12/7/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

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

MUSIC: Keller Williams @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The singer, songwriter and guitarist performs his unique mix of folk, bluegrass, reggae and rock accompanied by Danton Boller on double bass for a “loopless” yet super funky evening of acoustic music. 7:30pm. $29.50.

THEATER: “A Star Has Burnt My Eye” @ Skidmore College’s JKB Theater, Saratoga Springs. A multimedia theatrical meditation on the life and music of Elizabeth “Connie” Converse, who some have taken to calling “the first singer songwriter.” A prototype of the DIY artist, Converse wrote and self-recorded an extraordinary collection of songs in the early 1950s before deliberately vanishing years later in despair of ever finding her audience. The show features a group of New York musicians, led by playwright-composer Howard Fishman, who perform her songs, read from her letters, and make the case for Converse’s particular genius, and her belated status as a great lost American artist. 8pm. $18; seniors $12. Through Saturday.

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EVENT: TEDxAlbany @ Overit, Albany. Featured speakers include Tim Sarrantonio (Rewiring how we make good happen), David King (Finding my father, finding myself), Meg Wilkinson (Fit women and ovarian cancer), Jene Luciani (Stop the hate: Learning to love our bodies and the bras they’re in), Nico Meyering (Dis-ABLE-d), James Ketterer (What I learned about democracy at home by observing elections) and more. 9am. $75. Also available on live stream…

COMEDY: Jim Breuer @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. “Saturday Night Live” alum, heavy metal fan and stand-up comedian. 7pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Honey Slider @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The McKrells @ the Strand Theater, Hudson Falls. The McKrells’ Christmas Show. 7pm.

MUSIC: Off With Their Heads @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Mobina Galore and Boxer Brown. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Rodeo Barons @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. “Miles Ahead” is an all-Miles Davis program, spanning six decades of innovative jazz classics and lesser known pieces with fresh arrangements and instrumentation. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lespecial @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Backup Planet. 9:30pm.

THEATER: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The romantic musical is a Broadway classic with six Tony nominations garnered by its recent NYC revival. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the show features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “Finding Neverland” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, the stage musical follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. 1:30 & 8pm. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “As Bees in Honey Drown” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Mark Stephens directs Douglas Carter Beane’s satirical comedy. 7:30pm. $20. Through Sunday.

FILM/TALK: “bwoy” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Film director and Rexford native John G. Young participates in a Q&A following the screening of his 2016 drama featuring “Rent”/”Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp, who plays Schenectady resident Brad O’Connor, who, after the death of his son, becomes entangled in a long-distance online affair with a young Jamaican man. 7pm. $5.

READING: Nic Stone @ NYS Museum’s Huxley Theatre, Albany. The author of the debut young adult novel “Dear Martin” will present a reading and discussion. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tommy Verrigni @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Joe Carrick @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 4:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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