11/3/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

FILM: Last Play at Shea @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. It’s not just a Billy Joel concert film. Brought back by popular demand for one show only, this documentary chronicles the waning days of Shea Stadium through a tapestry of performance, historical documentary and personal journey, while at the same time providing audiences with a pop-culture snapshot of a seminal era in New York history. The film weaves interviews with players and performers and exclusive concert footage, featuring guests like Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey, among others. Directed by Paul Crowder. 90 minutes. 7pm. $6.25 – $9

MUSIC/LECTURE/DISCUSSION: Music — Language — Sound and Nature @ EMPAC, Troy. Experts in the diverse fields of music, acoustics, evolutionary neurobiology and naturalist philosophy, Mark Changizi, Johannes Goebel and David Rothenberg engage in an exchange on how music, speech, language, birds, and whale songs interrelate. For an hour before the talk, David Rothenberg will perform in Evelyn’s Café. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra @ Proctors Theater, Schenectady. Carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, cucumberophones and celery bongos. Yes, that’s right, it’s an evening of music performed solely on musical instruments made of vegetables. 8pm. Tickets: $20 | $10 | $5

MUSIC: Bent Rail Blues Band, Jonesville and Realation @ Savannah’s, Albany. Another installment of Capital Underground Live hosted by Ralph Renna. 8pm. FREE.

FILM/PANEL DISCUSSION: Waiting For Superman @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The film, a deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S, has sparked a national debate about education in the United States. Following the 6:45 film presentation, Capital Region residents will have the chance to join this critical dialogue with a panel of local educators and community leaders, including Dr. Raymond Colucciello, Superintendent, City School District of Albany, Cathy Corbo, President APSTA (Albany Public School Teachers’ Association), Anne Pope, Regional Director of the NAACP and panel moderator Hon. Barbara Smith. 6:45pm. $6.25 – $9

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