9/29/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The two terrific Texas tunesmiths have been friends for 40 years, so expect plenty of juicy stories to go along with the songs. 7:30pm. $29, $59, $69 & $79.

MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The band has roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. With the Nellies. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Richie Furay @ The Egg, Albany. A major voice in the country-rock movement, Furay was a member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and, of course, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. 7:30pm. $36.

MUSIC: Blake Shelton @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The country music hitmaker and coach on NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” ambles into town in support of his latest album, If I’m Honest. With RaeLynn. 7:30pm. $39.75, $69.75 & $89.75.

MUSIC: R. Kelly @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The three-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer brings The Buffet Tour to town. 8pm. $68 & $98.

DANCE: “One can make out the surface only by placing any dark-colored object on the ground” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. London-based artist Hannah Rickards applies the arctic navigational technique to the choreography of two performers and a flying camera. 7 & 8pm. $12; $10 seniors.

MUSIC: A Story in Static @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 23.

DANCE: “HaMapah/The Map” @ Skidmore Dance Theater, Saratoga Springs. DNAWORKS presents a multi-media, genealogical dance journey. 8pm.

TALK: Stephen Burt @ NYS Museum’s Huxley Theatre, Albany. The poet and literary
critic leads a discussion and reading of poems based on
his new book, “The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them.” 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Outside Mullingar” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. This charmer of a play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland and the unlikely romance between two middle-aged neighbors. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, October 16.

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. It’s the last DSA of the year… 5pm.

MUSIC: Francesca Shanks @ the BOOM Room, Pittsfield. With Izzy Heltai. 5pm. FREE.

COMEDY: John Heffron @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Big Something @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Half Step Duo. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes @ the Twisted Vine, Delmar. 8pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bellini’s, Latham. 6pm.

MUSIC: Return of the Fly @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Plattsburgh-based Misfits tribute band. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Speak Low If You Speak Love @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With Homesafe, Let It Happen, Young Culture and Luciano Ferrara. 6:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Evo Trio @ Rascals, Guilderland. 5pm.

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