7/28/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Parrotbeach @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany. Alive at Five offers a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. With the Electric City Horns. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa @ Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock. What makes this show so special are the special guests – Flo & Eddie. “Billy the Mountain,” anyone? 9pm. $50. UPDATE: Sold out.

MUSIC/FILM: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The magic of the silver screen comes to SPAC for one special evening as “Casablanca,” one of the classics of American cinema, is screened in its entirety on SPAC’s amphitheatre and outdoor screens, accompanied by the Philly Orch’s live performance of Max Steiner’s Academy Award–nominated score under the direction of guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos. 8pm. $20-$72.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent. It’s Day One of the three-day music fest. Today’s line-up features Nippertown faves the Chronicles and Dirty Paris sharing the stages with keyboard kingpin Marco Benevento, as well as the Indobox, Sistine Criminals, Split Phase, Mun and more. 4:30pm. Three-day ticket is $120.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes & Blaze @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford. With Bryan Thomas. 6pm. FREE.

ART/MUSIC: Open House @ the Xmalia Gallery, 18 Holden St., North Adams. Artwork and documentation of C. Ryder Cooley’s multimedia theater production “Xmalia” as well as the box assemblages of Dennis Herbert will be on view from 6-9pm, in addition to Cooley’s live performance of selections from the show at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Feed the Hungry” Concert @ the Lake George Forum, Lake George. A night of country, rock and country-rock with music by the Steven L. Smith Band, the Kentucky Headhunters and Christine Olhman to benefit for the Saratoga Homeless Shelter and the WAIT House in Glens Falls. 7:30pm. $25, $35, $45.

THEATER: “She Stoops to Conquer” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. It’s opening night on WTF’s Main Stage for Oliver Goldsmith’s raucous and bawdy 18th century comedy of big hair and big laughs. Former WTF artistic director Nicholas Martin directs Paxton Whitehead, Kristine Nielsen, Mia Barron and more. 7:30pm.

FESTIVAL/BOOKS: Rensselaerville Festival of Writers: A Sense of Place @ various locations, Rensselaerville. There are plenty of readings, workshops, art exhibits and lots more at this four-day fest to benefit the Rensselaerville Library. Details here. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Tom Chapin & Friends @ the Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. The Grammy Award-winning family-friendly troubadour showcases tunes from his latest album, “Give Peas a Chance: Whole Grain Music for Free-Range Earthlings.” Rain or shine. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Girls Guns & Glory @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Americana/twang-rock quartet previews songs from their upcoming “Sweet Nothings” album, due out next month on Lonesome Day Records. 9pm. $5.

FILM: “Breathless” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg star in the 1960 Jean-Luc Godard classic that launched the French New Wave of filmmaking. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Matthew Maguire Quintet @ the Orchard, Albany. Drummer Maguire leads his jazz combo, which includes saxman Eric Walentowicz, trumpeter Terry Gordon, guitarist Joe Finn and bassist Bill Lawrence. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Sensemaya @ Taste, Albany. Sparkling Latin jazz. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Hi Fly with Frank Loscavo @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay lunchtime concert series continues with the saxman and his band. 12noon. FREE.

Tequila Mockingbirds @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE
Tony Lee Thomas @ Noel Field, North Adams. 6pm. FREE.
Hair of the Dog @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE.
The Georgie Wonders Orchestra @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE.
The Brian Patneaude Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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