7/17/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day One of the four-day fest, and they’re kickin’ it off with a big bang by featuring the reunion of Nickel Creek, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Deadly Gentlemen, the HillBenders, the Aoife O’Donovan Band, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Town Mountain, the Barefoot Movement, the Dry Branch Fire Squad and lots more. Music begins at 11am; Main Stage at 1pm.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Jennings Landing, Albany. Alive at Five celebrates the mighty music of the Local 518. With Stellar Young and Hard Soul. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Yup, EBJ is doing a double-header today as they headline the Greg Bell birthday bash. With Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets, Rebel Darling and Olivia Quillio. 8pm.

OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 7:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

READING: William Kennedy @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series welcomes its founder, Pulitzer Prize winner and Nippertown’s literary lion. 8pm. FREE.

ARTISTS TALK: “Summer Exposure” @ the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. It’s the reception for the opening of the new exhibition featuring the photographic work of Nippertown contributor Martin Benjamin, as well as Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Tom Fels, Dana Joey and William Jaeger. 5-8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through August 10.

MUSIC: Shadowland @ Coeymans Landing Park, Ravena. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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THEATER: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Springside Park, Pittsfield. It’s opening night for the inaugural production of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, directed by Enrico Spada. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. 8pm. FREE. Through July 27.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts with performances by Shattered Haze, Margo Macero, A World for You and Trailer Park Moonlight. 8pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: Third Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Including performances by Led Zeppelin tribute band Zep, the Town Players of Pittsfield, Blueberry Buckle and lots more. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:15pm.

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.

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.

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.

MUSIC: Underground River @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Hand Habits. 8:30pm. FREE.

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: Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers @ Dutchmans Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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. 2 & 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.

DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. Ballet 2014 in the Ted Shawn Theatre features New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht with a select ensemble of top ballet stars including Tyler Angle, Craig Hall, Robert Fairchild, Rebecca Krohn, Tiler Peck, Georgina Pazcoguin, Teresa Reichlen and others. 8pm. $45, $65 & $75. Plus Dorrance Dance is at the Doris Duke Theatre for two weeks featuring Michelle Dorrance and her phenomenal tap ensemble. 8:15pm. $22 & $45.

MUSIC: The Jump Daddies @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of shows…

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The lunchtime Jazz on Jay concert series continues… 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of shows…

MUSIC: Dyer Switch @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers. 7pm.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox is your host, and today’s featured reader is Susan Maurer. 7pm open-mic sign-up; 7:30pm readings. $3.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm FREE.

MUSIC: Holly McCormack @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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

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