7/9/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 9th, 2015, 7:56 am by Greg

MUSIC: Yonder Mountain String Band @ Jennings Landing Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Albany. After taking a week off for the Independence Day holiday, Alive at Five is back with a blast of bluegrass by the river. Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals) and Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals) are joined by new recruits fiddler Allie Kral and mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff in support of their new album Black Sheep. With the Blind Owl Band. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule… UPDATE: Tonight’s concert has been moved to the rain site at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the I-787 overpass.

MUSIC: The Blind Owl Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Want more? Following their opening set at Alive at Five, the Blind Owl Band stays downtown to fire up another blast. 9pm. $10.

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MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Band @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Bill Cunliffe (piano), Doug Weiss (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), Vic Juris (guitar), Jimmy Greene (saxophone), Sean Jones (trumpet) and James Burton III (trombone). 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Michael Benedict & Bopitude @ Jay Street, Schenectady. It’s time for a dose of Jazz On Jay for a lunchtime concert featuring Chris Pasin, Brian Patneaude, Dave Gleason, Lou Smaldone and Michael Benedict. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The New Pornographers @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A.C. Newman leads the band in support of their latest (and sixth) album, Brill Bruisers. With Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. 8pm. $35.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s a double-header. The 2pm matinee features Square Dance (Vivaldi & Corelli/Balanchine); ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes (Copland/Peck); and Western Symphony (Kay/Balanchine) The 8pm performance features The Four Temperaments (Hindemith/Balanchine); La Valse (Ravel/Balanchine); and Symphonic Dances (Rachmaninof/Martins).

MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Barker Park, Troy. Kicking off the Kids’ Summer Series with an interactive, family-friendly, groove-laden concert of jazz-meets-world music. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & the Gold Tops @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Helen of Troy, New York” @ Fellowship Hall, Troy. The 1923 comedy classic by George S. Kaufman debuts in the city that inspired it. Directed by Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek. 7pm. $20; $10 students and seniors. Through July 19.

MUSIC: Rusted Root @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. With Stellar Youmg. Michael Glabicki leads the Pittsburgh world-beat-rockers. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Mile Twelve @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The Boston-based bluegrass quartet roll into town in support of their self-titled debut EP. 7pm.

MUSIC: Eternal Crimes @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Home Body and Slowshine. 8pm.

MUSIC: The High Peaks Band @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Chamber Music from the NYC Ballet Musicians & Friends @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. 12noon. $5 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Bluz House Rockers @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Wilber Forest @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Alternative folk-rock quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists. With Hudson’s own Lorkin O’Reilly. 8pm.

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. 4 & 7:30pm. Through July 11. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Hoochie Coochie Men @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Sub Slab and Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band. 9pm.

MUSIC: Axe Factory @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “The Rejection Project (518)” @ the Albany Barn, Albany. A new multi-media play made from hundreds of Albany community stories and voices; directed by Allison Lerman-Gluck and Alex Hovet. 8pm. $8. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Capital Zen @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Outdoors. 9:30pm. FREE.

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.

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. 8pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

DANCE: Paul Taylor @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Performing “Company B,” “Eventide” and “Esplanade.” 8pm. $25, $50 & $65.

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. 2 & 7pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Georgie Wonders Orchestra @ the Crossings of Colonie, Colonie. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Nassau Community Band @ the Village Commons Gazebo, Nassau. Mozart, polkas, marches and, yes, some ABBA, too. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Betsy & the ByeGons @ Town Park, Halfmoon. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Scotia-Glenville Community Band & Jazz Band @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…