10/22/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Mother Falcon @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The sweeping, sprawling Austin-based indie orchestra makes their Local 518 debut in support of their new major-label album, Good Luck Have Fun. With acclaimed singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee. 8pm. $24 & $29.
MUSIC: Songwriting With: Soldiers @ The Linda, Albany. What happens when you pair veterans with Grammy Award-winning songwriters? Find out tonight, and hear performances by award-winning singer-songwriters Darden Smith, Jay Clementi, Mary Gauthier and James House, as well as area veterans. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Low Lily @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The string and vocal trio – Liz Simmons (vocals/guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals/guitar/mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals/fiddle) – explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Book of Mormon” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book of Mormon” is the blockbuster Broadway smash from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Bobby Lopez, the Oscar-winning composer of “Avenue Q” and Disney’s “Frozen.” 1:30 & 8pm. $30-$130. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Mat Kearney @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. His songs have been featured in more than two dozen television shows, and now, tThe 36-year-old, Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter comes to town in person with his Just Kids Tour. With Parachute. 8pm. $23.
COMEDY: Krish Mohan @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The Indian stand-up comedian and writer tells stories focused on adapting to life in the U.S. and his experiences with race, religion, culture and relationships. 8pm. $5.
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.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rocktoberfest’s Brews for Boobs @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Craft beer tasting, free food, giveaways and music by Pete Cassani, Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band, Adam Ezra Group, more. 6pm. $10 suggested donation.
TALK: “The Machine is the Message: How Technology Will Fundamentally Change Music” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Rensselaer Assistant Professor of Music and Media Rob Hamilton will discuss emerging methods of music composition and consumption. 7pm. FREE.
READING: Mark Bittman @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The food writer and New York Times columnist offers a presentation and interview about his latest book, “A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News About Food, with Wisdom and Advice on Diets, Food Safety, GMOs, Farming, and More.” 7:30pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall at 4:15pm.