5/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Hal Ketchum @ The Egg, Albany. A member of the Grand Ole Opry and with sales of more than five million albums and a half-dozen Top 10 hits — including staples like “Small Town Saturday Night” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll” – the Greenwich native plays a homecoming concert in support of his new album, I’m the Troubadour, a collection of songs that blend country, blues, roots rock and soul. 7:30pm. $28.
PERFORMANCE: Ellie Ga’s “The Fortunetellers” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A narrative performance – mixing live storytelling, recorded sound, still images and film – inspired by the artist’s six-month residency on the Tara, a research boat frozen in the Arctic ice, drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The music of the Irish harpist and the British guitarist is rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Celtic music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Newman’s delightfully subversive wit. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show @ @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The Brooklyn-based multi-lingual singer and composer and her ensemble – featuring Liam Robinson (accordion/keyboard/singing), Matt Aronoff (bass), Chris Berry (drums) and James Shipp (percussion/vibraphone) – perform music from their 2013 self-titled album, which won three Independent Music Awards last year. With Heather Robb of the Spring Standards. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
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.
MUSIC: Red Oak @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Lame and Nine Votes Short. 8pm.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Singing in the Rain” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Patricia Ward Kelly – the wife and biographer of the late, great Gene Kelly – will introduce a special screening of the classic 1952 MGM movie musical and will engage in a question-and-answer session following the film. 7pm. $7.