2/17/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

THEATER: Verdensteatret’s “And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The cutting-edge Norwegian troupe presents a hybrid performance of moving image, animation, sound and kinetic sculpture, creating an ever-changing composition driven by an abiding sense of wonder. 8pm. $15; students and seniors $10. (Also Friday)

MUSIC: The Chieftains @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The six-time Grammy Award-winning Celtic ensemble kicks off its U.S. tour in support of its recent Irish-Spanish hybrid album, “San Patricio.” 8pm. $48, $51, $58, $69.

TALK: Chuck D @ Taylor Auditorium at Schenectady County Community College’s Begley Building, Schenectady. The author, activist and the driving force of hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy arrives in the Electric City to discuss “Rap, Race and Reality.” 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Eric Harland Group @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The dynamic powerhouse drummer-composer leads an all-star jazz band featuring pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Harish Raghavan, saxman Chris Potter and vocalist Becca Stevens. 8pm. $12; students $5.

READING: Gary Shteyngart @ the Recital Hall at UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. The Russian-American novelist and satirist is the author of a number of award winning books, including last year’s acclaimed “Super Sad True Love Story,” a tragi-comic romance. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rasputina @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Steampunk. Goth. Cellos. And, of course, the always outrageous lead singer Melora Creager… With opening act Voltaire. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Don & Bunk Show @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A multimedia, interactive tribute to the music of Frank Zappa by former Mothers of Invention Don Preston and Bunk Gardner. With special guests Hallow Dog. 8pm. $15.

READING: Jackie Sheeler @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. The award-winning poet of such collections as “The Memory Factory,” “Off the Cuffs: Poems by and about the Police” and most recently “Earthquake Came to Harlem” is the featured reader at the monthly Third Thursday Poetry Night. Open mic sign-up begins at 7pm; readings at 7:30pm. $3 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Whitechapel @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The dusted, triple guitar assault of Ben Savage, Zach Householder and Alex Wade fuels the Knoxville death-metal-heads. With the Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Gin and I Declare War. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Yuko Kishimoto Duo @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz piano. 7pm. FREE.

LECTURE: Dürer: Between Past and Present @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Susan M. Dackerman (of Harvard Art Museums) and Keith Moxey (the Chair of Art History at Barnard College) offer a discussion about the lasting power of Dürer’s prints in conjunction with the current exhibition, “The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer.” 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The jazz singer returns for her monthly gig at the VD. 7pm. FREE.

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