11/18/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday


MUSIC: Puscifer @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Maynard James Keenan’s side-project electro-rock band-meets-comedy troupe – also featuring Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Mahsa Zargaran and newest addition Paul Barker (Ministry) – rolls into the downtown theater in support of their new album, Money Shot. 8pm. $29.50, $39.50, $44.50, $54.50 & $59.50.

MUSIC/DISCUSSION: Reading Music @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Part book discussion and part musical performance, songwriter Brad Towle of the Black Fox River Project performs original songs inspired by the books of Erik Larson, including “The Devil in the White City,” “Isaac’s Storm” and “In the Garden of Beasts.” 7pm. FREE.

ART/FUNDRAISER: Work of Art: A Contemporary Art Auction @ the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Enjoy fine fare, support the museum and local artists at the silent art auction, and get a behind-the-scenes peek at “Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting,” (opening November 21). 5pm. $75.

THEATER: “Motown the Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” the musical tells the story behind the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. 7:30pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Paul Evoskevich directs the big band. 7pm. FREE.

EVENT: Resisting Fracking Infrastructure @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. An afternoon skillshare will offer numerous informational sessions (1-5pm), followed by the opening of “Water Warriors,” a gallery show on Indigenous resistance to fracking in Canada (5-5:30pm), a community potluck dinner (5:30-6:30pm) and an evening screening with environmental filmmaker Jon Bowermaster (7pm). $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.

MUSIC: The von Trapps @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. August, Amanda, Melanie & Sofia von Trapp are the great grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp of “The Sound of Music” fame. With Sye Elaine Spence and Show of Cards. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

WORKSHOP: Songwriter’s Workshop @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by Sonny Speed. Each participant gets 10 minutes to play one original song and received constructive group feedback from fellow songwriters. Bring 20 lyric sheets, which will be returned to you with notes after the critique. Piano and CD/MP3 player available, or bring your guitar. 7pm. $5.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 7 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A triple-header: Deborah Stratman’s “Hacked Circuit,” an episode of Kou Matsuo’s Japanese anime “Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta” and the feature of the evening, Brian de Palma’s “Blow Out,” starring John Travolta. 7pm. $6.

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