6/4/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Dale Watson @ the Hangar, Troy. The Texas honkytonk legend is on tour in support of his new release, El Rancho Azul (Red House Records), his first album with his touring band, the Lonestars. Dubbed “the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser” by The Austin Chronicle. Tickets available across the street at the Ale House as well as at the door. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Living Colour @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Led by guitar master Vernon Reid, NYC-based, Grammy Award-winning rockers fuse together a blend of free jazz, funk, hip hop, hard rock and heavy metal. With Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and Mirk. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Horse Lords @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The Baltimore-based experimental rockers return. With Berlin-based electronic artist Lucretia Dalt and local faves Palm. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Lark Strings @ Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. Kicking off the weekly Wednesday lunch time Made in the Shade of The Egg concert series, the string quartet – violinists Jessica Belflower and Alyson Slack, violist Beth Bonta Moll and cellist Mary Ann Dunn – performs classical, jazz and popular selections. 12noon. FREE.

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THEATER: “The Other Place” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. In Sharr White’s psychological roller-coaster of a play, Juliana Smithton (Marg Helgenberger) is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “The Phantom of the Opera” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Phantom is back! It’s Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical. 7:30pm. $25-$105. Through Sunday.

PARTICIPATORY READING: Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Open mic with featured reader Shira Dentz. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $5.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

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