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In Fragments, the new show at LARAC’s Lapham Gallery, the gallery notes explain that “many artworks in this exhibit seek to challenge our perception of our environment, or question how social context may influence our daily lives.”

Artists in the show will include Patricia Sullivan, Anne Stagg, Liz Parsons and Nick Squadere.

Pictured is Stagg’s Unintended Consequences.

Fragments will open Friday (Aug. 22) with a reception from 5 to 7 PM in LARAC’s Lapham Gallery (7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls). There will be light refreshments and music by Holly and Evan. The show will remain on view through Sept. 19. For more info, call the gallery at 798-1144.



New Jersey lit-punks Titus Andronicus were regulars back in the glory days of Valentine’s Music Hall and Beer Joint—er, last year. So they should feel right at home dropping by the Low Beat for the first time. After a few years of regular lineup changes, the band have been in more or less in the same form since their last record, 2012’s Local Business. There’s no word on anything new from them, but normally when a band launche an East Coast tour out of the blue like this, it means something is brewing. They’ll be joined by Liquor Store and Pelican Movement. (Aug. 27, 8 PM, $14, 335 Central Ave., Albany, 432-6572)



They’re calling this one a “mini-festival of dreampop.” Headlining will be Brooklyn duo Widowspeak, whose hazy, guitar-driven rock has been described as “somewhere in between Mazzy Star and Cris Isaak,” which isn’t as random as it seems, given that they cover “Wicked Game” in its tremolo-drenched glory. Things will get festy thanks to openers Hand Habits, whose Fender trickery is familiar to Albany audiences, and Sleepers Bells, who mumble and groove their way out of Woodstock. (Aug. 27, 8 PM, $15, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800)



Let’s face it, there is no single “mainstream” anymore to talk about independent artists breaking into. The closest thing to really “making it” these days, is getting a track picked up by a commercial or TV show. Scrubs, One Tree Hill, NCIS, the Vampire Diaries: These are the places you’ve likely heard the music of Matt Nathanson. Last of the Great Pretenders came out last year, but Nathanson is back on the road with a new single “Headphones” and a forthcoming tour with Gavin Degraw. For this one, he’ll be joined by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Matt Mackelcan. (Aug. 22, 8 PM, $28, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)



He’s been called the second-coming of Django Reinhardt. He’s a master of Gypsy jazz guitar, born in Paris and educated at Berklee College of Music.

With six albums to his name, as well as the instructional book Getting into Gypsy Jazz Guitar, Stephane Wrembel really got his break in 2011 when Woody Allen asked him to compose the them song to Midnight in Paris, his cinematic love letter to that city’s artistic history. When he arrives at MASS MoCA, he’ll have his quartet in tow. (Aug. 23, 8 PM, $16, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)



The medium is the message in Playful, an exhibit now on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson.

Phyllis Palmer will be showing her fresco-secco paintings on plaster, which are “reminiscent of the still visible frescos which adorned the houses of Pompeii,” with humor added; Stephen Walling will show his wooden wall sculptures; and Fernando Orellana will show his Play-Doh constructions, created on his own aluminum device he calls “The Extruder.”

Pictured is Orellana’s Carbon Sunset (2011).

Playful is now open and will remain on view through Sept. 21 at the Carrie Haddad Gallery (622 Warren St., Hudson). There will be an opening reception with the artists Saturday (Aug. 23) from 6 to 8 PM. For more info, call the gallery at 828-1915.



You can’t accuse the folks behind the new comedy series at Proctors of being shy. This Wednesday night will see the debut of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show, a monthly series of comedy evenings in the Underground at Proctors performance space. The Underground will be set up with cabaret-style seating, complete with a full-service bar.

The opening night headliner will be Ahmed Bharoocha (left), who is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based improv troupe Dead Kevin, who are now a part of Comedy Central’s Digital Studios. Bharoocha got his start in the Boston comedy scene, and has headlined comedy festivals around the country; he’s also shared a bill with headliners Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Gary Gulman and Andy Samberg.

Show organizers Thomas Attila Lewis and Ethan Ullman will also perform. It’s an adults-only show, so leave the kids at home, OK?

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show will present Ahmed Bharoocha on Wednesday (Aug. 27) at 8 PM at Underground at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $15. For more info, call the Proctors box office at 346-6204.



In advance of his band’s All Bad Things Must End Farewell Tour, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee told USA Today, “It excites me that nobody will be able to say, ‘look at those old guys . . . they should have tapped out years ago.’”

Well . . .

Let’s just give the glam-rock legends the benefit of the doubt for a moment and trust them when they say they’re quitting at the top of their game. After all, a Crüe show does still feature ample hairspray and pyrotechnics, not to mention Mr. Lee spinning in his tradmark drum cage. Most impressively, the famously hard-living quartet are all somehow still alive and sufficiently able-bodied to perform. We’ll raise a final shot of Jack to that.

Alice Cooper, whom you may have heard of, and is pictured at left, will also perform.

Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper will play SPAC (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs) on Tuesday (Aug. 26) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25-$125. Call 584-9330 for more info.



The award-winning, young—just look at him—violinist Stephen Waarts will perform in recital this Saturday night at the Sembrich in Bolton Landing. Accompanied by pianist Amy Yang, Waarts will perform music of Mozart (Sonata No. 21 in E-minor), Wagner, Beethoven, Ravel (Sonata in G) and Bartók (Sonata for Solo Violin, a notoriously difficult piece)—a kind of musical travelogue across Europe.

And, as the season winds down, the Sembrich will present the last World Music Wednesday on Aug. 27 at 1:30 PM with Celtic musicians Jerry O’Sullivan and Friends; tickets are $10 for this show.

Stephen Waarts will perform in recital with Amy Yang on Saturday (Aug. 23) at 7:30 PM at the Sembrich (4800 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing). Tickets are $35. For more info, call the box office at 644-2431.



If there’s anything the rednecks and the hippies can agree on, it’s the Zac Brown Band. The Georgia-based country stars are Bonnaroo veterans and have a bevy of CMT, CMA and Grammy awards to their name. They’ve collaborated with both Alan Jackson and the String Cheese Incident. Is this a portent of the impending apocalypse? Nah, it just turns out that beards, booze and guitars are things that most of us can agree on.

The band are in the middle of their Great American Road Trip Tour and will be readying a new album for release in 2015.

The Zac Brown Band will play the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs) on Sunday (Aug. 24) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $29.50-$69.50. Call (800) 745-3000 for tickets.