2/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

February 7th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Steve Earle @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. A trailblazer of alt-country, a protest singer of fiery commitment, a songwriter of towering ability – Steve Earle is an artist of expansive talents. Tonight he plays a solo concert just prior to the release of his new album, Terraplane. 8pm. $28 & $32; $22 students.

MUSIC: Steve Wynn & Richard Barone @ The Low Beat, Albany. Dream Syndicate… The Bongos… Two iconic indie bands from the Golden Age of College Radio… Now the bands’ respective bandleaders team up for one big rockin’ night. 8pm. $12.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda, Albany. 8 great 518 bands perform in a fundraiser for WEXT-FM and Columbia Arts Team. With Carl Daniels & the Black Box, Ashley Sofia, Accents, Stockade Kids, the Chris Dukes Band, the Legendary Losers, Holly & Evan and Sandy McKnight & the Idea. 7:15pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Linda Eder @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The acclaimed Broadway singer showcase her new album, Linda Live, which she recorded at Skidmore College last summer. Expect songs that run the gamut from Irving Berlin to ABBA. 8pm.

READING: Pete Mason & Halley @ Menands Public Library, Menands. Reading and signing his new children’s book, “A Well Traveled Dog.” 10am. FREE.

READING: Pete Mason & Halley @ Market Block Books, Troy. Reading and signing his new children’s book, “A Well Traveled Dog.” 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: The Charlie Hunter Trio @ the Parish Public House, Albany. The long-awaited return to the seven-string guitarist – with Curtis Fowlkes and Bobby Previte. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Livingston Taylor @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Singer, songwriter, teacher and esteemed member of the musically gifted Taylor clan. With Chelsea Berry. 7 & 9pm. $52. UPDATE: The 7pm show is sold out. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jay Farrar @ The Egg, Albany. As a founding member of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, singer/songwriter Jay Farrar helped popularize the alt-country movement of the 1990s. Tonight, he’ll perform a career retrospective, as a duo accompanied by Gary Hunt on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and backing vocals. Anders Parker opens. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The crazy and thrilling EPBB serves up their own version of a Valentine’s show – “Broken Hearts Are for Assholes” – a monster musical mash-up of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren tunes. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: MCLA Blues & Funk Fest @ MCLA Venable Gym, North Adams. It’s Day Two of the tenth annual festival featuring local favorites the Arthur Holmes Blues Band, the Misty Blues Band and the Albert Cummings Band. 7:30pm. $10; $5 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/COMEDY: Awkwafina @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. UAlbany alumna Nora Lum assumes her comic rapper persona to serve up an evening of bright rhymes, twisted beats and snarky millennial humor. With Ethan Ullman. 8pm. $20; $30 VIP, including a meet-and-greet with photo op and signed poster.

MUSIC: Billy Jonas & the Billy Jonas Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The award-winning children’s music star plays a free morning show for kids and parents alike. 11am. FREE.

THEATER: “How Water Behaves” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The world premiere of Sherry Kramer’s zany comedy about the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60.

MUSIC: Honey & Blue @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Johnny & the Dome. Doors open at 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Max Creek @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Jam band pioneers. With Aqueous. 9:30pm. $15; $20 of under age 21.

THEATER: “Tigers Be Still” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Carol Max directs the regional premiere of Kim Rosenstock’s quirky, endearing dark comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, an unemployed, overwhelmed art therapist hiding out in her childhood bed. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Done With You @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With Loser’s Circle, Damn Kids, New Red Scare and Order of the Circle. 8:30pm. $10.

THEATER: “South Pacific” @ Schenectady Light Opera, Schenectady. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical directed by Peter Caracappa. 8pm. $18, $22 & $28.

MUSIC: The Meccore String Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Performing Beethoven string quartets – the Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, and the Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Stewart House, Athens. 8pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sonny & Perley @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Performing “Brazilian Romance.” 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

DANCE: Thodos Dance Chicago @ Skidmore College Dance Theater, Saratoga Springs. Led by founder/director Melissa Thodos (a 1984 Skidmore alum), the company performs “A Light in the Dark,” based on the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, as well as bringing new life to works created by modern dance pioneer Sybil Shearer (a 1934 Skidmore alum). 8pm. $15; $5 students & seniors.

COMEDY: Rob Falcone @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With Chris Davis. 8:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Australian Bee Gees @ Proctors, Schenectady. From Down Under, it’s a multi-media tribute to the Brothers Gibb. 8pm. $20-$50.

THEATER: “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” @ Proctors’ Key Hall, Schenectady. It’s a wedding. It’s a show. It’s an evening of interactive dinner and theater! 2 & 7:30pm. $65 & $75. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Jeff Brisbin @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.