2/8/19: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Bad Plus @ The Egg, Albany. The acclaimed jazz trio makes its first stop in Greater Nippertown since Orrin Evans has taken over at the piano. Their album, Never Stop II, was one of last year’s best. 8pm. $34.

MUSIC: Rasputina @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. Melora Creager leads her band of cello-rockers into the Spa City. With Ryder Cooley of the Dust Bowl Faeries. 9pm. $20.

TALK: Mike Reiss @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. He’s the longest-serving writer and producer of “The Simpsons,” the most enduring prime-time series in TV history. He’ll share stories from his new book, “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for ‘The Simpsons’.” 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “The Song & the Story” @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Amy Helm and Cindy Cashdollar team up to deliver the songs and the stories behind them. With Freddy & Francine. 8pm. $45, $60 & $65.

MUSIC: Meadow Mountain @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Colorado bluegrass band won the prestigious RockyGrass Band Contest in 2017 and made their Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival debut in 2018. They’re now getting a lot of attention for their debut album released on the Infamous Stringdusters’ label. With roots in the jamband world, degrees in English, and a deep love of the Punch Brothers, this five-piece brings trippy rhythms and poetry into their stringband sound. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Electro-Symphonic Piano @ The Linda, Alany. The new works by pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and electronic artist David Ibbett have been described as “cosmic jazz.” 8pm. $22. UPDATE: This show has been postponed to February 22…

MUSIC: Stephen Clair & The Pushbacks @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. With a Ray Davies-like vocal delivery, mountains of songwriting credits, Clair’s gritty and provocative tunes are kicked into high gear with the muscular and stirring chops of the mighty Pushbacks. With Tulula! and Natasha Althouse. 7:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: Pacifica Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga. Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the foursome has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. 7pm. $8; seniors $5; students & children FREE.

THEATER: Red Maple @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. A dinner party. Two couples. Old friends all. What could go wrong? Greater Nippertown playwright David Bunce’s comedy is a love story for empty nesters, directed by Margaret E. Hall. This is its world premiere. 8pm. $22-$57. Through Sunday, February 17. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Angelina Valente @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The Pub Series continues… 7pm.

THEATER: School of Rock: The Musical @ Proctors, Schenectady. Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber’s high-octane Broadway hit based on the 2003 Richard Linklater film. 8pm. $25-$100. Through Sunday.

FASHION/FUNDRAISER: Forever Young Fashion Show @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A benefit for the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood program featuring fashions by Collection D’Alli and Hudson’s own Marine Penvern, Mikel Hunter, Kasuri and De Marchin. Also featuring a special performance by Roz’s Dance Works. 7pm.

THEATER: Mrs. Krishnan’s Party @ GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady. The Indian Ink Theatre Company bridges cultures and expands boundaries with this utterly disarming comedy that seats the audience around the dining table and at the kitchen bench in the back room of an Indian run convenience store. Now that her son is grown up Mrs. Krishnan is thinking of selling the shop. It’s Onam, a time to celebrate life, death and rebirth, and Mrs. Krishnan has to throw the party of her life. Over one joyous evening, Mrs. Krishnan’s Party magically transforms strangers into friends through laughter, tears, good music and great food. 7:30pm. $40, $45 & $60. Also at 7:30pm Saturday. GO HERE to read more…

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Trio @ Grappa 72, Albany. The jazz singer is joined by Peg Delaney (keyboard) and Bill Delaney (bass). 6:30pm.

THEATER: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Park Playhouse presents the stage musical all about the Peanuts gang. 7pm. $27; students $17. Through Sunday, February 17.

MUSIC: Alex Torres y Su Orquesta @ Amsterdam Elks Lodge, Amsterdam. 7pm.

THEATER: Miracle on South Division Street @ the Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. Tom Dudzick’s kitchen-sink family dramedy was inspired by a real Buffalo, NY barber who claimed the Virgin Mary appeared to him and led him to erect a 20-foot-tall statue in the neighborhood. Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. 8pm. $22; students $10. Through February 17.

MUSIC: Bert Pagano @ Allen Street Pub, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Williams Chamber Players @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The music faculty group offers works by Libby Larsen, Krzysztof Penderecki and Johannes Brahms. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight @ Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. Confetti Stage performs Lauren Gunderson’s play as directed by Laura Darling. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, February 17.

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