2/21/12: Today’s Tips: Fat Tuesday

MUSIC: Zee Avi @ The Egg, Albany. From Malaysia to Manhattan and from Borneo to Brooklyn, the singer-songwriter showcases selections from her debut album, “ghostbird.” With Bryan Thomas. 7:30pm. $20; students $15.

MUSIC: The Sunny Side of the Street Band @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Thomas Lafond, Eric Margan and Bryan Brundige lead the soulful Mardi Gras soundtrack. 6pm.

MUSIC: Fat Tuesday Blues & Jazz Party @ the First Church of Christ, Pittsfield. An inter-faith benefit for the Christian Center fight against hunger featuring Carlton Maaia II, Andy Kelly, Rebecca Leigh, Dan Broad, Carpontier, Between the Banks, Grahm Sturz and the Beeline Ramblers. 7pm. FREE; donations gratefully accepted.

READING: Michio Kaku @ UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom, Albany. The theoretical physicist, co-founder of “string field theory,” best-selling writer and influential futurist will read from his latest book, “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.” 8pm. FREE.

TALK: Joshua Mosley @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. The multi-media artist employs a combination of hand-drawn, computer-generated, and stop-motion techniques to investigate philosophical topics that emerge from everyday situations. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: Doktor Kaboom! @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The one-man science variety show blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration. Fun for the whole family. 2pm. $15.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Sign-up at 7pm; open mic at 7:30pm; poetry slam at 8pm. $5; students $3.

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