5/26/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Le Vent du Nord @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The award-winning Quebec-based folk quartet features button accordion, guitar and fiddle, but band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even their most buoyant dance tunes. 8pm. $35.
CABARET: Charles Busch @ the 801 Supper Club at the Mansion Inn, Rock City Falls. The inimitable award-winning performer and writer serves up “The Lady in Question Is Me.” $60 includes three-course dinner and the show. 6pm dinner; 8pm show.
MUSIC: The Strawbs @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Veteran British folk-rock pioneers bring their electric show to town, playing their album Hero & Heroine – named “one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine – in its entirety, followed by a set of Strawbs favorites. 7pm. $30.
THEATER: “Presto Change-O” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The new musical by Eric Price and Joel Waggoner tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. 3 & 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 11.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: In Memory of Danny Ward @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. With music by Matty Finn, the tavern remembers Danny Ward, who bartended there for 30 years before he passed away in 2009. Ten percent of all proceeds of the night will be donated to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School scholarship in Ward’s memory. 6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: David Kraai @ Uncle Willy’s, Kingston. Throughout the years, legends like Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Butterfield have all taken the stage at Uncle Willy’s. Now it’s Kraai’s turn as he kicks off a month-long residency. 7pm. FREE.