4/14/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

NOTE: Today is the final day to enter the SPAC Battle of the Bands. Deadline is midnight.

THEATER: “South Pacific” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Generally regarded as the greatest work of musical theater of all time, the 1949 musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II is a classic by any standards. The 2008 Broadway revival won seven more Tony Awards, including honors for Best Musical Revival and Best Director. The stunning production rolls into Proctors for eight performances beginning tonight. Yes, it promises to be “Some Enchanted Evening.” 8pm. $20, $40, $55, $65, $75. (Runs through 7:30pm Sunday)

MUSIC: Surprise Me Mr. Davis @ Red Square, Albany. Celebrating the release of their new CD, “That Man Eats Morning for Breakfast,” the all-star SMMD (featuring the Slip, Marco Benevento and Nathan Moore) promises an evening of spirited and eclectic rock sounds. Sugar Proof opens the show. 9pm. $15.

READING: Michael Ondaatje and Linda Spalding @ RPI’s Darrin Communication Center, Room 308, Troy. Best-known for his 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel, “The English Patient,” (later adapted into the Academy Award-winning film), Ondaatje is also a four-time winner of the Governor General’s Award in Literature in his adopted homeland of Canada. He also co-edits the literary journal, Brick, with his writer/wife Linda Spalding, author of the 2007 book, “Who Named the Knife.”

MUSIC: Brian Melick and Friends @ the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. Percussionist extraordinaire Melick continues his weekly April residency gigs with Modern Dance and Music Night featuring dancer-choreographers Laura Teeter, Jen Yackel and Claire Jacob-Zysman, as well as pianist-vocalist Zoe B. Zak. 7:30pm. Free.

MUSIC: “In the Mood” @ The Egg, Albany. Re-live the Big Band Era of the 1940s with the music of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and more with the swing musical revue featuring the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers & Dancers. 2 & 7pm. $29, $34, $39.

MUSIC: Third Eye Blind @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. A year ago as headliners at the Albany Tulip Festival, Stephan Jenkins and 3EB pulled off one of the surprise comebacks of 2009. Can they keep it rolling in 2010? With Alpha Rev opening. 8pm. $28. UPDATE: This show is sold out.

MUSIC: “Dancing on the Air” @ The Linda, Albany. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are back at the helm of the Dancing on the Air Orchestra for their monthly live concert/radio broadcast (on WAMC-FM). This month’s special guests are Tenor Madness and the Stillhouse Rounders. 8pm. $10.

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