7/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

July 18th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Robert Earl Keen @ The Egg, Albany. The Texas singer-songwriter is acclaimed for his ability tostrike the unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom sing-alongs. And he’s bringing along his full band. With Ruston Kelly. 7:30pm. $34.50. GO HERE to read our interview with him…

MUSIC: Howlin’ on the Hudson @ Dutch Apple Cruises, Albany. Eastbound Jesus brings their “Northern Rock” for a three-hour cruise on the river. 7pm. $30. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert/cruise schedule…

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COMEDY: George Lopez @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. A one-night-only chance to catch the comedian-actor prepping for his new stand-up special, “The Wall.” 7 & 9:30pm. $45. UPDATE: The 7pm show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Foreigner @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. NOTE: Last year, when Foreigner came to Proctors, there were no original members in the band. You have been warned. With Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. 7pm. $29.95-$99.95 for reserved amphitheater seats; $25 for lawn general admission.

FAIR: The Saratoga County Fair @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Greater Nippertown’s fair season officially gets underway with the usual array of racing pigs, chainsaw artists, a Unicorn Horse Competition (!?!), hypnotists, jugglers, magicians and live music by Rick Bolton & Friends, John Kribs & Friends and Maddhaus. Oh, and of course, fried dough… 10am.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Wesley Broulik directs the opening production of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s 2017 summer season. 6pm. FREE. Through July 29.

MUSIC: Gregg August & Friends @ MASS MoCA Galleries, North Adams. The Bang on a Can bassist performs music by Ornette Coleman, a new work for double bass and cello, and more. 4:30pm. FREE with museum admission.

MUSIC: Sydney Worthley @ Clark Art Institute lawn, July 18: The rising young singer-songwriter from Greater Nippertown celebrates the release of her debut album Strong, incorporating elements of pop, country, rock and folk. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Triskele @ Cook Park, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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.

ART TALK: Jessica Vaughn @ Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. 4pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Mamma Mia!” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The smash hit jukebox musical is jam-packed with those sunny, irresistibly catchy songs of ABBA. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

READING: Mary Gordon @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues. With Tom Healy. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Decoda @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. In residency for the Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, Decoda is a cutting-edge collective that performs around the globe, sparking personal connections between musicians and audiences. 7:30pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE for students & children.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ Orsini Park, Altamont. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC/TALK: Rochmon Record Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Chuck Vosganian selects one ground-breaking album – this time it’s Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours – and digs deep to create an entertaining, illuminating program of anecdotes, biographical and technical information and photos. Musical selections include the cuts from the featured album as well as some selections you might not have expected. 7pm. $5.

PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm start. $3 before 7:30pm; $5 thereafter.

MUSIC: The Atkinson Family @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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.

FILM: “Lilo & Stitch” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. 1pm. FREE.

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…