5/31/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

THEATER: “Cowgirls” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A Mussmann/Bruce Production featuring Claudia Bruce, Ryder Cooley and John Musall in an evening of songs, story-telling, overhead projections, rolling scenery and silhouette imagery as the cowgirls take charge and make their home, home on the range. 7:30pm. $10; students $5. Also at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

MUSIC: Leon Redbone @ The Egg, Albany. The veteran tunesmith serves up his willfully retro jazz tunes, flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World War II folk-jazz – all delivered in his signature, laid-back style. Bo Jest, the Kosmic Konjurer , opens the show. 7:30pm. $28.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. Yes, Warren Haynes’ big fest is upon us. The fest kicks off today with Going Dark, Planet of the Abts, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Zach Deputy, all-star Led Zep tribute band Bustle in Your Hedgerow and more. Music starts at 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Kelleigh Bannen @ the Clubhouse Race Book parking lot, Albany. Up-and-coming Nashville singer-songwriter was signed to EMI in February, and she’ll be playing an hour-long outdoor lunchtime show. Bonus: Free hot dogs for lunch, too. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Della Mae @ The Linda, Albany. The Linda’s American Roots concert series continues with Boston’s all-woman bluegrass band. With Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen. 8pm. $18.

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READINGS: “Song of Myself” @ Washington Park’s Robert Burns statue, Albany. Hosted by Dan Wilcox, it’s the annual community reading of the American classic poem in commemoration of the birthday of Walt Whitman. Persons interested in reading a section of Whitman’s poem can sign up to read at the event. 6pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/FILM: Berkshire International Film Festival @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. It’s opening night of the fest featuring a screening of the documentary, “Ethel,” about Ethel Kennedy (the wife of Robert F. Kennedy), directed by her Emmy-Award winning daughter, Rory Kennedy. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Brian Dewan @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Musician-inventor and all-around cool guy Brian Dewan will be joined by folk trio Pocatello and singer-songwriter Jake Sorgen. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Americamera @ The Bayou Cafe, Albany. Led by Billy Cioffi (formerly of the legendary ’60s Nippertown band the Grey Things) and T.R. Hummer.

MUSIC: Skeletons in the Piano @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Michael Franti & Spearhead @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton. With Zach Heckendorf. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Immune Friction @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Hearing Aides. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jerrod Niemann @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. UPDATE: This concert has been postponed til Wednesday, November 14.

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

MUSIC: The Conservatory Orchestra @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annondale-On-Hudson. Leon Botstein conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor; Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat major for two pianos; and the world premiere of Shen Yiwen’s The Sorrowful Song of Drunken Exaltation. 8pm. FREE.

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