5/15/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Hayes Carll @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Texas singer-songwriter is equally known for his outspoken politically-infused rockers and his self-described “degenerate love songs.” His 2011 album KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s No. 1 album and made year-end best-of lists in Rolling Stone, SPIN and The New York Times. With Caroline Rose. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Ganglion @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The adventurous duo of Ben Miller and Matt Weston. With Sun Burdens. 8pm. $5 donation.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. With the El Dorados, Emma Torncello, Marcus Ruggiero, the Quarrels and Dustin Sawyer. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: The El Dorados will not be performing tonight.

THEATER: “The God Game” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s powerful, three-character play that tackles the topics of religion and politics head-on. The bold, thought-provoking play is directed by Kristin Coury and stars Yvonne Perry, Laurence Lau and Jeffrey Binder. 7:30pm. $20, $40 & $50. Through May 25.

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THEATER: “Young Frankenstein” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Directed by Michael Gatzendorfer. “He was my… BOYFRIEND!” 8pm. $18, $22 & $28. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Rich Ortiz @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Emily Teller. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Woods @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. On their new album, With Light And With Love, Woods has transformed and expanded their sound singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. With Quilt and Ttotals. 9pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 5pm.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Poet Janet Hamill will be the featured reader at the open mic. Dan Wilcox hosts. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3 donation.

MUSIC: Many Trails @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Ohian and Liv Carrow. 8pm.

MUSIC: Straight No Chaser @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Under the Influence, the latest album from the contemporary a cappella group features tunes from the songbags of Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Frank Palangi @ Red Square, Albany. With And Then the Fall and Eric Lewis. 9pm.

MUSIC: Dino Cimino @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Adrien Reju @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Continuing her Thursday night residency throughout May in support of her latest album, Lucky Ones. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. Classic and contemporary rock & blues. 6pm.

FILM: “Blood Brother” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him. 7pm. $8

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