7/12/18: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

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MUSIC: Courtney Barnett @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard D, North Adams. The wry Australian singer-songwriter and indie-rock darling rolls into town in support of her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. With Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist Vagabon. 8pm. $37 & $47.

MUSIC: John Butler Trio+ @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. In advance of their upcoming studio album, due for release this autumn, the Australian roots-rockin’ band has expanded to a five-piece with additional percussion and keyboards. With Mama Kin Spender. 8pm. $38.50 & $48.50.

MUSIC: Halsey @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Grammy nominated, multi-platinum songstress brings her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom/World Tour the Final Installment for her SPAC debut. With Jessie Reyez.

MUSIC: Alive at Five @ Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany. After taking a week off, Alive at Five is back with Hip-Hop Night featuring veteran MC Big Daddy Kane headlining the party. With DJ Trumastr, Und3rstanding and DJ Supreme. 5pm. FREE.

THEATER: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Take an exuberant ride on the rails, into the backwoods and onto the wide-open highway with the music of Johnny Cash! This remarkable life story features 31 foot-stompin’, emotionally-packed songs including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 12.

THEATER: The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. A retro sci-fi adventure-comedy written by David Mamet with kids in mind, but with plenty of sly, sarcastic, satirical humor for adults to guffaw over. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, July 22.

MUSIC: Maybe April @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The country Americana trio features Kristen Castro, Katy DuBois and Alaina Stacey delivering three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound. With Colorado singer-songwriter Michelle Mandico. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Big/Brave @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Montreal trio rumbles into town in support of their third album Ardor, churning through their hyper-sensitive and visceral version of doom rock. With Chief and Wet Specimens. 7:30pm. $8. UPDATE: Big/Brave has cancelled their show due to illness. Chief and Wet Specimens will perform. 8:30pm. $5.

THEATER: The Closet @ Williamstown Theater Festival, Williamstown. Tony Award winner and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Matthew Broderick stars in this world premiere comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw. 2 & 7pm. Through Saturday, July 14.

MUSIC: Schaghticoke Summer Eve’s Concerts @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose. Featuring the Lustre Kings. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Barker Park Summer Kids’ Series @ Barker Park, Troy. It’s Movement Story Hour with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, appropriate for children, toddler to age eight. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Jazz on Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady. Featuring the Azzaam Hameed Quartet. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Rock the Block @ Canal Square, Cohoes. Featuring The Refrigerators. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: UpBeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Featuring NYC’s Decoda Chamber Music Ensemble in an engaging evening of classical music indoors (not on the roof).. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. Featuring The Protones. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Concerts at the Gazebo @ Niskayuna Town Hall lawn, Niskayuna. Featuring The BluesTones. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Concerts at the Crossings @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville. Featuring the New York Players. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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