12/16/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

December 16th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Squeeze Acoustic: Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The two main men from the British pop group Squeeze team up as an acoustic duo on the At Odds Couple Tour, playing such favorites as “Up the Junction” and “Cool For Cats,” along with new material. 8pm. $35, $45, $55 & $65.

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.

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MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, he’s back, resuming his month-long Wednesday night residency. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: James McMurtry @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. With Ray Mason. Writer Stephen King declares, “James McMurtry may the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation.” 7pm. $25.

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

WORKSHOP: Songwriter’s Workshop @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by Sonny Speed every third Wednesday. Each participant gets 10 minutes to play one original song and receive feedback from fellow songwriters. The tone of critique is constructive and supportive and intended to help you create the songs you want to create. Please bring 20 lyric sheets, which will be returned to you with notes after the critique. Piano and CD/MP3 player are available, or bring your own instrument. 7pm. $5.

FILM: “Killing Them Safely” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Director Nick Berardini tells the story behind TASER International, the only manufacturer of TASERs for law enforcement, and its founding brothers Rick and Tom Smith. Young entrepreneurs looking for an alternative to guns, the Smith brothers ended up revolutionizing law enforcement by perfecting a weapon that was promised to be both 100% safe and effective. Yet, as Rick and Tom’s wealth and influence grow, the consequences of this new way of policing force them to reconcile their success with the path they took to get there. 7pm.