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    DANCE MOViES

      One of the earliest ways Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s EMPAC made its mark in the arts world—even before EMPAC’s imposing hillside structure was completed—was with their DANCE MOViES commissions. Filmmakers from all over the world have participated in the creation of films developed at and/or commissioned by RPI’s arts juggernaut; the latest five dance films [...]
  • aLsO nOtEd

      On Friday, Hyp3fest TGIF’s Birthday Bash will take place at the Armory, hosted by DJ Iroc and featuring DJs Tek, Phaze and Ketchup (9 PM, $17, 18 and over, 512-5203). . . . Also Friday, New York City indie rocker Patti Rothberg will play the Bearsville Theater (9 PM, $10 845-679-4406). . . . [...]
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    Half Waif

      Nandi Rose Plunkett, daughter of an Irish-American father and Indian mother, grew up listening to Celtic and Indian music as well as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Tori Amos, then studied classical music in college. Not surprisingly, in her Brooklyn-based project Half Waif, she creates a kaleidoscopic blend of sounds that conjure classical, experimental, [...]
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    Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live

      How in the world did an Ohio zookeeper become so darn famous? Judging from his appearances on TV over the years, from his too-many-to-count visits with David Letterman to his own Emmy-winning, syndicated nature show Into the Wild, Hanna’s appeal is a folksy mix of solid expertise, goofy charm and irresistible critters. Tomorrow (Friday), [...]
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    Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

      Since releasing their debut album in 2010, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde have become internationally known while remaining based here in Albany. Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Asili describes herself as carrying on “the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice.” With La Banda Rebelde, the music [...]
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    Nice Work If You Can Get It

      A show packed from beginning to end with songs by George Gershwin is, by definition, of interest. And, given the emotional and comic range of the lyrics penned by George’s brother Ira, will also be a lot of fun. Nice Work If You Can Get It, which arrives tonight at Proctors for one show [...]
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    Katha Pollitt

      The New York State Writers Institute will begin its spring visiting writers series tonight (Thursday) with longtime Nation columnist and author Katha Pollitt. Descibed as “an influential voice of American feminism,” Pollitt will read from and discuss her 2014 book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, which goes a long way toward reclaiming the abortion discussion [...]
  • Tim Reynolds

      Tim Reynolds is a wizard. Forget for a second that he’s the lead guitarist in Dave Matthews Band. (Although he did encourage a younger Matthews—who tended bar at a venue in Charlottesville, Va., where he performed—to pursue his music career in the ’90s. He also introduced him to most of his original band members, [...]
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    Mariinsky Orchestra

      Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight (Thursday) as part of the Troy Chromatics Concerts series. Under the direction of Ignat Solzhenitsyn (pictured, an Avery Fisher career grant winner) the Mariinsky—who were known, back in Soviet days, as the Kirov Orchestra—will perform a deeply romantic, all-Russian program. In fact, [...]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Theater

July 31

A Number

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Caryl Churchill's psychological thriller

0 comments Chester Theatre Company

Clubs

July 31

Amir ElSaffar Quintet

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments Iron Horse Music Hall

Comedy

July 31

Angel Salazar

by The Staff July 31, 2014

0 comments Comedy Works Saratoga

Family

July 31

Animals Nobody Loves

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A live animal show with Dean Davis. Call for more information

0 comments Schenectady County Public Library Duane Branch

Family

July 31

Casey Bats Valley Cats

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A baseball game as well as a performance of Casey at the Bat. The first 1,500 attendants will receive a bobble-head of Johnny Evers. Call to order tickets

0 comments Guilderland Public Library

Performance

July 31

Circa

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Ted Shawn Theatre

0 comments Jacob's Pillow

Performance

July 31

Dance Heginbotham with Brooklyn Rider

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Doris Duke Theatre

0 comments Jacob's Pillow

Family

July 31

Engineer It: The Science of Ice Cream

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A hands-on investigation in which participants will explore what makes ice cream so cold. This event is for children ages five and up. This event is free for CNSE CMOST members. Call for more information

0 comments CNSE CMOST

Concerts

July 31

Grand Funk Railroad, Wild Adriatic

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments Alive at Five

Family

July 31

Ink-ventions

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A creative writing program that targets the writing skills of young teens. This program is for teens between the ages of 13 and 16. This program is free. Call for more information

0 comments Guilderland Public Library

Family

July 31

Ivy Vine Players

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Part of the Barker Park Kids' Summer Series, Ivy Vine Players is a show of 75 different puppets for children of all ages. This show is free. Call for more information

0 comments Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Clubs

July 31

Manchester Orchestra

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments The Upstate Concert Hall

Family

July 31

Mirror Magic

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Experiments with hinged mirrors and the museum's collection of unusual kaleidoscopes help explain the how and why of reflection. Each child makes a kaleidoscope to keep

0 comments Albany Public Library Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Family

July 31

Mothmania!

by The Staff July 31, 2014

An educational event focusing on moths. No prior training is required. This event is for children from the ages of 14 and up. This event is free. Registration is required. Call for more information

0 comments Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Family

July 31

Music from Salem Children’s Workshop

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Explore classical chamber music in a participatory, provocative and fun way. This event is for children in grades K-6. This is a free event. Call for more information

0 comments Salem Courthouse

Clubs

July 31

Slowshine, Beaked Whale, And the Kids, Careers

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments The Low Beat

Theater

July 31

The Visit

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Chita Rivera and Roger Rees star in this Kander & Ebb musical drama

0 comments Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Family

July 31

Traveling Tang Museum

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Explore the fun activities and exhibits from the Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery

Albany Public Library Howe Branch