3/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

March 23rd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Liz Longley @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter and Sugar Hill recording artist has earned top prizes the John Lennon Songwriting Competition as well as the International Acoustic Music Award. With Brian Dunne. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Love For Greg: Get Well Soon Fundraiser for Greg Nash” @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. One of Greater Nippertown’s most in-demand drummers suffered a heart attack earlier this month, so friends and fellow musicians are gathering together to help him out with medical expenses. Featuring Wild Adriatic, Super 400, Sean Rowe, Sly Fox & the Hustlers, Let Go Daylight, Soul Sky, The Erotics, Blackcat Elliott, Toys in the Attic, Dashboard Anthem, Last Daze, Under the Den, Vatrano Road, Two Guys, Herb Carter, Erin Harkes, Luke McNamme… 5pm. $10 minimum donation. GO HERE for more info…

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COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Chicks for Charity @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. Katherine Gauthier hosts as evening of female stand-up comics in a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Erin Harkes headlines. With Dre Cerbin, Dee Watson and Jennifer McMullen. 7:30pm. $15.

TALK: The Creative Life: A Conversation @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. WAMC-FM’s Joe Donahue discusses art and life with David Salle, painter and author of the acclaimed collection of essays, “How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking About Art.” 7pm. FREE

MUSIC: August Alsina @ Proctors, Schenectady. The New Orleans-based Def Jam recording artist rolls into town. With A Boogie Wit a Hoodie and PnB Rock. 8pm. $35, $65 & $100.

MUSIC: Giacomo Gates @ Senate Garage, Kingston. The winner of the 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll as Male Vocalist Rising Star brings a sense of humor as acute as his sense of rhtyhm. Accompanied by the Don Miller Trio. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Ragini Shankar @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The violinist serves up an evening of Hindustani classical music accompanied by Devesh Chandra on tabla. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students.

THEATER: “Doubt, A Parable” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, as directed by Tom Templeton. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, March 26.

MUSIC: Copley Street & Owen Marshall @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. Boston-based Uilleann piper Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley are joined by bouzouki player Owen Marshall for an evening of traditional Irish music. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pinesheets @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Another Michael, Tuxis Giant and Apostrophe S. 8pm.

MUSIC: Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The On the Stage series continues with a band (including Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood of Trout Fishing in America) whose sound has been described as “roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk.” 7:30pm. $30.

THEATER: “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The true story of one of the worst opera “singers” of all time. Directed by Flo Hayle and starring Alison Davy. 7:30pm. $22 in advance; $25 at the door; $10 students. Through Sunday, March 26. GO HERE for more info…

OPERA: “The Bremen Town Musicians” @ Center for Disability Services, Troy. Opera Saratoga performs John Davies’ children’s opera based on the Brothers Grimm folk tale, featuring the music of Offenbach, Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi. 10:30am. FREE.

MUSIC: Hot Mayonnaise @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Top Nachos and Hill Haints. 8:30pm. $5.

THEATER: “An Iliad” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s great epic tale fuses words and music in a spare, modern production starring David Barlow. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, April 2.

TALK ON SCREEN: “Deconstructing the Beatles’ Revolver @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Composer-producer Scott Freiman explores the groundbreaking production techniques that went into creating this landmark piece of music history. 7pm. $15.

VIDEO/FILM: Isabelle Pauwels @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The Canadian artist presents clips, excerpts and shorts that span her extraordinarily wide range of visual, narrative and linguistic references. 7pm. $6.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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