11/6/13: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Elvis Costello @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A rare opportunity to catch the shape-shifting singer-songwriter in a solo performance. 8pm. $40, $65, $75 & $85. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Dom Flemons @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The multi-talented main man of the Carolina Chocolate Drops steps out for a rare solo concert. Michael Eck hosts and opens the show. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Geoff Muldaur @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. As Richard Thompson has proclaimed, “There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.” 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Sevendust @ Pearl Street, Northampton. With Hope Lies Within, Sakara and Nosho. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Emerson String Quartet @ Union College’s Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. Performing Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 138 and Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 “Razumovsky.” 8pm. $25; $10 students.

MUSIC: Chicago @ Proctors, Schenectady. Not the national touring company of the stage musical. Not the award-winning film. This time around, it’s the veteran hit-making band formerly known as Chicago Transit Authority. 7:30pm.

READING: Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With featured readers Barbara Kaiser and David Messineo. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $5.

MUSIC: Silverstein @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Artisan, the Less We Know and Fiction for Bandits. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: This Renaissance @ Red Square, Albany. With A Little More Us, Calling Chicago, Let It Happen and First Things First. 8pm.

MUSIC: Mobile DeathCamp @ Bogie’s, Albany. Led by Todd Evans (aka, Beefcake The Mighty of Gwar). With Satan Place, Sydney Funnel and Outnumbered. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Pat Andreoli @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 6pm. FREE.

TALK: “The Art of Social Media” @ the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Megan Whilden, director of the Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, and Joshua Field of Orbit Visual will discuss how to use the most popular social networking platforms, and discuss the significance of establishing a presence in a variety of social media. 6pm. FREE.

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