4/22/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

April 22nd, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: They Might Be Giants @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. As always, the smart and funny John Flansburgh and John Linnell lead TMBG in gems like “Don’t Let’s Start,” “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” “Boss of Me,” “Why Does the Sun Really Shine?,” “Particle Man” and more. 8pm. $23.

FILM/MUSIC: Earth Day Celebration @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The regional premiere of the documentary film, “Broad Old River” (featuring a long fireside interview with Pete Seeger), followed by a Q&A session and live music by the Clearwater Sloop Singers. 7pm. $20.

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MUSIC: Dan Johnson @ the Low Beat, Albany. The former Nippertonian Americana troubadour (now kickin’ it in Vermont) plays an early show to celebrate the release of his new album, Suck It Up, Cupcake. 6pm.

MUSIC: Paul Anka @ Proctors, Schenectady. The only artist to have an album on the Billboard Top 100 Chart in seven separate decades. He wrote Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” theme song, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady,” Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and more. His own hits include “Diana,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulders,” “Lonely Boy” and more. 7:30pm. $25-$100. UPDATE: This concert has been postponed…

MUSIC: Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

TALK: Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter @ UAlbany’s Lecture Center 18, Albany. The spiritual leader of the Mohawk Bear Clan and Director of the traditional Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke will share his experiences advocating for Native peoples. He’ll be joined in conversation by Professor Lou Ismay, a pioneer of Environmental Studies at UAlbany. 7:15pm.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

VIDEO/TALK: “Videofreex: The Art of Guerilla Television” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Curator Andrew Ingalls presents videos of one of the pioneer production groups when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s. They produced several thousand videotapes and multimedia events — as well as training hundreds of videomakers in the brand new medium. With Parry Teasdale, Bart Friedman and DeeDee Halleck. 7pm. $10 suggested; $5 student &low-income.

MUSIC: The Beijing Guitar Duo @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang have performed around the world – this past season took them to Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama and the United States. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

TALK: Eric Ameres’ “EMPAC from the Inside: Behind the Scenes of Production and Research” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s Senior research engineer pulls back the curtain on technological work performed in collaboration with artists, scientists and the EMPAC production teams. Through a series of vignettes, anecdotes, interviews and some “show and tell,” he’ll explore the ever-expanding repertoire of technology and offer insight into where experimental media and the performing arts can meet in production and research, providing a rare glimpse behind the scenes from what the audience typically gets to experience. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany.

READING: Sekou Sundiata Evening of Spoken Word and Poetry @ MCLA’s Gallery 51, North Adams. Hosted by jazz musician Craig Harris, the evening will feature the work of local high school students, MCLA students and alumni, as well as spoken-word artists in the community. 6pm. $5.

FILM: “Planetary” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. The film is a provocative and breathtaking wake-up call, a cross-continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It’s a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective. 6:30pm. $10.25; $8.50 students; $8.25 seniors; $7.50 children.