12/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

December 2nd, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Leftover Salmon @ The Egg, Albany. The originators of the Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass genre – featuring Vince Herman (vocals, guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, banjo); Greg Garrison (vocals, bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums) – return to The Egg in support of their latest album, High Country. 7:30pm. $34.50.

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, he’s back again, kicking off his Wednesday night happy hour residency with another barrage of sharp-edhed comedic/poetic/ punk rock songs, commentary and jokes. 7pm. $10.

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THEATER: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The modern holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle – now with music and songs. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Idle Bloom @ 51 3rd Street, Troy. Nashville indie psych-popsters in support of their debut EP, Some Paranoia. With Moon Magick and Swanfeeder. 7pm.

COMEDY: Kevin McCaffrey @ The Garage, Pittsfield. Next up in the Laugh Lounge series, it’s the NYC-based comedian and writer originally from Chicago. He made his network TV debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and did so well that Letterman hired him to write with his monologue team. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Chinese Music Ensemble @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The ensemble – featuring such instruments as the zheng, erhu, yangqin and zhongruan – focuses on the Chinese sizhu genre of chamber music. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

OPEN MIC/POETRY: Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With featured readers Barbara Ungar and Stuart Bartow. 7pm. $5.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 8 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The final screening of the series features Cally Spooner’s EMPAC-produced musical “And You Were Wonderful, On Stage” and Mervyn Le Roy’s vintage gem “Gold Diggers of 1933.” 7pm. $6.