5/17/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC ON FILM: “Jazz/Latino Retrospective” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Celebrating the sixth season of Ahora, Latin/Jazz!, this retrospective of the past five seasons includes filmed performances by the Beyond Standards Ensemble, Steve Turre, the Brian Lynch Quintet, Pedrito Martínez, Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band, the Jazz/Latino All Stars and Ray Vega. The evening will feature remarks by Jazz/Latino director, Dr. José Cruz. 7:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Victoire @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The all-star, all-female quintet founded by composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli also features violinist Olivia De Prato, clarinetist Eileen Mack, keyboardist Lorna Krier and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim conjuring up a distinct blend of dreamy post-rock, quirky minimalism and rich romanticism. The kick-off concert of Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: MV & EE @ the Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. The neo-psychedelic, lo-fi, experimental-rock collective that swirls around Matt Valentine and Erika Elder rolls into the Dog in support of their brand new album, “Space Homestead,” which was released on the Woodist label on Tuesday. With Briars of North America and Andrea Tomasi. 7pm. $7.

MUSIC: The Spin Doctors @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. “Little miss, little miss, little miss can’t be wrong/Ain’t nobody gonna bow when you sound your gong/ Little miss, little miss, little miss can’t be wrong/Whatcha gonna do to get into another one of these rock and roll songs?” 9pm. $30.

MUSIC: Driftwood @ Red Square, Albany. With Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen and M.R. Poulopoulos. 9pm. $5.

FILM: “Marley” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald documents one of the most towering figures in musical history – the life story of Bob Marley, the musician, the revolutionary and the legend. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

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MUSIC: Dan Lavoie @ Bombers Burrito Bar, Albany. 11pm.

MUSIC: “Instruments & Improv with Shelly Ley” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Shelly Ley’s Instruments and Improvisation class will conclude their late winter workshop by demonstrating what they have learned during this session. 6pm.

ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various location, Pittsfield. The largest free event series in western Massachusetts kicks off its sixth year. 5-8pm. FREE.

FILM: “Semper Fi: Always Faithful” @ The Linda, Albany. Directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, the documentary tells the tale of Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger, a devoted marine for nearly 25 years who lived the Corps and indoctrinated thousands of new recruits with its motto, Semper Fidelis or “Always Faithful.” When Jerry’s nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. 7pm. $6.

MUSIC: Twiddle @ Jillian’s, Albany. With Smooth Money Gesture and Jatoba. 8:15pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Graham Tichy Trio @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 8pm. FREE.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Host Dan Wilcox welcomes featured reader Elizabeth Thomas. Also an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.

MUSIC: The Peg Delaney Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Piano jazz. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons & Rich Skrika @ Saratoga Capriccio, Saratoga Springs. Clarinet and piano jazz. 8pm.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

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