7/20/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 20th, 2017, 7:03 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Ladles @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Hailing from Boston, The Ladles have three-part female harmony perfected – but their sound is more than that. They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending swing, old-time, neo-soul and contemporary choral music into a sound all their own. With singer-songwriter Alice Howe. 7pm. $18.
BUT WAIT… It’s all part of WEXT-FM’s 10th Anniversary Concert Crawl, and we’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to the show. Just leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address. The contest closes at 12:30pm today, and winner will be selected at random and notified this afternoon. Good luck!

MUSIC: Ziggy Marley @ The Egg, Albany. Yes, he’s the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, but he’s carved out a mighty impressive career on his own, earning eight Grammy Awards and an Emmy. 8pm. $46 & $56.

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MUSIC: Lindsay Ell @ Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing, Albany. The Alive at Five concert series continues with Country Night. With Anthony Fallacaro. 5pm. FREE.

DANCE: Che Malambo @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company makes their SPAC debut, performing the traditional South American Malambo, dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Motet @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Colorado band blends funk, rock, Afrobeat and jazz into a glorious swirl of sound. 8pm. $25-$50.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creative Freelancers @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. The panel discussion about the creative community featuring filmmaker Joe Piazzo, author/illustrator Ira Marcks, graphic designer/brand developer Corey Aldrich, multimedia producer/marketer Jamel Mosely and fashion writer Alyssa Hardy. 7pm. FREE.

OPERA: “Xerxes” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Countertenor John Holiday returns in the title role of one of the most brilliant scores in the Baroque repertory. History’s fierce Persian conqueror turns his attention to domestic affairs in a plot in which romantic attraction threatens to obliterate fraternal loyalty. 7:30pm. Through Friday, August 18.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat on the Roof concert series takes on a Latin salsa spin. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Copenhagen” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents a staged reading of Michael Frayne’s riveting drama in which three dead people discuss atomic physics. Really. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students age 21 and under. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

COMEDY: Chicks Are Funny @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. An evening of female comedians, hosted by Erin Harkes. 7:30pm. $7.

READING: Russell Banks @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues… With Chase Twichell. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Natt Phipps Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The lunchtime Jazz on Jay concerts series continues… 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington. With the MMRHS Jazz Band All Stars. 7:30pm. $35; $30 veterans & active service; $20 seniors & students.

THEATER: “The Holler Sessions” @ Ancram Opera House, Ancram. Written and performed by Frank Boyd, the play is staged as a live radio show, centering around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. 8pm. $25. Through July 23.

MUSIC: Shelley King @ Colony, Woodstock. The Texas singer-songwriter’s music is drenched in soul and blues. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Luke Temple @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Cassandra Jenkins and Johnny Fritz. 8pm. $10.

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.

MUSIC: Call Shotgun @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Grand and the Rescott Renegade. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Dephyant @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Dan Dillinger, Onewerd, Devin B. 7:30pm. $5.

FILM/TALK: An Evening of Conversation and Film Screenings @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Hollywood special effects legend Phil Tippett, author Lucy Raven and a screening of “Starship Troopers.” 6pm booksigning (FREE); 7pm talk/screening ($6).

MUSIC: The Nisky Dixie Cats @ Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers @ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Arc Iris @ North Adams Elks Lodge, North Adams. Performing Joni Mitchell’s Blue. 6:30pm. $15.

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: Dan Bern @ The Falcon, Marlboro. With Bruce T. Carroll. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Deb Cavanaugh @ the Honest Weight Food Co-op, Albany. The latest installment of the Honest Beets: Sounds of the Capital Region series. 6:30pm.

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.

ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Music, dance, art, theater and more along North Street. 5pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Barker Park, Troy. It’s the Movement Story Hour for kids. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Crush @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland. With Overture. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

READING/OPEN MIC: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Poet Anna Kreienberg is the featured reader. Dan Wilcox hosts. 7pm sign-up; 7:30 reading. $3.

MUSIC: New York Players @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Katsura @ O’Slattery’s, Delmar. 7pm.

DANCE: Parsons Dance Open Rehearsal @ PS21, Chatham. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: The AudioStars @ Canal Square, Cohoes. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Betsy & the ByeGons @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose. 6:30pm. 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.

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…