9/22/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

BENEFIT/MUSIC: Capital Region Relief @ Proctors, Schenectady. A big hurricane/flood relief concert featuring the Audiostars (6pm), the Chris Dukes Band (6:45pm), Ernie Williams (7:30pm), Joe Roy Jackson (8pm), Garland Nelson & Soul Session (8:15pm), Ten Year Vamp (9pm) and the Fighting 86’s (9:45pm). 6pm. $10.

BENEFIT/MUSIC: Home Is Where the Love Is: Rebuild Schoharie County @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Palatypus, Sirsy, the Erin Harkes Band and Mirk team up to raise much-needed money for the Schoharie County Community Action Program. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: James Farm @ The Egg, Albany. The jazz just keeps on rollin’ along… The all-star acoustic jazz quartet features saxman Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Peniman and drum master Eric Harland. 8pm. $34.50.

FESTIVAL/FILM: “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding” @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The Woodstock Film Festival kicks into high gear with two screenings of director Bruce Beresford’s tribute to Woodstock starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Chace Crawford. 6:30pm. $20. UPDATE: The 6:30pm show is sold out. 9pm. $15. See today’s full schedule of films here.

MUSIC: Tom Chapin @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter performs in conjunction with Saratoga Springs Peace Week. 7pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Sword @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Dust-caked troubadours aren’t the only thing to come out of the Texas music scene – witness this sci-fi lovin’, heavy metal trio from Austin. With Ironweed, Maggot Brain and Skeletons in the Piano. 7:30pm. $15.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Film Festival @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. The Gene Ween Acoustic Band fires up an irreverent evening of music for the opening night of the fest. 10pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Sweetback Sisters @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Brooklyn-style honky tonkin’. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL: Adirondack Balloon Festival @ Crandall Park, Glens Falls. Day One of the four-day fest kicks off with music by the Stony Creek Band at 4:40pm, followed by 15 balloon launches at 5:15pm (weather permitting). 4:30pm. FREE.

READING: Nicole Krauss @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. Kicking off the NYS Writers Institute’s new season, the award-winning author reads from her latest novel, “Great House” (2010), a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. The novel is composed of interlinked tales about a massive writing desk and its various owners as they cope with tragedies and upheavals of the 20th century. 8pm. FREE.

GATHERING: Technapalooza @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Where software technologists meet to have fun and engage in social, educational and business networking. With music by Nite Train. 5-9pm. $10, includes food and one drink ticket.

FILM: “Project NIM” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. James Marsh’s documentary about Project Nim, which aimed to show that a chimpanzee could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with Elizabeth Hess, the author of “Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human,” and a consultant on the film. 6:30pm. $9.25; seniors $7.50; children $6.50.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ Jillian’s, Albany. Talking Heads tribute. 8pm.

FILM: “Tabloid” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Errol Morris’ documentary follows the much stranger-than-fiction adventures of Joyce McKinney, a former “beauty queen” whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe and directly onto the front pages of the British tabloid newspapers. 5:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday, October 2.

FILM: “The Big Lebowski” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It Came From Schenectady presents the Coen Brothers’ 1998 slacker cult classic starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore. The Dude abides… 7pm. $9; students $6; White Russians not included.

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