7/3/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute Faculty Septet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Bill Cunliffe, David Wong, Dennis Mackrel, Paul Bollenback, Antonio Hart, Mike Rodriguez and Michael Dease. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.

MUSIC: Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s Day One of their three-night SPAC stand. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Lucid @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Post-Phish after-party. $10.

MUSIC: The Dead Sessions @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The Grateful Dead tribute band plays a post-Phish after-party, featuring a rotating cast of musicians. Tonight’s ensemble will feature drummer Kevin Shapiro (also the official Phish archivist) and guitarist Adam Terrell (of Assembly of Dust). $10.

MUSIC: James Taylor @ Tanglewood, Lenox. It’s JT! No, not Justin Timberlake, the other JT. 8pm. Also at 8pm on Friday. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out….

MUSIC: The Schoemer Formation @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Writer Karen Schoemer teams up with the musical duo of Amy & Eric. With Kyle Clements. 8pm.

READING: Russell Banks @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute readings continue… With Chase Twichell. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Bringing his funky, quirky brand of world-beat-influenced rock ‘n’ roll back to Hudson for a solo acoustic show. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Tracy Bonham @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. With Two Dark Birds, Aaron Maxwell and special guest Marco Benevento. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Kiss Me, Kate” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Joe Calarco directs the classic Shakespeare meets Cole Porter romp. 8pm. Through July 12.

MUSIC: The Firs @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Attic Abasement and Hand Habits. 8pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Yeah, the Fourth of July on Friday is messin’ up all kinds of stuff – like having First Friday on a Thursday… Enjoy more than 16 different art shows featuring work by 30+ accomplished regional artists, including Tina Sotis, F.X. Tobin, Naomi A. Schwartz and lots more. 5-8pm. FREE.

THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.

DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ the Ted Shawn Theatre (8pm. $39, $59, $69 & $75); Compagnia TPO’s “Bleu!” @ the Doris Duke Theatre (4:15 & 8:15pm. $28; $10 youth). Both through Sunday.

THEATER: “Working on a Special Day” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The New England premiere of an unexpected love story between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor directed by and starring Ana Graham and Antonio Vega. 4 & 7:30pm.

COMEDY/THEATER: “Spontaneous Broadway” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Improv sketch comedy from the Mop & Bucket Co. 7:30pm. $15 & $30.

MUSIC: The GreyHounds @ Dutchmans Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Belairs @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Signature Brass Quintet @ Jazz On Jay Street, Schenectady. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Ballston Spa Community Band @ Wiswall Park, 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

MUSIC: Dusk Til Dawn @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Ravena. Kicking off the Evenings On the Green concert series… 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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