8/3/11: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: The Airborne Toxic Event @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. In support of their recently released sophomore album, “All at Once,” comes a band with their name culled from the pages of a Don DeLillo novel, you’ve got to know that, yes, indeed, these are thinking man’s rockers. With the Drowning Men (last seen at NL opening for Flogging Molly). 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Week Two of the orchestra’s three-week summer residency kicks off with a band, as cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps into the spotlight. Stéphane Denève conducts Prokofiev’s “Suite from The Love for Three Oranges,” Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 1” as well as Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and “Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloé.” 8pm. $36, $46.50, $54.50, $70.50, $77.50; lawn $25.

MUSIC: Ruth Pelham @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. The Pied Piper of Nippertown – and we mean that in the best possible way – brings her brand new Music Mobile van to the Electric City to make music with the kids. 10am. FREE.

FILM: “Virgin Alexander” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Co-written and directed by Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett, the off-beat, feature-length comedy was filmed in Saratoga Springs last summer, and it’s making its one-night-only Nippertown premiere tonight. Starring Paige Howard, Mika Boorem and Bronson Pinchot (Balki from “Perfect Strangers”!), the film has already won accolades and awards at several film fests around the country. A Q&A with the directors will follow both screenings. More info here. Presented by All Over Albany. The 6:30pm screening is sold out, but there may be tix left for the 9pm screening. Advance tix available here.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ Hedley District Riverfront, Troy. Talking Heads tribute band. Read our review of the band’s Nippertown debut at Jillian’s back in February. 5pm. FREE.

DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. Contemporary ballet ensemble 3e Étage makes its U.S. debut at the Ted Shawn Theatre at 8pm. $59.50-64.50. Through Sunday. At the Doris Duke Theatre, it’s dance artist Jonah Bokaer, who brings 10,000 ping-pong balls with him for the U.S. premiere of “Why Patterns.” 8:15pm. $23.50-37.50. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Veena & Devesh Chandra @ the East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush. Traditional Indian music with sitar and tabla. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Stone Revival Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Vinnie Amico of moe. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mother Fletcher @ Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. Hometown ska-rock-reggae combo play the Hudson.Water.Music. concert series. With reggae band Bongo Roots. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Joey Thomas Big Band @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Big band sounds… 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Swing Docs @ Taste, Albany. More big band sounds… 6pm. $5.

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