10/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 23rd, 2015, 8:03 am by Greg

MUSIC: Chuck Prophet @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Chuck Prophet is one of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters, writing and singing wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon. Stylistically, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock, folk-rock and plain old rock ‘n’ roll. With soulful noir-rocker Sarah Borges. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Eccentric jazz trio trio the Bad Plus teams up with supersaxman Josh Redman in a replay of this summer’s opening Alive at Five concert – but in a much more listener-friendly venue. 8pm. $35.

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MUSIC: Darius Rucker @ Times Union Center, Albany. The former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman brings his Southern Style Tour to town. With David Nail and Cam. 7:30pm. $29.75 & $49.75.

PARTICIPATORY FILM: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. With the Kids of Albany shadowcast. 7pm. $7.

MUSIC: GRiZ @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. It’s the Super Shagadelic Tour. With Big Wild and Muzzy Bear. 8pm. UPDATE: This event is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Blind Owl Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Bella’s Bartok. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “Book of Mormon” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book of Mormon” is the blockbuster Broadway smash from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Bobby Lopez, the Oscar-winning composer of “Avenue Q” and Disney’s “Frozen.” 8pm. $30-$130. Through Sunday.

READING/ART: “Claiming our Power: Sharing Our Stories” @ the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Troy. The opening reception for the exhibit of writings and collages will feature readings by the artists of their essays and poetry. Their work is the result of an eight-week workshop guided by Leslie Neustadt. 5pm.

COMEDY/THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “Spontaneous Broadway” @ Schenectady Light Opera Co., Schenectady. MopCo whips up a tasty improv comedy-meets-Broadway musical hybrid that will have you laughing while you’re singing along. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Aztec Two-Step @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

PERFORMANCE/READING: Andrea Gibson @ The Linda, Albany. The fearless poet/spoken word artist was the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam, and she brings her powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality to The Linda tonight. With Megan Falley. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Chris O’Leary Band @ the Bayous Cafe, Glenville. It’s the blues, baby! 8:30pm.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Old Station Inn, Greenwich. 9pm.

MUSIC: Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The orchestra features acclaimed guest piano soloist Simone Dinnerstein and great works performed by talented students and faculty, conducted by Ronald Feldman. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: High Peaks Band @ the Madison Theater, Albany. With the North & South Dakotas. 8pm.

THEATER: “The Homecoming” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, it’s a knotty, classic piece of theater, directed by Eric Hill. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 25.

DANCE: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet @ The Egg, Albany. Led by choreographer Mauro Astolfi, the Italian dance company’s splendor and technique has brought them accolades as one of the day’s most innovative contemporary dance ensembles. Performing “Lost for Words,” “Controfase,” “New Duet,” “Small Crime” and “She Is On the Ground.” 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: Catherine Calls the Cops @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a happy hour happening. 6pm.

MUSIC: Society High @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Savage Randys, Addison Boys and Spilt Milk. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Stray Dogs @ Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Troy.

MUSIC: The Black Ships @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Oz Alone, Paradox Saints and Devin 8.

COMEDY: DEST Comedy Jam 13 @ Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. Some of Albany’s best comedians step into th spotlight for this comedic mash-up of a show.
Hosted by Mo Haskins, the show will open with Dan Romanelli and will feature performances by Nick Leszczynski, Travis Stealey, E.J. Edmonds and headliner Rich Williams. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Rob Lindquist Group @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSC: The Refrigerators @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.

MUSIC: Wide Awake @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm.

COMEDY: Mike Epps @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Raw Deal Tour. With Bruce Bruce. 8pm. $47.50-$82. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.