8/2/18: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

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MUSIC: Alive at Five @ Corning Preserve Boat Launch Parking Lot, Albany. Yes, the final Alive at Five show of 2018 has been moved to the dreaded rain site… Featuring Sir Sly. With The LateShift. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Melanie @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The alum of the original ’69 Woodstock festival returns to the Caffe in support of her latest EP, Ragamuffin. 6 & 8:30pm. $47. UPDATE: Both shows are now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Pat Metheny @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Winner of 20 Grammy Awards, the master jazz guitarist’s music continues to shine, always searching for new sounds and ideas while retaining the melodic force and free-wheeling, joyous drive that has been his hallmark since he took the jazz world by storm in the 1970s. His band features Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock. 8pm. $45-$95.

TALK: Nicole Stott @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. With the audience seated on stage, the artist-astronaut leads a captivating talk about the beauty of Earth from space. 8pm.

MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s an evening of “Symphonic Shakespeare” as Stéphane Denève conducts Walton’s “Selections from ‘As You Like It,'” Berlioz’s “Overture to Beatrice and Benedict,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Mendelssohn’s “Selections from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.'” 2pm.

MUSIC: UpBeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Albany-based PuertoRican musician and activist Taina Asili and her eight-piece band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule… UPDATE: This performance will take place on the Tang’s lawn, not the roof…

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

STORYTELLING: Barker Park Kids Summer Series @ Barker Park, Troy. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s series features a storytelling session by the Troy Public Library… and a visit from Spiderman, too. 11am. FREE. Rain site: St. Paul’s Guild House, 27 State St., Troy. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Jazz on Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady. Featuring the Art D’echo Trio. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: Saratoga Shakespeare Company @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. It’s Henry IV, Parts I & II, directed by David Girard. 6pm. FREE. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Betty @ Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Goodrich Hall, Williamstown. Alyson Palmer and sisters Elizabeth & Amy Ziff bring their clever lyrics and infectious energy. 8:30pm.

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. GO HERE to read our review…

MUSIC: Joywave @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Rochester rockers. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

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

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

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