8/4/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Los Straitjackets @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Guitarslinger, whammy-bar master and Rensselaer native Eddie Angel leads his Nashville-based masked band of musical merrymakers through an evening of electrifying instrumental surf ‘n’ twang. (Related story: Eddie Angel, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 7:30pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night of conductor Charles Dutoit’s farewell season with the Philly crew. Yo-Yo Ma is rosining up his bow for whirl through Elgar’s “Cello Concerto.” And the orchestra will be tearing up Stravinsky’s greatest hit, “The Rite of Spring.” What more could you ask for? This is gonna rock. NOTE: Hurry, there’s still time to win free tix to this concert. 8pm.

DANCE: The Trey McIntyre Project @ Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett. Pillow favorite TMP returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre with a program that includes “Wild Sweet Love” (set to the music of Roberta Flack, Lou Reed, Queen, the Partridge Family and others) and the east coast premiere of McIntyre’s newest work, “Arrantza.” Through Sunday. 8pm.

FILM: Capitalism: A Love Story @ Schenectady Library What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Directed by Michael Moore, this 2009 documentary examines the root cause of the global economic meltdown and the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. 12noon. FREE. (Also at 7pm Thursday)

MUSIC: Hot Buttered Rum @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. They began life as an acoustic bluegrass band, but HBR has evolved into a left-coast, drum-driven, Americana-jam-rock quintet, as evidenced on their latest album, the noodle-dance-inducing “Limbs Akimbo.” And you’ll definitely want to get to the Den early tonight as moe. drummer Vinnie Amico pounds the skins with the Stone Revival Band. 9pm. $10.

Cuttlebone @ Chalybeate Park, Sharon Springs at 7pm
Ryan Cabrera @ Rockin’ On the River, Hedley District Riverfront, Troy at 5pm
The Lustre Kings @ Freedom Park, Scotia at 7pm
The Red Haired Strangers @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush at 7pm

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