10/28/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Do It Again” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. An insightful documentary about one obsessive fan’s valiant but ultimately futile attempt to reunite long-feuding British rockers the Kinks. A Q&A with music writer Geoff Edgers (the obsessive fan) and Skidmore music professor Gordon Thompson follows the screening. 7pm. Free, but tix are required. (More details here)
MUSIC: Quartet San Francisco @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. The decidedly non-traditional string quartet – featuring violinists Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose, violist Keith Lawrence and cellist Michelle Djokic – plays a free lunchtime concert in support of their latest album, “QSF Plays Brubeck,” dedicated to the music of veteran jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. 12noon. FREE.
ART RECEPTION/DISCUSSION: “When Comics Went Underground” @ the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery, North Adams. An exhibition of original vintage art from the underground comix of the late ’60s and ’70s featuring work by R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, S. Clay Wilson and others. There’s a panel discussion at 5pm with Howard Cruse, Gary Hallgren, Denis Kitchen, Gregory Schekler and John Seven. Reception begins at 6pm. FREE. (Through Sunday, November 28) (More details here)
MUSIC: Social Distortion @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Formed way back in 1978, Mike Ness and his ever-changing line-up of bandmates have melded SD’s original punk sound with elements of country, blues and rockabilly over the years. Expect to hear a sneak peek of their upcoming album, “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” slated for release early next year. With Lucero and Frank Turner. 8pm. $30.
FILM: “Russian Ark” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. This mind-bending 2002 movie directed by Alexander Sokurov was filmed using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. No edits. Filmed at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the film features a cast of more than 2,000 on a dream-like, historical odyssey. Stunning. 7:30pm. $5.
MUSIC: Railroad Earth @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Led by Todd Sheaffer (formerly of From Good Homes), the six-member Americana-rock-bluegrass band is riding high on the recent release of their new self-titled album, which has earned them comparisons to early Wilco and “Full Moon Fever”-era Tom Petty. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: Red Hen @ the Crandall Library, Glens Falls. The acoustic quartet of Jane Rothfield, Allan Carr, David Kiphuth and Linda Schrade blends bluegrass, Celtic and old-timey country music. 7pm. FREE. (Related story: “Crossing” CD review)
FILM: “The City of Your Final Destination” @ Schenectady Public Library. In this 2010 James Ivory film, 28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi has won a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were close to Gund – his brother (Anthony Hopkins), widow (Laura Linney) and younger mistress (Charlotte Gainsbourg) – so he can get authorization to write the biography. 7pm. FREE.
LECTURE: “The Shock of Ignorance” @ László Z. Bitó Auditorium, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Distinguished French-Moroccan novelist Tahar Ben Jelloun speaks as part of the “Contemporary Masters Series” focusing this fall on “Islam and Modernity.” 7pm. FREE.
ARTIST RECEPTION: “Complementary Contrast” @ North Adams Artists’ Co-op Gallery, North Adams. Opening reception for an exhibit pairing stoneware artist Joshua Primmer with Katie Richardson, a sculptor who works primarily in glass and metals. 5-8pm. FREE.