10/7/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Soulive @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The funk-jazz-jam trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans are getting back to basics after touring with horns and vocalists, as well as various side projects – like Surprise Me Mister Davis. And they’re getting back to some primal influences, too: the Beatles. They’ll hit the stage in Clifton Park in support of their new album, “Rubber Soulive.” 8pm. $20.

READING/TALK: Nicholson Baker @ Russell Sage College’s Bush Memorial, Troy. The novelist and non-fiction writer (“Vox,” “Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, The End of Civilization,” “The Mezzanine”) chats with Sage’s chairman of the English Department, Dr. David A. Salomon. His latest book is “The Anthologist,” a novel about a little known poet who is trying to write an introduction to a new poetry anthology. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Lennon” @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The songs of John Lennon as performed by an array of A-list musical Nippertown talents, including Ashley Pond, Michael Eck, In Defense of Autumn, Brad Jarvis, Matt Durfee, M.R. Poulopoulos, Harry J. Strole, Jim Ketterer, Roger Noyes, Marc Clayton, Rob Wright. 8pm. $5.

STORYTELLING: John Lithgow: Stories by Heart @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor performs a double-bill of stories: “Uncle Fred Flits” By by P.G. Wodehouse and “Haircut” by Ring Lardner. 7:30pm. $45, $75.

MUSIC: Rory Block @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Chatham Queen of the Acoustic Blues touches down in Woodstock. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled.

READING: Sigrid Nunez @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Albany. She has been called “one of the most dizzyingly accomplished of our writers” by The New York Times. She reads from her latest novel, “Salvation City,” about an orphaned 13-year-old boy who is adopted into a Christian fundamentalist community, and who struggles to make sense of life in the aftermath of a flu pandemic that wipes out much of the world’s population. Presented by the New York State Writers Institute. 8pm. FREE.

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