2/4/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile with Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, Albany. With just three albums under her belt, the sublime singer-songwriter has already worked with some of the best, including T Bone Burnett and Rick Rubin. Paste Magazine named Carlile’s “Give Up the Ghost” as the No. 6 album on their Best Albums of 2009 list. 7:30pm. $25, $35.

COMEDY: Lewis Black @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. More spewing and sputtering, ranting and raving from the self-described “pissed-off optimist.” 8pm. $32.50, $39.50, $49.50.

MUSIC: A.A. Bondy with Willy Mason, the Viking’s Nate Danker @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Having first come to national attention with his major-label band Verbena, Bondy has since sunk into his Alabama roots with his solo career, as evidenced by his latest album, “When the Devil’s Loose,” a subversive blend of alt-rock and Americana. $10.

FILM: “The Beaches of Agnes” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A reflection on art, life and the movies, this documentary is a cinematic memoir by director Agnès Varda, the Godmother of the French New Wave. A playful, offbeat self-portrait of the 80-year-old auteur as she reflects on her relationships and her work. With supporting players that include Harrison Ford and filmmaker Chris Marker. 7:30pm. $5.

COMEDY: Bob Marley @ The Egg, Albany. No reggae tonight, mon. This is Bob Marley, the stand-up comic from Maine. Get yer ha-ha’s out. 8pm. $22.50.

MUSIC: Easton Corbin @ Proctors, Schenectady. Hailing from the Sunshine State of Florida, newcomer Corbin is currently riding high on the success of his Top 20 country single, “I’m a Little More Country Than That,” while awaiting the release of his major label debut album due out this summer. 7:30pm. $12.

BOOKS/READING: Francine Prose @ UAlbany’s Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. The New York State Writers Institute presents novelist/non-fiction writer Prose reading from her latest book, “Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife,” a work of literary history and criticism that celebrates the under-appreciated artistry of the well-known diarist. 8pm. Free.

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