10/4/18: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday


MUSIC: Alice Cooper @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Alice at the Palace? A sure harbinger of Halloween… 8pm. $39.75, $49.75, $59.75, $79.75, $94.75

MUSIC: The Decemberists @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Rescheduled from June 15, the Oregon-based band finally makes it to MASS MoCA in support of their latest album, I’ll Be Your Girl. With Marissa Nadler. 8pm. $55.

MUSIC: Way Down Wanderers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. There are a lot of Americana bands out there, but few with the contagious joy shown by this big-hearted and talented band from Chicago, drawing on jam band music, bluegrass and more. 7pm.$22.

MUSIC: The Blue Stones @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. The first installment of the FREE-QX Brown’s Brewing Fall Sessions. Yeah, the outdoor concert season ain’t over yet. With The LateShift. 6pm. FREE.

EVENT: “The Bandleader Who Changed America: A Musical Journey Through the Life of James Reese Europe” @ The Egg, Albany. This multimedia presentation will focus on the life and music of James Reese Europe (1880-1919), an extraordinary individual who was not only instrumental in the success of the Harlem Hellfighters, an African-American military regiment from New York that was dispatched to fight for France in World War I, but had a major influence in the development of jazz, swing, and contemporary dance music. Featuring Bill Meckley, Michael Dinwiddie and Dave Gleason. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The bassmaster of the legendary Meters funks up Woodstock. 8pm. $35, $45 & $60.

THEATER: The Glass Menagerie @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Julianne Boyd directs Tennessee Williams’ timeless classic American drama. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 21.

THEATER: The Royale @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, the drama bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Orange Is the New Black”). This powerhouse play brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a man’s place in history. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 14. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Joe Jencks @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush. The 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit is an award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. 6:30pm. FREE.

EVENT: Wizardfest @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. It’s all things Harry Potter. The evening will include trivia, drink specials, magicians, music, cosplay a costume contest, DJ, dancing and a special Quidditch Pong Tournament. Doors open at 7:30pm; trivia at 8pm. $15, $20, $25, $30; VIP $50.

THEATER: Naked @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Eric Hill directs Nicholas Wright’s new version of Luigi Pirandello’s play which follows the story of a woman, in the midst of questioning her existence, as the men around her impose their view of her into the world. 7pm. $52. Through Sunday, October 28. GO HERE to read review…

TALK/READING: Tara Westover @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book, “Educated.” 7:30pm. FREE. Also a free craft talk at 4:15pm at the Standish Room at UAlbany’s Science Library.

EVENT: “Hacksaw” Jim McDuggan @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. The WWE Hall of Famer is one of the most popular American professional wrestlers of all time. Now he’s bringing his comical “One Man Show” to the Spa City, an up-close, intimate experience giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the crazy life of WWF superstar and the underbelly of professional wrestling as a whole. 7:30pm. $25.

ARTIST CONVERSATION: Jane Irish @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with the exhibition “Give a damn,” featuring Irish’s “Antipodes Vietnam Peru 1, 2016,” the artist will be in conversation with Skidmore College Assistant Professor of English Jamie Parra. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: Always… Patsy Cline @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Playhouse Stage Company presents Benita Zahn, Molly Rose McGrath and a six-piece country music band for the jukebox musical based on the music and life of the great country singer. 8pm. $27. Through Sunday, October 14.

MUSIC: Cocek! Brass Band @ Colony, Woodstock. Sam Dechenne (trumpet/vocals/composer), Ezra Weller (flugelhorn), Clayton DeWalt (trombone), Jim Gray (tuba) and Grant Smith (tappan drum) play original compositions influenced by Eastern-European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, klezmer and elements of reggae and Western classical pieces. With Max’s New Hat. 8pm. $12.

THEATER: Biloxi Blues @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dan Ventresca directs the second in Neil Simon’s coming-of-age trilogy. This play follows the adventures of Eugene Jerome when he joins the Army near the end of WWII and learns about life and love. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, October 13.

THEATER: Marvel Universe Live @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Comic books come to life in a live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. 7pm. Through Sunday.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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