4/9/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

April 9th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

READING: Mary Norris @ New York State Museum, Albany. The celebrated proofreader, copy editor and author at The New Yorker is an authoritative figure in an endangered profession. On staff at The New Yorker since 1978, she is the author of the new book, “Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,” which features hilarious meditations on grammar, as well as memorable tussles about usage with such writers as Ian Frazier, Pauline Kael, Philip Roth and George Saunders. 8pm. FREE. ALSO: A free seminar at UAlbany Humantities Building’s Room 354, Albany at 4:15pm.

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. The two-time Syracuse Area Music Hall of Famer (and former Nippertonian) brings his battered guitar, his razor-sharp songs and his wicker sense of humor back to town in support of his latest album, The Happiest Man in the World. With the equally ferocious one-man band Bloodshot Bill. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Turkuaz @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Brooklyn-based nine-piece, horn-fueled power-funk squad incorporates elements of R&B, psychedelia, gospel, Afro-pop, new wave, classic rock and more in support of their upcoming EP, Stereochrome, due out next week. With Big Mean Sound Machine. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ the Falcon, Marlboro. “The Soulworking Man” celebrates the release of his brand new CD Feel These Blues. With Alice Stuart. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Sweet Plantain @ the Albany Barn, Albany. Prior to their concert at 8pm on Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the classical fusion quartet offers an interactive educational workshop/concert to entertain and educate local students during their spring break. 3pm. FREE.

TV/TALK: “Transparent” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A screening of an episode of the Golden Globe award-winning Amazon television show starring Jeffrey Tambor, followed by an interactive Q&A panel discussion exploring transgender identity and social issues with”Transparent” co-producers Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, as well as RPI campus & community members. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Zach Deputy @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Crankin’ up his self-described “island-infused drum n’ bass gospel ninja soul.” With the Organically Good Trio. 9:30pm. $17.

MUSIC: Wooden Dinosaur @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. Led by Brattleboro singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael Roberts, the folksy, rambling band also features Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Murphy (upright bass, vocals), Frank Roberts (drums), Craig Barowsky (trumpet) and Ian Durling (trombone). 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tal National @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. With the Gaslight Tinkers. 7pm. $13.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Tierra Coffee Roasters, Albany. 7pm.

DANCE: Keigwin + Company @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. Offering a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart, this company led by Larry Keigwin physically engages with the sheer unadulterated pleasure of dance. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students.

MUSIC: Insect Factory @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With Public Speaking, Jeremy Purser and Fossils from the Sun. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ World of Beer, Guilderland. 7pm.

ARTIST TALK: “What Americans Can Learn about the Race Discussion from
South Africa”
@ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Farieda Nazier of the University of Johannesburg specializes in jewelry design, sculpture installation, videography and performance art, exploring activism and how the visual arts can be used to invoke, evoke or provoke critical dialogue around shared experiences. 5pm. FREE.

FILM: “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. What happens when documentary filmmakers — whose mission is to probe, explore, and reveal — take as their subject one of the world’s greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration and revelation? 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.

FILM: “The Hunting Ground” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only. An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice – despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Kirby Dick. 6:30pm. $10.25.

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