1/15/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

THEATER: “War Horse” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night for the five-time Tony Award-winning drama about a young boy and his horse in World War I. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life the breathing, galloping, charging horses. 7:30pm. $20, $35, $50, $65 & $85.

FILM: “The Punk Singer” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the Riot Grrrl movement. This documentary provides an overview of her influential career, leading up to the much-anticipated launch of her new band, the Julie Ruin. This one-night-only screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Sini Anderson. 7pm. $10; $8.25 students; $8 seniors.

MUSIC: David Dondero @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The former lead singer of Sunbrain was named one of the “best living songwriters” alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits by NPR’s “All Things Considered.” 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Running the River @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. Kicking off the Howlin’ Cabin Fever concert series… 7pm. $5.

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MUSIC: Red Baraat @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The Brooklyn octet blends North Indian bhangra music with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk and hip-hop. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Zan Strumfeld @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. With singer-songwriter Danny Whitecotton. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. 10pm.

MUSIC: Town Mountain @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. A hard-driving Carolina string band. 7pm. $13.

MUSIC: Alex Slomka & Tyler Giroux @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey @ the Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs. The former Railroad Boy teams up with the Rodeo Baron. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Patrick Sharrow @ Katie O’Byrne’s, Schenectady. 7pm.

MUSIC: Justin Henricks Duo @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: A3 @ Aperitivo Bistro, Schenectady. 5:30pm.

FILM: “Blazing Saddles” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s a Mel Brooks double-bill. With “Young Frankenstein.” 7pm. FREE.

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