11/12/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

November 12th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Gordon Lightfoot @ The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The veteran Canadian troubadour and hitmaker brings his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour to the Hall, playing such classics as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me,” “The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold on the Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”… 8pm. $44 & $57.

MUSIC: Tragedy: An All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. I believe the band name says it all, right? This should be hilarious. With Vomlette. 9pm. $15.

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MUSIC: Eric Andersen @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of the greats from the ’60s, who is still at the top of his game: “Violets of Dawn.” “Close the Door Lightly.” “Thirsty Boots.” “Time Run Like a Freight Train.” “Blue River.” 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Delbert McClinton @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The race track’s nightclub will be jumpin’ to the sounds of the veteran roadhouse rocker and his smokin’ band, who still know how to raise the roof. 9pm. $25.

TALK: Ray Kurzweil @ MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams. The renowned inventor, author and futurist delivers the lecture, “Science, Technology and Invention: Strategies to Create the Future.” 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Andy Iorio @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. It’s the CD release party/concert for II, the sophomore instrumental album by the Local 518 pianist-composer. 7pm. $17.50.

MUSIC: The Ghost of Paul Revere @ the Old Station Inn, Greenwich. the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine’s holler-folk band. With a sound built around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Leon Russell @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. He’s the master of space and time… From Gary Lewis & the Playboys to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen. From Hank Wilson to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The white-haired piano man has done it all over the course of his lengthy and varied career. 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.

MUSIC: Jessica Lea Mayfield @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The singer-songwriter brings her moody, rootsy indie-rock to town in support of her new album, Make My Head Sing. With the Suitcase Junket. 8pm.

TALK/PANCAKES: Amy Halloran @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Troy author and activist speaks about her new book “The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf.” Homemade pancakes with syrup will be served. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.

TALK: Bernard F. Conners @ New York State Museum, Albany. The former FBI agent, Golden Gloves boxing champion, best-selling novelist, Emmy-winning TV producer and former publisher of The Paris Review discusses his life and his new memoir, “Cruising with Kate: A Parvenu in Xanadu” with The Times Union writer Paul Grondahl. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

MUSIC: The Bonnets @ the Low Beat, Albany. Vermont punkadelic trio. With Nine Votes Short and Winter Kickball. 8pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ The Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: In Spite of Ourselves @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE; $10 if under 21.

TALK: “Why Authorial Copyright Matters in Popular Music: the Blurred Lines Case” @ Williams College’s Bernhard Center Room 30, Williamstown. Professor Ingrid Monson of Harvard University talks about music and copyright. 4:15pm. FREE.

READING: Veterans’ Voices: Ajax in America @ Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Paul Pines directs a dramatic reading of the Greek tragedy “Ajax” by Sophocles with amateur actors who are all military veterans. Followed by a panel discussion of veterans, a clinician, a veteran family member and a Classics scholar. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Chasing Shadows” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. It’s Warren Miller’s 66th annual snow sports feature film tour. Take a glimpse into the world of the U.S. freestyle team and the dynamics of snow sports that live on the fringe, like mono skiing, power surfing and speed riding. 7:30pm. $19.