3/24/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music – rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. 7:30pm. $34.
MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Mark Gamsjager and the boys fire up righteous rockabilly and rollicking swing tunes sure to fill the dance floor. With Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. 8pm. $19. NOTE: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson, who was originally scheduled, will not be performing due to illness.
MUSIC: Winterpills @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. It’s the CD release party for their new album, Love Songs. With a special reading of “The Family Arcana” by authors Kelly Link and Jedediah Barry. 7pm. $18. Also at 8pm on Friday.
MUSIC: John Mayall @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. He’s been crankin’ out the blues for more than a half century, and the Godfather of British Blues has still got the right stuff, as you can hear on his latest album, Find a Way to Care. 8pm. $35, $50 & $60.
THEATER: “The Lion King” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is helmed by director Julie Taymor, who brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Also featuring the choreography of Garth Fagan and the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. 8pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.
MUSIC: Tim O’Shea & Regina Delaney & Friends @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. An evening of Irish folk & traditional songs and dance melodies. With Oona Grady (fiddle/viola) and James Gascoyne (guitar/bass/vocals), 7pm. FREE.
FILM: Youth FX Showcase @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Albany’s award-winning Youth FX teen filmmaking program presents the world premiere of their 2016 short films – documentary and narrative films created by teens from the city of Albany over the past year. Followed by a Q&A with the youth filmmakers. 6:30pm. $10; $5 students.
MUSIC: Titus Andronicus @ Pearl Street, Northampton. In case you missed ’em last night at the Hollow, New Jersey indie rock kingpins are back in Greater Nippertown in support of their sprawling album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. With Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. 8:30pm. $20.
DISCUSSION: “City of Immigrants” @ The Linda, Albany. As part of Albany Pro Musica’s three-week festival, Alan Chartock moderates a panel discussion with Paul Grondahl of The Times Union — who is publishing a series on Albany and immigration in the newspaper — Maseeh Mukhtar, an immigrant from Afghanistan and a Ph.D. student in nanotechnology at SUNY Polytechnic, and Uzma Popal, an immigrant from Pakistan and director of the Muslim Soup Kitchen project. 1pm. FREE.
THEATER: “The Blue Sky Boys” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Deborah Brevoort’s play is an exhilarating romp through the creative minds of the maverick engineers who stopped at nothing to get a man to the moon and back. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. 7:30pm. $20, $30 & $50. Through Sunday, April 3.
FILM: On Screen/Sound No. 13 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Peter Strickland’s “Berberian Sound Studio” tells the story of a movie sound effects engineer who takes a mysterious job working on a horror film in Eastern Europe. With the Michael Jackson music video “Thriller.”