4/8/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday
MUSIC: Session Americana @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Boston-based band – a rock band in a tea cup? A folk band in a whiskey bottle? – gathers around a table for a free-wheeling modern hootenanny in celebration of the release of their sixth album, Pack Up the Circus, co-produced by Anais Mitchell with contributions from Liza Carthy, Laura Cortese, Jefferson Hamer and other Boston-area luminaries. 7pm. $24.
MUSIC: Zappa Plays Zappa @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Guitarist Dweezil Zappa celebrates the 10th anniversary of Zappa Plays Zappa with a concert of the music of his father, the legendary Frank Zappa, including a performance of the album One Size Fits All in its entirety in celebration of the disc’s 40th anniversary. 8pm. $29.50, $38.50 & $48.50.
MUSIC: Lost Leaders @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Led by Peter Cole and Byron Isaac in support of the quartet’s self-titled debut album. Co-headlining with Connor Kennedy & Minstrel. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
FILM: “Ballet 422” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only. From first rehearsal to world premiere, Jody Lee Lipes’ documentary film takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work. 7pm. $10.25; $8.50 students; $8.25 seniors; $7.50 children.
TALK: Jeffrey Kipnis’ “Science? What Science?” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The architectural theorist and Ohio State University professor discusses the production of knowledge in the realms of science and the arts, asserting that artists, composers, magicians, healers, writers, politicians, generals and everyday artisans have accumulated and mobilized far more actual scientific facts through culture than modern science has discovered or come close to explaining. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.