11/20/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Nels Cline & Julian Lage @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Wilco guitarist Nels Cline – whose musical world spans jazz, rock, punk and sonic experimentation – joins forces with fellow guitar phenom Julian Lage for a concert featuring compositions by both players, along with a plenty of spontaneous improvisation. 7:30pm. $24. GO HERE for review of their new album…
MUSIC: Blues Pro Jam 8 @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Vocalist Lex Grey headlines the 8th Blues Pro Jam, anchored by the Club Helsinki House Band featuring Vic Mix, Guy Nirelli, Sonny Rock (drums), Cameron Melville (Hammond B-3 organ), Petey Hop (guitars and vocals) and Vinny Leggiere (bass). The event welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam. 8pm.
READING: Richard Norton Smith @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. For the keynote lecture of the Researching New York 2014 conference, the historian-biographer reads from and talks about his new, 14-years-in-the-making book, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.” 7:30pm. FREE. Also a free conversation with Richard Norton Smith at 4:15pm at UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany.
ARTIST TALK: Teresita Fernández @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The artist discusses her process, touching on past work as well as her current MASS MoCA exhibition As Above So Below, in which she transforms materials and their settings into an enveloping perceptual experience. 6pm. $7.
MUSIC: Kitchen Jazz @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Vocalists Richard Genest and Sylvie Briber are backed up by guitarist Dave Kitchen, bassist Jim Connelly and drummer Norm Ainslie for an evening of jazz standards that stretch from Cole Porter to Joni Mitchell. 7pm. FREE.
FILM/TALK: “Voices from the Emotional Underground” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. A hopeful evening of transformative films offering alternative perspectives from people who have experienced the mental health system. The evening includes “Crooked Beauty” (5:30pm); potluck dinner (6pm); “Beyond the Medical Model” (excerpts) and “The Virtues of Non Compliance” (7pm); panel and forum (8:15pm). $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.
OPEN MIC/JAM SESSION: Eighth Step Open Mic & Jam @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Apostrophe Café, Schenectady. Cathy Winter hosts Eighth Step’s monthly third Thursday open mic. 6:45pm sign-up; 7pm open mic; 8:15pm jam. FREE.
FILM: “Microbirth” @ the Linda, Albany. The documentary looks at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. The film investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with health in later life, particularly the increased risk of children developing certain immune-related conditions, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac (coeliac) disease, obesity, cardio-vascular diseases, mental health disorders and even some cancers. 7pm. $8.