7/7/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

July 7th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Joan Osborne @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C, North Adams. One of the great soul singers digs into the vast Bob Dylan songbag. 8pm. $35 & $45; $25 students.

MUSIC: Jonathan Edwards @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Now into his fifth decade of making music, Edwards’ talents have graced 16 albums including his latest Tomorrows Child, was produced by Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist, Darrell Scott with guest appearances by Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas and Allison Krauss. 8pm. $27.

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MUSIC: Jazz Institute Student Concert @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 1pm. FREE.

OPERA: “Porgy & Bess” @ Glimmerglass, Cooperstown. Set in Catfish Row, George Gershwin’s classic “folk opera” deals with the attempt of Porgy, a disabled beggar, to create a home for himself and Bess, a young woman whose troubled past threatens to consume her present. 7:30pm. Through August 21.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The company’s Saratoga summer residency continues with an All American program. 8pm. Pre-performance talk at 7pm.

MUSIC: Super 400 @ On Tap Sports Bar, Latham. With Greg Aidala. 5:30pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Music, shopping, food & drink, people watching and art exhibits – including Tim Reidy’s photos at Rocco’s. 5pm. FREE.

READING: Michael Ondaatja @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s Reading Series continues. With Howard Norman. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Phil Chow & Friends @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Langhorne Slim & the Law @ Colony, Woodstock. With Yard Sale and Nick Panken (of Spirit Family Reunion). 8:30pm. $25.

THEATER: “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. A mother’s bitterness colors the lives of her two high school-aged daughters in Paul Zindel’s 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama directed by Steven Patterson. 7:30pm. $25; $10 for students age 21 & under. Through July 16.

MUSIC: Jallie the Giver @ the Low Beat, Albany. Electric City hip-hopsters in support of his latest mixtape, The Lost Astronaut. With Fultime101, Young Rashad and MikeyIV. 8pm.

MUSIC: John Simon @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The producer of such classic albums as Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends, Leonard Cohen’s The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Big Brother & the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills and the first two albums by The Band… 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Kenny White @ the Strand Theater, Hudson Falls. NYC singer-songwriter. 7pm. $12.

THEATER: “Ragtime” @ Washington Park Lakehouse Stage, Albany. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, “Ragtime” is a soaring, epic, culturally-important musical chronicling the lives of three families from three different worlds at the start of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American Dream. 8pm. FREE, $16, $18 & $24. Through Saturday, July 29.

MUSIC: Red Haired Strangers @ Landis Arboretum, Esperance. With Mike Poulopoulos. 7pm. $10; kids 12 and under FREE!

THEATER: “Downstairs” @ Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset. Sibling actors Tyne Daly and Tim Daly appear together onstage for the first time in the world premiere by Theresa Rebeck. 7:30pm. Through Saturday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Ladles @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The folk trio of Katie Martucci (fiddle, guitar), Caroline Kuhn (banjo, vocals) and Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere (fiddle, vocals). 8pm. $10; $5 students; FREE for those under age 16.

COMEDY: Michael Winslow @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $20. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Peter Piek @ Superior Merchandise, Troy. With Amanda Rogers and Birds of the Northeast. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical delivers an evening of rock ‘n roll classics featuring Brycen Katolinsky (as Elvis Presley), Colin Summers (as Carl Perkins), Gabriel Aronson (as Jerry Lee Lewis) and Bill Sheets (as Johnny Cash). 8pm. $65. Through Saturday, July 15. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Bella’s Bartok @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Cousin Earth and Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: West End Blend @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With Bobby Dick. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. Free swing dance lesson (7pm) followed by dancing to music by Crazy Feet (8pm). $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Mike Jenkins & the Fat Ties @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jesse Royal @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Reggae. 9pm.

THEATER: “Moonlight and Magnolias” @ Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington. A slapstick comedy about the creation of the classic film, “Gone With the Wind.” 7:30pm. $19.50, $25 & $50. Through Sunday, July 9. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Marty Wendell @ Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Early Elton @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. Tribute to Elton John featuring Jeff Kazee and John Conte (both of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) and Rich Pagano (of the Fab Faux). 8pm. $30 & $35.

MUSIC: Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies @ S&S Brewery, Nassau. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rick Surrano’s 145 @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

DANCE: “She” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Contemporary dance from the Dance Collective. 7:30pm. $22.50.

MUSIC: Legacy Music Group @ Blue 82, Albany. An evening of satin sheet soul… 10pm. $10.

THEATER: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Adirondack Theatre Festival hosts PB&J Cafe, a dinner theater for kids. 12noon. $15. Through Thursday, July 20.

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…