12/8/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

December 8th, 2017, 7:04 am by Greg

FILM/MUSIC: A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Documentarian Sam Green pairs up with the legendary Kronos Quartet for this work-in-progress film-and-live-music meeting of the minds. Green’s film tells the adventurous string quartet’s 40-plus year story, and they provide a live score in the flesh. 8pm. $40 & $54.

MUSIC: Horton’s Holiday Hayride @ Colony, Woodstock. Reverend Horton Heat heats up the holidays with a rollickin’, all-star, roots-rockin’ line-up – including Junior Brown, The Blasters and Big Sandy – guaranteed to have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree all night long. 7pm. $50. GO HERE for more…

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MUSIC: Crew Love @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Hip-hop extravaganza featuring DMX, Drag-On, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, Young Gunz. 8pm. $35, $45, $75, $100 & $150.

MUSIC: Bendt @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Celebrating the release of the band’s new self-titled, limited-edition 12″ vinyl EP. With Good Fiction and Girl Blue. 8pm. $12.

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.

MUSIC: Reelin’ in the Years @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Led by Scott Peitio, Hudson Valley all-stars pay tribute to the music of Steely Dan. 7 & 9pm. $24.

MUSIC: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. 7:30pm. UPDATE: The concert by the virtuoso Iranian hand drummer has been cancelled – for the second time – due to visa-processing delays stemming from current federal immigration policy.

MUSIC: Darlingside @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Darlingside’s unique vocal harmonies and blend of folk, bluegrass and chamber music earned the band the Artist of the Year award from the Folk Alliance. With Front Country. 8pm. $34.

MUSIC: The Holiday Folk Show @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Snow or no snow, it’s time to kick this holiday season into high gear, and Lena’s annual celebration – featuring John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Addie & Olin and Sara Milonovich – should do the trick. 8pm. $22. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Savoy Brown @ the Upper Room, Albany. Veteran British blues-rock guitarslinger Kim Simmonds and his band celebrate the release of their latest album, Witchy Feelin’, and the 50th anniversary of their classic Shake Down. Doors open at 7pm. $20 & $35.

MUSIC: The Orchestra of St. Luke’s @ Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs. Presented by SPAC, the orchestra performs Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Action Bronson @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Rap’s premier hip-hop foodie brings his Blue Chips 7000 Tour to town. With Mayhem Lauren. 8pm. $30.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SKI-QX Winter Music Festival @ Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain. Featuring Made Violent, Banners and Juiceboxxx. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC: These Are the Breaks: A Celebration of Hip-Hop @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Skidmore’s rappers, DJs and dance groups – including 213 Crew, Quo, Skidmore DJ Club, Detailmadeit, TOMO, DJ gold guts – are joined by members of Siena College’s Hip-Hop Club. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kristen Capolino @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. The guitar shredder brings her Flying V and her band back to the Collar City. 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “As Bees in Honey Drown” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Mark Stephens directs Douglas Carter Beane’s satirical comedy. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Ballroom Thieves @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Boston-based trio of guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch blend folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with soaring vocal harmonies. With The Harmaleighs. 9pm. $18.

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. 8pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Tavern at the A, Pittsfield. 9:30pm.

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. 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Consider the Source @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Teddy Midnight. 9:30pm. $15.

FILM/TALK: Grady Hendrix @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The author of “Paperbacks from Hell” serves up a multi-media show followed by a screening of the anthology film, “Creepshow.” 7pm. $9; students $6.

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Triskele @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $5.

THEATER: “Annie” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. It’s opening night! The kids of the City Orphanage in their Hard-Knock Life try to escape the evil Miss Hannigan and find a better life. 8pm. $20; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, December 17.

MUSIC: Ripe @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Campo. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Whiskey Highway @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Funk Evolution @ NaNola, Malta. 9pm.

MUSIC: Tropic Rhythm @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. Latin music. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Wheel @ Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm.

THEATER: “Miracle on 34th Street” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theater Guild’s production of the holiday favorite. 7:30pm. $20; students & seniors $19. Through Sunday, December 10.

MUSIC: The Audiostars @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. 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…