7/15/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night for the jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9.” Directed by Richard J. Hinds. 7:30pm. $20-$60.

Actors Benjamin Mapp and Christopher Brasfield make their Capital Repertory Theatre debuts in the toe-tapping

Actors Benjamin Mapp and Christopher Brasfield make their Capital Repertory Theatre debuts in the toe-tapping “Smokey Joe’s Café” at Capital Repertory Theatre, July 11–August 10

MUSIC: The Tichy Boys with Johnny Rabb @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Viva Quetzal @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The Latino jazz-rock fusion band take’s over the Clark’s south lawn. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Swing Docs @ Cook Park, Colonie. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info & complete schedule…

READING: Marilynne Robinson @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues… With Peg Boyers. 8pm. FREE.

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THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn’s play about an architect who struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects, while his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. Directed by Eric Hall. 8pm. $48. Through July 26.

MUSIC: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ the Town Park, Stony Creek. The red-hot sounds of Louisiana. In the pavilion, rain or shine. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “A Little Night Music” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt, played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn. 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic hosted by Kevin Peterson; 8pm the slam hosted by Thom Francis. $5; $3 students.

THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.

THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC/ETC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Always a wild night, full of the unexpected… 6:30pm sign-up; 7pm showtime. FREE.

FILM: “The Full Monty” @ PS21, Chatham. Peter Cattaneo’s 1997 award-winning tale of steel workers who are unemployed until they get undressed. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Decoda Faculty @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The cutting-edge, NYC-based chamber music collective features Michael Mizrahi (piano), Claire Bryant (cello), Seth Baer (bassoon), Anna Elashvili and Owen Dalby (violins), Meena Bhasin (viola), Alicia Lee (clarinet) and special guests. 7pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Catskills Irish Arts Week @ various locations, East Durham. A celebration of Celtic culture, music, art, dance and more… Through Saturday.

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