4/15/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

April 15th, 2016, 7:30 am by Greg
Terrance Simien

Terrance Simien

Photograph by Fred Rudofsky

MUSIC: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The two-time Grammy Award-winner, eighth-generation Louisiana Creole, and soulful zydeco singer-accordionist served up a righteously rousing concert/dance party at the Massry just last year, and you can bet that he’ll do it all again tonight. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students. GO HERE to read a concert review…

MUSIC: “See the Future!” Sampler @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the Bombadils and 10 String Symphony. 8pm. $18.

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MUSIC: Greg Brown @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. A laid back but always insightful evening of Greg Brown’s songs about Iowa farmers, Midwest highways, raising children, dogs, love and loss in everyday life. 8pm. $29.50.

COMEDY: Lewis Black @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The acerbic stand-up comedian, actor and author returns to town with his new show, “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth” – just days before the New York State primary elections. 8pm. $29.50, $49.50 & $65.

MUSIC: McKinley James @ the Beer Belly, Albany. Maybe you caught the teen guitarslingin’ wunderkind at The Hangar opening for J.D. McPherson. Or maybe you saw in starring in Eric Church’s music video for “Mr. Misunderstood.” Or maybe you plan on catching him in concert on the main stage at Albany’s Tulip Fest… 8pm.

MUSIC: Creed Bratton @ the Low Beat, Albany. He was the singer and guitarist with the ’60 hitmaking popsters the Grass Roots. And he was a favcorite actor on the hit TV series, “The Office.” Now he’s headed into the Low Beat… 7pm. $20-$50.

PERFORMANCE: “Moved by the Motion” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A poetic stage interpretation of the science fiction world in Wu Tsang’s forthcoming feature film, “A day in the life of bliss,” the experimental theater/performance collaboration between artists Wu Tsang, boychild and cellist Patrick Belaga. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Marco Benevento @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The eclectic, eccentric keyboardist celebrates the release of his new album, The Story of Fred Short. With special guest pop harpist Mikaela Davis. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: America @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. “I Need You.” “Ventura Highway.” “Sister Golden Hair.” “Tin Man.” And, of course, “Horse With No Name.” It’s the 45th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorites featuring founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. 8pm. $49.75, $59.75 & $84.75. GO HERE to read a concert review…

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.

COMEDY: Pound House Live @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Looking for laughs? DJ Douggpound brings his internet show to the stage at the Madison with comedian Brent Weinbach, special guests Dre Cerbin and Chris Barnes and host Ethan Ullman. 7:30pm. $25. GO HERE to win FREE TICKETS…

MUSIC: The Blind Owl Band @ the Parish Public House, Albany. With Pale Green Stars. 10pm. $15.

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.

MUSIC: The Mowgli’s @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Julia Nunes and the Rebel Light. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Coveralls @ Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Troy. 8pm.

THEATER: “A Day in a Life: Lucky Lindy” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. It’s opening night! In Dick D. Zigun’s sideshow romp through the life of Charles A. Lindbergh, Molly Parker Myers and Steven Patterson play over 100 roles in this wacky (and ultimately moving) examination of the pleasures and pitfalls of celebrity. Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 under age 21. Through Sunday, April 24.

MUSIC/TALK: “Music and Culture of Africa” @ Union College’s Taylor Music Center, Schenectady. In conjunction with Prof. Tim Olsen’s class, it’s a lecture/performance on West African music by Guinean griot/guitarist Mamady Kouyaté. 1:50pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Union College’s Old Chapel, Schenectady. Guinean griot/guitarist Mamady Kouyaté leads his nine-piece band in an African music dance party. 9pm. $5.

COMEDY: Paul Murphy @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Los Angeles Times calls him “quite likely the funniest entertainer that you’ve never heard of… yet.” 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Right Coast Soul @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Mirror, Mirror” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Set in a private high school in North Carolina, Sarah Treem’s play is a blend of magical imagery, fairy-tale allusions, contemporary dramatic dialogue and philosophical monologues, as this student production deals with issues of body image, sexual orientation, racism and the struggle of the high school experience. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Garcia Project @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $15.

FILM: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Mike Nichols’ 1966 take on Edward Albee’s classic drama starring Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis and Elizabeth Taylor in an Academy Award-winning performance. 7:30pm. FREE.