11/17/16: Today’s Tops Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Girls Guns & Glory @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Boston-based band showcases their rockabilly, old-school country and Americana influences on their new album, Love and Protest, released earlier this month. With Hawbuckees. 7:30pm. $6.

COMEDY: Martin Lawrence @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The stand-up comedian and actor brings his Doin’ Time: Uncut Live Tour to town. 8pm. $48, $58, $78 & $98.

READING/POETRY OPEN MIC: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the monthly gathering with poet and frontwoman for the Schoemer Formation Karen Schoemer as the featured reader. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

THEATER: “The Aluminum Show” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A magical, mystery-filled stage production combining visual theater, dance and humor into an exciting, multi-sensory experience, following one man’s incredible journey to a parallel universe-a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. 7:30pm. $20-$40.

MUSIC: 10,000 Maniacs @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Frontwoman and viola player Mary Ramsey leads the college-rock pioneers into town in support of their new live album, Playing Favorites. 8pm. $20, $35 & $45. GO HERE to read an interview with Mary Ramsey…

READING: Tracy Kidder @ Schenectady High School, Schenectady. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his latest book, “A Truck Full of Money,” details the story of tech entrepreneur Paul English, a young man who came of age and brilliance during the burgeoning computer age. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Craig Campbell @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The country chart-topper sings his hits “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” “Outta My Head” and more. Doors open at 7pm for a pre-concert party with Kevin Richards. $25.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. Celebrating the release of their new single, “Some Rivers,” now available as a free download. 6:15pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Valley Jazz Collective @ Senate Garage, Kingston. It’s the launch of the Jazzstock series at a new venue, featuring vocalist Teri Roiger, bassist John Menegon, pianist Pete Levin, drummer Tony Jefferson, saxman Eric Person and trumpeter Chris Pasin. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Water by the Spoonful” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. The Pulitzer Prize-winning
play by Quiara Alegría Hudes has a six-performance run directed by Kim Stauffer. 7pm. Through Sunday.

COMEDY: Robert Kelly @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

FILM: “Blue Velvet” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 30th anniversary screening of the David Lynch masterwork. 7pm. $9; $6 children & students.

COMEDY: Tim Gaither @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Liederabend @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Students in the Music and German Departments collaborate on an evening of music that dates back to 19th century Germany. 7pm. FREE.

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