10/13/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 13th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. For four decades, she sang background for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan and Nine Inch Nails. She was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” And she earned a Grammy Award for her own song “How Can I Ease the Pain.” 8pm. $34.

COMEDY: Paula Poundstone @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Stand-up comedian and regular on NPR’s No. 1 show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” 8pm. $34.

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DISCUSSION: “Media in the Age of New Technology: Fake News, Information Overload & Media Literacy” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Bob Schieffer (moderator of three presidential debates, former anchor of “CBS Evening News” and “Face the Nation” and author of “Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News”) moderates a panel discussion with Franklin Foer (staff writer of The Atlantic, former editor of The New Republic and author of “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech”), David Goodman (contributor to Mother Jones magazine and co-author of “Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America”), Maria Hinojosa (journalist, talk show host, anchor and executive producer of “Latino USA” and founder of the Futuro Media Group) and Tim Wu (professor at Columbia Law School, originator of “net neutrality” and author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads”). 4pm. FREE.

DISCUSSION: “Presidents and the Press: Trump, Nixon & More” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Bob Schieffer (moderator of three presidential debates, former anchor of “CBS Evening News” and “Face the Nation”) moderates a panel discussion with Douglas Brinkley (CNN Presidential historian and biographer of Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford), Amy Goodman (investigative reporter, host and producer of the award-winning news program “Democracy Now!”), Harry Rosenfeld (Times Union editor-at-large and former Metro Editor at The Washington Post) and Glenn Thrush (White House correspondent for The New York Times). 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Roy Book Binder @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The annual return of acoustic bluesman. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Yavin 4 @ the Low Beat, Albany. The “Star Wars”-themed band from Indiana. With the Hellasexuals, Losers Circle and Dead Aces. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: Avner the Eccentric’s Exceptions to Gravity @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schnectady. Old-school physical comedy, clowning and hilarious predicaments is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer. 7:30pm. $28.50.

MUSIC: The Eric Krasno Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Hartley’s Encore. 9:30pm.

FUNDRAISER: Masquerade Fashion Show @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A pre-Halloween fashion show and auction of one-of-a-kind, artists masks and costumes to benefit AnimalKind, the Hudson cat rescue and adoption center. Girlgantua is the evening’s MC and auctioneer. 8pm. $25 & $60.

MUSIC: Psychedelic Furs @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. With Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop. 8pm. $35 & $45.

THEATER: “The Color Purple” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel transformed into the Tony Award winning stage musical revival. 8pm. Through Saturday, October 14.

MUSIC: Samirah Evans @ Flavours of Malaysia, Pittsfield. The New Orleans jazz/blues singer is joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass), Connor Meehan (drums) and special guest saxophonist Charles Neville. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

COMEDY: Krish Mohan @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Jon Tenace, Tommy Mcguire and Nell Shanahan. 8:30pm. $10.

TALK: Adi Newton @ SUNY New Paltz’s Shepard Recital Hall, New Paltz. The UK experimental electronic musician of Clock DVA discusses the relationship between philosophy, research and music creation, as well as about his work as the director of Anterior Research Media Communications. 2pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Cabaret” @ Russell Sage College’s Meader Little Theater, Troy. The classic Kander & Ebb music directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 10am & 7:30pm. $15; students & seniors $12. Through Sunday, October 15.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Trio @ Grappa 72, Albany. 6:30pm.

THEATER: “Gaslight” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The story of a suavely handsome man who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions. Directed by Louisa Proske. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 22. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the regional premiere of the dramaric play adapted from Schenectady native John Ball’s novel, which was also the source material for the Oscar winning Best Picture movie celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, October 15. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Isaak James Quartet @ the Stewart House, Athens. 7pm.

THEATER: “Sex With Strangers” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Stephen Nachamie directs Laura Eason’s smart, digital-age dramedy about a pair of writers snowbound in a bed & breakfast. Starring Jenny Strassburg and Ben Williamson. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 15. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC: 3 Ravens @ Old Songs, Vooheesville. Donna Hébert, Lui Collins and Max Cohen craft a harmony-filled evening out of their originals, instrumentals. 7:30pm. $22; $5 for children ages 12 & under.

MUSIC: Haley Moley @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. With Motorbike. 9pm.

THEATER: “Lost Lake” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Imperfect strangers meet in this warm, touching and funny one-act written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn. 7pm. $50. Through Sunday, October 22. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Burners UK @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. A reunion of the popular party rockers for the first time since 2013. A portion of all ticket proceeds will go directly to To Life! 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Bright Dog Red @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The Albany improvising collective fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music. With Apostrophe S. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Lane Brothers @ S&S Farm Brewery, Nassau. With Bill Decker. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Fritz @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The reopening of the renovated venue. With West End Blend and Goose. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Performing Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” Bela Bartok’s Viola Concerto (featuring Hsin-Yun Huang, viola) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. 8pm. FREE. With a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15pm.

THEATER: “Always… Patsy Cline” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Benita Zahn and Molly Rose McGrath star in the Park Playhouse production about one of country music’s most beloved artists and her friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Featuring many of Cline’s hits including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walking After Midnight” and others. 8pm. $24; kids 12 & under $15. Through Sunday, October 15.

MUSIC: Skeptic @ Parish Public House, Albany. Headbangin’ time! With Unflesh, Inhumatus and Burial. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Fenimore Blues @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: Confetti Fest XIII @ the Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. The 13th incarnation of Confetti Stage’s annual short play festival features five short plays. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 15.