The Fuze Box, Albany, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8 PM
Ayria is the longtime synthpop project of Toronto-based Jennifer Parkin, whose ethereal vocals float over a pleasing mix of dark melodies and oh-so-danceable beats. Her fifth and most recent album, Paper Dolls, was released in April of this year; Infrared magazine’s 4.5-out-of-5-star rave dubbed her long player “music to fuck and fight to.”
Also on the bill will be Ego Likeness, a darkwave/industrial rock band from Baltimore founded by Steven Archer and Donna Lynch; Inertia, dubbed by Gary Numan “the best and most aggressive band in London”; and Brooklyn-based goth/industrial duo Abbey Death.
The Egg, Albany, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8 PM
“Who hasn’t been inspired by Adele?”
That’s a statement any number of singers might make, but it’s particularly interesting coming from Godsmack frontman Sully Erna, who brings his Hometown Tour to the Egg tonight (Tuesday). Having played with his band in almost every type of venue from small clubs to arenas, Erna’s appearance in this intimate theater setting is in tune with the music on his latest solo album (and BMG debut), Hometown Life. This personal, even confessional work is the latest fascinating musical evolution by an artist known for his emotional frankness.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday, Nov. 26, 7:30 PM
The 16-year-old powerhouse falsetto singer Jackie Evancho (pictured) is a gold and platinum recording artist. She will be performing in Troy on her latest tour to promote her third holiday album, Someday at Christmas, featuring her favorite Christmas songs. “It’s my favorite season…and I think it’s really nice to be a part of other people’s holiday,” says Evancho. Following her appearance on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, the young progeny has performed with vocal legends such as Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo and Tony Bennett. Regardless of the decades of experience she has somehow packed into a six-year career, Evancho is impeccably humble, sweet and even more talented. (And sorry gentlemen, she’s taken—this reporter already thought she would be perfect for her brother.) Her fourth studio album, Two Hearts, will be released March 2017.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Proctors, Schenectady, Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27
Fifteen-year-old Christopher is a mathematical genius. He’s also somewhere on the autism spectrum, which makes him socially different and, unfairly, an instant suspect when his neighbor’s dog is found killed. The teenager must harness every bit of his genius to find the true culprit.
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, this adaptation won five 2015 Tony Awards, and has been widely acclaimed for its innovative visual effects. Opening day performances (Wednesday) are at 1:30 and 8 PM; check proctors.org for other show times.
Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Previews begin Friday, Nov. 25, 8 PM
What could be a more congenial spot this holiday season than Capital Repertory Theatre, where a production of Lerner and Loewe’s beloved Arthurian musical Camelot opens this week. The cast features Leenya Rideout (Capital Rep’s Secret Garden) as Guenevere, West End vet Oliver Thornton as Lancelot, and Rep favorite Kevin McGuire as King Arthur.
Opening night is Nov. 29 at 7:30 PM, with a post-show Champagne and dessert reception; the show runs through Christmas Eve. Check capitalrep.org for Camelot-related special events during the run.
The Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26, 8 and 10 PM
Join stand-up comic Jim Norton, co-host of the Sam Roberts and Jim Norton radio show on SiriusXM, on The Mouthful of Shame tour. The seasoned comedian who has spent decades on the air tackling current events, common vices and sex jokes won’t disappoint audiences looking for someone to cross the line—in a hard sprint. Dinner-and-show packages are available; visit thecomedyworks.com for details.