2/11/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

February 11th, 2016, 7:17 am by Greg

MUSIC: O.A.R. @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. They’re back. They’ve sold out Madison Square Garden twice. They’ve been regular headliners at SPAC. And now they’re rolling into the cozy confines of the Palace. 8pm. $29.75, $39.75, $49.75 & $50.75.

READING/CEREMONY: Edmund White & Yusef Komunyakaa @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Edmund White, best known as the author of the trilogy of autobiographical novels: “A Boy’s Own Story” (1982), “The Beautiful Room Is Empty” (1988) and “The Farewell Symphony” (1997) – will be officially appointed the New York State Author, while Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, whose most recent collection is “The Emperor of Water Clocks,” will be inducted as the NYS Poet Laureate. 8pm. FREE.

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MUSIC: The Sea the Sea @ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy. Previewing their upcoming EP, In the Altogether, set for official release on February 26. With Devon Sproule and Eric Margan. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Titanics @ Dali Mamma, Albany. It’s Dali after dark… With Jeremy Gold. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. A collection of 10 plays – each 10-minutes long – by 10 playwrights. 7:30pm. $15-30. Through Sunday, February 28.

MUSIC: Lee Fields & the Expressions @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Serious old-school soul. With the Eric Olsson Band and DJ Snack Attack of Purity Supreme. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Lord Electro @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Budder. 8pm.

THEATER: “Heathers: The Musical” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Yes, it’s something different for Club Helsinki – a stage musical based on the 1988 cult film that recounts the story of three girls named Heather, who rule Westerberg High with an iron fist. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime when she falls for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place: six feet under. 7:30pm. $20. Also at 7:30pm on Friday.

MUSIC: Bobbie Van Detta & the Split @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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…

COMEDY: Finesse Mitchell @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. Stand-up comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum (2003-2006). 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Free Air @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Psychedelic funk-rock. 9pm. Pay what you like.

ARTIST TALK: Monika Sosnowski @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunicatiuons Center, Troy. The photographer talks about her work in conjunction with the exhibit, “In This Place: Photographs by Monika Sosnowski and Carlos Loret de Mola” at the Teaching Gallery. 3pm. Followed by a reception at the gallery at 4pm. FREE.

TALK: “Vectors and Circles: CISL and EMPAC” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A conversation with Johannes Goebel and Hui Su. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Above and Beyond” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The high-flying documentary tells the heroic story of a ragtag crew of Jewish-American fighter pilots who risked everything to form the Israeli Air Force following World War II. Director Roberta Grossman joins via Skype for a Q+A following the screening. 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.

FILM: “The Notorious Mr. Bout” @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. This fascinating documentary explores events leading up to the sensational arrest of notorious arms dealer and war profiteer, Viktor Bout, utilizing Bout’s own home movies and DEA surveillance material. 5:30pm reception; 6pm screening. FREE.