6/17/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

ARTS WALK: Third Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Lots of great art, crafts and music by such folks as jazz band Unfulfilled Desires, Phil Grover’s Doo Wah Revue, alt-popster Ben Karis Nix, Celtic tunes by Dublin Porter and party favorites old and new by the Floyd Patterson Band – yes, led by bassist-vocalist Floyd Patterson II. 5-8pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Joe Finn Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay lunchtime concert series continues with veteran jazz guitarist. 12noon. Free.

FILM: “Gasland” @ The Linda, Albany. The Food for Thought Documentary Film Series continues with this feature documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox. Panel discussion to follow the screening. 6pm reception; 7pm screening. $6.

MUSIC: The Gregg Rolie Band @ Alive at Five at Riverfront Park, Albany. OK, he’s not a household name, but you certainly know his music. Rolie was the keyboardist-vocalist-founding member of not one but TWO classic rock bands – Santana and Journey. With the Foy Brothers opening the show. 5pm. Free.

CRUISE: The Lake George Arts Project Summer Sunset Cruise @ the Adirondac, Lake George. This fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project features finger foods from area restaurants, live music, raffle prizes and a silent auction – all aboard a two-cruise around the lake. 6:30pm boarding; 7pm departure. $30.

THEATER: “Fool for Love” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. A Director’s Showcase staging with Tim Orcutt in the director’s chair for Sam Shepard’s play starring Kathleen Carey, Daniel B. Martin, Dave Meyersburg and Patrick White. 8pm. Pay-what-you-will.

MUSIC: Moraine @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Seattle-based instrumental prog-rock quintet is led by guitarist Dennis Rea and also features violinist Alicia Allen, reed/flute player Jim DeJoie, bassist Kevin Millard and drummer Stephen Cavit. With the release of their debut album, “manifest deNsity,” the band has drawn comparisons with King Crimson, Univer Zero and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Elf Project opens the show. 7pm. $7.

LECTURE: “The Artist Statement and Artist Resume” @ Saratoga Arts’ Art Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs. As part of the artist professional development series, this lecture will explain how to write an effective artist statement and artist resume, and give you the tools needed to represent yourself and your artwork on paper. 6pm. Free.

MUSIC: Los Lonely Boys @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Texas trio ties together rock, blues and Tex-Mex for their Lone Star Lonely Boys sound, which resulted in the Top 20, Grammy-winning hit “Heaven.” 8pm. $35, $55.

THEATER: “The Whipping Man” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Today is your last chance to see this powerful play – and a stunning performance by Clarke Peters – in the intimate Barrington Stage II. Read our review. 3 & 7:30pm. $30.

FILM: “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. This Rush concert film/award-winning documentary sold-out at the Spectrum last week, so they’ve brought it back for an encore screening tonight. 7:15pm. $9; seniors $7.25; children $6.25.

FILM: “Alice Neel” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A feature-length film documenting the life of painter Alice Neel – written and directed by her grandson Andrew Neel. Also screened at 7:30pm Saturday and 3:30pm Sunday. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

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