10/16/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Banjo master Noam Pikelny (from the Punch Brothers) and fantastic fiddler Stuart Duncan (Goat Rodeo Sessions) take the stage for a fun night of nothin’ but banjo-and-fiddle duets. 8pm. $15-$35.

MUSIC: Les Amis Creoles @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Fiddler-singer-songwriter-accordionist and four-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson turned in some rollicking concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Sanctuary for Independent Media in recent years. This time around he teams up with fab frottoir player Desiree Champagne and fiddler Ed Poullard for an evening of rootsy, Louisiana bayou music. Bring your dancin’ shoes… 8pm. $20.

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
Desiree Champagne & Cedric Watson (photo by Michael Kats)

MUSIC/DANCE: “An Evening of Music and Dance” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Composer David Lang, Skidmore faculty member and choreographer Debra Fernandez, and the musical group So Percussion present an evening of dance and song inside the “I was a double exhibition” space. 6pm. FREE, but tickets are required. Call 518-580-8080 for reservations. Also 5pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Session Americana @ the Low Beat, Albany. This folk-rockin’ super group from Boston (with ex members of Treat Her Right, Morphine, Face To Face, etc.) jammed the Low Beat back in March, expect more of the same this time around. 8pm. $15.

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. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$100. GO HERE to read review…

COMEDY: Lewis Black @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Smart and sputtering, Black brings “The Rant is Due.” 8pm. $29.50, $49.50 & $59.50.

MUSIC: Breaking Benjamin @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The band rolls into town to kick off their un-plugged tour here in Nippertown. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Long Time Courting @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals), Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals), Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals) offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. 7pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy @ The Egg, Albany. Vic DiBitetto, Sam Fedele, Freddy Proia and Frank Santorelli poke fun at their heritage in a way that will make you laugh whether you’re Italian or not. 7:30pm. $40, $50 & $65.

THEATER: “An Enemy of the People” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Arthur Miller’s poerful 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: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 5pm.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niakayuna. 6:15pm.

THEATER: “Poe” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Eric Hill directs and David Adkins stars in the world premiere of a new play that explores Edgar Allan Poe’s final days. 7pm. $35.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts. Author-poet-visual artist (and Gloversville native) Elaine Cohen is the featured reader. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

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…

MUSIC: The Bronte Roman Jazz Ensemble @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

READING: Jacinda Townsend @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. She’s the author of a first novel, “Saint Monkey” (2014), the tale of two best friends raised in hardship in rural Kentucky whose lives take different paths. With novelist Tiphanie Yanique. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at Ualbany Campus Center’s Room 375 at 4:15pm.

MUSIC: Tramps Like Us @ Vapor Nightclub, Saratoga Springs. Springsteen tribute band. 6 & 8pm. $20.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSION: Eighth Step Open Mic & Jam @ Proctors’ Apostrophe Cafe, Schenectady. Cathy Winter hosts Eighth Step’s monthly third Thursday open mic. 6:45pm sign-up; 7pm open mic; 8:15pm jam. FREE.

FILM: “Mood Indigo” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Inventive auteur Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel to provide the foundation for this 2013 visionary and romantic film starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. 8pm.

FILM: “Food for Change” @ The Linda, Albany. The film examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. 7pm. $8.

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