5/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

May 24th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

Happy birthday, Bob…

MUSIC: The Rahim AlHaj Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Iraqi-American oud master and composer performs an evening of gorgeous, heartbreaking instrumental music from his latest album, Letters From Iraq. 7pm. $15. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE tickets…

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MUSIC: Sara Watkins @ The Egg, Albany. Singer, songwriter and fiddler, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek performs an evening of contemporary bluegrass, country, pop and folk with her band in support of her latest album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Mike + Ruthy (of the recently reunited Mammals). 7:30pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: Sylvan Esso @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. A rather unlikely Crossgates Mall concert. 8pm. $26. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out…

MUSIC: Whitehorse @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Canadian husband-and-wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland preview selections from their upcoming album, Panther in the Dollhouse. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled… they’re playing at the Hollow instead.

MUSIC: The Orwells @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. In support of their new album Terrible Human Beings, frontman Mario Cuomo (no, not that one) leads the band into Cuomo territory. With Whitehorse. 9pm. $13.

MUSIC: Mike Kelley @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

MUSIC: Oh Wonder @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. With Charlotte Cardin. 8pm. $20.

FILM: “Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Murray Lerner’s documentary film is an unvarnished chronicle of Bob Dylan’s metamorphosis from folk to rock via his appearances at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963-1965. 7pm. $5.

FILM/MUSIC: “Marwencol” @ the Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. A fascinating documentary about the fantasy world of Hudson Valley’s Mark Hogancamp. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Also live music by Jennifer DuBois of the Dust Bowl Faeries. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. A party on the patio! 7pm.

THEATER: “Some People Hear Thunder” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The world premiere of a new musical love story by Gerson Smoger and Jeffrey Sorkin. Directed by and starring Kevin McGuire. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, May 28. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “Kunstler” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. Jeff McCarthy stars in Jeffrey Sweet’s play about radical lawyer and civil rights activist William Kunstler. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 10.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ the Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs. The jazz singer accompanied by Scott Bassinson, keyboard, and Pete Toigo, bass. 6pm.

COMEDY: Chicks Are Funny @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. Hosted by Erin Harkes. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats. 10pm.

MUSIC: Masters of Nostalgia @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Classic rock/folk band led by Dave Pedinotti. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Scott Dee @ Proctors, Schenectady. Tribute to Englebert Humperdinck. With Joey Pucci’s American Longboards. 8pm. $35, $45, $50 & $65.50.

COMEDY: Sorry Not Sorry @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Improv ensemble. 8pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSION: The SABS Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sonny Speed hosts with featured duo Andrew Wheeler & Donna Marie Trittico. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm music. $5.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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