photo of Nora Burns performing "David's Friend"
Eric McNatt (the projected image is by Patrick McMullan)

On Saturday, April 27 Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York will present Nora Burns in a performance of her one-woman show "David's Friend," written and performed by Nora Burns with direction by Adrienne Truscott, dramaturgy by Lucy Sexton, and visual collaboration by Len Whitney, and featuring Billy Hough.

The show is about a crazy friendship in 1980s New York City. The one-woman show is a comic odyssey about cruising, disco, drag queens, strippers, sex, love, loss, and AIDS, told with music, videos, costumes, characters, tall tales and torrid truths.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we continue to learn about the composer Gioachino Rossini and his influence, hearling his "Petit caprice" is the style of Offenbach as performed and recorded at a Close Encounters with Music concert entitled "A Rossini Extravaganza!"

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Diane"


  • "Godzilla Kaiju Battle 2019" - GE Theatre at Proctors, Friday 4/19, 7 PM
  • Sondorgo - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 4/19, 8 PM
  • Buckethead - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 4/19, 8:30 PM - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 4/20, 7 PM
  • Jeremy Piven - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday 4/19 at 7:30, 10 PM; Saturday 4/20 at 7, 10 PM
  • "Rock of Ages: 10th Anniversary Tour" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 4/19 at 8 PM; Saturday 4/20 at 2 and 8 PM
  • "Monty Python’s The Life of Brian" (40th Anniversary Screening) - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 4/20, 7 PM
  • Adrian Belew - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 4/20, 8 PM
  • "Barefoot in the Park" - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 4/20 at 7:30 PM, through May 5
  • Family Fun Day: "Mary Poppins" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Wednesday 4/24, 1 PM (door/kids’ activities at noon)

New movies: "Amazing Grace," "Teen Spirit," "High Life," "Peterloo," "The Curse of La Llorona," "Penguins"

In conjunction with the exhibition “The Second Buddha: Master of Time,” the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents “Bardo Now,” three evenings this week of special guests who use literature, art, and music to explore the Tibetan Buddhist concept of the bardo which is often understood as the intermediate space between death and rebirth.

We are joined by Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, and Benjamin Bogin, the director of the Asian Studies Program at Skidmore College.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Beach Bum"


  • Short Shadows: Second Time Around - (3 short films: all voices are mine, Stains and Scratches, Segunda Vez) - EMPAC, RPI, Troy, Thursday 4/11, 7 PM
  • Janoska Ensemble - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 4/11, 7:30 PM
  • Chicago - Turning Stone Events Center, Verona, Thursday 4/11, 8 PM
  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company: From the mind/of a single, long vine/one hundred opening lives - The Egg, Albany, Friday 4/12, 8 PM
  • Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Super 400 - The Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Albany, Saturday 4/13, 8 PM
  • Sammus - MASS MoCA, Club B-10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 4/13, 8 PM
  • The Suitcase Junket - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 4/12 - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 4/13, 9 PM
  • Chick Corea Trio - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 4/14, 7 PM
  • Damnation Alley - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 4/15, 7 PM
  • Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers - The Egg, Albany, Wednesday 4/17, 8 PM

New movies: "Diane," "Missing Link," "Hellboy," "Little," "The Brink"

Darlingside (four men arranged in a cool band photo)
Cameron Gee

The quartet, Darlingside, (named for the creative advice attributed to William Faulkner that in writing you must kill your darlings), is playing two sold out shows at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs tomorrow night and they'll be at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York on Friday. 

Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft have been making music together since they were students at Williams College. Their most recent release is a six song EP entitled “Look Up and Fly Away.” All of their recordings are available on More Doug Records.

Harris Paseltiner plays cello and guitar in Darlingside and he joined us to talk about the band and how they write and perform together.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are considered “the king and queen of the banjo.” They have a musical partnership like no other.

Béla Fleck is a sixteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn is a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds.

The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. They will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

  Global pop star, 3-time Grammy winner, singer-songwriter, actress, and activist Angélique Kidjo is coming to UPAC in Kingston, New York with her hit tour “Remain in Light.” The tour, and accompanying album, released last September and produced by Jeff Bhasker, is a re-imagining, song by song, of Talking Heads’ 1980 album of the same name - which features the seminal and iconic song “Once in a Lifetime.”

Kidjo's new album "Celia," a tribute to Celia Cruz, will be released by Verve on April 19.

A Place for Jazz is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to presenting the best in Jazz in the Capital Region. It was founded by Butch Conn in 1987. Programs include concerts, public workshops, school-based clinics, a jazz website and general support of jazz and its musicians.

A Place for Jazz presents a special Jazz Appreciation Month concert featuring Nick Hetko on piano, Rich Syracuse on bass and Jeff “Siege” Siegel on drums. The trio will also be celebrating the release of their new album, “When You Were There,” dedicated to their mentor, the late great Lee Shaw.

The concert will take place on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Schenectady.

Our very own Tim Coakley, host of "Tim Coakley Jazz Show" on WAMC is here to tell us more about the concert and about A Place for Jazz.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we continue to learn about the composer Gioachino Rossini and his influence - hearing Petite valse 'L'huile de Ricin' as recorded at the Close Encounters with Music concert entitled A Rossini Extravaganza!

Close Encounters with Music Series presents a Prestige Performance: The American Brass Quintet at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA on Saturday April 13 at 6p.m. Visit for more information.

Chris Botti
LeAnn Mueller

Chris Botti is a trumpeter, entertainer/raconteur and bandleader and he'll perform at UPAC in Kingston, New York on March 29.

He’s the complete package: a dazzling Grammy winning trumpeter at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock, a brilliant bandleader who lets his killer band shine, and a born showman whose joy at being onstage is infectious. Botti has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist.

Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues.

Botti will return to the region on May 2 when he'll play Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of the Bridge Jazz Series.