7/20/11: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Super 400 @ Hedley District Riverfront, Troy. Nippertown’s ultimate power trio dishes up a heapin’ helpin’ of muscular, classic blues-rock and beyond. Stop by and welcome back bassist Lori Friday, who’s back in the saddle after a serious car crash and subsequent surgery. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lil Wayne @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. New Orleans’ premier tattooed rapper (and sometime rocker) brings a rare hip-hop show to the Spa City amphitheater in advance of his upcoming album, “Tha Carter IV,” due next month. With Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd. 7pm. Reserved amphitheater seating $49.75, $69.75 and $89.75; lawn tix $29.75.

ART FAIR: Art Collectors Fair @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. A one-night-only exhibit and sale of work from the art collections of Joann Ryan, Lucy Larner, Holly Katz, Dorice Brickman, David Brickman and John Greenhut – including works by Tommy Watkins, Harry Orlyk, Stephen Ball and many others. A portion of each sale will benefit the Albany Center Gallery. Refreshments will be served. 6-9pm.

MUSIC: Animals As Leaders @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Both bruising and beautiful, this is instrumental prog-rock for the 21st century. With Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason, Evan Brewer and Upon the Sky. 6:30pm. $14.

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DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. Hailed as “one of the ten best choreographers in the world” by The New York Times, Lar Lubovitch brings his company to the Ted Shawn Theater after playing SPAC last month. The program is the same – “Coltrane’s Favorite Things,” (music by John Coltrane), “The Legend of Ten” (Brahms) and “North Star” (Philip Glass). 8pm. $59.50, $64.50. Through Sunday. Meanwhile, at the Doris Duke Theater, dance and art company zoe | juniper serve up the world premiere of “A Crack in Everything,” a surreal, fantastical feast for the senses in movement and visual effects featuring 3D animation projections, atmospheric installations and dramatic lighting, as well as compelling choreography. 8:15pm. $23.50, $37.50.


Ruth Pelham & the Music Mobile @ Central Park, Schenectady. The best in children’s music… 10am. FREE.

Hair of the Dog @ Shepard Park, Lake George. One of Nippertown’s most popular bands, Rick Bedrosian and crew start in Celtic-based music but reach far beyond the Irish sound. 7:30pm. FREE.

Sweet Soubrette @ Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. Ukulele, violin, marimba – definitely a left of center NYC indie rock combo. With the Edna Project. 6pm. FREE.

The Erin Harkes Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 8:30pm. FREE.

2Late @ the Pasta Factory, Latham. Folk duo. 6pm. FREE.

The Audiostars @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Direct from their headlining set at the Empire State Plaza for the Fourth of July celebration… 7pm. FREE.

Spiral Tango @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush. Guitar and flute duo. 7pm. FREE.

The Zucchini Brothers @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. Music and fun for the kids… 7pm. FREE.

Nisky Dixie Cats @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. Trad jazz. 7pm. FREE.

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