7/18/12: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s Girls Night Out, featuring Romeo & Juliet (Prokofiev/Martins). 8pm. GO HERE to win FREE TIX… UPDATE: This contest is now closed…

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. Kicking off the new season of the Hudson.Water.Music. concert series. 6pm. FREE.

FILM: “Shut Up and Play the Hits” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern’s film documents the final performance of LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011, while also presenting an intimate portrait of bandleader James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision to end the band. One screening only. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Laissez les bons temps rouler! The son of zydeco king Clifton Chenier carries the legacy, the tradition and the music into the 21st century. 7:30pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Music Mobile @ Central Park, Schenectady. Kids build musical instruments and community along with Ruth Pelham and her cohorts. 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: Anthony Fallacaro @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. In celebration of the release of his debut disc, “Hello! My Name Is Anthony.” With Dylan Connor. 7pm. $5.

READING: William Kennedy @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute presents a fiction reading by Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. 8pm. FREE.

DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. The Hong Kong Ballet makes its Jacob’s Pillow debut with a varied program of stunning contemporary ballet works in the Ted Shawn Theatre, danced to sweeping music by Stravinsky, Górecki and others at 8pm. In the Doris Duke Theatre, Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater performs “Bate” by Fernando Melo and “Requiem” by choreographer Monica Cervantes at 8:15pm. Both through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Hold Steady @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Craig Finn and the boys unleash their rollicking, superbly crafted songs in an intimate setting. With Mount Carmel. 8:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: Bad Medicine @ Green Island parking lot, Troy. The Rockin’ On the River concert series continues its non-stop tribute band assault. Yup, it’s Bon Jovi’s turn in the barrel this week. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Trio @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Marty Wendell @ the Recreation Field Pavilion, Warrensburg. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lindsey Webster Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 8pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: German Fest @ the Pruyn House Complex, Latham. Dinners at 4:30pm. With the Schwarzenegger Connection. 6:30pm. $5; children 12 and under FREE.

MUSIC: The Audiostars @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Courtney Van Dyke @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer. Singing the songs of Patsy Cline. 6pm. FREE.

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