8/17/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

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MUSIC: Magic Dick & Shun Ng @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The J. Geils Band’s howling harmonicat teams up with the acoustic guitar virtuoso for the most dynamic duo since Bruce Wayne adopted Dick Grayson. 8pm. $27. GO HERE to read our interview…

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell joins the orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin for a program that features Dvořák’s “Otello Overture,” Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6.” 8pm.

TALK: Margaret Atwood @ Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown. With the Emmy Award-winning Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the Netflix series “Alias Grace” both enjoying critical acclaim, the award-winning author comes to Cooperstown for a wide-ranging talk that may or may not involve killer robots, advice for writers, the environment and why she thinks the words of “O, Canada” should be changed. 4pm. $40, $55 & $75.

MUSIC: Don Byron & Friends @ Colony, Woodstock. The wildly eclectic jazz clarinetist-saxman (and former UAlbany professor) bring the funk and soul with an evening delving into the music of Junior Walker, James Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and more. 8pm. $25.

DANCE: John Jasperse @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. The Lumberyard’s away-from-home season continues with “Hinterland,” in which a varied group of dancers, including Jasperse, come together with a commissioned score by Hahn Rowe, to build a micro-community, where dance is both celebration and a refuge from the wreckage of culture and history. 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Live at the Jazz Bar @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the Chuck Lamb Quartet. 10pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Bear Grass @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. Katie Hammon and her Troy-based band celebrate the release of their sophomore album, Left. With MSL and Yolanda Yolanda. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Jackson Browne @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. The veteran singer-songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer plays an intimate concert with the Midnight Ramble Band. 8pm. $100 & $175. Also at 8pm Saturday. UPDATE: Both shows are now officially sold out…

DANCE: Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre @ PS21, Chatham. Employing tactics of game strategy and seduction, Týnek’s “Middlegame” takes its inspiration from the game of chess and 19th century café life. “Romanesco Suite” is accompanied by a recording of the 17-year brood of cicadas that emerged in the summer of 2013 and is a playfully abstract reflection on the natural order of relationships. 8pm. $35; students $10. Also at 8pm Saturday.

THEATER: West Side Story @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Tony and Maria, Leonard Bernstein’s 20th-century incarnation of Romeo and Juliet, struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice. This production gets a hip, urban spin and features the original Jerome Robbins choreography in one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musicals of our time. 7:30pm. Through Friday, August 24.

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ Indian Ladder Farm Cidery & Brewery, Altamont. 7pm. Playing “white trash R&B and countrifried rock & roll.” 7pm.

MUSIC: Kimono Dragons @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Hang ten! With Tsunamibots and Surfer R Cool. 8:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: Murali Coryell @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. 9pm.

FILM: “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. 8pm. $2.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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