. Then Frozen happened, and her career blew up.

Frozen, in case you’ve been living under a rock—or aren’t around kids, ever—is the animated Disney musical phenomenon loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. And Menzel voiced the character the kids went absolutely crazy for, Elsa the Snow Queen of Arendelle. (As one tot of our acquaintance explained Elsa’s appeal, “She’s sparkly!”) Now Menzel has fans for life.

Her set list on the tour that’s bringing her to Tanglewood this weekend reflects these career highlights, plus such eclectic fare as an Ethel Merman melody and a Radiohead cover. It promises to be an interesting, wide-ranging musical experience.

Oh, and she’s a real live wire in concert, too. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s critic described her Aug. 25 show, “The ‘original green girl’ of Wicked was a little bit naughty, a little bit nice and a little bit nutty, but always entertaining.”

Idina Menzel will perform Saturday (Aug. 29) at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed (297 West St., Lenox, Mass.) at 7 PM. Tickets are $24.50 (lawn) to $149.50.

For tickets and info, call (888) 266-1200.



35ndpicPSYCHOThere was a pretty terrible movie called Hitchcock released a couple of years ago. It was a petty and not particularly insightful portrait of director Alfred Hitchcock at the time he was taking the biggest risk of his career in making the serial-killer thriller, Psycho. Still, it was impossible to look away from even a poor portrait of Hitchcock’s big gamble because the actual result, the real Psycho, is one of the great postwar masterpieces and a film that fundamentally changed filmmaking going forward in terms of violence, sex and overall tone.

And, best of all, it’s still great fun to watch, especially on a big screen like the one in the GE Theatre at Proctors, where you can see it Monday.

Psycho will be screened Monday (Aug. 31) at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 PM as part of the AFI 100 Film Series at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). The film is rated R for being awesome—and also for depictions of violence and suggestions of sexual perversions. Tickets are $5. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.


35notepicCROWSAnyone who listened to the radio in the mid-‘90s knows Counting Crows: Their breakout album, August and Everything After, featured the hit songs “Mr. Jones” (commence earworm), “Rain King” and “Round Here,” a prettier cover of the Himalayans song that Crows frontman Adam Duritz wrote with members of that band before forming the Crows in 1991. They’ve been pretty active since the ’90s: Several albums, an Oscar nomination and a new record label later, they’ve been selling out shows in Europe, Canada and Australia. Their latest album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, prompted Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone to write, “Adam Duritz is still the same dreadlocked dreamer you remember from the nineties, channeling Van Morrison, R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen into word-zonked ballads that reference Jackie-O., Elvis, Johnny Appleseed and more.” Also on the bill: Citizen Cope, Hollis Brown. Happy nostalgia.

(Sept. 1, 7 PM, $39.50-$69.50, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-9330)



35notepicLATINCome celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic cultural heritage at an all-day Latin festival in Washington Park with musical performances that highlight Hispanic musical genres, good food, art, children’s amusements and more. There will be musical tributes to Puerto Rican salsa singers Hector LaVoe and Frankie Ruiz, as well as performances by Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra (pictured), DJ Extreme and other local acts. The event is intended to acknowledge the contributions made by Hispanic Americans on local, state, national, and international levels and promote appreciation for multi-cultural diversity. It also sounds like a fun way to spend a day.

(Aug. 29, Washington Park Parade Grounds, Albany, 11 AM-6 PM, free, 542-7212)


35notepicTEETHThis Grammy-winning vocal nine-piece call themselves “a band not a choir” while stating their dedication “to mining the potential of the human voice,” including Tuvan throat singing, Appalachian yodeling, operatic Persian trilling, and whispered speech, incorporated into mystical and serene soundscapes written by the most exciting young composers of the 21st century, including founding member and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. “Roomful of Teeth is making some of the most rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive music being made by any ensemble, vocal or instrumental, today,” says The Nation.

(Aug. 28, 8 PM, $22, 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, Mass. 413-662-2111)


35artboxpicAmerican-born John Stanmeyer is an internationally acclaimed photographer for National Geographic and Time, and large-scale examples of his work are the focus of Powered Narratives, the solo show opening this weekend at the Berkshire Museum.

Curator Maria Mingalone says, in the exhibit notes, that Stanmeyer’s “photographs are energetic stories that propel you into the visual narrative. They are compositions, fueled by movement and dynamic color, that communicate complex issues that we as a human race face . . .”

Pictured is Stanmeyer’s photo from National Geographic of a festival on the River Ganges.

Powered Narratives opens tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 28) with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Berkshire Museum (39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.); reception tickets are $10 adults, $5 children and free to museum members.

The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 8. For more info, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call (413) 443-7171.


35ndpicHARTKevin Hart is the biggest comedian in America today—and probably tomorrow, too, thanks to the likelihood that his second buddy cop movie with Ice Cube is going to be as big a hit, if not bigger, than his first. Hart’s What Now Tour, which comes to the Times Union Center tonight, is a wild success, a pricey ticket that’s been drawing big crowds from coast to coast.

One thing, though: Don’t expect to be able to use your phone—for anything. The rule for audiences on this tour is this: Take pictures or video of Hart’s performance and get tossed out by security. It’s happened, and will continue to happen. Hart doesn’t want to see his routines on YouTube. He also wants to tell his jokes to your face, not your phone.

However, if you can manage to keep your smart device in your pocket, from all reports you’re going to enjoy Hart’s brand of arena comedy. The Chicago Tribune praised his three-night, sold-out July shows at the United Center as being “very funny, tightly written and deft at keeping the stakes high.” Interestingly, the Tribune also noted that “Hart kept coming back to fear [as a subject] . . . and the show always was better when he did, being as that material was far edgier than” the rest of his jokes.

Kevin Hart will perform tonight (Thursday, Aug. 27) at 8 PM at the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl St., Albany). Doors open at 7 PM. Tickets are $59.50 to $163 and are available at the Times Union Center box office or by calling (800) 745-3000. For venue info, call 487-2000.



35theaterboxpicThe summer arts season is winding down near and far—but not in Chatham, where today (Thursday), the Mac-Haydn Theatre is opening its next production, the effervescent 1920s-style musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie. It’s the story of a poor girl looking for a rich husband; a rich boy looking to avoid becoming a husband; a rich girl looking for friends; and an evil landlady working a nefarious scheme.

Bridget Yingling (pictured right) is Millie, the poor girl on the make—albeit in a very nice way. Yingling played Peggy Sawyer in Mac-Haydn’s 2014 production of 42nd Street, so she’s well acquainted with this type of musical-comedy sweet young thing. The fellow with her is played by Conor Fallon; he’s trying to sing his way into her heart.

Thoroughly Modern Millie opens today (Thursday, Aug. 27) at 2 and 8 PM, and runs through Sept. 6 at the Mac-Haydn Theatre (1925 Route 203, Chatham). Additional performances this week are Friday (Aug. 28) at 8 PM; Saturday (Aug. 29) at 4 and 8 PM; Sunday (Aug. 30) at 2 and 7 PM; and Wednesday (Sept. 2) at 2 PM.

Tickets are $31 to $34, with discounts for kids, seniors and groups. For tickets and info call 392-9292.