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Arts Picks: Tracy Morgan at Schenectady's Rivers Casino Friday

Arts Picks: Tracy Morgan at Schenectady's Rivers Casino Friday

Out & About, Nov. 9 to 11
Arts Picks: Tracy Morgan at Schenectady's Rivers Casino Friday
Tracy Morgan
Photographer: New York Times

It’s going to be a busy weekend at the Rivers Casino and Resort Event Center. On Friday, comedian Tracy Morgan will bring his stand-up show to the stage starting at 8 p.m. The Emmy-nominated performer is one of the most well-known comedians of this era. He’s played on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” as well as movies like “The Longest Yard” and “First Sunday.” Recently, he’s starred and produced his own show on TBS called “The Last O.G.” About four years ago, Morgan was in an accident that almost ended his career and his life. But after a year of recovery, he’s made a comeback and is perhaps busier than ever.Tickets to his show on Friday are $50-100.

Then, on Sunday, The Lords of 52nd Street return to the Casino to perform classic hits from their days of performing with Billy Joel. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. For more information about either show, visit riverscasinoandresort.com.

Focus on Burgoyne

Starting at 7 p.m. this evening, Larry Arnold will present “Beyond the Battles of Saratoga — The Fate of General Burgoyne’s Army” at the Fort Plain Museum.

He’ll discuss what happened to the British and German officers and soldiers, as well as their families, who were forced to surrender to the Americans on October 17, 1777.

Arnold, a Clifton Park resident, has volunteered for the past 16 years at the Saratoga National Historical Park. Light refreshments will be served and there is a $5 suggested donation to attend. The Fort Plain Museum is located at 389 Canal St., Fort Plain.

Film featured at Kristallnacht event

Faiths and films will come together on Wednesday for the Kristallnacht‘s 80th-anniversary Interfaith Commemoration event. Starting at 7 p.m. at Page Hall on the University at Albany downtown campus, the film “Above the Drowning Sea” will be shown.

It depicts the escape of Jews from Austria to Shanghai, thanks to the defiance of the Ho Feng-Shan Chinese Counsel in Vienna. The event is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, Judaic Studies Program at the University at Albany and the Jewish Federation NENY.

Robinson at Upstate

Two stars of established bands return this week with new groups.

On Sunday, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood plays Upstate Concert Hall (1208 Rt. 146, Clifton Park). Robinson co-starred in the Black Crowes before and after a hiatus. They played QE2 as Mrs. Crowe’s Garden before their first album hit in the late ’80s.

They’ll play two sets of southern-rocking originals and shrewdly selected classic-rock covers. And, as always they have something new: They’ve been releasing live recordings made by former Grateful Dead engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson. “Betty’s Midwestern Magick Blends” hits next week. 8 p.m., doors 7. $25. 518-371-0012 www.upstateconcerthall.com.

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet plays its area debut Wednesday at the Cohoes Music Hall (58 Remsen St.). Keyboardist of Medeski, Martin and Wood, Medeski studied with our late great jazz piano giant Lee Shaw and played SPAC’s Jazz Festival last year with the all-star crew Hudson. 8 p.m. $32 main dance floor, $27 parquet and balcony seating. 518-953-0630 www.thecohoesmusichall.org.

Young pianist to play

The Young Musicians Forum features a performanceat 2 p.m. Saturday by pianist Wenting Yu.Yu, a native of China, will perform Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. He is a graduate of Mannes School of Music in New York City. The performance will be at the Niskayuna Branch Library, 2400 Nott St., Niskayuna. 

‘Big Cats’

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter heads to Proctors on Wednesday and brings his adventures capturing big cats on camera around the world.

In “National Geographic Live On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards,” Winter leads the audience to tiger populations in Asian jungles, to the jaguars of Latin America, and to the American cougars of Hollywood. He’ll talk about close calls, like getting stuck in quicksand, and other mishaps. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $30. For more information visit proctors.org.

Songs for a soldier

Musicians of Ma’alwyck along with guest artists violinist Theodore Arm and pianist Max Caplan perform the concert “To a Soldier: A Great Life Lost” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady. Tickets are $25 adults, $10 students. Visit musiciansofmaalwyck.org . The music, composed by fellow violinist Samuel Gardner, honors David Hochstein, a concert artist, who volunteered to serve in the front lines in France and was killed in October 1918.

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