11/3/13: Today’s Tips: Sunday

MUSIC: Toad the Wet Sprocket @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. From 1989-1998, the band – featuring lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss – made five studio albums, sold over four million copies and had five major radio hits. Now they’ve reunited and recorded New Constellation, their first album of new material since the ’90s. With 2010’s American Idol, Lee DeWyze opening the show. 7:30pm. $30; $15 students.

MUSIC: Merle Haggard @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. Quite simply, the greatest living country music singer… 7pm. $59; $74 Gold Circle.

MUSIC: Maura O’Connell @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The fabulous Irish singer has said that this is her farewell tour, so this might be your last chance to soak up her musical magic… 6pm. $25.

MUSIC: NYS Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Michael Packer & His Blues Band host the induction of the region’s top blues artists into the NYS Blues Hall of Fame, dedicated to honoring, showcasing and inducting the great blues artists of the world. Among the inductees are many musicians based in Woodstock and the Hudson Valley. 3pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Alash Ensemble @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. An amazing quartet of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of throat singing, with its profoundly deep bass notes and complex double tones, developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. 2pm. $20.

MUSIC: Elvis Costello @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. It’s Elvis Costello’s first east coast solo tour in a decade. 8pm. $55, $65 & $75. NOTE: Advanced ticket sales are sold out, however, a limited number of tickets are available on a first come first serve basis at the door.

MUSIC: Meg Hutchinson @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and Berkshire native takes the stage at the Caffe in support of her new album, Beyond That on Red House Records. With the Twangtown Paramours. 7pm. $18.

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. A reading of Sherry Kramer’s comedy, “How Water Behaves,” which chronicles the hilarious woes of a young unemployed couple, who respond to their overzealous gift-giving families by pretending to donate money in everyone’s name to a fictitious charity with global consequences. 4pm. $15; $10 students.

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit’s Second Look @ Proctors, Schenectady. A new addition to the Summit, Second Look feature a reading of one of the semi-finalist plays from last year, John Fiorillo’s “Dancing Backwards.” 1pm. $15; FREE with ticket to “How Water Behaves.”

THEATER: “Madeline and the Bad Hat” @ Proctors, Schenectady. ArtsPower National Touring Theatre presents the national touring musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans’ children’s book. 2pm. $9; $7 for ages 17 and under.

MUSIC: World Blues @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. A celebration of the global impact of American blues featuring the Taj Mahal Trio, African guitar master Vusi Mahlasela and Fredericks Brown (featuring Taj Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal). 7pm. $35, $55 & $75.

MUSIC: Adventure Club @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Dvbbs and Hunter Siegel. Doors open at 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Zan Strumfeld @ the Waterford Public Library, Waterford. 2pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Community Dance @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Featuring caller Bob Nicholson and music by Fennig’s All-Stars. Potluck supper at 6pm; dance at 7pm. $8 per person; children age 12 and under are free.

MUSIC: Classical Music Showcase @ NYS Museum’s Huxley Theater, Albany. Featuring the wind quintet Funf, the Capitol Chamber Artists, the Albany Chamber Brass Quintet and the Musicians of Ma’alwyck. 1pm. FREE.

FILM: “A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding)” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Master filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s new film is a highly stylized, dystopian take on modern China, inspired by four true shocking events. The film focuses on four characters, each living in a different part of the country, each of whom is driven to violent ends. 3pm. $7; $5 students.

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