12/9/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

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MUSIC: Rufus Wainwright @ The Egg, Albany. A singularly gifted musical artist, Rufus Wainwright has come a long way since making his Nippertown debut at Valentine’s more than a decade ago. I mean, he wrote an opera… in French, no less. Tonight’s concert should be stunning, as Wainwright offers a solo performance of “All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu” for the first half of his program. With Lucy Wainwright Roche opening. 7:30pm. $34.50, $39.50, $49.50.

LECTURE: “A Writer Reading, A Reader Writing” @ Reem and Kayden Center, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson. Somali novelist Nurrudin Farah speaks as part of Norman Manea’s “Contemporary Masters Series,” focusing this fall on “Islam and Modernity.” 7-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Al Haugen Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz accordion. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Heavy Pets @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. $8.

THEATER ON FILM: “Hamlet” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The National Theatre of London offers Shakespeare’s classic tragedy with Rory Kinnear in the title role. 7pm. $22; children $15. (Also 8pm on Friday)

MUSIC: Vienna Boys Choir @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The holiday music season just doesn’t get much more traditional – or angelic – than this. 7:30pm. $35, $55.

FILM: Disgrace @ Schenectady Public Library. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, this 2008 film starring John Malkovich is a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope. Rated R; 118 minutes. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Fred Eaglesmith @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The one and only roots rockin’ Eaglesmith returns. With the Fabulous Ginn Sisters. 7pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. (also on Saturday)

MUSIC: Sara Evans @ Proctors, Schenectady. In 2006, she was the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Then she was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.” Now with the publication of “The Sweet By and By,” she’s also a novelist. Expect lots of holiday music when she steps into the spotlight at Proctors. 8pm. $20, $30, $40, $45, $50.

FILM: “Scarface” @ the Spectrum 8 Theaters, Albany. No, not the Al Pacino film. This is Howard Hawke’s 1932 crime drama starring Paul Muni. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Slick Fitty @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Rockabilly, country and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Blisterz @ Jillian’s, Albany. It’s Original Music Night, and the Blisterz will be joined by the Rob Skane 4 and Loon Suit. 8:30pm. FREE.

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  1. Andy M. says

    If none of the above floats your boat remember Bandaoke with The Ruddys is at Savannah’s every Thursday through the end of January. Hosted by Chris Dukes, it’s Albany’s only live-band karaoke contest.

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