2/20/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Mark Mulcahy @ the BSP Lounge, Kingston. Yes, he’s the guy who sang “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” theme. He led the bands Polaris and the influential Miracle Legion. And he’s got a marvelous new album, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You, that was released last year. With Frank Bango. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Taj Mahal @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Grammy Award-winning blues musician and multi-instrumentalist brings his virtuosic world-roots style to Hudson. 8pm. $85.

COMEDY: Jim Jefferies @ The Egg, Albany. The Australian creator and star of “Legit,” an edgy original comedy series that returned to FXX for a second season last month brings his new stand-up show “Day Streaming” to town. 8pm. $37.50.

MUSIC: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. The Beatles tribute band is one of the highlights of Saratoga Beer Week. 7pm. $15.

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MUSIC: Grassroots Rebels @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Brian Kaplan. 8pm.

THEATER: “Sister Act” @ Proctors, Schenectady. After witnessing a murder, a disco diva is hidden away in a convent for her own protection. Hijinx ensue, and soon she’s a nun on the run. The 2011 Tony-nominated musical is based on the 1992 film. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$75. Through Sunday.

COMEDY: Rodney Carrington @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The multi-talented comedian, actor, guitarist and writer brings his stand-up show “Laughter’s Good” to town. 7pm. $39.50 & $44.

MUSIC: Lee Shaw @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz piano queen. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Head Todd & the Monsters @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. A staple on the original H.O.R.D.E. tours, Big Head Todd & the Monsters are one of the true grandfathers (well, maybe really cool uncles) of the modern day jam scene. With special guests Hazel Miller and Ronnie Baker Brooks. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Lawrence Street Tavern, Glens Falls. With Frank Palangi. 8pm.

MUSIC: Marcus Ruggiero @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: KJ Denhert @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The guitarist-songwriter calls her music “Urban Folk and Jazz.” Her voice is powerful, her lyrics full of intelligent insight, and her musicianship is impeccable. Her eclectic yet unified performances reach out to audiences without compromising her music and beliefs. With Geoff Gallante. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the open mic with poet Philip Good as the featured reader. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

MUSIC: Twiddle @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany.. With Fikus. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Morgan Evans-Weiler @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. An evening of electro/acoustic drone, psych and experimental performances. With Martin Freeman, TJ Borden & Pat Caine and Jesse Collins. 8pm. $6.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Carnival of the Animals” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. The Berkshire Music School performs the Camille Saint-Saëns classic in concert. 1pm. $15; $8 children; FREE children 3 and under. Ticket price includes museum admission.

MUSIC: Dueling Pianos @ O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub, Albany. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 6pm.

FILMS: “Short Films of George Lucas and Arthur Lipsett” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Lipsett’s short films include “Very Nice, Very Nice” (1961), “21-87″ (1963), “Free Fall” (1964) and “A Trip Down Memory Lane” (1965), followed by George Lucas’ 1967 student film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB.” 7:30pm. $6.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

FILM:: “When I Walk” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Seven years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Jason DaSilva brings us a harrowing but optimistic portrait of his physical decline. In the end, he reminds us of the importance of silliness and the breathtaking beauty in fleeting moments. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. 7:30pm. $9; $5 students.

FILM: “Nothing Like Chocolate” @ The Linda, Albany. Deep in the rain forests of Grenada, anarchist chocolate-maker Mott Green operates an unusual chocolate factory that turns out delicious creations unknown to a world saturated with industrially produced cocoa. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this documentary tells the story of Green, as he pursues his unique vision to create the best chocolate in the world, from scratch. 7pm. $8.

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