We hope you’ll come to see us at Superior Merchandise, in Troy tonight (Thursday) for performances by Jordan Taylor Hill, Amani O, and Silica Angel, but after that, you are certainly free to do what you want. Here are a few suggestions for your weekend.
The director of music videos for Mitski, Zola Jesus, and Angel Olsen debuts an interactive piece of performance art that draws on film, technology, and online identity. Anger says the piece was inspired after finding her first film listed on IMDB as in “post-production” she emailed them to have it removed. She later found it updated to read “abandoned.” The project explores the idea of abandoned projects from social media accounts to works of art.
@Basilica Hudson | 7 PM | Free
Local vocalist, Demantra, will be performing live at the Stockade Inn. Demantra started her career singing in churches and at National Anthems at various locations. She takes on renditions of P!NK, Lady Gaga, Adele and many more.
@ The Stockade Inn, Schenectady | 6 – 9 PM
Open Art Studio May Canvas Painting Special
Paint a featured painting canvas. We also have open studio hours. This is not a fully-instructed class, but we provide guidance and basic materials to help ensure your work looks great!
@ Art in Mind – Creative Wellness Studio, Saratoga | 2 PM | Price starting at $14
Get some good vibes while listening to jam, funk, reggae, fusion, dub and rock groups at The Blackthorne Resort in East Durham. This year’s lineup includes The Nth Power, Dub Trio, Dynamo, The Big Takeover, Hartley’s Encore, and Dr Jah and the Love Prophets.
@ Blackthorne Resort, East Durham | May 17-18 | $85
Octavo Singers Concert: Peace Pieces
Arguably two of the best pieces from two established composers will highlight the need for peace in our time. Jenkins’ Armed Man has been performed all over the world, and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War was composed as his “beloved Austria was under siege by the French and Italian armies.”
@ St. John the Evangelist Church, Schenectady | 7:30 PM | Tickets starting at $15
Spontaneous Broadway in Schenectady
Come be a part of the audience as it inspires a fully improvised musical experience. Audience- directed various Broadway-styled songs .
@ The Mopco Improv Theatre, Schenectady | 8 PM
Farewell Concert and Reception for Hilary Tann
“The Casals Trio will perform works for violin, cello and piano by John Howard Payne Professor of Music, Hilary Tann, plus selected compositions of Bach, Elgar and Debussy.” Professor Tann first came to Union College in 1980 and has served as Music Department chair for 15 years and was instrumental in shaping the Taylor Music Center. “She is internationally known as a published, performed and recorded composer.”
@ Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts, Schenectady | 3 PM
Worriers, awakebutstillinbed, Pity Party
The Brooklyn punk outfit Worriers has toured with the likes of Julien Baker, Against Me! And The Wonder Years. They’ll play Paulys with the Bay Area pop-punk group Pity Party and the “extremo” rock band awakebutstillinbed, whose 2018 debut album what people call low self esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you, has been called “a vivid rendering of a life spent standing on a precipice, where the weight of guilt is somehow the only thing keeping you from jumping.”
@ Paulys Hotel, Albany | 8:30 PM | $8
Kids of Albany present ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
The Kids of Albany are back at it again with an interactive screening of the cult film phenomenon at Cohoes Music Hall. We recommend you leave your actual kids at home.
@ Cohoes Music Hall | 8PM & 12 AM | $12
Armed Forces Day Painting Event
Come down and pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. No art experience necessary. There will be an artist instructor and materials provided.
@ Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio | 4 PM | $25
Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks & Forks
The third annual fundraiser for Schenectady’s ARC will feature some of the area’s most popular food trucks, live entertainment by Grand Central Station and a play zone for kids. @Lot at Broadway & Liberty Streets, Schenectady
Rob Halford is still hell bent for leather. Don’t miss this opportunity to see true metal royalty.
@Palace Theatre, Albany | May 18 and 19, 7:30 PM | $44, $80
Celebrate the life of The Notorious B.I.G. with menu items like “t-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape mimosa.” @City Beer Hall, Albany | May 18 & 19, 11 AM | No cover, reservations welcome.
Live Music by Erin Harkes & Wood Fired Pizza @ The Saratoga Winery!
Come enjoy any of the 15 handcrafted wines! There will also be a wide selection of local craft beer and hard ciders. Wine, Beer and Spirit Tastings available.
@ The Saratoga Winery | 3 PM | Free
Charlie Eble Day at Caffe Lena
Celebrating “Charlie Eble Day” to honor the memory of one of Saratoga’s greats. Come experience an entire afternoon of “star-studded performances by some of our favorite local artists” including Chuck Lamb, Bob Warren, Garland Nelson, Annie & the Hedonists, Kevin McKrell, and many more.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga | 12 | Prices vary
The Atkinson Family Band brings music from the Adirondacks to you. Their bluegrass-style tunes are played on everything from the mandolin and banjo to the bass.
@ Little Theater on the Farm, Fort Edward | 2 PM