6/21/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

THEATER: “Here Lies Love” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s a work-in-progress stage presentation directed by Alex Timbers and based on the collaborative album of the same name helmed by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. This should be out on the fringes somewhere. 8pm. Through Sunday. UPDATE: All performances are SOLD OUT.

MUSIC: These United States @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. WCDB-FM presents a CD release party for the self-titled album from this young-blooded Americana combo, who serve up a rambunctious melting pot of rock-and-roll, psych pop, folk balladry and outlaw country. With Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Great Between. 8:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Patty Smyth & Scandal @ Riverfront Park, Albany. It’s Alive at Five, and the ’80s are back with “The Warrior,” “Goodbye to You,” “Beat of a Heart”… With Sirsy. 5pm. FREE. NOTE: Due to today’s excessive heat, a misting tent will be available. Concertgoers may bring their own water in clear, sealed plastic bottles. Cold bottled water is also available for purchase at the concert.

FILM: “Patience (After Sebald)” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Grant Gee’s richly textured offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “This Is Not a Film” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi (“Offside,” “The Circle”) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

FUNDRAISER: Summer Sunset Cruise @ The Adirondac, Lake George. The benefit lake cruise for the Lake George Arts Project will feature finger foods from area restaurants, live music by Don Young & Peter Davis, raffle prizes and a silent auction with items and certificates from local businesses. Boarding at 6:30pm; leave the dock at 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Alex Slomka Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay concert Series continues… 12noon. FREE.

FILM: “Brunswick” @ The Linda, Albany. Food For Thought: An evening of socially relevant cinema. Reception at 6pm; screening at 7pm. $6.

MUSIC: Olivia Quillio @ the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Clifton Park. 6:30pm. FREE.

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ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District celebrates country in the city, including performances by the Twangbusters, the Berkshire Bluegrass Band, the Spurs USA and the Rick Rebel Band. 5-8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Doubt: A Parable” @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. It’s opening night for the Berkshire Actors Theatre’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 8pm. $25. Through Saturday, July 14.

MUSIC: Kevin & Katie McKrell @ Power’s Irish Pub, Clifton Park. 7pm.

THEATER: “Next to Normal” @ The Egg, Albany. The Troy Acting Guild’s production of the musical that took home three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. 7pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: The Guilderland Town Band @ the Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE.

READING: “Women Authors: Small Town Intrigue” @ Rye Free Reading Room, Rye. Hear Hen House Press authors Amy Beth Arkawy (“Killing Time”), Susan Barnett (“The View From Outside”) and Tina Traster (“Blurb Appeal Too”) read from their most recent works. 7pm.

THEATER: “The Puppetmaster of Lodz” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 8pm. $45. Through July 7.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Local poet Anna Elena Eyre will read from “Faceless Names: Two Books of Letters” as the featured reader. With open mic for poetry. Sign-up at 7pm; reading begins at 7:30pm. $3.

MUSIC: The Swing Docs @ Taste, Albany. 6pm.

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