3/16/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

MUSIC: Danú @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. It’s the pre-St. Patrick’s Day party with Danú, one of the very finest traditional Irish ensembles. Their high-energy performances are a glorious mix of ancient Celtic music and new repertoire, featuring virtuoso players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals. 4pm. $22, $27, $32 & $37.

THEATER: “The Best of ‘Saratoga Springs:’ A Special Evening with Tom Lopez & Friends” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Writer, director and cosmic adventurer Tom Lopez brings his delightfully quirky radio drama to the stage at Saratoga’s historic coffeehouse. 7pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “The Book of Mormon” @ Proctors, Schenectady. From Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of “South Park”), it’s the irreverent winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The New York Times called it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly called it “the funniest musical of all time.” What else do you need to know? 2pm. LAST CHANCE! UPDATE: All performances are officially sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be available by lottery for each show. GO HERE for details… GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: Finnegan’s Farewell @ Proctors, Schenectady. For this slice of interactive musical dinner theater, audience members mourn at the wake for dearly-departed Paddy Finnegan, while dining, drinking and dancing. Hear the eulogies, sing along and help find the missing corpse. Funny and entertaining… with a twist. 1:30 & 6:30pm. $65-$75.

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THEATER: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Big Wooden Horse Theatre will perform a stage production based on Michael Rosen’s award-winning book, as intrepid adventurers wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud on their quest to find a bear. 3pm. $12 for children; FREE for adults if accompanied by a child (one adult per child).

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Sham Rock the Block with Searson, Bill Padowitz @ Duffy’s Tavern, Lake George. 12noon.

DANCE: Celtic Step Dance Show @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Ballston Spa High School Marching Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 2:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Hibernian Hall, Albany. 3pm.

MUSIC: Black Abbey @ Pig ‘n Whistle, Burnt Hills. 5pm.

MUSIC: Paddy & Joel @ Power’s Inn & Pub, Clifton Park. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Maggot Brain @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Hivesmasher, Bleak and Start the Reactor. 8pm.

MUSIC: George Krakat @ NaNola, Malta. 12noon.

MUSIC: Rob Paparozzi/Pete Levin Quartet @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Brunch session. 10am. Donations encouraged.

THEATER ON FILM: “War Horse” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. If you missed the stunning, live-in-person stage production at Proctors earlier this year, this might be the next best thing. 12noon. $15; $12 children 12 and under. Also 7pm Monday.

FILM: “Why We Ride” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. 6:30pm. One screening only of the inspiring documentary that celebrates the motorcycling community. 6:30pm.

FILM: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The 1968 British musical film starring Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.” 4pm. $7.

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