7/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

July 7th, 2015, 7:37 am by Greg

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. NYCB’s summer residency in the Spa City kicks off with an all-Balanchine program on opening night. 8pm.

MUSIC: Ben Williams & Sound Effect @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The jazz bassist brings his band to town in support of his new album, Coming of Age. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band music 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Howlin’ On the Hudson @ Dutch Apple Cruises, Albany. A three-hour concert/cruise with Gubbulidis (featuring Zdenek and Mihali of Twiddle). The boat leaves the dock at 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Ameranouche @ NBT Bank Lawn, Canjoharie. This award-winning trio is the premier Gypsy Jazz trio in the United States. The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche‚Ķ the Gypsy tribe of Django Reinhardt. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Neil Alexander & Mr. Gone @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The keyboardist teams up with vocalists Judi Silvano and Gino Sitson, saxman Peter Furlan, bassist Ratzo B. Harris, drummer Terry Silverlight and others in a special birthday tribute concert to the music of Joe Zawinul. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Girl Howdy @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The five-piece honky-tonk dance band features an all-female frontline on steel guitar (Karen Sarkisian), piano (Paula Bradley) and flat top guitar (Betsy-Dawn Williams) with soaring vocal harmonies, backed by Brian Rost on upright bass and Billy Nadeau on drums. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Stony Creek Band @ Town Park, Stony Creek. The Music in the Park series Stony Creek’s own veteran country-rock band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Under Cover @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 7pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

READING: Summer NYS Writiers Institute Reading Series @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Poetry reading by Frank Bidart and fiction reading by Rivka Galchen. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Deathtrap” @ BTG’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated comedy-thriller stars Gregg Edelman, Alison Fraser, Eric Hill, Tom Pecinka and Debra Jo Rupp. 7pm. $62. Through July 25.

BOOK DISCUSSION: Dennis Mahoney @ Market Block Books, Troy. The Troy author discusses his new novel, Bell Weather, an adventure set in a fantastical 18th century, where a young woman must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. With book signing. 5pm.

MUSIC: Silver Arrow Band @ Parish Public House, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Thoreau or, Return to Walden” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. In the world premiere, playwright-actor David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet and philosopher as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. 7pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Slant Six @ Cook Park, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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

THEATER: “Shining City” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. Actor Mark H. Dold (stunning in last year’s production of “Breaking the Code”) returns in Conor McPherson’s drama about a Dubliner who seeks help from a counselor after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. As their sessions unfold, secrets are exposed in this thriller where a simple tale turns out to be anything but. 7:30pm. Through July 11. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Tri-County Banjo Band @ Town Park, Schodack. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FILM: “The Incredibles” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. 1pm. FREE.