2/4/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

February 4th, 2016, 7:10 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Harlem Quartet @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The string quartet – Ilmar Gavilan, violin, Melissa White, violin, Jaime Amador, viola and Felix Umansky, cello – serves up an eclectic evening including jazz works by Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Abelardito Valdes, Wynton Marsalis and others. 7:30pm. $20 & $30; $15 students.

MUSIC: Hey Marseilles @ The Linda, Albany. Singer Matt Bishop, guitarist Nick Ward, keyboardist Philip Kobernik, cellist Sam Anderson, violist Jacob Anderson make some of the most intriguing chamber-pop music around in support of their new self-titled album – which includes an electro-pop cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” With Bad Bad Hats. 8pm. $18.

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FILM: “Who Killed Captain Alex?” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. A rare stateside screening of the first Ugandan action film. Made on less than a shoestring budget in the country’s eccentric Wakaliwood studio, the film is packed with cartoon violence, two dimensional helicopters, guns made from old car parts, wooden bullets and buckets of spectacularly fake blood. With a Q&A with Wakaliwood’s American ambassador Alan Hofmanis; a Skype interview with Wakaliwood auteur Isaac Nabwana; clips from upcoming Wakaliwood attractions; and – get this – the opportunity for volunteers to “die” on film for a future Wakaliwood production. 7pm. $9; $6 students.

EVENT: Local Music Mixer @ the Low Beat, Albany. A gathering for Local 518 musicians – learn about low power radio station WCAA-LP 107.3FM and how you can help get your music on the air. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jill Sobule @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The literate and witty singer-songwriter is sooooo much more than just her off-beat 1995 hit, “I Kissed a Girl.” Just listen to her latest album, Dottie’s Charms. With Carrie Ferguson. 7pm. $20.

COMEDY: Jim “Hacksaw” Duggan @ Comedy Works, Albany. The famed professional wrestler (and Glens Falls native) is launching his new career path as a stand-up comedian. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Donna The Buffalo @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by founding songwriter-vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, the long-running, well-traveled folk-rock quintet brings their roots-rockin’ jams and organic grooves to town. 8pm.

THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, February 14. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller directed by Rachael Sheffer. 8pm. $22, $24 & $28. Through February 7.

WORKSHOP: “Witness the Process” @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. Observers are welcome to watch the artists Gerard & Kelly as they conduct a workshop in which the score for their performance installation, Reusable Parts/Endless Love (2011), is transmitted to UAlbany students. 9am-12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Carey & Mike O’Donnell @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

THEATER: “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. What will happen when an anxious young black man, an old German immigrant and a pregnant white teenager are thrown together on a strange, dark, fateful night in Brooklyn? Find out at Soul Rebel Performance Troupe’s production of the drama by William Hanley. Directed by John-Remy Monnay. 8pm. $18. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Herb Carter’s 18 Strings of Trouble @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. Pay what you like.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 9 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s film series launches its 2016 season with the double-bill of Morgan Fisher’s 1971 film “Picture and Sound Rushes


” and “


Blackmail,” the 1929 Alfred Hitchcock gem. 7pm. $6.

READING/TALK: Jennifer Verdolin @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Room 375, Albany. The animal behavior scientist applies her knowledge of animal courtship and mating behaviors to human relationships. Her 2014 book on the subject, “Wild Connection,” grew out of her same-titled blog for Psychology Today. 8pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $3.