12/10/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

Happy birthday, Dennis Herbert. Get well soon…

MUSIC: Punch Brothers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. After snagging three Grammy nominations earlier this week, mandolin master Chris Thile and his wildly eclectic acoustic band into the acoustically magnificent Music Hall in support of their brand new EP, The Wireless. 8pm. $39 & $49. GO HERE to win FREE TICKETS…

DISCUSSION: Will Hermes @ Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs. Kicking off the new Yaddo Presents series of talks, the senior critic at Rolling Stone engages in discussion with local journalist (and sometime Nippertown contributor) Thomas Dimopoulos. Hermes is author of “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever,” and will talk about his life in music writing, and his upcoming biography of Lou Reed. 7:30pm.

DANCE: The Moscow Ballet @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. This is not just another evening of the Nutcracker. This is the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 7pm. $31, $40.50, $51 & $71.

MUSIC: John Kadlecik Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring John Kadlecik of Furthur / Dark Star Orchestra. With Half Step Duo. 9pm. $22.

MUSIC: Arkells @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Hard Soul and Of the Atlas. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER; “Matilda: The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$90. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The CAT Acoustic Christmas Concert @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Cassadee Pope, the Brothers Osborne, Mo Pitney and Chase Bryant. Doors open at 7pm. Listen to The CAT for your chance to win free tickets…

DISCUSSION: “A Conversation in and about Liz Collins’s “Energy Field” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the artist and designer Liz Collins, Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry and the scholar and critic Julia Bryan-Wilson, an associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley. 5:30pm. FREE.

VIDEO/ART: Qu’est qui ce passe (What’s happening): A Video Art Show @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Curators Shanekia McIntosh and Bianca Hildenbrand presents “Qu’est qui ce passe,” featuring the work of international artists Zia Anger, Maria Gysi, Nathan Corbin, Luc Gut, Lena-Maria Thüring and Miles Pflanz. 6-10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Loveport @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Barabbas and Seymour. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Trio @ the Twisted Vine Wine & Tap Bar, Delmar. Featuring Skip Parsons on reeds; Crick Diefendorf on banjo; and Richard Downs on bass. 7pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The modern holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle – now with music and songs. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Eli West & Ben Winship @ the Old Station Inn, Greenwich. The mandolin & guitar acoustic duo plays a mix of traditional, obscure and original stringband music – inventive and soulful. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Elvis Perkins @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Hudson’s own psychedelic-folk singer-songwriter helps Club Helsinki Hudson celebrate its 20th anniversary just two days after completing a two-month European tour in support of his new album I Aubade. Perkins’s bandmate and collaborator, Nick Kinsey, warms up the crowd. 8pm.

MUSIC: Billy Martin’s Festival of Percussion @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The drummer from Medeski Martin & Wood and his friends offer an evening of dynamic drumming and more. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Performing music from Miles Davis’ legendary Birth of the Cool album and other landmark compositions associated with the cool jazz movement of the 1950’s, including Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck and others. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dino Cimino @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skidmore Guitar Ensemble @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. sign-up at 7pm; performance at 7:30pm. $3.

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