6/30/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

June 30th, 2010, 9:02 am by Greg

DANCE: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal @ Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett. The Canadian dance ensemble (8pm) transforms the Ted Shawn Theatre into an interactive video game for the opening night of “Zip Zap Zoom,” bringing audience members into a dynamic digital world. Meanwhile, Camille A. Brown and Dancers (8:15pm) takes over the Doris Duke Theatre for a program that includes a world premiere and “New Second Line,” an uplifting work inspired by the resilience of the people of New Orleans. Both troupes perform through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. With the Blue Machine (6pm) and the Hill Hollow Band (5pm). School’s out, and it’s time for the first big, free concert on the Plaza, as three fave Nippertown bands team up for the At the Plaza Launch Party. 5pm. Free.

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MUSIC: Solid Smoke @ Headley District Riverfront, Troy. With the Mount Olive Gospel Choir. First, get your soul saved. And then get some super soul music. That’s what we call Rockin’ On the River. 5pm. Free.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION: The Earth First! Journal Roadshow @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Activists from the radical environmental group Earth First! present a multi-media extravaganza celebrating 30 years of doing battle on the front lines, as they try to save our planet from ecological destruction. They’re joined by Rik Scarce (Skidmore professor and author of “Eco-Warriors”) and “intense folk” duo, the Pleasants. 7pm. Suggested donation $10; student/low income $5.