11/18/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: The B3nson Family Funsgiving Celebration @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s the third annual Funsgiving bash. Seven bands spread out over both floors all night long: We are Jeneric, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science, Barons in the Attic, If Madrid, Que Caro and, of course, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. 8pm. $10 at the door includes the “B3nson Family Compilation” CD. ($2 discount with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Regional Food Bank.)

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Jazz vocalist. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Boxing Gym” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A documentary centered on an Austin, Texas gym where people from all walks of life meet, talk, train and aspire to reach their personal best. 2010, 91 minutes. 5:30pm. $7; students $5 (Through Sunday, November 28)

ART OPENING: “Uncertain Spectator” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The opening reception for a new EMPAC exhibition that examines anxiety in contemporary art and includes works by Graciela Carnevale, Anthony Discenza, Claire Fontaine, Kate Gilmore, Tue Greenfort, Susanna Hertrich, Jesper Just, Marie Sester, Superflex and Jordan Wolfson. The reception will also feature a performance by the Troy Chainsaw Ensemble and a screening of Lars Von Trier’s 2000 film, Dancer in The Dark, an unrelenting assault against escapism starring Bjork. Reception: 6pm, Film: 7pm. FREE.

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MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ McKownville United Methodist Church, Albany. The third and final installment of LRR’s monthly Third Thursday benefit concert series is “Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Gospel Songs of the Original Carter Family” featuring special guests MotherJudge and Kyle Miller. 7pm. FREE; donation encouraged.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Tapped” @ The Linda, Albany. The debut feature-length documentary by Stephanie Soechtig is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. Discussion follows the film. 6pm reception; 7pm screening. $6.

MUSIC: “Warm Up the Winter” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Deborah Zecher presents a benefit concert with proceeds going to Construct, Inc. to provide fuel assistance to those in need. Performers include the Performers include: the BTU’s, Wanda Houston, Quintessential, the Joe Rose Pop Ensemble, the Berkshire Singers, and the Paradocs Jazz Trio with Allan Dean and Emily Duff. 7pm. $50, $18; children under 16 $5.

MUSIC: Ian Anderson @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton. An evening of songs from his solo albums as well as Jethro Tull classics by the singer-songwriter-rock ‘n’ roll flute player. He’ll be backed by guitarist Florian Opahle, keyboardist John O’Hara, bassist David Goodier and drummer Scott Hammond. 8pm. $35, $45, $55.

FILM: “The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” @ Time and Space Limited, Hudson. Part three of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. 2009. 148 minutes 7:30pm. Member: $5, General: $7, Student: $5 (Through Sunday, 11/28)

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Revved up rockabilly and righteous ribs. Rock on. 10pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” @ College of St. Rose’s Campus Theater, Albany. A classic musical revue featuring the songs of the great Belgian songwriter. 7pm. $10. (Through Sunday)

MUSIC: John Waite @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Last seen in Nippertown headlining the Fourth of July celebration at the Empire State Plaza in 2008, the former lead singer of the Babys and Bad English returns for an acoustic trio concert this time around. 8pm. $47.50.

FILM: The Eclipse @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady. In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts. Rated R; 88 minutes; 2009. FREE.

READING: John Ashbery @ the Bertelsmann Campus Center’s Weiss Cinema at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery shares the stage with Anselm Berrigan – editor of The Brooklyn Rail – whose latest collection of poems, “Free Cell,” was published by City Lights last year. 6pm. FREE.

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