5/19/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

May 19th, 2016, 7:07 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Milk Carton Kids @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The indie-folk duo conjures up comparisons to such terrific twosomes as Simon & Garfunkel, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings and the Everly Brothers. With Margaret Glaspy. 7:30pm. $29 & $34: $15 students.

MUSIC: Dreamers @ the Upper Room, Albany. It’s the opening night for live music at Albany’s newest nightspot. The Brooklyn-based cosmic-rock trio headlines at the venue on the second floor of the old Jillian’s building. With the Young Wild and AudioDamn! 8pm.

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MUSIC: Roger McGuinn @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The legendary voice of the Byrds returns with his solo show – a guided tour of his role as a preserver of music traditions and a pioneer of innovations in the development of folk-rock and country-rock genres. 7:30pm. $35.

MUSIC: Kiefer Sutherland @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. He’s done TV (“24”). He’s done movies (“Stand by Me,” “Flatliners,” “Melancholia”). Now he’s made an album (Down in a Hole”) and hit the road with his band for a tour. With Austin Plaine. 7pm. $25.

PERFORMANCE: “The Round” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. French duo Projet In Situ, created by choreographers Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon, presents an experimental, site-specific work combining movement, technology, participatory theater and sound installation. Each audience member receives earbuds to use with cell phones, to listen to audio recordings that uncover a choreographed journey through MASS MoCA. Departures take place every 15 minutes between 4-8:45pm. The performance is approximately 70 minutes long. $10.

MUSIC: Hoan @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The Montreal-based band kicks off their US tour with a blend of angular new wave and power pop. With Hospital Corners and Walking X-Ray. 8pm.

THEATER: Gidion’s Knot @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Directed by John Sowle, Johnna Adams’ play is a shattering contemporary drama about bullying, freedom of expression, and the ever-present threat of violence in our schools. 7:30pm. $20; $10 age 21 and under. Through Sunday, May 22.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Comedy Death Match @ the Low Beat, Albany. This benefit for the Orange Street Cat Rescue is a one-joke-at-a-time contest in which each comedian has just 30 seconds to make the audience laugh to move on to the next round. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: David Burgess @ the Crandall Public Library Folklife Center, Glens Falls. Latin guitarist. 7pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Rickey Smiley @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Stand-up comedian, radio and television host. 8pm. $35.

THEATER: “Presto Change-O” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The new musical by Eric Price and Joel Waggoner tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 11. UPDATE: This performance is officially sold out…

MUSIC: Normal Instruments @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Solaris. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jesse Harris @ Dream Away Lodge, Becket. 8pm.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Free Air @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Tar Iguana. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “South Pacific” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical directed by Deborah Dorman. It’s gonna be “Some Enchanted Evening”… 8pm. $20; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, May 22.

OPEN MIC/POETRY: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts. With featured poet Mike Jurkovic. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

FILM: “Reuse! Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet” @ The Linda, Albany. This documentary isn’t about our waste problem. It’s about solutions. And they are everywhere… 7pm. $8.