4/5/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Los Lobos @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. They were there for MASS MoCA’s grand opening weekend back in 1999, and now one of American’s greatest rock bands returns for an acoustic concert in support of their latest album, “Tin Can Trust.” 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Colin Stetson and Tyshawn Sorey @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. An extraordinary evening of adventurous music as saxophonist Stetson (of Bon Iver) and percussionist Sorey take their instruments into uncharted territory with solo sets. With Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld opening the show with a solo violin set. 7:30pm. $18; students/seniors $13.

MUSIC: The Knights @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. 7:30pm. $40, $45.

MUSIC: The Moody Blues @ Proctors, Schenectady. Lovely to see you again, my friend… 8pm. $20, $50, $60, $70 & $85.

FILM: “Simone de Beauvoir” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Two interviews, recorded 16 years apart, illuminating the historic role, personality, and thoughts of the novelist, philosopher, and political activist who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism. Featuring “Premiere Plan” (filmed in 1959) and “Why I Am a Feminist” (filmed in 1975). 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Songwriters @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An in-the-round songwriters showcase featuring Michael Eck, Ron Skane and Liv Cummins, as they offer their songs and the stories behind the music. 8pm. FREE. Also, preceding the showcase there will be a cocktail hour benefiting the Columbia Arts Team. 7pm. $20.

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MUSIC: Chelsea Crowell @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The daughter of Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash brings her trio to Woodstock in support of her sophomore album, “Crystal City.” 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “Putin’s Kiss” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Lise Birk Pedersen’s film about the dark and tyrannical side of life in contemporary Russia. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Angela Brown @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The dramatic opera soprano performs “Opera… from a Sistah’s Point of View” (combining classical arias with African-American spirituals) and “A Woman’s Life” (composed for her by Richard Danielpour and Maya Angelou). 8pm. FREE.

HAPPENING/DANCE PARTY: “Dayglow” @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. The paint party returns… 7pm. $55.

TALK: Walter Frisch @ Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. The Columbia University musicologist delivers a lecture, “Meet the Wizard: Harold Arlen, ‘Over the Rainbow’ and American Popular Song.” 4:15pm. FREE.

THEATER/DANCE: “Conducta: Charla Performativa (Conduct: Performative Dialogue)” @ Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall, Saratoga Springs. Puerto Rican experimental theater company Taller de Otra Cosa presents dancer Viveca Vásquez in a sampling of the artist’s conceptual work from the past 25 years, using a blend of film and dance. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Kung Fu @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Funk fusion and more… With Sidetrack Charlie. 9pm. $10.

TALK: Wayne Koestenbaum @ the Surrey Williamson Inn, Saratoga Springs. The author of “The Queen’s Throat” and “The Anatomy of Harpo Marx” will present “A Guided Tour of My Work and My Secret Life,” revealing how and why he writes, advising others on how and why they might write and discussing such topics as the relation between personal essays and memoir, the meaning of “greatness” in non-fiction and the role of models and masters in creating a personal style. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sparkplug @ the Garage at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Playing the music of Melvin Sparks and more. Featuring Scott Murawski of Max Creek. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Prevenge @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With After the Fall, Girls of Porn and Point Blank. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Tommy Verrigni Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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