8/6/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night! Bramwell Tovey conducts with Tony Award-winning baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell in an “American Songbook” program that celebrates the genius of three of the greatest American composers of all time: Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. 8pm. $24-$85. FREE lawn admission for children 12 and under.

MUSIC: Marcia Ball @ Shepard Park, Lake George. The rousing, Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist-vocalist-songwriter brings her groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues to town in support of her latest album, Roadside Attractions. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

READING: “Hiroshima” @ Townsend Park, Albany. The annual community reading of John Hersey’s story of the bombing on August 6, 1945, told by following the story of six of the survivors. Sign up to read a section when you arrive. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: Jerry Douglas @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The acknowledged master of the Dobro and 13-time Grammy Award-winner is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose work incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ River Park’s Green Island Gazebo, Green Island. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

COMEDY ON FILM: Monty Python Live (Mostly) @ Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington. More than three decades after they last appeared onstage together, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones reunite for one final farewell performance at London’s O2 Arena. 7pm. $15.

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THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. After being flooded out last night, the “Cafe” is re-opening again tonight. 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 Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

DANCE: Ajkun Ballet Theatre @ Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. Classical ballet with a contemporary sensibility. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Fleetwood Macked @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Rockin’ On the River moves to Riverfront Park with a tribute to Fleetwood Mac. With opener Brian & Kevin Tiernan. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Gubbulidis @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Twiddle members Zdenek Gubb (bass/vocals) and Mihali Savoulidis (acoustic guitar/vocals). 9pm. FREE.

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

MUSIC: New York Players @ Taste, Albany. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Moonshine Holler @ Windsor Lake, North Adams. With Sandy & Sandy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Courtney Shayne @ North End Firehouse, Rensselaer. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Farmer Tom @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

FILM: “Ballets Russes” @ PS21, Chatham. An intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists— now in their 70s, 80s and 90s — who gave birth to modern ballet. Directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine. 8pm. FREE.

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