6/5/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: James McMurtry @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The Texas singer-songwriter is an astute, clear-eyed observer and concise, no-holds-barred chronicler of the human condition, with a growing socio-political edge. Roots-rockers the Bottle Rockets open the show. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Autumn Defense @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The long-running musical side project led by Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone luxuriates in pop vocals and harmonies recalling Lennon and McCartney; guitar licks that hint at George Harrison; leaps of melody that bring to mind the Zombies; and Anglophile story-songs that rank with the best of Ray Davies. 8pm. $18.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. The four-day, tenth annual Mountain Jam kicks off today with performances by Umphrey’s McGee, Dark Star Orchestra, Citizens Band Radio, Copious Jones and more. Music starts at 2pm. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: Salt-N-Pepa @ Vapor Nightclub, Saratoga Springs. “Whatta Man,” “Push It” and more hits from the ’90s hip-hop duo. With DVDJ Dread. 9pm. $30. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Tuck & Patti @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The sublime husband-and-wife jazz duo of Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart play their first Nippertown concert in a looong time. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The marvelous Saratoga-based jazz singer kicks off the annual weekly outdoor lunchtime jazz concert series Jazz On Jay with keyboardist Peg Delaney, bassist Pete Toigo and drummer Pete Sweeney. 12noon-1:30pm. FREE.

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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. 1:30 & 8pm. $25-$105. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts with performances by Gambwa, Vacant, Guitarthur and Jocelyn Arndt. 8pm. FREE.

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.

MUSIC: The Shivers @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Better Pills. 8pm.

MUSIC: Corlaer @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Crazy Otto. 9pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Colleen Pratt @ the Ancient Order of the Hibernians , Schenectady. Spring Fest fundraiser for Better Neighborhoods, Inc. 5pm.

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

THEATER: “The Dixie Swim Club” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dianne O’Neill directs the hilarious and touching comedy about five southern women who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their friendships. 7:30pm. $23. Through June 22.

MUSIC: The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ the City Beer Hall, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Elsa Nilsson @ Red Square, Albany. The Swedish-born flute player and her band serve up jazz, Swedish folk music and complex, funky originals. 8pm.

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

THEATER: “Great Expections” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The classic Charles Dickens tale adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett and directed by Deborah Dorman for the Circle Theatre Players. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18.

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

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. 7:30pm. $20.

FILM: “Omar” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the gripping thriller follows Palestinian baker Omar (Adam Bakri), who risks life and limb at night to scale the Israeli-built wall that separates him from his true love Hadja (Leem Lubany). 7:30pm.

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