11/1/18: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: the subdudes @ The Egg, Albany. Over the course of 10 albums, Tommy Malone (guitar), John Magnie (accordion), Steve Amedée (percussion) and Tim Cook (bass) have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures, blending blues, gospel, funk and R&B into their soulful repertoire. With Vance Gilbert. 7:30pm. $34.50.
MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The first couple of Americana have provided musical firepower for such artists as Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Little Feat, Phil Lesh & Friends and Rosanne Cash. Dinner seating 5:30-7pm. Music at 8pm. $75 for concert and four-course dinner.
MUSIC: Matisyahu @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The reggae singer, rapper, beatboxer and alternative rocker brings stripped-down versions of his chart-topping songs (“King Without a Crown,” “One Day,” more) to this acoustic concert. 7:30pm. $29.50, $35.50 & $39.50.
TALK: Jean Shin @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Creative Life series continues with the sculptor and public installation artist in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue. 7pm. FREE. With a free reception at UAlbany University Art Museum at 5:30pm.
THEATER: Million Dollar Quartet @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash comes to life in this incredible true story of one night when these four icons came together to play at Sun Records. The Playhouse Stage Company musical is directed by Owen Smith. 8pm. $27; students $17. Through Sunday, November 11.
THEATER: Uncommon Women and Others @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Karen Christina Jones directs the Callaloo Theater production of Wendy Wasserstein’s breakthrough play exploring the lives of five close friends and classmates at Mount Holyoke College. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday, November 4.
TALK: Michael Burns Mansplains Politics: An Inconvenient Powerpoint @ Mopco Improv Theatre, Schenectady. It’s not a comedy show, but rather a Powerpoint augmented by brief scenes, resulting in a show that is part civics lesson, part psychodrama, part clown show and part rant. 7pm. $5.
MUSIC: Sekanjabin @ Colony, Woodstock. A 10-plus-piece international ensemble, infusing traditional Turkish music with various rhythms and styles from around the world, and re-imagining it with not-so-traditional instrumentation. With Mac & Cheeze. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Four of the Northeast’s most dynamic and respected vocalists – Gina Coleman, Danielia Cotton, Jen Durkin and Wanda L. Houston – gather to celebrate the life, music and of the Queen of Soul backed by the Rev Tor Band. 7:30pm. $25. With pre-show entertainment in the lobby featuring at 6pm.
TALK: Leah Penniman @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Farmer, author, activist Leah Penniman celebrates the publication of her first book, “Farming While Black,” sharing the stage with others from the Soul Fire Farm community including Taina Asili, DJ Trumaster, Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree, Amani O., donfons, Jordan Hill, Ada Harper and more. 7pm. $10.
THEATER: Beau Jest @ Congregation Beth Israel, Schenectady. Classic Theater Guild presents James Sherman’s comedy, directed by John Birchler. 7:30pm. $20; students/seniors/vets $18. Through Sunday, November 4.
COMEDY: Brad Upton @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. If the Pacific Northwest had a Mt. Rushmore of Comedy, this man’s head would be on it. He opens for some of the biggest names in show business, performs all over the country for numerous corporate events, does 8-12 weeks a year all over the world on cruise ships, opens for the legendary Johnny Mathis and performs at a handful of clubs and casinos keeping his schedule very full. 7pm. $20.
TALK: “Sonification: Making Data Sound” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Chris Chafe, the director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, gives a talk about turning raw data into sounds and sonic streams to discover new relationships within the data set by using a musical ear. 6pm. FREE. Followed by a free workshop at 7:30pm.
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