4/7/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: The Hold Steady @ The Linda, Albany. Last year, they uncorked a wild, seriously sweaty, sold-out, rock-til-you-drop, old-school rock & roll experience at Valentine’s Music Hall. In support of their upcoming album, “Heaven Is Whenever,” this time around they’re moving up to The Linda. But no chairs – just standing room. And as an old buddy of ours used to say, “If you’re standin’, you’re dancin’.” With the Oranges Band. 8pm. $24.

Here’s “Party Pit” from last year’s blowout at Valentine’s:

MUSIC: Brian Melick & Friends @ the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. In the first of his four weekly Wednesday night performances this month, percussionist extraordinaire Melick teams up with pianist-vocalist Dave Gleason, drummer Danny Whelchel and saxophonist Eric Walentowicz for an evening of Latin jazz. 7:30pm. Free.

FILM: “Sleep Dealer” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The award-winning first feature film by NYC digital media artist and filmmaker Alex Rivera has been hailed as “exuberantly entertaining” by The New York Times. The screening of the Latino sci-fi film will be followed by a discussion with Rivera. 7pm. Suggested donation $10; student/low income $5.

MUSIC: The Moon & River Jazz Band @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. It’s National Jazz Appreciation Month. Let’s celebrate! 8pm. Free.

ART: Paul Graubard: Stories from the Bible and Other Places Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. Artist reception, followed by an interview in which Paul Graubard will discuss his long career and Pittsfield’s development in conversation with his wife and poet, Karen Chase, moderated by gallery co-owner, Donald Clark. 6:30-8:30pm Free.

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