6/24/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Jazz on Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady. A very special musical memorial to beloved Nippertown jazz guitarist Sam Farkas, who was originally scheduled to play this date until he died unexpectedly just two weeks ago. Read more. 12noon. Free.

FILM: “Stonewall Uprising” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. “It was the Rosa Parks moment,” says one man. June 28, 1969 – NYC police raid the Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, and for the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a three-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. The documentary runs through Saturday, July 3. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ The Egg, Albany. Considering that her music takes a kind-of anti-Nashville, folk-oriented approach, it’s astonishing that the literate singer-songwriter has managed to rack up five country music Grammys and eight Top 10 albums on Billboard’s Country Music chart – including her brand new one, “The Age of Miracles.” 8pm. $34.50, $39.50, $49.50.

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MUSIC: Boyz II Men @ Alive at 5 in Riverfront Park, Albany. Boyz II Men are simply the biggest selling R&B group in recorded history. Their smash hits “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day” each spent more than three at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart. With Garland Nelson and Soul Session. 5pm. Free.

MUSIC: Zappa Plays Zappa @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Dweezil and his band romp through the wonderful world of his dad Frank’s offbeat, complex, thoroughly intriguing music. 8pm. SOLD OUT.

MUSIC: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, Albany. Tonight’s featured performer is acoustic soul singer-songwriter John Scarpulla, who has just released his latest album, “Before the Streetlights Come On.” (Read our review here.) 7pm. Free.

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. It’s back for its third season, and it’s bigger than ever with 11 new venues participating in the the town-wide arts and cultural festivities and fun. Read more. 6-9pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. The summertime Concerts in the Park series kicks off with some revved-up rockabilly sounds courtesy of guitarist-vocalist Mark Gamsjager and his cracklin’ band. 6-8pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble @ Red Square, Albany. Led by vocalist-oud player Amos Libby, the ensemble plays contemporary and traditional music, including Ottoman Turkish classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas. 9pm.

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