3/24/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC/ART: “Celebrating 10 Years of American Roots & Branches Concerts” @ The Egg, Albany. A fundraiser for The Egg featuring performances by David Malachowski & the Acoustic Woodstock Allstars, Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Glenn Weiser Trio and Clarinet Marmalade. 5pm buffet; 6:30pm music. $45, $75, $125.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: “Celebrating 33 Years of the Music Mobile” @ The Linda, Albany. Ruth Pelham, emcee Susan Arbetter and an array of musical talent – including Rex Smith, Greg Anderson, Arielle King and Carolyn McLaughlin – celebrate 33 years of the Music Mobile and keep it rolling into the future. 6pm appetizers; 7pm music. $75.

WORKSHOPS/MUSIC: Midwinter Midweek Trad Music Retreat @ the Irish Mist, Troy. Sponsored by Albany’s Tri-City Trad, Celtic musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton offer a workshop of singing and tune-playing. At the 6:30pm workshop, participants will learn a song or two, as well as learning about group rhythm, vibe, overcoming stage fright, and the art of combining tunes in a session setting. Workshop at 6:30pm. $10. Followed by a music session at 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” @ the Recital Hall at UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. The American Place Theatre presents a one-person theatrical adaptation of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel directed by Elise Thoron and performed by Elvis Nolasco. There will be a pre-performance talk at 7pm, as well as a discussion following the performance. 7:30pm. $15; seniors $12; students $10.

MUSIC: Yan Jun @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. In a concert sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective, the Chinese sound artist will incorporate feedback noise, field recording, site-specific sound art and voice. With the Matt Weston–Dan Godston Duo. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Civil Twilight @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. South African modern rock trio. With A Silent Film. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: John Snyder Performing @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Modern experimental rock. 8pm. $5.

OPERA ON FILM: “The Magic Flute” @ Proctors, Schenectady. An exciting new production helmed by artist William Kentridge of Mozart’s ever-popular opera from Teatro alla Scala in Milan. 3 & 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Severe Severe @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Experimental post-punksters. With Patrons of Sweet and Life Among the Trees. 8pm.

MUSIC: Dangermuffin @ Jillian’s, Albany. From South Carolina, the Americana roots-rock folk-jam trio showcases their latest album, “Moonscapes.” 8pm. $5.

STORYTELLING: Kate Dudding @ Crandall Library, Glens Falls. The Parents Choice Award winner weaves her new story cycle, “Julia Child: Cook & Nifty Wench” in this free Folklife Center program, helping to kick off our new Folklife Gallery exhibition, “Foodways: Documenting the Local,” which runs through October. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Charlie Smith & Rob Aronstein @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Guitar veteran Smith teams up with piano man Aronstein for a night of the blues. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Swing, jump & jive… 7pm. FREE.

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