10/13/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Andrew Bird @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The master singer-songwriter-violinist-looper and whistler extraordinaire lands at the acoustically perfect Music Hall in support of his brand new soundtrack album for the indie film, “Norman.” With Dosh. 8pm. $33.50. NOTE: Win FREE TIX here Contest is now closed. Congrats to the winner…

MUSIC: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, Albany. Solo. Acoustic. In the small Swyer Theatre. 8pm. $34.50. Related story.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Craptastic!” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. A documentary about the making of an ironic sci-fi comedy starring Anna Nicole Smith and how everything went oh-so-horribly wrong… One screening only. Followed by Q&A with the film’s director David Giancola and producer John James. 6:30pm. $9.25; seniors $7.50.

MUSIC: Rich Robinson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Black Crowes guitarist celebrates yesterday’s release of his sophomore solo album “Through A Crooked Sun” with his band, featuring drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Steve Molitz and Nippertown’s own bassist Jack Daley. Dylan LeBlanc opens. 8pm. $18. Related story.

MUSIC: Mountain Quickstep @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The homegrown foursome of Sara Milonovich, Greg Anderson, John Kirk and Trish Miller combines elements from old-timey, bluegrass and early country music of the Appalachian, Adirondack and Smoky Mountain regions in a kick-off concert foir their upcoming Eastern European tour. 8pm. FREE. Related story.

MUSIC: Amy Collins @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Folksinger-songwriter Collins is back for her second Thursday of the month residency gig. And tonight’s show is extra special with long-time friends and sterling musicians Beth Jochum (of Begonia) and the sublime Rosanne Raneri returning to the spotlight to join her. 8pm. FREE. Related story.

MUSIC: Catie Curtis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter-folk-rocker-Lilith Fair alum celebrates the release of her new album, “Stretch Limousine on Fire,” on Compass Records. 7pm. $26.

MUSIC: Hippiefest @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A mini-fest of ’60s and ’70s rockers – including Dave Mason (Traffic), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Rick Derringer (the McCoys) and Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals – reel off their parade of hits. 7pm. $29, $39, $44, $59.

TALK: Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan @ the UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany. The film directors discuss the making of their latest film, “Raising Renee.” 9am. FREE.

THEATER: “Race” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Co-sponsored by Capital Repertory Theatre and the Arts Center of the Capital Region as part of their collaborative Firestorm Series, this is a reading of David Mamet’s legal drama that examines assumptions about color, gender, ethnicity and class as a law firm is asked to take on the case of a wealthy businessman accused of raping a woman of color. Featuring Timothy Dugan, Timothy Hull, Erica Tryon and Kevin Craig-West. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Rochelle Calhoun (Dean of Student Affairs at Skidmore College) and Christian Sundquist (faculty member at Albany Law School). 7pm. $12.

MUSIC: EOTO @ Jillian’s, Albany. The dynamic duo of String Cheese Incident members Jason Hann and Michael Travis is celebrating their fifth anniversary. With ElectronicAnonymous. 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: Boys II Men @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The Motownphilly sound comces to the Spa City. 8pm. $30. UPDATE: This show is now SOLD OUT. Related story.

MUSIC: Maaze @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Thursday-nights-in-October residency continues… 9pm.

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

MUSIC: The Ragbirds @ Red Square, Albany. Led by energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, the band churns out a fusion of folk, rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Darlingside. 9pm. FREE. Related story.

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