10/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Chuck Prophet @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Chuck Prophet is one of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters, writing and singing wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon. Stylistically, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock, folk-rock and plain old rock ‘n’ roll. With soulful noir-rocker Sarah Borges. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Eccentric jazz trio trio the Bad Plus teams up with supersaxman Josh Redman in a replay of this summer’s opening Alive at Five concert – but in a much more listener-friendly venue. 8pm. $35.
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.” 8pm. $30-$130. Through Sunday.
READING/ART: “Claiming our Power: Sharing Our Stories” @ the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Troy. The opening reception for the exhibit of writings and collages will feature readings by the artists of their essays and poetry. Their work is the result of an eight-week workshop guided by Leslie Neustadt. 5pm.
COMEDY/THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “Spontaneous Broadway” @ Schenectady Light Opera Co., Schenectady. MopCo whips up a tasty improv comedy-meets-Broadway musical hybrid that will have you laughing while you’re singing along. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday.
PERFORMANCE/READING: Andrea Gibson @ The Linda, Albany. The fearless poet/spoken word artist was the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam, and she brings her powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality to The Linda tonight. With Megan Falley. 8pm.
MUSIC: Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The orchestra features acclaimed guest piano soloist Simone Dinnerstein and great works performed by talented students and faculty, conducted by Ronald Feldman. 8pm. FREE.
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.
DANCE: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet @ The Egg, Albany. Led by choreographer Mauro Astolfi, the Italian dance company’s splendor and technique has brought them accolades as one of the day’s most innovative contemporary dance ensembles. Performing “Lost for Words,” “Controfase,” “New Duet,” “Small Crime” and “She Is On the Ground.” 8pm. $28.
COMEDY: DEST Comedy Jam 13 @ Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. Some of Albany’s best comedians step into th spotlight for this comedic mash-up of a show.
Hosted by Mo Haskins, the show will open with Dan Romanelli and will feature performances by Nick Leszczynski, Travis Stealey, E.J. Edmonds and headliner Rich Williams. 9pm. $5.