2/12/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
ARTISTS TALK: Oliver Wasow @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Troy. In conjunction with the opening of the found photo exhibit “Artist Unknown” at the HVCC Teaching Gallery. 3pm. FREE. Followed by the opening reception at 4pm.
DANCE: Shaping Sound @ Proctors, Schenectady. A collaboration of dance visionaries Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson that mashes up music genres and dance styles in an explosive dance theater experience with a focus on contemporary dance and choreographic artistry. 8pm. $20-$65.
MUSIC: Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. “Channeling Puccini” celebrates the music of Giacomo Puccini including works from “Madame Butterfly,” “La Bohème,” “La Rondine,” “Turandot” and other operatic masterpieces. Singers include Vedrana Kalas Bubregovic, Blake Friedman, Brooke Larimar and others. 7:30pm. $10; $5 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the Local 518 music scene showcase featuring Birds of the Northeast, Dom Pat, Jeremy Gold and Matthew Pryce. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Rhapsody in Black” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Written and performed by LeLand Gantt, the one-man show explores his personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Viewers follow Gantt’s spellbinding life story — from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, Pennsylvania to teenage experiments with crime and drugs; toscholastic achievement and an acting career that lands the adult Gantt in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. 7:30pm. $30.
PERFORMANCE: “Solomon Northup: 12 Years a Slave” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Local artist/performer Clifford Oliver Mealy re-creates the persona of Solomon Northup, a free African-American New Yorker kidnapped into slavery before the Civil War, whose story is also a 2013 Academy Award-winning motion picture. 6pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Tigers Be Still” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Carol Max directs the regional premiere of Kim Rosenstock’s quirky, endearing dark comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, an unemployed, overwhelmed art therapist hiding out in her childhood bed. 7:30pm. $24.
THEATER: “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. WAM Theatre returns with director Kristen van Ginhoven at the helm for a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s play about Emilie Du Chatelet, best known for her 15-year liaison with Voltaire. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.
FILM: “My Italian Secret” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Would you risk your life to save a stranger? And never talk about it? This 2014 documentary tells the tale of Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali, who saved Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazis in WWII by making hundreds of trips with fake documents in the frame of his bicycle for a secret underground organization. 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.