2/11/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: “Hearts 4 Haiti” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A Haitian relief benefit concert featuring David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars, Jill Hughes, Sirsy, Slick Fitty, the Audiostars and the Washington Park Drum Circle, as well as a surprise guest or two. Also, performing in the theater’s lobby will be the Velmas, Beth Zaje, Matt Durfee, Courtney Blackwell and Red Haired Strangers. 6:30pm. $15.

ART: Martin Benjamin‘s “Atomic Age” @ Siena College’s Yates Gallery, Loudonville. Award-winning Nippertown photographer celebrates the publication of his new book, “Atomic Age,” with a retrospective exhibition. Benjamin will give a talk in Room L26 of the campus’ Standish Library at 4pm, followed by a reception and book-signing in the gallery from 4:30-6pm. Free.

MUSIC: Archie Fisher @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Acclaimed Scottish troubadour and host of BBC Radio’s “Travelling Folk,” arrives at Old Songs in support of his latest album on Red House Records, “Windward Away.” 8pm. $20; ages 12 & under $5.

BOOKS/TALK: Fred LeBrun @ the UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. Over the course of four decades, newspaperman LeBrun has worn a wide variety of hats and covered considerably diverse beats for the Times Union. His talk is presented by the New York State Writers Institute. 8pm. Free.

ARTIST WORKSHOP: Tricks of the Trade, a workshop series for artists on getting your work shown @ IS183 Art School, Stockbridge. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Melissa Stafford, director of Carrie Haddad Photographs, will discuss fine art galleries and non-traditional spaces. Free but registration is required.

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