1/20/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Rory Block @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Chatham’s own Queen of the Acoustic Blues makes an all-too-rare Nippertown appearance. She’s got a new CD on the way (“Shake Em On Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell”) and perhaps even more intriguing – her autobiography, “Rory Block: When a Woman Gets the Blues,” is now available (as an eBook only). 7pm. $25 in advance; $27 at the door.

THEATER: “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center, Williamstown. Synetic Theater combines classical elements of drama, movement, dance, mime and music into a unique brand of physical theater, as they conjure up a wordless production of a favorite Shakespeare comedy. 8pm. $10. (Also Friday.)

MUSIC: The Malibooz @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Surf ‘n’ twang rockers led by veteran popster Walter Egan – best known for his ’78 hit, “Magnet & Steel” – serve up selections from their latest album, “Queen’s English,” an homage to the British Invasion bands of the ’60s. NJ garage rockers the Doughboys open. 8pm. $15.

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FILM: “Restrepo” @ The Linda, Albany. A feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. 6pm reception; 7pm screening. $6.

MUSIC: Cloud Nothings @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. They’re about to drop their self-titled debut album on Carpark Records next Tuesday, but tonight Dylan Baldi and his bandmates share the stage with Scientific Maps and Better Pills. 8pm. $8. UPDATE: Railbird has just been added to the bill, too.

MUSIC: Josh Thompson @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The Nashville singer-songwriter-honky-tonker heads into the Spa City in support of his debut album, “Way Out Here.” 9pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The jazz singer returns for her third-Thursday-of-the-month residency gig. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz piano and vocals. 7pm. FREE.

OPERA ON FILM: “Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The double bill of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” from Milan’s Teatro all Scala. 2 & 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Running the River @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Acoustic quartet with an eclectic country-folk-Celtic-rock-blues sound. 8pm. FREE.

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