4/1/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION: “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation: iEAR Presents! Free Jazz from the Sanctuary” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A photography exhibit by Nippertown.com’s own Andrzej Pilarczyk (as well as Jon Flanders) chronicling the 13-concert, improvisational jazz series hosted by the Sanctuary for Independent Media in recent years. Also included is video from the series. The exhibit will remain on view through Friday, April 30. Opening reception at 6pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Matthew Shipp Trio @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. In conjunction with the art exhibit, master jazz pianist Matthew Shipp leads his adventurous trio (also featuring bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey). This should be a truly ear-opening experience. 7pm. $10; student/low income $5.

MUSIC: Angelique Kidjo @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Remember her glorious concert in Albany’s Washington Park two years ago? Well, the sensational West African singer and her band return to town for another evening of joyous, roof-raising music and a sneak preview of her upcoming album, “Oye,” which features her renditions of soul classics from James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding (as well as a collaboration with U2’s Bono). 8pm. $20, $25, $29, $37.

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FILM: Gender Bender Film Festival @ MCLA Gallery 51, Pittsfield. In conjunction with the current art exhibition “Sexpectations,” the gallery is screening documentaries “Killing Us Softly,” a documentary about gender representation in advertising, and “Tough Guys.” 6:30pm. Free.

MUSIC: Kool & the Gang @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. “There’s a party goin’ on right here/A celebration to last throughout the years/So bring your good times, and your laughter too/We gonna celebrate your party with you/Come on now/Celebration/Let’s all celebrate and have a good time/Celebration/We gonna celebrate and have a good time…” UPDATE: This show is SOLD OUT.

MUSIC: Lissa Schneckenberger @ the Crandall Library, Glens Falls. The New England fiddler-folksinger and her guitarist Bethany Waickman ramble into the library for the latest installment of the Folklife Concert Series. 7pm. Free.

SPORTS: Roller Derby Recruitment Night @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Gearing up for their bout against the Boston B Party on Saturday night, the Empire Skate Troopers are holding an open practice. Meet the girls, watch ’em skate, find out how to join the team or become a referee. 7-8:30pm. Free.

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