Patty Larkin is one of Boston’s best-loved women. The songwriter has received eleven Boston Music Awards and was awarded an honorary doctorate of music degree from Berklee College of Music. Beantown even created a “Patty Larkin Appreciation Day” to celebrate her music career and her generous philanthropy.
The Boston beauty takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday April 20, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 E. Genesee St. Admission costs $20.
Larkin, who was born in Iowa, cannot be pigeonholed. Her smart songwriting, confident voice and crisp, sometimes edgy, guitar work add up to something special. She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music, blending elements of jazz, roots, and Celtic into adventurous, textured compositions on her discs such as “Red=Luck,” “Watch the Sky” and “25.”
Friday’s concert is hosted by The Folkus Project. For reservations, call 440-7444.
Earth Day will be celebrated at the Thornden Park Amphitheater on Sunday, April 22.
Among the performers will be 12-string guitarist Jason Kessler and percussionist Josh Dekaney accompanying East Indian dancer Pallavi Gupta. The trio will take the stage at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free; 440-5841.
The deathcore band All Shall Perish, touring in support of its fourth studio album, “This is Where it Ends,” headlines a quintuple bill on Saturday afternoon, April 21, at the Lost Horizon.
The music begins at 2:30 p.m. with performances by Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Contortionist and Conducting From The Grave. All Shall Perish, which hails from Oakland, Calif., features musicians Hernan Hermida, Ben Orum, Mike Tiner, Adam Pierce and Francesco Artusato.
Lost Horizon is located at the far eastern city limit, at 5863 Thompson Road, just south of Erie Boulevard East. Admission costs $18; 446-1934.
Multi-platinum rock band Daughtry, featuring “American Idol” singer Chris Daughtry, headlines a triple bill Saturday, April 21, at the Landmark Theatre. The concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. with pop-rock openers Safetysuit and singer-songwriter Mike Sanchez.
Daughtry’s latest album, “Break The Spell,” builds on the band’s reputation for melodic hooks and anthemic choruses while providing a powerful showcase for Chris Daughtry’s resonant voice. Over the past five years, Daughtry has scored four No. 1 hits, garnered four Grammy nominations and sold more than seven million albums.
The Landmark Theatre is located at 362 S. Salina St. in the heart of downtown Syracuse. Ticket prices for this show start at $50.90; 475-7980; landmarktheatre.org.
The International League’s Syracuse Chiefs return from mid-week games in Rochester to play a four-game homestand against the Charlotte Knights at Alliance Bank Stadium starting at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27. Games are slated for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, and the series ends with a final game at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30.
With rookie hitting phenom Bryce Harper in the Chiefs lineup and delicious new menu items at the concession stands, the Chiefs hope to draw thousands of new baseball fans to the North Side stadium this season.
Syracuse is the top farm club of the Washington Nationals while Charlotte is affiliated with the Chicago White Sox.
Field-level ticket prices range from $9 to $20, while upper-deck seats cost $8, and $4 for kids and seniors. Parking costs $5 per vehicle; 474-7833; syracusechiefs.com.
Giant puppets indulge in choreography and acrobatics when the Redhouse presents Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre’s newest production, “In Retrospect,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.
This magical, multi-media piece incorporates marionette scenery, masks and live original music and video. “In Retrospect” premiered at New York’s La MaMa in 2010 and received glowing reviews. Loco7’s mission has been to develop the use of puppetry as an instrument for the dancer, by utilizing rhythmic music, body puppets and larger-than-life marionettes, Conceived by Denise Greber and Federico Restrepo
Admission costs $20, $15 for Redhouse members, and $10 for children ages 17 and younger; 425-0405.
Forget about the Three Stooges! Before Larry, Moe and Curly Joe were Stan and Ollie – Laurel and Hardy! The comic duo’s 1932 film “Pack Up Your Troubles” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, as the Syracuse Cinephile Society continues its spring film series at the Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., near Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.
The comedy features Stan and Ollie as WWI vets in charge of their deceased war buddy’s young daughter, and mishaps ensue as the boys try to deliver the little girl to her grandfather. “Pack Up Your Troubles” will be preceded by at 1931 Charley Chase-Thelma Todd short, “The Pip from Pittsburgh.”
On May 23, the Cinephiles will show “The Great Barrier,” a 1939 Western starring Lilli Palmer; syracusecinefest.com.
Admission costs $3, or $2.50 for Cinephile members. For dinner reservations, call Spaghetti Warehouse at 475-1807.