2/6/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

LECTURE/MUSIC: “She Loves You: The Beatles and New York” @ Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland. The multi-media lecture by Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson features historic film clips, recordings and photos, as well as live, solo piano performances of classic Beatles classic songs by Cole Broderick. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Umphrey’s McGee @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The restless and ever-innovative band is back in town, this time in support of their latest album, Death by Stereo. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on Sugar Hill Records. With Red Haired Strangers. 9:30pm. $20; plus $5 if under 21.

THEATER: “The Mountaintop” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Katori Hall’s play brings new humanity to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the hours before his assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Directed by Nick Mangano, the dynamic drama stars Brandon Jones and Liz Morgan. 7:30pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through Sunday (February 9). GO HERE to read review…

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Greg Spinner of Skidmore College and Eugene Kannenberg of ComicsResearch.org moderate a panel with Ben Katchor, Leela Corman and James Sturm. 7pm reception; 7:30pm panel.

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MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Butter Tow Rats @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Featuring Jim Feeney (on drums and guitar) and Mark Retajczyk (on guitar, bass and vocals). 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Blues Pro Jam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Blues guitarist-singer Murali Coryell leads the band of all-star locals – including drummer Sonny Rock, organist Cameron Melville, guitarist Petey Hop and bassist Vinny Leggiere – host the evening in which all working musicians in the region are invited to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Jimkata @ Red Square, Albany. With the Mantras. 9pm.

THEATER: “Good People” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play examines the dangerous consequences of holding onto the past… or leaving it behind. Regional premiere directed by Chris Foster. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Bones of J.R. Jones @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Melaena Cadiz and Kayln Rock. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Chris Cubeta & the Liars’ Club @ the Falcon, Marlboro. A brash, Americana rock band from Brooklyn led by compelling and charismatic frontman Chris Cubeta, along with Jeff Berner on guitars, Marc Capaldo on drums and John Passineau on bass. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Menopause the Musical” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. A musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. 7pm. $47.50. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

MUSIC: Tommy Verrigni @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm.

FILM: “Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Best Animated Short Films” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm.

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