4/16/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

April 16th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Funky Meters @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Veteran keyboardist Art Neville and bassist George Porter Jr. carry on the tradition of the Meters, perhaps the funkiest band in the funky history of New Orleans music, along with guitarist Brian Stoltz and drummer Terrence Houston. Whatever you do, DO NOT forget your dancin’ shoes! 7:30pm. $45; $20 students.

MUSIC: Nels Cline & Julian Lage @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. Wilco’s guitar explorer teams up with the equally free-thinking jazz guitarist for an evening of far-reaching guitar duets. 7 & 9pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Martin & Eliza Carthy @ Old Songs, Vooeheesville. The internationally renowned British father-daughter folk duo plays an intimate concert in support of their 2014 collaborative album, The Moral of the Elephant, in which they interpret powerful, traditional songs. Martin recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Folk Awards at Royal Albert Hall. Eliza is the only folk musician to have been nominated twice for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize. 7:30pm. $25; $5 children age 12 & under.

TALK: “Performing Your Life” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Jeffrey Tambor – the Golden Globe Award-winning actor of “Transparent,” who has also been featured in “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Arrested Development” – offers an inspiring talk at RPI. 7:30pm.

GALA/FUNDRAISER: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Birthday Gala @ Franklin Plaza, Troy. Honoring Vincent Lepera and Paul and Alane Hohenberg, the gala serves up good company, music from Graham Tichy, sumptuous food, drink and birthday cake, as well as the opportunity to win unique collectibles and travel, sports and entertainment packages. 6pm. $140.

MUSIC: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The dynamic husband-and-wife banjo duo will be joined by Rhiannon Giddens and the Carolina Chocolate Drops for a fabulous roots music double bill. 8pm. $25, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: BoDeans @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Back in 1987, The Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll named them Best New American Band, and co-founder Kurt Neumann is still at the helm, as they roll into town in support of their new American roots album, I Can’t Stop. In addition to Neumann, the band’s current line-up features drummer (and Stockbridge native) Kenny Aronoff, bassist Ryan Bowman, fiddler Warren Hood (fiddle/violin) and keyboardist Michael Ramos. 7:30pm. $25 & $45. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night! The award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Featuring music from the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score along with additional music. 7:30pm. $20, $45, $60, $70, $85 & $105. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Honey Dewdrops @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The Baltimore-based folk/Americana duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish offer a sneak preview of their new album, Tangled Country, due for release next month. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Local 518 music showcase, featuring Doctor Magnum, Caswell and Ryan Leddick. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Blues ProJam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The tenth Blues Pro Jam features special guest performers Chris O’Leary on vocals and Dave Fields on guitar, backed by the Club Helsinki House Band, anchored by Sonny Rock (drums), Cameron Melville (Hammond B-3 organ), Petey Hop (guitars and vocals) and Vinny Leggiere (bass). The event welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam. 8pm.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

ARTIST TALK: Talha Rathore and Hiba Schahbaz @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The artists will speak about the traditional techniques in the current exhibit “Realms of Earth and Sky” and the ways in which each has modernized and personalized the miniature tradition in their practice. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Monk @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Crimson Tips and Dizzy D. 8pm. $8.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the monthly reading, and this month in conjunction with Albany Word Fest, the featured poet will be former Nippertonian Michele Battiste, who is now based in Colorado. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

MUSIC: “Ride” @ Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield. Marc Berger’s concert, inspired by the magic and mystery of the great American West. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Blood Wedding” @ Skidmore College’s the Janet Kinghorn Theatre, Saratoga Springs. Carolyn Anderson and Will Bond co-direct Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetic play about a family vendetta that erupts when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through April 19.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 5pm.

MUSIC: Moonshine Junkies @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. It’s Country Night, hosted by Kevin Richards. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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

FILM: “16 Photographs at Ohrdruf” @ Sage College’s Opalka Gallery, Albany. With only a small stack of his grandfather’s photos for guidance, filmmaker Matthew Nash tries to understand a family secret that began on April 4, 1945. His search reveals the horror of the first concentration camp found by the Allies and the amazing story of the soldiers who uncovered the Holocaust. The director will host a Q&A session following the screening. 6:30pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC: Eighth Step Open Mic & Jam @ Proctors’ Apostrophe Cafe, Schenectady. Hosted by Cathy Winter. 6:45pm sign-up; 7pm open mic; 8:15pm jam. FREE.

FILM: “The Starfish Throwers” @ The Linda, Albany. The monthly Food for Thought is an evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. This month’s film explores how three fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. 7pm. $8.