4/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

April 30th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. One of today’s most beloved folk bands, the Red House Records artists are touring in support of their most recent album, Bright Morning Stars. All three band members – Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse – each contribute to the songwriting, singing and playing a variety of instruments, including acoustic guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele and more. With another fab folk trio the Stray Birds. 7:30pm. $36.25 & $46.25.

MUSIC: Cymbals Eat Guitars @ the Low Beat, Albany. After releasing one of last year’s most outstanding rock records, Lose, the band is back on the road. Led by vocalist-guitarist Joe D’Agostino, the band churns out is a raucous, Irish wake of a show, ultimately rooted in nothing less than a celebration of just being alive. With What Moon Things and Slowshine. 8:30pm. $14.

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THEATER: “Memphis” @ Proctors, Schenectady. One night only. The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the rollicking story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer who’s ready for her big break. 8pm. $20, $40, $45, $55 & $65.

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.

MUSIC/ART: “Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Opera Saratoga has created a program featuring pieces composed by Enrique Granados, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Ben Moore and Stephen Sondheim. It’s all inspired by great artists and great works of art. Featured singers include soprano Christine Suits, tenor Dominick Corbacio and bass baritone Jesús Murillo. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gang of Thieves @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Twin Peaks. 9:30pm. FREE; $5 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Doc Scanlon & Graham Tichy @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Thursday night Local 518 showcase featuring Noise Between Stations, Sound Economy and Slick Danger. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Arthur Brooks Ensemble V @ the Spotty Dog. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Five Points Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Robin the Hammer and the Sweetbryar Band. Doors open at 7:30pm. $5.

CIRCUS: Ringling Bros. & the Barnum & Bailey Circus @ the Times Union Center, Albany. “Legends.” 7pm. $18, $23, $28, $48 & $63. Through Sunday.

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

TALK: “Schoenberg as Sound Student” @ Williams College Bernhard Music Center’s Room 30, Williamstown. A lecture by Tufts University music professor Joseph Auner. 4:15pm. FREE.