6/12/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday


MUSIC: Fitz & the Tantrums @ the Corning Boat Launch under the I-787 overpass, Albany. It’s the first Alive at Five concert of the summer.. and it’s already been moved to the rain location. With the Features. 5pm. FREE.

DANCE: Martha Graham Dance Company @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. It’s the kick-off event for the SaratogaArtsFest, featuring a new piece “Echo” by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, and classic Graham works “Appalachian Spring” and “The Rite of Spring.” With a pre-performance talk by Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, at 7pm. 8pm performance.

MUSIC: Diane Schuur @ The Egg, Albany. In a recording career that spans three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards – the jazz vocalist and pianist has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape – and on her new recording, I Remember You, she pays tribute to Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. Accompanied by saxman Joel Frahm, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Bell’s Roar @ the Low Beat, Albany. Celebrating the release of her self-titled debut EP. With Palemen. 7:30pm. $10 (includes a copy of the new CD).

MUSIC: Max Creek @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. From country-rock to psychedelia, the jam band pioneers have carried the torch for more than 40 years… With Black Mountain Symphony and High Peaks Trio. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Features @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Fresh from the opening act performance at tonight’s Alive at Five concert, it’s more of the Nashville rockers. 8pm.

COMEDY: Comedy Night at the Trojan Hotel @ the Trojan Hotel & Tap Room, Troy. The newly renovated and re-opened Trojan Hotel & Tap Room hosts its debut comedy evening featuring the laugh-inducing skills of Dan Geurin, Erin Harkes and Aaron David Ward. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Turkuaz @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by vocalist-guitarist Dave Brandwein and bassist Taylor Shell, the Brooklyn-based, nine-piece power-funk band brings its exciting stage show and ineffable dance grooves to town in support of their new album, Future 86. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Zvuloon Dub System @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Israel’s premier reggae band brings a breath of fresh vibes from around the world – especially Israel, Ethiopia and Jamaica. With a powerful lead singer, groovy rhythm section and an eccentric brass section, the band creates a heavy Dub experience and gives a new meaning to the word “reggae.” With Bombmob. 8pm. $20 & $30.

THEATER: “The Other Place” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. In Sharr White’s psychological roller-coaster of a play, Juliana Smithton (Marg Helgenberger) is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. 4 & 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Royal Noise @ Red Square, Albany. Bringin’ the funk… With Doctor Magnum. 9pm.

MUSIC: Low ‘n Lonesome @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues duo. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lee Shaw @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Alex Slomka Trio @ Jay Street, Schenectady. Jazz On Jay concert series continues with trombonist Alex Slomka, pianist Cliff Brucker and bassist Lou Smaldone. 12noon. FREE. Rain Location: Robb Alley at Proctors.

THEATER: “The Dixie Swim Club” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dianne O’Neill directs the hilarious and touching comedy about five southern women who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their friendships. 7:30pm. $23. Through June 22.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. Classic and contemporary

THEATER ON FILM: “A Small Family Business” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (“Bedroom Farce,” “A Chorus of Disapproval”), the play returns to the National Theatre in London for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. 7pm. $22; $15 children under 12. Also at the Mahiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 7pm. $25; $18 students.

FILM: “Rocco: Hillary’s Pizza Maker, The Human Side of a Leader” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. In this documentary film, Rocco DeFazio tells us about his family’s immigration story, his work to improve Little Italy in Troy and his close relationship to Hillary Clinton. Filmed by Yuri Morejón and Marcela Garcés. 6:30 & 7:30pm.

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