11/16/09: Today’s Tips: Monday

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: Gut-bucket blues, back-porch bluegrass and junkyard jazz from Nippertown’s finest jug band as they showcase selections from their new CD, “Hobo Nickel.” 7pm. Free.

FILM: “The Great Escape” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany: The 1963 prisoner of war thriller was based on a true story. The all-star cast in the blockbuster includes Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Richard Attenborough and many more stars. 7pm. $5; children $3.

BOOKS/LITERATURE: New York State Writers Institute‘s 25th Anniversary Celebration with Mario Cuomo and Doris Kearns Goodwin @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany: In the past quarter century, the Writers Institute has hosted over 1,000 visiting writer appearances, screened over 400 films and presented dozens of writing workshops, symposia, and special events, making it one of the premier literary arts organizations in the country. Gov. Cuomo and Pulitzer Prize winner Goodwin will join other guests for an evening of reminiscence and celebration. 8pm. Free.

FILM: “The Yes Men Fix the World” @ Proctors, Schenectady: Con game? Yes. Practical joke? Yes. Global grift? Oh yeah. In the Yes Men’s second feature film, the gonzo political activists-artists pose as corporate executives and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. Video conference with Yes Man Mike Bonnano following each screening. 7pm. $6. (Also 7pm Tuesday and 5, 7 & 9pm Wednesday)

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