2/26/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Bridge Jazz Festival @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. It’s Night One of the second annual winter jazz fest. Tonight features vocalist Nnenna Freelon and her band, Algerian guitar master Pierre Bensusan and Local 518 faves the Tim Olsen/Eric Walentowicz Duo. 7:30pm. $28, $36 & $42; $60 for an all-fest, two-night pass.
MUSIC: Kaki King’s The Neck is the Bridge to the Body @ The Egg, Albany. The visionary guitarist performs her provocative, moving, beautiful and often surprising, “The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body,” a groundbreaking new multi-media performance that uses an innovative projection mapping technique as her guitar seemingly takes on a living, breathing existence of its own. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: The Robert Glasper Trio @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The jazz isn’t confined to the Bridge Jazz Fest this weekend. He’s got a Grammy Award for his R&B album, Black Radio, but the pianist is bringing his straight-ahead acoustic jazz trio to the Spa City in support of his latest album, Covered. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students.
MUSIC: The Erotics @ the Low Beat, Albany. Mike Trash & Co. celebrate the 20th anniversary of their gleefully sleazy glam-rock band. Congrats, guys! With Blackcat Elliot, the Bewildered Beast and Society High. 8pm.
MUSIC: The Sarah Borges Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. She’s bringing a full band with her this time around to introduce fans to the roots-meets-punk-inflected noir-rock of her brand-new album, Good and Dirty, produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, who plays an opening set of his own and then joins Ms. Borges for her show. 9pm. $18.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5pm. FREE.
TALK: PechaKucha Night @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Short talks by interesting people. PechaKucha is a format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Featuring Michael Oatman, Michael Janairo, Stacy McIlduff, Fredda Merzon, Christen Mayer, Edward Smyth, more. 7pm.
MUSIC: Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into upper-Louisiana Creole culture. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and old-time sounds, this music bridges the gap between the contemporary Cajun styles of Canada and Louisiana. 7:30pm. $23.
THEATER: “Agnes of God” @ Masonic Hall, Albany. Confetti Stage presents John Pielmeir’s Tony Award-winning drama about the collision between science and faith. Nate Beynon directs. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through March 6.
FILM: “Missing People” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. A nonfiction mystery about a woman who investigates her brother’s long unsolved murder. In the process she collects and researches the violent work and life of an artist from New Orleans. With commentary by director David Shapiro. 7pm. FREE. Also a free seminar with David Shapiro at 4:15pm at UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany.