2/28/18: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

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Photograph of Jim “Kimo” West by Ed Conway

MUSIC: Stephen Jay & Jim “Kimo” West @ Colony, Woodstock. Weird Al Yankovic’s longtime bandmates roll into town for a duo performance on a night off from their Weird Al tour. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Staatskapelle Weimar @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Presented by Troy Chromatic Concerts. Musical director Kirill Karabits conducts the orchestra with guest pianist Sunwook Kim in a program of Beethoven and R. Strauss. 7:30pm. With a free pre-concert talk at the Hall at 6:30pm. $45 & $55.

THEATER: “If Beale Street Could Talk” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron for American Place Theatre, this one-man “Literature to Life” performance is a verbatim adaptation of James Baldwin’s powerful novel of the same name, a story of abiding love in the face of injustice. 7:30pm. $20; students & seniors $15.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Hamlet & Ghost, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Azzam Hameed @ the Glass Tavern, Glenville. 6pm.

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

FILM/TALK: “The Ninth: Destiny of a Symphony” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Director Pierre-Henry Salfati explores how the symphony’s universal message of joy and brotherhood has been reclaimed by so many contradictory movements and ideas, from romantics and humanists to anarchists, communists, and fascists. The film examines how music can reflect and refract diverse social currents and forces. Followed by a panel discussion with pianist-composer Michael Century, political scientist Langdon Winner and composer Nina Young. 4pm. FREE.

STORYTELLING: Interfaith Story Circle @ Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, Niskayuna. The Tent of Abraham: The Power of Story to Encourage the Gifts of Hospitality features guest storytellers Sandy Schuman of the Jewish tradition; Bill Roylance of the Christian tradition; and Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry of the Muslim tradition. 7:15pm. With an optional vegetarian pot luck dinner at 6:15pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC: Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sonny Speed hosts; the Parlor Dogs are featured artists. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm music. $5; students FREE.

FILM: “I Am Not Your Negro” @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. Based on the unfinished memoir, “Remember This House,” this Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Raoul Peck presents james Baldwin’s meditations on the history of racism in the U.S. and his perspectives on slain Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.12:15pm. FREE. Also at 12:15pm on Thursday.

OPERA ON SCREEN: “Tosca” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Jonathan Kent’s production of the Puccini classic for the Royal Opera. 2 & 6:30pm. $15.

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