2/23/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Isle of Klezbos @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The NYC-based all-women’s klezmer sextet brings their soulful, fun-loving sound to town. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Timbre Coup @ Jillian’s, Albany. The band’s month-long Thursday night residency concludes with a CD release party for “Knuckles & Valleys.” With Higher Organix. Read Pete Mason’s CD review at Upstate Live. 10pm.

MUSIC: Jill Sobule @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Waaay before Katy Perry, fab alt-pop singer-songwriter Jill Sobule admitted, “I Kissed a Girl.” 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: “Backstage with Paula Cole” @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter has been an annual presence around Nippertown, performing at Troy’s River Street Festival in 2010 and the Wood Theater in Glens Falls in 2011. This time around, she’s doing something a little different – a concert and conversation, with a Q&A session to follow her performance. 7:30pm. $25.

FILM:Oscar Shorts: Live Action @ Time and Space Limited, Hudson. The five finalists for this year’s Academy Award in the category of live action short feature: “Pentecost,” “Raju,” “The Shore,” “Time Freak” and “Tuba Atlantic.” 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: Oscar Shorts: Animation @ Time and Space Limited, Hudson. The five finalists for this year’s Academy Award in the category of animation short feature: “Dimanche/Sunday,” “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore,” “La Luna,” A Morning Stroll” and “Wild Life.” 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. Acoustic blues. 6pm.

FILM: “Last Year at Marienbad” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Director Alain Resnais’ haunting, dream-like 1961 film explores the relationships of the three main characters in a decidedly non-linear fashion. 7:30pm. $6.

FILM/MUSIC: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Soul Cinema film series celebrates Black History Month with the film and live opening performance by local inspirational hip-hopsters S.K.A.T.E. 7pm. $9; students $6.

MUSIC: The Adam Ezra Group @ the Garage at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “Waiting for Lefty” @ Union College’s Yulman Theater, Schenectady. David Girard directs Clifford Odets’ classic American play based on the New York City taxi strike of February, 1934. 7:30pm. $10; seniors $7. Through Sunday.

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