5/12/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Neko Case @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Finally making good on a snowstorm postponement from February 1, the one and only Ms. Case steps into the Woodstock spotlight. Fractured folksters Y La Bamba open the show. 8pm. $40.

MUSIC: An Horse @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Australian duo of Kate Cooper and Damon Cox recorded their just-released sophomore album, “Walls,” in Vancouver with producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara/New Pornographers), turning up the energy and noise. With Love for the Masses and River Eater. 8pm. $5.

FILM: “Rubber” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Here’s something to counter all the crappy Hollywood sequels and spin-offs that are devoid of even a shred of originality: An abandoned automobile tire named Robert comes to life and discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. And, no, it’s not animated. 7:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday.

THEATER/PERFORMANCE: “The Ascent” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. An interactive hybrid installation/ride created by xxxy (aka Yehuda Duenyas) of the National Theater of the United States of America. Utilizing a playful blend of theatrics, interactive gaming and mind control, “The Ascent” is a live theatrical ride experience created for anyone to try. Individual riders wear an EEG headset, which reads brainwaves, along with a waist harness, and by marshaling their calm, focus and concentration, try to levitate themselves 30 feet into the air as a small audience watches from below. Open to the public 10am-5pm. FREE. With demonstration and talk at 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Wicked Knee @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Drummer Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood) leads his side-project supergroup – which also includes trumpeter Steven Bernstein, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and tuba player Marcus Rojas – as they celebrate the release of their debut EP. The band describes their sound as “RagTimeFunk joints with inappropriate avant-garde interludes to keep everything out of focus.” 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: John McEuen @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. The banjo man from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in their 45th year) shows off his multi-instrumental skills with this solo appearance. With Alana Amran & the Rough Gems. 8pm. $17 in advance; $20 at the door.

MUSIC: Many Arms @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Nick Millevoi leads the Philly-based progressive indie rockers. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: The O Solo Mama Mia Festival @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. Robin Gelfenbien’s “My Salvation has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey” and Leigh Hendrix’s “How to be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less.” 7:30pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: Amy Collins @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Award-winning singer-songwriter of Celtic-flavored folk music. With cello popster Christopher Bell. 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “Wretches & Jabberers” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. A powerful documentary that follows two men as they embark on their global quest to change attitudes about autism. 7pm. $9.25; seniors $7.50; children $6.50.

MUSIC: The Al Haugen Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz accordion. 7pm. FREE.

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