7/25/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: The Revivalists @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With horns and pedal steel guitar, the award-winning New Orleans rock band cuts across time-honored musical genres in support of their latest album City of Sound. With Holly & Evan. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Vermont’s blues-rockin’ mama… With JD McPherson and Alpenglow. Gates open at 5pm; showtime 6:30pm. $40; camping $20.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Band @ Jennings Landing (formerly Riverfront Park), Albany. It’s Alive at Five’s Local 518 Blues Night featuring the two winners of the Downtown Albany Blues Music Competition. With Blues Sanctuary. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Andrew Bird @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An “old-time” performance with Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone in an entirely acoustic set-up. With Tift Merritt. 9pm. $40. Also at 9pm on Friday.

DANCE: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Performing Square None (Noto, Sakamoto, Ross, Handel, Twin/De La Cruz); Stamping Ground (Chávez/Kylián); and Over Glow (Mendelssohn, Beethoven/Elo). 2pm.

DANCE: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Performing Last (Górecki/Cerrudo); Stamping Ground (Chávez/Kylián); and Like a Samba (Gilberto/McIntyre). 8pm.

READING/COMEDY: David Rees @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The comedian, political cartoonist and author of “How to Sharpen Pencils” will perform his interactive demo with the audience, reading from his book, soliciting help from the audience to illustrate various sections, and fielding questions about the history, ethics, technology and politics of pencil sharpening. 7pm.

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. With Marc Cohn. 8pm. $48, $63 & $83.

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. Witness the Butoh-inspired dance of renowned artist and choreographer Koma of Eiko & Koma in “Caravan” on Holden Street. Headlining the musical festivities on the Holden Street Parking Lot Stage is glam-gothic-operatic band Timur & the Dime Museum. In addition, there will be eight new exhibition openings… and lots more. 6-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Peter Van Keuren Trio @ Jay Street, Schenectady. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Uncle Marty’s Adirondack Grill, Averill Park. 6pm.

READING: Michael Ondaatje @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues… With Howard Norman. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bluestein, Buettner & Esposito @ the Stockade Tavern, Kingston. The monthly Speakeasy Jazz series presents guitarist Joel Bluestein with saxman Peter Buettner and bassist Kyle Esposito. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kalin & Miles @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With David David. 7pm. $12.

THEATER: “The Music Man” @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. The Not So Common Players. 8pm. FREE. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: “Power Balladz: The Ultimate ’80s Sing-Along” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.
7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Mirk @ Taste, Albany. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Bobby Dick & Susie Q @ the Boathouse, Lake George. 5pm.

MUSIC: Holly McCormack @ the Crossings, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Peg Delaney Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Hilltown Ramblers @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Scotia Glenville Community Band @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Hot Rod Band @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE.

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