11/10/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

November 10th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Tower of Power @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Electrifying. Soulful. Compelling. The veteran horn-fueled funk band showcases its new lead singer, Marcus Scott. 8pm. $59, $69 & $79. GO HERE to read an interview with co-founding saxman Emilio Castillo

PERFORMANCE: “The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)” @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Musician-storyteller Julian Koster of the Music Tapes and and Neutral Milk Hotel has partnered with Night Vale Presents to debut a new podcast. Audiences will enter a new reality featuring a mystifying performing musical bird, a trombone-playing polar bear and legitimate feats of time travel, as Koster and the Music Tapes’ Robbie Cucchiaro and Thomas Hughes present a surreal evening of boundary-pushing stories and songs. 8pm. $15.

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MUSIC: Amanda Palmer @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Innovative and fearlessly outspoken, the pianist-singer-songwriter offers a hard-hitting solo performance. 7:30pm. $35. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out…

MUSIC: Trixie Whitley @ The Falcon, Marlboro. With Adam Falcon. You can hear the influence of her late great father Chris Whitley, but Trixie is certainly her own woman with her own seductive style. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Graham Tichy @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Troy. Multi-media workshop/demonstration titled “From Swing to Surf: The Evolution of the Electric Guitar.” 12noon. FREE.

THEATER: “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The stage musical based on the 1987 film that starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. 1:30 & 8pm. $30-$100. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The JECCO Trio @ The Paul Nigra Center for the Creative Arts, Gloversville. The high-octane fusion group of pianist Lecco Morris, saxman Jeff Nania and percussionist/drummer Rob Morrison pulls from a wide array of influences to radically interpret classic jazz standards and pop tunes, as well as original songs. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Omar Sosa @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The seven-time Grammy-nominated composer and Afro-Cuban jazz pianist returns to Hudson for the world premiere of his new trio, featuring German trumpeter Joo Kraus and renowned Weather Report percussionist Manolo Badrena. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Blood of Spain @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Century Plants, Stoker and Juuls. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Heavy Pets @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Gang of Thieves. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The hit comedy written by Matt Murphy and directed by Tim Drucker. 7:30pm. $39.50. Also at 7:30pm on Friday.

MUSIC: Brasil Guitar Duo @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; free children & students.

ARTIST TALK: Mel Ziegler @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Discussing his current Flag Exchange project. 7pm. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled…

COMEDY: Gary Gulman @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

READING: Jeff Goodell @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. The journalist, non-fiction writer and Rolling Stone editor is author of “How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate.” With Jennifer Haigh, whose new novel, “Heat and Light,” has been hailed as “the best fracking novel ever” by The Washington Post. 7pm. FREE.

WORKSHOP: Sound Mind @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Faculty member Adam Tinkle leads a sonic meditation workshop. 5pm.

FILM: “Eva Hesse” @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. This acclaimed 2016 documentary traces the artist’s path and engages in a lively investigation into the creative community of ’60s New York and Germany. 6:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Lamb” @ The Linda, Albany. Yared Zeleke’s feature film debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. 6pm VIP meet & greet; 7pm screening.