5/11/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Bella’s Bartok @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Funkin’ Donuts. 9:30pm. Pay what you will.

MUSIC: Sarah Lee Guthrie @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sarah Lee says, “The demand for songs with a purpose of uniting voices is higher than it ever has been in my lifetime. I am finding myself singing the songs that define us as humans, the songs that brought us through some of the hardest times in history. I am excited to share some of these songs and stories… I am coming to your town to gather people and voices. I love the idea that we can keep Woody’s Hoping Machine going… at a time when we are very much in need of hope and action.” 7pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Italian American Community Center, Albany. T.H.E. Life Changer benefit concert for the Father Peter Young Foundation. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Robert Sarazin Blake & the Letters @ Colony, Woodstock. It’s the official grand opening of Colony, formerly known as the Colony Cafe. The band performs Springsteen’s album Greetings from Asbury Park in its entirety. With Connor Kennedy. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Ari & Mia @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. Referencing the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook, the two sisters create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Rodeo Barons @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ the Colonial Theatre, Pitssfield. The celebrated hip-hop and jazz group is a family band featuring seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/bandleader, Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire; Chaka Khan and Sun Ra). 7pm. $25, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Downstairs Work @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Charlie Buggie and the Solar Jypsys. 7:30pm. $5.

COMEDY: Guy Torry @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $12. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Focusing on free jazz, the concert features works by Ornette Coleman, Andrew Hill, Wayne Shorter, Jackie Mclean, plus original pieces, musical games and improvisational frameworks by director Kris Allen and members of the band. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Cabaret” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Willkommen! Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award revival of the classic Kander & Ebb musical. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$90. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Say Anything @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With co-headliners Bayside and openers Reggie & the Full Effect. 7:30pm. $26.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant and Pub, Delmar. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Some People Hear Thunder” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The world premiere of a new musical love story by Gerson Smoger and Jeffrey Sorkin. Directed by and starring Kevin McGuire. 7:30m. Through Sunday, May 21.

THEATER: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. SLOC wraps up its 2016-17 season with the Pulitizer Prize-winning comic tale of life on the corporate ladder. Directed by Michael Camelo. 8pm. Through Sunday, May 14.

FILM: “Sign Painters” @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old American history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. This 2013 documentary stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form. 6:30pm. FREE.

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