2/22/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

February 22nd, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Mavis Staples @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of the truly great soul singers, she is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. Having earned her initial recognition as a member of the Staple Singers, she has crafted a more contemporary sound in recent years, teaming up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy for the acclaimed albums, “You Are Not Alone” (2011) and “One True Vine” (2013). 8pm. $55 & $85.

MUSIC: Cassie & Maggie MacDonald @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Award-winning acoustic Celtic roots music. 3pm.

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MUSIC: The Tisziji Munoz Quartet featuring John Medeski @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The always adventurous and deeply spiritual jazz guitarist is joined by keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Don Pate and drummer Adam Benham. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC: Ashley Sofia @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Having built her Nippertown fan base with recent knock-out appearances at Saratoga First Night and the Capital Area Indie Fest, the Adirondack folk-rocker has a night of her own at the intimate Caffe. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Mike Clip Payne’s 420 Funk Mob @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s the P-Funk tour wrap party, otherwise known as the 420FM Super MeltDown TripFest featuring Lige Curry, Andre Foxxe, Greg Thomas, Danny Bedrosian, Mike “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton and surprise guests. Funkmeister George Clinton will be on hand for a Q&A and book-signing of his new autobiography, “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” With Secret Army. 4:20pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Pete Levin Organ Trio @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The jazz/funk keyboardist is joined by Matt Finck and Adam Nussbaum for a brunch bash. Pete has just completed The Levin Brothers album with his brother, iconic bass player Tony Levin. 10am.

MUSIC: The Albany Symphony @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. With Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who will perform Vaughan William’s “Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra” and Michael Daugherty’s “Reflections on the Mississippi: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra.” Also on the program are the Brahms Symphony No. 3 and Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. 3pm. $19-$59.

THEATER/MAGIC: “The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! This mind-blowing showcase features the jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists – Yu Ho-Jin, Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Aaron Crow and Adam Trent. Expect an evening of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. 2pm. $20-$85.

MUSIC: Matt Heaton @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Kids’ concert by the Toddlerbilly Troubador. 1pm. FREE; donation requested.

FESTIVAL/FILM: QFest 2015 @ Proctors, Schenectady. Nippertown’s two-day LGBT film festival. Today’s schedule features “Love Is Strange” (1pm) and “Reaching for the Moon” (3pm), prior to the big-screen broadcast of the Academy Awards (6pm). All films are screened FREE.

THEATER: “Fences” @ The Egg, Albany. Last chance! August Wilson’s Pulitzer prize and Tony Award-winning play is presented by the Rebel Soul Performance Troupe. 4pm. $20; $8 students & children.

MUSIC: John Chowning @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The computer music pioneer and founding director of Stanford’s famed CCRMA computer music center presents “Sound Synthesis and Perception: Composing from the Inside Out,” featuring Maureen Chowning. 3pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children.

THEATER ON FILM: “Treasure Island” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast from the National Theatre. 12noon. $15; $12 ages 12 & under.