7/21/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 21st, 2016, 7:18 am by Greg

MUSIC: Freakwater @ the Low Beat, Albany. Alt-country pioneers Dave Gay, Catherine Ann Irwin, Janet Beveridge Bean and their cohorts make their long overdue Greater Nippertown debut in support of their new album, Scheherazade. With Drunken Prayer. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Bloc Party @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The Alive at Five concert series continues with the London alt-rock foursome in support of their new album, Hymns. With Titanics. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. The 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday gets underway with performances by Rebel Darling, Olivia Quillio, Grassroots Rebels and Doug Cox Acoustic Dead. 2pm. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…

MUSIC: Norah Jones @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. She swept the 2003 Grammy awards with her debut album Come Away with Me, and since then, she’s taken the road less traveled to carve out an interesting and varied musical career. With the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 7pm. $65.

MUSIC: The Struts @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Vocalist Luke Spiller leads the British band as they proudly carry the glam-rock flag on their sparkling debut album Everybody Wants. With Dorothy. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Miracle Legion @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. If you missed them at The Linda, now you’ve got another chance to catch the reunited faves. With Fancy Trash. 7pm. $22.

THEATER: The Puppet People @ Barker Park, Troy. “Dig into Reading” to solve the mystery of Book Island and help the hero save the day! Go on a quest, dig for buried treasure – this “Shovel full of Fun” has loads of audience participation! 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Michelle Shocked @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $20. UPDATE: Oh, this show is sooo cancelled…

MUSIC: Heard @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay concert series continues with keyboardist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and her world-beat jazz band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: St. Paul & the Broken Bones @ Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. The six-piece soul band from Alabama raises the roof. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Blue Hand Luke @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Yes, Tommy Love is back in town… 7:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Tempest” @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. With Glenn Barrett as Prospero, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is back for a third year of free outdoor theater. 8pm. FREE. Through Sunday, August 7.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Balanchine’s Black & White. 8pm.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Dead tribute band kicks off their weekly residency. 9:30pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Ethnic Fair is joining the fun with food vendors. Free cupcakes for all at Persip Park. Performances include Natalya & the Boys Band, Bronte Roman’s El Grupo Caliente, the Berkshire Salsa Dancers and more. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Emerald City @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Connor Kennedy & Minstrel @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Continuing their third Thursday residency. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Guardians of the Treasure” @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. The Creative Place International presents the play adapted and directed by Mary Jane Hansen. 7:30pm. $25; $10 children. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Dadtet @ Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna. The Local 518 jazz allstars include Ben O’Shea (trombone), Brian Patneaude (saxophone), Keith Pray (saxophone), Dave Fisk (saxophone), Dave Gleason (piano), Mike Lawrence (bass) and Andy Hearn (drums). 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “A Night With Janis Joplin” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Kelly McIntyre stars as the electrifying blues-rock singer in the play written and directed by Randy Johnson. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 7. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. Beatles tribute band. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Chicago” @ Washington Park Lakehouse, Albany. Park Playhouse presents the Kander & Ebb musical about murderers Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly, who try to turn crime into fame. 8pm. FREE-$24. Through Saturday, July 30.

MUSIC: Deena Chappell @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: 2 Broads With a Lotta Sound @ the Crossings, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Hot Rod Band @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Comedy of Manors” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. “Downton Abbey” meets “Noises Off.” Adirondack Theatre Festival presents a laugh-a-minute farce of stately proportions. 7:30pm. $32, $38 & $45. Through Friday, July 22.

MUSIC: NYC Ballet Musicians and Friends @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Chamber music concert. 4pm. $7.

THEATER: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. “Feeeeed meee…” 2 & 7pm. $25, $50 & $65. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read the review…

MUSIC: Dos Amigos @ Rascals, Guilderland. 6pm. FREE.

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. 2 & 7pm. $60. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read review…

TALK: “From Naughty to Nice: Nudes from the Prado” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Kathleen Morris, interim senior curator and Marx Director of Exhibitions at the Clark Art Institute, give a talk about the current Clark exhibit. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ Parish Public House, Albany. With A-Bear (Dave Hebert of JGB). 8pm.

FILM: “The Boys of ’36” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The big screen premiere of the PBS-TV documentary based on the best-selling book, “The Boys in the Boat.” 7:30pm. FREE.