3/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

March 17th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Liam Ó Maonlaí @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. As the front man of the acclaimed Irish band Hothouse Flowers, the devastatingly charming singer-songwriter-raconteur-linguist has done as much as anyone to connect traditional Irish music with rock and roll. He took the 2014 FreshGrass festival by storm, singing half his solo set in Gaelic. He’s back, with some Hothouse bandmates in tow, for a very special St. Patrick’s Day show. Irish on tap. 8pm. $18 & $24; $8 students.

MUSIC: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Forthlin Road, Kevin McKrell, step dancing performances – all day long. 11am. FREE.

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MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. Recording a live album… 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Circle of Willis @ O’Toole’s, Colonie. Featuring former members of the Sharks… 3pm.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Katie O’Byrne’s, Schenectady. 12noon.

MUSIC: The Broken String Band @ Jose Malone’s, Troy. With John Roberts. 11:30am.

MUSIC: Saratoga High School Fiddle Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jeff Walton & Tim Wechgelaer @ Gaffney’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs. 3pm.

MUSIC: The Bluebillies @ Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. 7pm. $10; $8 seniors; $5 students.

MUSIC: Gary Brooks @ Stoney’s Irish Grill, Schenectady. 5pm.

MUSIC: Black Abbey @ Harvey’s Irish Pub, Saratoga Springs. 2pm.

MUSIC: Legendary Losers @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Russ Kennedy @ Washington Tavern, Albany. 12noon.

DANCE/THEATER: “A Rite” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater & Dance, Williamstown. Anne Bogart’s always innovative theater group SITI Company teams up with the acclaimed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Companyfor an interpretation of Stravinsky’s classic “A Rite of Spring.” 8pm. $10; $3 students.

THEATER: “Murder Ballad” @ Peck’s Arcade, Troy. The Troy Civic Theater presents a one-night-only audience-immersive rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, centering on Sara, a young New Yorker who is torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her reliable husband. 7pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.

TALK ON FILM: TEDxHudsonLive @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A free live stream of the official TED2015 Conference in Vancouver, with the theme “Truth & Dare.” 11:30am-9:45pm. 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…

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

MUSIC: Charles Jones @ Proctors, Schenectady. Lunchtime organ concert featuring Goldie, Proctors’ mighty Wurlitzer organ. 12noon. FREE.

TALK: “The Challenge of Cave Art to the Future of Visual Culture” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Beinecke Fellow Michele Cometa, professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Palermo, Italy, discusses his work on the cultural history of interpretations of cave painting produced across domains from nineteeth-century ekphrasis to modern cognitive archaeology. 5:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “The Homesman” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. One day only. When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm.