11/16/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

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FILM/DISCUSSION: “More Than Words: The Photography of Newsman Bob Paley” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Mary Paley’s homage to her father, the late Bob Paley, a photographer for the Albany Knickerbocker News from 1946 to 1974, who was frequently described as a poet with a camera. Followed by a discussion with Mary Paley, Alice Green, Richard Lovrich and former Knickerbocker News staffers Joann Crupi and Mike Spain. 7pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Funsgiving @ The Linda and the Low Beat, Albany. The 11th annual celebration is so big it will alternate between two venues with NXNES/Pink Noise, Neighborhood of Make Believe (album release!), Oceantor, Bear Grass, Abyssmals, Groupie, Burly and Secret Release. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Chicago Plays The Stones @ The Egg, Albany. Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch and the Living History Band fire up an evening of Rolling Stones hits, played Chicago blues style. 8pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: Art Garfunkel @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The taller half of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame duo of Simon & Garfunkel steps into the spotlight on his own more than 40 years after “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was recorded. 8pm. $38.50, $48.50, $58.50 & $68.50. UPDATE: This concert has been postponed. New date TBA…

MUSIC: Buried Treasure @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The band – featuring Bari Koral with Hudson Valley favorites Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison, Will Bryant and Danny Blume – heads into Galway’s premiere Americana venue. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Stelios Petrakis Quartet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. On the eve of their Carnegie Hall debut, composer, master lyra player and luthier Stelios Petrakis and his band bring the exciting sounds of the Greek isle of Crete to the Spa City. 8pm. $27.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Moriah Formica @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The former Top 20 contestant on “The Voice” brings her full band to Cohoes. With Katie Louise and Madison Vandenburg. A portion of the proceeds from Moriah’s concert will benefit the Cohoes Connect Center for Youth. 7:30pm. $20.

DANCE: “Descent” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Disabled dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson of Kinetic Light perform a unique wheelchair dance performance based on the story of Greek mythical figures Venus and Andromeda. 7:30pm. $18; students/seniors $13. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Johnny Irion @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Local musician Johnny Irion celebrates the release of his new album, Driving Friend, with help from Pat Sansone of Wilco and other special guests. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Lake Street Dive @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. With Akie Bermiss. 8pm. $50 & $60. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

THEATER: Casse Noisette (The Nutcracker) @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The world premiere of Philadelphia-based playwright Michael Whistler’s brilliant, funny and touching play is described by its author as “the story of a very quiet man and some very loud music,” masterfully interweaving the life of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with that of a deeply-closeted modern-day American high school teacher obsessed with Tchaikovsky’s music. Sugar plum fairies and phone sex workers collide… 7:30pm. Through Sunday, November 18.

COMEDY: Jim Breuer @ The Egg, Albany. 8pm. $29.50 & $39.50.

MUSIC: The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Steel pan virtuoso Jonathan Scales and his band bring their unique brand of danceable jazz/funk to Hudson. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: Gloria @ Albany Civic Theatre, Albany. Patrick White directs the Greater Nippertown premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ funny, trenchant and powerful new play that follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. 7:30pm. $18; students $10. Through Sunday, November 18.

MUSIC: The George Muscatello Group @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: We Used to Wear Bonnets & Get High All the Time @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. It’s the world premiere of an all-female response play to Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, written and directed by celebrated Brooklyn-based playwright and director, Julia May Jonas. 8pm. $12; students/seniors $8. Through December 2.

DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Russell Sage College’s James L. Meader Little Theatre, Troy. 7pm. Also on Saturday.

MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The 75-member Berkshire Symphony offer the season’s second concert featuring “Vessels of Courage and Hope” by Shulamit Ran and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. 8pm. With pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

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