9/18/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

September 18th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Jesse Dee @ the Parish Public House, Albany. The Boston-based soul singer-songwriter-guitarist lands in Albany in support of his Alligator Records debut album, On My Mind/In My Heart. With his warm, honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life lyrics (evoking the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters), he updates the soul sound for contemporary audiences. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Landlady @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Chief songwriter Adam Schatz leads the NYC art-rock band in support of their album, Upright Behavior. With Breakfast in Fur. 9pm.

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MUSIC: Kid Congo Powers @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The legendary guitarist (and singer) was a founding member of punk-blues outfit the Gun Club and later played in such prestigious punk/outsider bands as the Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. He has been praised by everyone from Jack White to The New York Times, who called him a “player of stunning force and imagination.” He’ll be playing with his new band the Pink Monkey Birds. North Jersey scuzz-rockers Liquor Store open. 8pm. $15.

TALK: “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power” @ Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. A talk by Victor S. Navasky, Columbia University professor, National Book Award winner and former editor of The Nation and The New York Times Magazine. 5:15pm. FREE.

READING: Alison Lurie @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The official NYS Author is widely regarded as the Jane Austen of contemporary American letters for her modern “comedies of manners,” including “Truth and Consequences” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Foreign Affairs.” 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at 4:15pm at UAlbany’s Campus Center Room 375.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:15pm.

MUSIC: OC45 @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Jukebox Romantics, Savage Randys and Totally Gnarly. 8pm.

MUSIC: Myron James @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 8pm.

FILM: “Common Plight” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Part of the Iranian film series Festival Cinema Invisible. A decade after the Islamic Revolution, an intellectual couple, prominent prior to the Revolution now confined within their modest apartment, celebrate their twentieth anniversary. They each can only invite one friend. As the evening proceeds, relationships are developed and dreams resurface. With Persian tea, a Q&A and live music. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 5pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Stand-Up Comedy Night @ the Anchor, Kingston. Featuring Duval Culpepper, Jennifer McMullen, Henry Liu, Kevin A. Smith, Erin Harkes. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: High Peaks Band & Friends @ Putnam Den. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Local 518 music showcase. Tonight featuring Where’s Alex, the Snook Bros. and Alex Reid. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Menopause the Musical” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black-lace bra… and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. 7pm. $45, $50 & $55.

FILM: “The Invisible War” @ The Linda, Albany. The groundbreaking investigative documentary examines one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. 7pm. $8.