3/12/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

March 12th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Eric Church @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The country music star brings The Outsiders Tour to town. With Drive-By Truckers. 7pm. $23, $38, $48 & $62.50.

MUSIC: The Hot Club of Saratoga @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. A night of Gypsy jazz kicks off the new season of the Live! Folklife Concert Series. 7pm. FREE.

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READING/TALK: Cheryl Strayed @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Troy. The author reads from and discusses her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Wild,” the story of her solo, 1000-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in order to put her life back together following her mother’s death, a divorce and her slide into a risky lifestyle that included heroin use. “Wild” was recently made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. 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 the Ritz Carlton. 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. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the music of the Jerry Garcia Band. 9pm. $20; $25 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7pm.

THEATER: “Letters from Anne and Martin” @ Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall, Saratoga Springs. The unique production that combines the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. was developed from excerpts from “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. 7pm.

MUSIC: SCCC Jazz Faculty Band @ Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady. Featuring guest trumpeter Rex Richardson. 7:30pm.

READING: Kent Russell @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany. The essayist and journalist explores the notion of masculinity in his new non-fiction collection, “I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son,” in which he profiles the lives of NHL enforcers; a businessman-turned-hermit who lives on a crocodile-infested island; and the scrappy players who inhabit the cloistered world of Amish baseball. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at the Standish Room at 4:15pm.

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

FILM: “The Notorious Mr. Bout” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. When he was arrested in 2008 in Thailand as a result of a U.S. government sting operation, the career of internationally known arms smuggler Viktor Bout came to a decisive end. 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.