7/12/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Bang on a Can: 2012 Summer Music Festival @ varous locations at MASS MoCA, North Adams. For more than a decade, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival has presented thousands of hours of music and hosted hundreds of talented musicians. It’s a smorgasbord – three weeks of adventurous contemporary music played live every day: daily gallery recitals, free community performances, kids events, two major concerts and more… Daily recitals at 4:30pm. FREE with museum admission. Through July 31.

MUSIC: The Bacon Brothers @ Riverfront Park, Albany. It’s only one degree of separation at Alive at Five tonight with Michael & Kevin Bacon! With the Stray Dogs. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Underground System Afrobeat @ Red Square, Albany. The brainchild of guitarist Peter Matson, USAB put a Brooklyn spin on the classic AfroBeat style, with a four-piece horn section and seven rhythm players. With Burlington’s Zach DuPont Band celebrating the release of their new album, “Somewhere In Between.” 9pm. $10.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s an all Russian program featuring Russian Seasons (Desyatnikov/Ratmansky), Firebird (Stravinsky/Balanchine & Robbins) and
Jeu de Cartes (Stravinsky/Martins). 2pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. It’s Day One of the three-day 11th annual fest hosted by the Disco Biscuits, who will grace the main stage tonight at 9:30pm. Also today on at least one of the five stages: Skrillex, Orchard Lounge, Rubblebucket, Crystal Castles, Zeds Dead and lots more. The music kicks off at 2pm.

MUSIC: Valerie Kuehne @ the soundBarn, 330 Maple Lane, Valatie. In an evening of experimental music, the electrically-charged NYC-based all-purpose cello virtuoso performs a musical collage for cello and voice, featuring dark and comedic vignettes about shopping, food and drugs. With violinist Joey Molinaro and two local duos – Century Plants and soundBarn. 8pm. $5 suggested donation.

FILM: “5 Broken Cameras” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism. A deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Molly Durnin @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford. Celebrating the release of her debut album, “Run.” 6pm. FREE. More info here…

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s date night at the ballet, and the program features Barocco/Kammermusik (Bach/Balanchine) (Hindemith/Balanchine), The Waltz Project (Martins), Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine). 8pm. WIN FREE TIX! Just go here…

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MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman @ Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park, Cobleskill. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Musicians of the NYC Ballet Orchestra @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Chamber music concert directed by Luellen Abdoo. 12noon. $5.

FILM: “Elles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Malgoska Szumowska’s provocative exploration of female sexuality, starring the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Saints of Swing @ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill. 7pm. FREE.

BURLESQUE: Thunder From Down Under @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Yes, they’re an Australian all-male revue, but when they say “From Down Under,” we don’t think they’re talking about Australia. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Gals Who Play Jazz @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The weekly lunchtime Jazz On Jay concert series continues with bassist Linda Brown, vocalist Patti Melita and pianist Peg Delaney. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Hard Soul @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Hearing Aides and the Rob Skane 3. 8:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: Al Haugen @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Accordion jazz. 7pm. FREE.

ART TALK: Terry Adkins @ Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall, Saratoga Springs. The artist-musician-activist-cultural practitioner who is known for his abstract and lyrical “recitals” — sculpturally based installations that include music, video, literature and ritual actions – delivers an illustrated lecture in advance of his new exhibition which opens at Skidmore’s Tang Museum on Saturday (July 14). 6pm reception; 7pm talk.

READING: Russell Banks @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute welcomes the acclaimed author. With Chase Twichell. 8pm. FREE.

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

MUSIC: The Scotia-Glenville Community Band @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

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