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“Wham City brings batshit comedy back to the East Coast.”

That’s a bold statement, and the comic brain trust behind the 2014 Wham City Comedy Tour—fresh off their Adult Swim debut—promise to back it up. This Wednesday, the Baltimore-based group will bring a 75-minute show featuring four comedians (Alan Resnick, Ben O’Brien, Robby Rackleff and Mickey Freeland) in a combination of stand-up, video, skits and monologues to Troy’s CAC Woodside.

The Wham City Comedy Tour comes to CAC Woodside (71 Mill St., Troy) on Wednesday (April 23) at 8 PM. Tickets are $5 and $10. For more info, call 813-6193.

 

 

The new exhibit at the Carrie Haddad Gallery features three artists influenced by the New York school of abstract impressionism—including one artist, Judith Lindbloom, who was briefly a part of that 1950s scene. The other artists in the show are William Bond Walker and Lionel Gilbert.

Pictured is Lindbloom’s Archaeology of Flying Bison (1986).

Under the Influence (of the New York School) opens Saturday (April 19) and runs through June 1 at the Carrie Haddad Gallery (622 Warren St., Hudson). There will be an opening reception April 26 from 6 to 8 PM. For more info, call the gallery at 828-1915.

 

 

In this classic farce, a Don Juan in 1960s Paris has three flight-attendant—OK, stewardess—girlfriends. Each stewardess is a different nationality and flies for a different airline; their schedules ensure that the three never meet. That is, until the introduction of faster Boeing-made jets wrecks the lothario’s love timetable.

Home Made Theater’s production of Boeing Boeing stars Conrad Browne Lörcher, Nick Casey, Erin Giacomino, Robin Leary, Melinda Richner and Kathryn Starczewski; it’s directed by Michael McDermott and Michael C. Mensching.

HMT’s Boeing Boeing opens tomorrow (Friday, April 18) at 8 PM and continues through May 4 at the Spa Little Theater (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs). Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees on April 27 and May at 2 PM. Tickets are $26 and $23. For more info, call the box office at 587-4427.

 

 

Adelmo Fornaciari (aka Zucchero, Italian for sugar) is an internationally renowned Italian pop-rock and blues songwriter and performer. While he achieved moderate success in his early days, it was after meeting a then-unknown Randy Jackson in San Francisco that his career took a turning point. The duo teamed up to create the 1985 album Zucchero & The Randy Jackson Band, which launched Zucchero before a wider audience; the single “Donne” was a huge success in Italy. His 1989 album, Oro Incenso e Birra, became the highest selling album in Italian history, and two years later he recorded the timeless hit “Senza Una Donna” with Paul Young

This multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with some of the world’s biggest stars, including Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, Andrea Bocelli, Sting and Elton John. He has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and Ray Charles called him one of the world’s best blues singers.

Zucchero will perform at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (April 19) at 8 PM. Tickets are $34. Call 473-1845 for more info.

 

 

The Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit about a high-stakes cheerleading competition comes to Proctors for a two-day stand beginning Friday.

Based on the hit movie Bring It On (which has also inspired an entire series of direct-to-video sequels), this production sports an all-star creative team behind the scenes, and scene-stealing acrobatics, aerial stunts and “sass” on stage. The New York Times dubbed it “impossible to resist.”

Bring It On: The Musical will be presented tomorrow (Friday, April 18) at 8 PM and Saturday (April 19) at 2 and 8 PM on the Mainstage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $20 to $65. For tickets and info, call the box office at 346-6204.

 

 

The fifth annual Knickerbocker Film Festival is opening wide this year: A record 12 short films, from local to international, are on the slate, and the festival will present its first-ever screening outside of Albany with a Troy Film Night and sneak preview at the Arts Center on River Street, on April 18 (Friday) at 6:45 pm, which includes a Q&A with the filmmakers, to be followed by a reception at the Lucas Confectionary on 2nd Street (tickets are not required to attend the reception). The festival continues through April 24 with screenings at the Madison Theater, Spectrum 8 Theaters, and The Linda. Various filmmakers and cast and crew members will be available at each screening for discussions and answering questions with attendees.

Selected out of 70 entrants, the 12 films include Wake of Irene: Heart of the Storm, a documentary with live footage by Schenectady’s Mike Feurstein (this year’s Metroland Readers’ Poll winner for Best Local Filmmaker); On the Rainy River, a drama in which a Cold War vet looks back, possibly with regret, by Brendan Bequette of Albany; Thanks for Looking: Behind the Art of Welldun, a biographical documentary on local street artist Gregory Maxwell Dunn, by John Glen of Albany; along with films from coast to coast, and Canada, Belgium, and Spain.

The Knickerbocker Film Fest screenings will be held Monday (April 21) at 7 PM and April 24 at 6:30 PM at the Madison Theater (1036 Madison Ave., Albany); Tuesday (April 22) at 6:30 PM at The Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany); and Wednesday (April 23) at 6:30 PM at the Spectrum 8 Theatres (290 Delaware Ave., Albany). Tickets are $10 per screening, available the day-of at each venue and in advance.

The cinematic festivities will continue with a festival-awards party on April 24 at Taste (45 Beaver St., Albany) from 8 to 11 PM, with an awards ceremony, silent auction, and wine, beer, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the Taste party are $35 ($30 with ticket stub). For more info about where to buy advance tickets to screenings and events, visit knickfilmfestny.com.

 

 

The man is 88 years old. Just go on and marinate on that for a minute.

The man has been playing the blues since the ’40s. Let that sink in for a second. Everything else we could tell you in this space is superfluous. King’s current American tour has been a little rocky, with reviewers noting the guitarist’s current preference for long-winded storytelling. But if anyone’s got some long stories to tell, it’s King. The guy is a living legend. ’Nuff said.

Local bluesman Rhett Tyler and Early Warning will open.

B.B. King will play the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) on Thursday (April 17) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $52.50-$92.50. Call 465-3334 for more info.

 

 

The son of a musical power couple, Ben Taylor grew up living in the midst of five-time Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his mother Carly Simon, best known for her classic hit “You’re So Vain.” While music was in his blood, it wasn’t until 2003 that Taylor released his first official album, Famous Among the Barns. Taylor’s latest album, Listening, combines his folk roots with a mix of pop, soul, urban, reggae, and country. Layered vocals and beats display the last four years of what he calls a “musical evolution.” Simi Stone will open the show. (April 18, 9 PM, $20-$25, 405 Columbia St, Hudson, 828-4800)

 

 

The Mountain Goats are mainly John Darnielle. And his guitar. And his songs. It was that way for a very long time. Darnielle started recording under the name in the early ’90s before getting picked up by 4AD in the early aughts. Now the band are a proper (power?) trio featuring longtime bassist Peter Hughes and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. But Darnielle’s poetry remains the main attraction. In 2012, the group released Transcendental Youth, which received string and horn treatment from Owen Pallett and Matthew E. White, respectively. For this tour, they’ll be supprted by Erin McKeown. (April 17, 8 PM, $25-$35, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800)

 

Upstate jam-rockers Formula 5 have a record fresh off the press they’ll be celebrating tomorrow (Friday) at Red Square (8 PM, 465-0444). . . . The Ed Palermo Big Band will perform 17-piece renditions of Frank Zappa tunes at Proctors on Friday (7:30 PM, $15, 346-6204). . . . “Anglicana” band Spottiswoode and His Enemies will return to Club Helsinki on Saturday (9 PM, $18, 828-4800). . . . It’s the highest holiday of the year Saturday at Red Square’s 420 Party (6 PM, 465-0444). . . . Albany roots troubadour Michael Eck (left) will celebrate his 50th trip around the sun with a solo acoustic birthday show at Steamer No. 10 Theater on Saturday (8 PM, $15, 438-5503). . . . Four Great Guitars and presumably great people who play them will come to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday (8 PM, $20-$34, 273-0038). . . . Young Paris and Fula Thela will host a Tribal Dance Party at the Half Moon on Saturday (8 PM, $5, thehalfmoonhudson.com). . . . It’s a punk Tuesday night at the Low Beat with Neutron Rats, Maniac and Chloroform Party (8 PM, 432-6572).