10/8/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: J.D. McPherson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. After his sold-out show at The Hangar a month ago, J.D. McPherson and his band bring their rollicking roots-rockin’ back to Greater Nippertown. With indie-rock singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins. $25 & $35.
DANCE: “Recursive Frame Analysis” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. British artist Mark Fell is best known as an electronic music composer and innovator, but with the premiere of his new work he adds human movement to the mix for his official debut as a choreographer. 8pm. Also at 8pm on Friday.
FILM/MUSIC: “The Lost World” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The 1925 film about living dinosaurs from the Jurassic age is accompanied by a new soundtrack composed and performed live by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students.
ARTIST TALK: Jim Shaw @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The artist mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels and album covers to vintage advertisements, movie posters and noise rock. Hear from the artist as he entertains his own doubts and creates new ones for you about church, state and Superman. 5pm. $7.
MUSIC: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer made his biggest mark on rock & roll history with Traffic, but he’s also played with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Fleetwood Mac. 8pm. $25, $45 & $55.
THEATER: “The Homecoming” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, it’s a knotty, classic piece of theater, directed by Eric Hill. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 25.
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.
TALK: Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. @ the Rockefeller Institute, Albany. The former SUNY Chancellor, In conversation with former Washington Post and Times Union editor Harry Rosenfeld, the former SUNY Chancellor discusses the challenges of competing in a society where obstacles, negative expectations and stereotypes remained stubbornly in place. 4:30pm.
THEATER: “Proof” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the award-winning drama by David Auburn, directed by Sky Vogel, and produced by Joan Fuess. The play centers around the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased), who tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. 8pm. $18; $10 if under age 18. Through October 11.
THEATER: Confetti Fest 11 @ Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. Confetti Stage presents plays – “Nailing It” by Mark Dalton; “The Seven Deadlies” by Amy Sarah LaMena; “String Game” by Katherine Ambrosio; “Goodnight Lizzie” by Celina Pulenskey; “Stars” by Lydia Nightingale; and “The Play About Your Shoulder” by Alex Hovet. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through October 11.
FILM: “GTFO: The Movie” @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, this 2015 film pries open the video game world to explore a $20 billion industry riddled with gender discrimination and misogyny. 6:30pm.