5/26/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

May 26th, 2011, 9:00 am by Greg

PERFORMANCE/MUSIC: “Xmalia” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Ryder Cooley’s “Animalia” project continues with a multimedia performance of songs about extinction with trapeze and taxidermy, as well as ukulele, upright bass and singing saw. With special guests Lady Moon, Rob Caldwell, Yukari Roja, Pete Toigo, Gideon Crevoshay and Jeremy Thal. 8pm. $8.

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MUSIC: Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. A guitarist’s guitarist who has worked with everyone from Steve Cropper to Scotty Moore, the veteran bluesman is still at the top of his game, having recently been named Most Outstanding Guitarist in the 2010 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. His surprise appearance at Buddy Guy’s recent sold-out show at The Egg only hinted at his power and versatility. Featuring Murali Coryell. 8pm. $14 in advance; $20 at the door. NOTE: Enter here to win FREE TIX…

MUSIC: Billy Eli @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. From Austin to Ithaca, the Texas honky-tonker has earned a reputation as a first singer-songwriter, a flat-out rocker and an exciting showman. In support of his latest album, “Hell Yeah!,” he’ll be backed some of Nippertown’s finest blues-and-roots musicians: Kevin Maul, Dale Haskell and Tony Markellis, otherwise known as No Outlet. With Diego. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Jody Shayne Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Sublime jazz vocals. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skeletons in the Piano @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The art-rockers are celebrating the release of their new EP, “Long Pig,” with a fan appreciation show/benefit concert. Please bring used clothing to donate. The 100 who donate will get the new CD for free. With the Killerados. All ticket proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Doors at 9pm. $5.

FILM: “The Man Who Knew Too Much” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Kicking off a mini Alfred Hitchcock film fest, it’s his 1934 gem starring Leslie Banks, Edna Best and Peter Lorre. 5:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday, May 29.

MUSIC: Shprongle @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Mad scientist DJ Simon Posford rocks the turntables and so much more for this multimedia sonic dance party extravaganza. With special guest Karate. 9pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

MUSIC: Danielle Gaudin @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. An acoustic show on the back outdoor patio. With Kindred. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. A benefit for the Albany Relay for Life. 5pm.

FILM: “City of Life and Death” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Chinese director Lu Chuan examines the harrowing Japanese Army’s siege of the Chinese capital of Nanking in 1937, during which 300,000 citizens died. 2009; in glorious black and white. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Wailers @ the Oneonta Theatre, Oneonta. The world’s most celebrated reggae group is getting back to their roots with their new three-singer line-up, featuring Yvad, Koolant and Danglin, as well as founding member and musical director Aston “Familyman” Barrett. With Duane Stephenson. 9pm. $21.50 in advance; $23 at the door.