4/8/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

April 8th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Heather Nova @ The Linda, Albany. The Bermuda-born singer-songwriter takes the stage in support of her latest album, The Way It Feels. With Brian Dunne. 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: WCDB-FM’s 38th Anniversary: Jazz Night @ the Low Beat, Albany. UAlbany’s radio station celebrates its 38th anniversary with three homegrown Local 518 bands – We B3; the quartet of Brian Patneaude, George Muscatello, Rich Syracuse and Jeff Siegel; and Michael Benedict & Bopitude. 7pm. $10.

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MUSIC: Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars @ Williams College’ Chapin Hall, Williamstown. They’ve risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jewel @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The Alaskan-born singer-songwriter rolls into town in support of her latest album Picking Up the Pieces and her memoir, “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story.” JD & the Straight Shot open the show. 8pm. $55.50, $65.50 & $75.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

EVENT: Capital Region Guitar Show @ Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. Check it out – buy, sell, trade, try or just drool… 5-9pm. $7; FREE under age 10; $2 discount if you bring a guitar or amp. Also 10am-5pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Brooks Williams @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Dirty Linen magazine calls him “one of America’s musical treasures.”The Georgia native (now living in London) creates super-charged Americana blues that is electrifying. 8pm. $22.

THEATER: “The Lion King” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is helmed by director Julie Taymor, who brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Also featuring the choreography of Garth Fagan and the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. 8pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. 6 & 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ Casey Finn’s, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Bryan Brundige Trio @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. An evening of hot jazz, swing and dancin’! 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Talking Heads tribute band. 9:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: Particle @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Kung Fu. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “The Realish Housewives of Clifton Park” @ Proctors GE Theatre, Schenectady. 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 10pm. $10.

THEATER: “Hecuba” @ Skidmore College’s Bernhard Theatre, Saratoga Springs. It’s the American premiere of Marina Carr’s reimagining of the legend of Hecuba and the fall of Troy. Directed by guest artist Ian Belton. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, April 17.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 14 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. An examination of animation – early abstract “visual music” animations by Mary Ellen Bute and Oskar Fischinger will be shown along with hyper-detailed 21st-century digital creations by Ryoichi Kurokawa and Novi_sad. 7pm. $6.

FILM: “Evolution of a Criminal” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Ten years after he robbed a Texas bank at the age of 16, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe’s award-winning documentary takes a personal look at how his actions affected the lives of family, friends and victims. Followed by a discussion with the director. 7pm. FREE.