10/15/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

ART/FUNDRAISER: Art Saves Animals @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society holds its 10th annual Art Saves Animals art auction and reception with honorary chairs Karen and Chet Opalka. Over 150 original and hand crafted art works by national, regional and local artists will be highlighted in the live and silent auctions. WNYT-TV meteorologist Jason Gough serves as emcee and auctioneer. The reception also includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, live music by Peg & Bill Delaney, a wine pull and more. 5:30-8:30pm. $45.

MUSIC: Black Francis @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Alternative-rock pioneer Black Francis, the frontman and mastermind of the influential band the Pixies, performs an intimate gig at Club Helsinki with Reid Paley and special guest Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Guns ‘N Roses). 8pm. $25.

READING: Stephin Merritt @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt has recorded 10 albums, including 69 Love Songs, named one of the 500 best albums by Rolling Stone. Now he’s an author, too, having just published, “101 Two-Letter Words,” in which he’s penned whimsical, four-line poems to highlight 101 words admissible in the game of Scrabble. With illustrations by Roz Chast. 7pm.

TALK: Johannes Goebel’s “Speaking So to Speak” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The director of EMPAC gives a talk that EMPAC’s website describes thusly: “The point of departure: without language there is no art. Art is not congruent with language. And certainly art can be made with words. This talk will be many words about words to create a view of what is beyond that which is said.” 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chad & Jeremy @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Did you miss ’em at The Egg on Sunday night? Well, now you’ve got a second chance… 7pm. $30.

THEATER: “Newsies” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical from Disney about a band of newspaper boys who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. 7:30pm. $20-$100. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: My Goodness @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The gritty Seattle rock ‘n’ roll band recently released their new album, Shiver + Shake. With the End Men. 7pm. FREE.

FILM/MUSIC: “The Penalty” @ Albany Public Library, Albany. In this dark 1920 silent film, Lon Chaney plays a deranged criminal seeking revenge against the surgeon who unnecessarily amputated both of his legs. Ryan Devine performs his original score with current band, BeatRoot (featuring Justin Fuld, Tony Califano and Derek Dobson) and special guests. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Rattling Baddlies @ the Olde English Pub & Pantry, Albany. 8pm.

TALK: Wayne Marshall @ Williams College Berhard Music Center’s Room 30, Williamstown. The Cambridge-based ethnomusicologist, journalist and DJ gives a lecture titled “Technomusicology: Multimedia Storytelling for 21st Century Musicologies.” 4:15pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Much Ado About Nothing” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Main Theater, Albany. The American Shakespeare Center’s production of this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit. The Bard makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again. With live pre-performance music at 7pm. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

THEATER: “An Enemy of the People” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Arthur Miller’s powerful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play about one man’s brave struggle to do the right thing in the face of extreme social intolerance. Directed by Julianne Boyd. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

THEATER: “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy/drama about prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays after six years away and announces plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Directed by Michael Bush. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 19. GO HERE to read review…

FILM: “Take Me to the River” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only of a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis, featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, the North Mississippi All-Stars and more. 7pm. $10.

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