3/3/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

March 3rd, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Charlie Parr @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The self-taught Minnesota guitarist-banjoman’s heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals are as authentic as they come. With J.D. Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers. 8pm.

MUSIC: George Thorogood & the Destroyers @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Yes, he’s still bad to the bone on his Badder Than Ever Tour. With Barrence Whitfield. 7:30pm. $45, $65 & $85.

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THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through March 22.

MUSIC: Kristin Andreassen @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. She’s been a member of stringband sensation Uncle Earl, folk-noir trio Sometymes Why and caller and clogger with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Now she celebrates the release of her new solo album, Gondolier. 7pm.

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band music. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade @ NaNola, Malta. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Annie” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night! “The sun will come out TOMORROW…” 7:30pm. $20-$85. Through Sunday.

TALK: “On the Speculative Intersection of Astronomy and Art” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A conversation about the speculative intersection between astronomy, art and time featuring artist-in-residence Rosa Barba and Heidi Newberg. 12noon. FREE.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Buffalo slam-master Brandon Williamson. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.

MUSIC: The Capital Trio @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hilary Cumming and cellist Şölen Dikener perform Beethoven’s “Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1” and William Matthews’ “A Book of Hours.” 7:30pm. $8; $4 students & seniors.

TALK: “Passion in Slow Motion: Merce Cunningham and the Pictorial Impulse” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Carrie Noland, Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow, discusses visionary choreographer Merce Cunningham’s repeated reinvention of what constitutes “chance” or “necessity.” 5:30pm. FREE.

READING: “A Celebration of the Activism of Barbara Smith” @ UAlbany’s Milne Hall, Room 200, Albany. Barbara Smith, pioneering activist, will discuss the new book, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.” Edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, the book combines historical documents with new interviews to uncover the deep roots of today’s “identity politics” and serves as an essential primer for practicing solidarity and resistance. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Tuesday, March 31.