11/11: Today’s Tips: Wednesday
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Good Soldier” @ Proctors, Schenectady: A Veteran’s Day screening of the new documentary in which five combat veterans from different generations of American wars tell of their alien surroundings, their connection to their comrades and the ghastliness of their reality from the time they sign up, go into battle and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier. A veterans panel discussion will follow the late screening. 5 & 7pm. $6; veterans, seniors & students $4; high school students free.
MUSIC: The Joey Thomas Big Band @ the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs: Carrying on the Swing Era tradition, the Joey Thomas Big Band serves up a very special Veteran’s Day concert, “Big Band Treasures of WWII,” with featured vocalists Bob Father and Mia Scirocco. 3pm. $30; seniors and veterans $20.
ART RECEPTION/READING: “Evidence and Fantasy: Militarism in American Life” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy: Internationally acclaimed photo-journalist Nina Berman discusses her exhibit with peace activist Kathy Kelly, followed by a Veteran’s Day poetry reading by members of the Albany Veterans for Peace, including Dan Wilcox, Tom Brinson and Dayl Wise. 7pm. Donation.
MUSIC: Train with Sirsy @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park: Fueled by Saratoga Springs native Scott Underwood behind the drums, Grammy Award-winning pop-rockers Train chug into Clifton Park in support of their new album, “Save Me San Francisco.” 8pm. $30.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell” @ RPI’s West Hall Auditorium, Troy: A compelling documentary film about the life and music of Arthur Russell, who captivating work stretched from the disco dance floor to avant garde classical recitals. Director Matt Wolf will lead a Q&A session following the movie. 8pm. Free.
MUSIC: “Dancing On the Air” @ The Linda, Albany: The monthly acoustic music session with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason with the “Dancing On the Air” Orchestra. Tonight’s guests are the Zucchini Brothers and Mike & Ruthy. 8pm. $12; or $10 with one or more canned good.
MUSIC: Via Rural Intelligence, Lauren Ambrose, an actor best known for her role on HBO’s Six Feet Under, is gearing up for a gig this Sunday at Joe’s Pub in NYC with a show tonight at The Brick House Pub in Housatonic. She’ll be appearing with The Leisure Class, a six-piece jazz band, for “a night of edgy cabaret.”