4/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday


MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A unique, intimate, acoustic performance with the A-list folk/country singer-songwriter. With special guests Lúnasa. 8pm. $27, $39 & $52.

MUSIC/FILM: “A Trip to the Moon” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director George Meliés’ 1902 silent film is screened with a new original score by rock cellist Melora Creager (of Rasputina) performed by Melora & the Calico Indians (also featuring Ryder Cooley). With “The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari” with live improvised music by Patrick Higgins (Z’s), John Rosenthal, Aron Sanchez (Buke and Gase), Saviour Self (Colin LaClair and Logan Visscher). 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Richard Thompson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. He was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic: from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for Artist of the Year. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Kenny Chesney @ Times Union Center, Albany. The Jimmy Buffett of country-pop brings his Big Revival Tour to town. With Chase Rice. 8pm. $32, $45 & $79. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Landlady @ the Low Beat, Albany. The five-piece, Brooklyn-based indie rockers are led by Adam Schatz of Man Man with Ian Chang (Son Lux), Will Graefe (Star Rover, Jesse Harris’s band), Booker Stardrum (Cloud Becomes Your Hand, People Get Ready) and Ian Davis (Relatives). They’re making their Albany debut in support of their new album Upright Behavior. With Dearest Vendetta. 8pm. $12. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Salt N Pepa @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. We sure hope they sing their hit Geico commercial… Doors open at 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Floodwood @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Progressive stringband music featuring Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe. With the Mississipi Hot Dogs featuring Tony Markellis and Kevin Maul. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Celebration of Rhythm @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Curated by Brian Melick, the percussion concert series continues with Ade Knowles’ masterful Afro-Cuban drum group Ensemble Congeros with the critically acclaimed Latin jazz sensibilities of David Gleason’s Sensemaya. 7:30pm. $15.

FUNDRAISER: Backstage Ball @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The second annual fun and festive on-stage benefit event features live and silent auctions, great food, exquisite cocktails and a variety of unique musical entertainment from members of Park Playhouse and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. 6pm. $150; $75 if under age 35. ALSO: The Backstage Ball After Dark – an open-bar dance party with music by DJ Vinny Vin – kicks off at 9pm. $40.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. Mark Gamsjager and his swingin’ rockabilly band celebrate their new album, Go Green. 6pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Emerald Rae Trio @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. Emerald Rae grew up in a musical family where country music and rock ‘n roll were prevalent, and has spent the last 20 years studying all facets of folk music. She is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and is well-known in the Boston area for her versatility, her dynamic power-house playing style and her unique perspective. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Surfer Blood @ NaNola, Malta. Another fine free show presented by the folks at WEQX-102.7-FM. With Party Boat. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Footings @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With Mail the Horse and Liv Carrow. $5.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Local 518 showcase featuring the Sonic Ascent, Tim Lok Chan and Andrew Mirabile. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC/ART: “Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga presents a program featuring pieces composed by Enrique Granados, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Ben Moore and Stephen Sondheim. It’s all inspired by great artists and great works of art. Featured singers include soprano Christine Suits, tenor Dominick Corbacio and bass baritone Jesús Murillo. 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gang of Thieves @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. the Vermont rockers continue their weekly residency. 9:30pm. FREE: $5 if under age 21.

READING: Alicia Suskin Ostriker @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Room 375, Albany. The author of fifteen poetry collections is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry for “The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968–1998” (1999) and “The Crack in Everything” (1996). She’ll be joined by Joan Murray, the author of “The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011” and her new collection, “The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog.” 8pm. FREE. ALSO: a free seminar at UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room at 4:15pm.

TALK/FILM: Charles Atlas’ Screening and Artist Talk @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. An evening of films and discussion with the New York pioneer of media-dance (performance created directly for the camera), who was videographer-in-residence with Merce Cunningham Dance Company for a decade, and continues to collaborate extensively with choreographers, dancers and performers, including Michael Clark, Yvonne Rainer, Diamanda Galas and Mika Tajima/New Humans among others. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield. The piano and vocals duo are joined by bassist Otto Gardner for their “Brazilian Romance” show. 7pm.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

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