3/13/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: The Schoemer Formation @ the Low Beat, Albany. The new spoken word-meets-music trio project is led by writer Karen Schoemer, who is joined by guitarist-keyboardist Amy and fuzz bassist Eric. 8pm. $7.
THEATER: “The Book of Mormon” @ Proctors, Schenectady. From Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of “South Park”), it’s the irreverent winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The New York Times called it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly called it “the funniest musical of all time.” What else do you need to know? 1:30 & 8pm. UPDATE: All performances are officially sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be available by lottery for each show. GO HERE for details…
THEATER: Finnegan’s Farewell @ Proctors, Schenectady. For this slice of interactive musical dinner theater, audience members mourn at the wake for dearly-departed Paddy Finnegan, while dining, drinking and dancing. Hear the eulogies, sing along and help find the missing corpse. Funny and entertaining… with a twist. 7:30pm. $65-$75.
FILMS/FUNDRAISER: Youth FX Film Screening @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The Grand Street Community Arts’ teen filmmaking program premiers their 2013 short films – world premieres and several encores of award-winning short documentary and narrative films created by teens from the city of Albany. Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. 6:30pm. $10; $7 students.
FILM: “Linsanity” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Remember when New York Knick, Harvard grad and devout Christian Jeremy Lin had all of NYC mesmerized? The documentary screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Brian Yang. 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.
MUSIC: The CKS Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The all-star Woodstock rock trio features keyboardist Bruce Katz and guitarist/vocalist Scott Sharrard (both of Gregg Allman Band) and drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante (of the Levon Helm Band and the post-Last Waltz version of the Band). The show will be recorded for a possible live album. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Quiet in the Head @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The ongoing acoustic music project of guitarist Seamus Maynard and violinist Jonathan Talbott featuring echoes of tango, middle eastern and eastern European Gypsy music. With Jonah Thomas on cello. 8pm. $5.
READING: Dinaw Mengestu @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Room 375, Albany. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Illinois, Dinaw Mengestu received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012, and was named one of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers in 2010. His new novel is “All Our Names,” about an African university student who attempts to escape his revolutionary past and invent a new identity for himself in America. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room at 4:15pm.