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After postponing an earlier show because, frankly, her big- and small-screen careers have taken off, Amy Schumer will take the stage Saturday night at the Palace as one of the most successful comedians working today.

Her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, is a top-five cable hit, and she’s got a film she made with Judd Apatow in the can. On Saturday, she’ll bring the same sensibility that has made her TV show such a hit to her stand-up comedy.

Amy Schumer will perform Saturday (Oct. 25) at 8 PM. Tickets are $45 and $37.50. For more info, call 465-3334.

 

 

The subtitle of the new exhibit at the Opalka Gallery is, “Meander, because you can’t see much while marching.” This comprehensive survey of the work of Williams College professor Mike Glier includes examples from each stage of his career, as well as some previously unseen works.

According to the exhibit notes, “From his early work on issues of masculinity to his landscape projects of the past decade, Glier has forged a distinctive and individual path, merging thoughtful investigations of politics and culture with expert craftsmanship and a love of beauty.”

Mike Glier: A 35 Year Survey is now on view through Dec. 21 at the Opalka Gallery (The Sage Colleges, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany). There is an artist talk and book signing tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 24) at 7 PM. There will be a 1st Friday reception on Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 PM. For more info, call the gallery at 292-7742.

 

 

Tomorrow (Friday), the Egg will present Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers as part of their Dance: The World performance series. Based in Philadelphia, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers are one of the leading Asian-American contemporary dance troupes.

The company will perform works from their extensive repertoire, including BE/LONGING—Light/Shadow, a “deeply spiritual and unexpected hybrid of Western and Eastern dance inspired by martial arts, calligraphy and tai chi.”

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers will perform tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 24) at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $28. There will be a preperformance talk at 7:15 PM. For more info, call the Egg box office at 473-1845.

 

 

Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Radiohead . . . even Bon Jovi! It seems there’s no contemporary (or classic-rock) hit that pianist Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox wouldn’t consider transforming into vintage jazz, soul, Motown, country or doo-wop. Their videos have been viral sensations on the Internet, and they do it all with style and a lurking sense of humor—how could you turn “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” into a vintage waltz without a sense of humor? Then again, maybe Bon Jovi’s teenage radio anthem “Livin’ on a Prayer” was meant as a smoky jazz number all along . . . well, maybe not. But it’s fun.

Postmodern Jukebox will perform Saturday (Oct. 25) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy). Tickets are $29. For more info and tickets, call 273-0038.

 

 

We guess you could call this “phase three,” as the good folks of Tierra Farms open the new live-music performance space in the Madison Theater. Following the successful opening of the Tierra Farm Store and the renovation of the two main screens in the Madison Theater, this new performance space was created by combining three small screening rooms. We can’t wait to see what they’ve done.

Opening the venue will be the jazz sound of the Nancy (pictured) and Spencer Reed Quartet.

The Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet will perform Saturday (Oct. 25) at 8 PM in the new performance venue at the Madison Theater (1036 Madison Ave., Albany). Tickets are $18. For more info, call 438-0040.

 

 

This Canadian show, based on Sam Raimi’s classic cinematic demon zombie chainsaw blood fests, proves once and for all that anything can be turned into a musical. And one of the current national touring companies of Evil Dead The Musical arrives at Proctors for a one-night stand just three days before Halloween.

There’s not much reason to discuss the plot. Teenagers! An ancient evil! Demons! A cabin in the woods! And a lot of blood: For those who want to be a part of the show, ask about seats in the “splatter zone,” aka Proctors’ orchestra pit, where audiencegoers will be showered with torrents of fake blood as show progresses. Come on, be a part of the fun!

Evil Dead The Musical will be presented Tuesday (Oct. 28) at 7:30 PM on the Mainstage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $20 to $75, and $85 for the splatter zone. Proctors cautions that the show may not be appropriate for those ages 12 and younger. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.

 

 

With the band’s definitive lineup—singer-bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander—back together once again, Primus are back on tour and ready to reconnect with their ever-faithful fans (and hopefully some curious newcomers as well). With a sound that defies labels (“alternative metal” and “funk metal” crop up frequently), Primus earned a loyal following throughout the ’90s with a string of albums including Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda and Tales From the Punchbowl and heavy touring that included headlining Lollapalooza in 1993. Primus will take the stage tomorrow (Friday) night at the Palace.

(Oct. 24, 8 PM, $29.50-$54.50, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

 

 

In her short career, Albany- and Brooklyn-based writer-director Noelle Gentile has presented theatrical works addressing the problems of women veterans, climate change and workers’ rights. Her latest project, a multimedia collaboration with Amelia Whalen, Allison Lerman-Gluck, Darian Henry and a half-dozen teenagers, offers “a rare glimpse into the dynamic inner world of teenage girls.”

In the show notes, Gentile says, “We hope the audience finds pieces of themselves in the words of these courageous young women.”

Underneath, which is recommended for mature audiences, will be presented tonight (Thursday, Oct. 23) and tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 24) at 7:30 PM at Steamer No. 10 Theatre (500 Western Ave., Albany). The suggested donation is $8. For more info and to reserve tickets, call 438-5503 or e-mail info@steamer10theatre.org.

 

 

Thursday, Cabinet will bring Pennsylvania bluegrass to the Hollow Bar + Kitchen ($12-$15, 426-8550). . . . Also Thursday, it will be a guitars-in-the-round setting at Club Helsinki as John Sebastian, Artie Traum, Kinloch Nelson, Craig D’Andrea and Macyn Taylor perform everything from jazz to Celtic to fingerstyle in a preview of next week’s Woodstock Luthiers Showcase (8 PM, $25, $35, $45 VIP, 828-4800). . . . And New Orleans legends Allan Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring the timeless sounds of the Big Easy to MASS MoCA tonight (8 PM, $28-$70, 413-662-2111). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), Bela Fleck (left) and Abagail Washburn will make two banjos come alive at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (8 PM, $25-$42, 273-0038). . . . Also Friday, the John Menegon Quartet will perform at A Place for Jazz (7:30 PM, $7-$15, 393-4011). . . . And country-but-not-exactly singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will play Northampton’s Calvin Theatre Friday (8 PM, $28.50-$48.50, 584-1444). . . . Lia Ices has been compared favorably to Kate Bush; that’s good enough for us. The singer-songwriter will headline a bill Saturday at the Half Moon with Last Good Tooth and DJ Effie (8 PM, $7, 828-1562). . . . Sunday, head to Upstate Concert Hall for “melodic” Swedish death metal from Arch Enemy ($20, 371-0012). . . . On Monday, it’s raunchy first-wave British punk at the Low Beat with Pork Dukes, possibly with three original members. They’ll be joined by Rotten UK, Bourbon Scum, and Neutron Rats The Low Beat (7 PM, 432-6572).

 

 

“Could you turn down the guitar, please?” asked Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen, in the show’s skit “Battle of the Gentle Bands.” Curated by Chris Johanson, the Quiet Music Festival is in its third year and is debuting on the East Coast for this first time this month. According to the event’s website, the Quiet Music Festival is a celebration of “soothecore, a new dimension of emotional, vibrant, and low volume music honoring of the quiet act of listening,” and will “feature a variety of performances interpreting low volume, deep-sonic meditations.” The festival will feature a lineup of musicians it would be rare to hear at larger outdoor music festivals: Johanson’s own band, Sun Foot (left), will be joined by local artists Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water and others. Tonight’s event is free and will be live-streamed on the Tang Teaching Museum website. (Oct. 23, 5-11 PM, Free, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000)