2/16/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

February 16th, 2017, 7:25 am by Greg

MUSIC: Marcia Ball @ the Upper Room, Albany. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist-singer-songwriter boogies into town in support of her latest album, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Brantley Gilbert @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. The country singer two-steps into town in support of his new album, The Devil Don’t Sleep. With Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis. 7pm. $34.75 & $39.75.

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MUSIC: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Volodymyr Sirenko conducts the orchestra in a program of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. 7:30pm. $45 & $55.

MUSIC: The East Pointers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Celtic-Maritime folk trio of guitarist Jake Charron, fiddler Tim Chaisson and his cousin, banjoist Koady Chaisson. 7pm. $18.

COMEDY: Tim Meadows @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. “Saturday Night Live” alum. 7:30pm. $10. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: LoCash @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Nominees for the Academy of Country Music’s award as the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas return to Greater Nippertown following their Alive at Five concert last summer. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Mike Kelley @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. The multi-talented keyboardist has played with everyone form Fear of Strangers to Blotto to Ernie Williams to the Sharks. 6pm.

MUSIC: Concert Jazz Band @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. 7pm.

DANCE: Bale Folclorico da Bahia @ Proctors, Schenectady. Authentic Brazilian folkloric dances and music based on three influences that formed the Brazilian people: African, from the introduction of slavery in the late 16th century; Indigenous, the Brazilian natives; and European, through the Portuguese colonization. 8pm. $20-$35.

MUSIC: The Williams Jazz Faculty Concert @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Kris Allen, Mike Kolodny, John Wheeler, Andy Jaffe, Avery Sharpe and Conor Meehan perform classic jazz from the year 1959 by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and others. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bryan Brundige Trio @ the Speakeasy 518, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Albany Pump Station, Albany. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. It’s opening night. An evening of 10 plays, each just 10 minutes long. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, February 26.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:15pm.

COMEDY: Myq Kaplan @ The Garage, Pittsfield. The Laugh Lounge series continues with a 2010 “Last Comic Standing” finalist. 7:30pm. $5.

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.

MUSIC: The Dobbs-Dikener-Botes Trio @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Featuring flutist Wendell Dobbs, cellist Şölen Dikener and pianist Johan Botes in a program of Rachmaninov, Charles-Marie Widor and Carl Maria von Weber. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

MUSIC: “Words without Songs without Words” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Ensemble Connect and Skidmore students erase the boundaries between language, sound and music, including a tribute to the late Pauline Oliveros. 7pm. FREE.

READING: Nancy Jo Sales @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Room 375, Albany. The journalist/non-fiction writer is known for work that focuses on youth culture, crime and pop-culture icons, including her latest book “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.” 8pm. FREE.

TALK/DEMO: Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek offer an in-depth demonstration and discussion of EMPAC’s 496-speaker Wave Field Synthesis audio system. 7pm. $6. Through Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

READING/OPEN MIC: Third Thursday Poetry Readings @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Poet Daniella Toosie-Watson is the featured poet. Dan Wilcox hosts. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

FILM: “Seven Songs for a Long Life” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. In this unexpectedly uplifting film, six hospice patients unlock their pasts and illuminate their dreams through song, allowing us into tender, vulnerable, and funny moments of their lives, and revealing an intimate story behind our changing relationship with death. 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.

FILM/TALK: “Forgotten Farms” @ The Linda, Albany. The film examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to “know your farmer,” as the bumper sticker recommends. A discussion with director Dave Simonds and producer Sarah Gardner follows the screening. 7pm.