7/4/16: Today’s Top Tips: Monday (Independence Day)

July 4th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: New York State Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. Bands and, of course, fireworks! 3pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival performance schedule…

MUSIC: Super 400 @ Powers Park, Troy. With the Blue Machine. It’s a rockin’ Fourth! 6pm. FREE.

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MUSIC: James Taylor & His All-Star Band @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Yes, it’s the Fourth of July weekend, so who else did you think you would find on the Tanglewood stage? 8pm. $27-$108.

THEATER: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” @ the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Tennessee Williams’ classic directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn. 7pm. $62. Through Saturday, July 16.

MUSIC: KJ Denhert @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The urban folk and jazz singer-songwriter kicks off her Monday night residency… 7pm. Donation encouraged.

READING: The New York State Summer Writers Institute @ Skidmore College’s Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs. Poet April Bernard (“Brawl & Jag,” “Romanticism” and “Miss Fuller”) and novelist Elizabeth Benedict (“The Practice of Deceit,” “Safe Conduct” and “The Joy of Writing Sex”) kick off the 2016 reading series. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: David Lutken & the Seat of the Pants Band @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. “Yankee Doodle Folkie: Music for Independence Day”… 7pm. $35. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Fiorello!” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. What is a progressive politician? Look no further than Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical “Fiorello!,” a big-hearted look at Mayor LaGuardia and his battle for the people of New York City. Directed by Bob Moss. 7pm. $60. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read review…