9/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday
MUSIC: Wayne “The Train” Hancock @ The Hangar, Troy. He’s been called “The King of Juke Joint Swing,” a “Roots Renaissance Man,” a “Country Singer’s Country Singer” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin.” But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is “Wayne Hancock is the Real Deal.” Joe Ely said it; Hank Williams III said it; Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it. Let’s go honky tonkin’… 8pm. $20.
MUSIC/FILM: “The Poet of Havana” with Carlos Varela and Jackson Browne @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. Kicking off the Woodstock Film Festival, it’s director Ron Chapman’s documentary about Cuba’s beloved singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, followed by a Q&A session with Chapman, Varela and Jackson Browne, followed by a concert by Varela and Browne. Originally slated for the Woodstock Playhouse, the concert has been moved to UPAC. 7:30pm. $60; VIP $100 including a cocktail reception at 6pm.
THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 7:30pm. $20-$50.
READING: Banned Books Readout @ Albany Public Library, Albany. In celebration of National Banned Books Week, Local 518 musicians, artists, poets and others read excerpts from their favorite books that have been “banned” at some point. 6pm. FREE.
MUSIC/ART: September in the City Art Fair @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The last in the series of free outdoor lunchtime art exhibitions with music today by Accents and Angela Bove. 11:30am. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the forecast of severe weather.
PANEL DISCUSSION: “A Vision for Public Art: The Empire State Plaza Art Collection” @ The Egg, Albany. David Novros, an artist whose untitled work is a part of the Plaza Art Collection, joins Thomas J. Branchick of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Ian Berry of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum and Matthew Levy of Penn State. 6pm. FREE.
FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 4 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Robert Nelson’s 1963 short film “Plastic Haircut” features two actors performing absurd actions in sets composed of geometric shapes, followed by two experts who attempt to explain what it all means. With an audio track by Steve Reich. And the 1924 ultra-modernist masterpiece “L’Inhumaine” by director Marcel L’Herbier, who described the film as “a fairy story of modern decorative art.” 7pm. $6.