2/26/12: Today’s Tips: Sunday

MUSIC: Shearwater @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Austin’s mesmerizing band was formed in 1992 by Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff. Sheff has since left Shearwater, but he’ll be on hand on Sunday as a special guest, making this an extra special, don’t-miss performance in celebration of the release of their new album, “Animal Joy,” on Sub Pop. 8pm. $12.

ART RECEPTION/MUSIC: Michael Eck’s “Blues on Fire” @ Desolation Road Studios, Altamont. Best known as a multi-talented musician, Eck is also a self-taught artist. This exhibit features his portraits of musical icons. Eck will also perform at the opening reception. 2-5pm. Exhibit continues through through Saturday, March 31.

PARTY/MUSIC: WGXC-FM’s First Birthday Party @ the Catskill Community Center, Catskill. The “hands-on” community radio station celebrates its first year on the air with a family-friendly party featuring music and entertainment by Brian Dewan & Trixie, Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater and Lizzie & Baba. All-ages activities and birthday cake, too. 2-6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Gals Who Play Jazz @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. Vocalist Patti Melita, bassist Linda Brown and pianist Peg Delaney jazz up your Sunday afternoon. 4pm.

MUSIC: Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Fave folk duo. 7pm. $14.

ART: Live HD Simulcast: Leonardo Live @ Time and Space Limited, Hudson. A presentation of the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan”, captured at the UK National Gallery. 1pm. $12.50, $10 & $5.

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FILM: “Crazy Horse” @ Time and Space, Hudson. Celebrated documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women: the Crazy Horse, a legendary Parisian cabaret. 4pm. $7 & $5.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Gospel Extravaganza @ Monument Mountain High School, Great Barrington. A benefit for Macedonia Baptist Church, radio station WBCR-LP, Newspaper in Education and Monument Mountain High School features Christian rapper Zion with gospel artists Bob Alonge, Rodney Mashia, Pastor Crystal Brown, the Messengers, the Gospel Gang, Robin O’Herin and MC Warren Dews. 4pm. $5; 18 and under free with donation for children of deployed military personnel.

THEATER ON FILM: “Travelling Light” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The National Theatre of London’s production of Nicholas Wright’s play about the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Antony Sher. 12noon. $15; children 12 & under $12.

MUSIC: Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. With the Saint Rose Jazz Guitar Ensemble. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Octavos Vocal Ensemble @ the Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady. This week’s Beat the Snow concert is directed by Curtis Funk with pianist Trevor Kahlbaugh. 2:30pm. FREE.

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. 2pm. $10; seniors $7.

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