11/19/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Mr. Sun @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The progressive bluegrass ‘n’ swing quartet is led by fiddler Darol Anger, a founding member of both the David Grisman Quintet and the classical-bluegrass fusion ensemble the Turtle Island String Quartet. He’s joined by mandolinist Joe K. Walsh (formerly of the Gibson Brothers), bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (a protégé of legendary bluegrass/classical fusion virtuoso Edgar Meyer) and guitarist Grant Gordy (formerly of the David Grisman Quintet). They’ll be joined by a very special guest – pioneering banjo great Tony Trischka. 9pm.
MUSIC: Karla Bonoff @ The Egg, Albany. The singer-songwriter of such ’70s pop gems as “Isn’t Always Love,” “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” “I Can’t Hold On,” “Home,” “Lose Again” and more performs an intimate concert accompanied by guitarist Nina Gerber. 7:30pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Debo Band @ Bard College’s the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-On-Hudson. A unique spin on 1960’s Ethiopian pop music. 8pm; 7pm pre-concert talk. $15.
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. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday.
TALK: “The Brothers Vonnegut: Bernard Vonnegut and Kurt Vonnegut in GE’sHouse of Magic” @ NYS Museum’s Clark Auditorium, Albany. Author Ginger Strand, fiction and nonfiction author will talk about her new book “The Brothers Vonnegut,” a wild collision of science and literature set against the backdrop of atomic anxiety, would-be weather warriors and the dawn of the digital world. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Twonk Di Nation @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Headlined by bass music master Brillz, who has unleashed releases on Owsla, Mad Decent and Slow Roast records within the span of a year. With Party Favor and Ghastly & Willy Joy. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Let the Kids Riot Tour @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Featuring New Jersey rockers Young Rising Sons in support of their new five-song EP, The Kids Will Be Fine. With Night Riots and the Mosers.
OPEN MIC/READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the evening which features an open mic and featured poet Carol H. Jewell. 7pm sign-up; 7;30pm reading. $3.
MUSIC: Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Hear Van the Man’s classic catalog, including “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Domino,” “Tupelo Honey,” “Into the Mystic,” “It Stoned Me,” “Wild Night,” “Moondance” and more. 9pm. $35 & $45.
TALK/RECEPTION: “No Place to Hide” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A gallery talk and reception featuring the students in the class and the co-curators, Rachel Seligman (the Tang’s Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs) and Scott Mulligan (Teaching Professor of Management & Business and International Affairs at Skidmore). 5:30pm.
FILM: “Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball” @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. The 2006 documentary tells the story of “Pinball 2000,” a clever attempt at resuscitating pinball during the era that video games were on the rise. It’s a story about personality and passion, of bold success followed by stunning failure. 6:30pm.