2/9/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

February 9th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The SteelDrivers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The 2016 Grammy Award winners for Best Bluegrass Album make their Music Hall debut. 7:30pm. $27.

MUSIC: The Matt Flinner Trio @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. Mandolin master and band in support of their latest album Traveling Roots. 7:30pm. $15.

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MUSIC: The Gibson Brothers Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Hometown bluegrass brothers Leigh & Eric Gibson are joined by their long-time bassist Mike Barber as they preview their upcoming album In the Ground, due for release next week. 6:30 & 8:30pm. $39. UPDATE: The 6:30pm performance is now officially sold out.

TALK: Thomas L. Friedman @ Proctors, Schenectady. The New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist best-selling author and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner speaks about “The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics.” 8pm. $35-$55.

MUSIC: The Mark Turner Quartet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Mark Turner is one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, renowned for his exploratory intellect and intimate expressiveness on the full range of the tenor horn. Lathe of Heaven is his sixth album as a leader, but the first under his own name since 2001. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the storm…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the storm…

MUSIC: Vibes, Voices & Rhythms @ the Senate Garage, Kingston. Ingrid Sertso and Karl Berger (co-founders of Woodstock’s legendary Creative Music Studio) are joined by bassist John Menegon and drummer Tani Tabbal for songs by Bob Dylan, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and others. 7:30pm. $15. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Rev Tor’s Dead of Winter Jam @ The Garage, Pittsfield. The music of the Grateful Dead is celebrated by Rev Tor & Friends, including members of Rebel Alliance, the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Misty Blues, Hotshot Hillbillies, Dead Collective and more. 8:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “Assisted Loving: Dating with My Dad” @ theREP, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of New York Times writer Bob Morris’ poignant new comedy explores the world of contemporary digital dating later in life. 7:30pm. Through February 19.

READING: Helen Czerski @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The physicist, oceanographer and BBC broadcaster explores the science of popcorn, coffee stains and other ordinary phenomena and links them to more complex issues including climate change, the energy crisis and medical innovations in her new book, “Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.” 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar in the UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room at 4:15pm. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the storm…

COMEDY: Warren B. Hall @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm. $10. Through Saturday.

TALK: “Art and the Brain: Studio Practice and the Promise of the Liberal Arts” @ Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall, Saratoga Springs. John Stomberg, the Kelsey Director of Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art and guest juror for the Skidmore student show, presents a lecture. 5:30pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the storm…

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Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…