4/22/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

FILMS/DISCUSSION: “The World of Independent Documentaries” @ Russell Sage College’s Bush Memorial Auditorium. Penny Perkins hosts three local documentary filmmakers, who will screen selections from their work and speak about socially progressive filmmaking. The panel includes Justin Maine (director and producer of “So Right So Smart”), Julie Casper Roth (director of “The Main”) and Thomas Mercer (co-producer and writer of “American General: Benedict Arnold”). Followed by Q&A session and a reception. 6pm.

VIDEO FEST: “Little Cuts 6 Video Art Festival” @ UAlbany’s Boor Room and Corner Gallery, Albany. The semi-annual extravaganza of art videos and video art. Open to the public. 7pm. Free.

TALK: Steve Waksman: “Death Trip: Iggy Pop and Rock Performance” @ Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center Room 30, Williamstown. An associate professor of music and American studies at Smith College, Waksman is the author of “Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience” and “This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk.” His lecture focuses on recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Iggy Pop (who celebrated his 63rd birthday yesterday) as “the most confrontational rock performer of the 1970s.” 4:15pm. Free.

MUSIC: JDT @ Red Square, Albany. If you missed Jason Domnarski and his edgy, eclectic jazz trio at Caffe Lena last night, you have another chance to catch them in action. 8pm.

MUSIC: Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. All together now, “Rollin down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin and juice, laid back with my mind on my money and my money on my mind…” With Eternia, Braille, Triune, Oddy Gato, DJ Trumastr, DJ Playground. 8pm. $35. UPDATE: This show is SOLD OUT.

MUSIC/DISCUSSION: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, Albany. Pop-rock duo Sirsy performs and chats about their new live CD and their record deal with Funzalo Records. Author Vincent Zandri talks about his new novel, “Moonlight Falls,” and plays an acoustic set with his band the Blisterz. 7pm. Free.

MUSIC: Red Molly @ the Crandell Library, Glens Falls. The fabulous female folk ‘n’ bluegrass trio – banjo babe Laurie MacAllister, Dobro doll Abbie Gardner and guitar gal Carolann Solebello – is back in town in support of their latest CD, “James.” 7pm. Free.

READING: Walter Mosley @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The New York State Writers Institute welcomes the award-winning detective novelist and screenwriter who brought to life such unforgettable gumshoes as Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. 8pm. Free.

ARTIST DISCUSSION: @ The Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Ryan Parr and Naomi Lewis will discuss their work and the current exhibition, Natura. Here’s David Brickman’s review of the show. 7pm. Free.

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