6/9/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: The Marshall Tucker Band @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany. Week two of Alive at Five concert series goes with the veteran southern rockers, as they crank out their hits “Can’t You See,” “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Fire on the Mountain.” Vocalist Doug Gray is the band’s only remaining original member. With Collette & the Mudcats. 5pm. FREE. UPDATE: Tonight’s concert has been moved to the rain site – the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the 787 Colonie Street overpass.

DANCE: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. As part of SPAC’s dance program, as well as the annual Saratoga ArtsFest, The modern dance master and his ensemble perform dance pieces set to the music of John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things,” Philip Glass’ “North Star” and Brahms’ “Piano Quintet.” There will also be a free, pre-performance talk at 7:30pm featuring Nancy Colahan and Jeanne Solan, former dancers with the company. 8pm. $30; $5 discount for Saratoga ArtsFest pass-holders.8pm. $30. BUT WAIT… There’s still time to enter to win a pair of FREE TIX. Go here to enter to win… UPDATE: The contest has ended.

MUSIC: Houston Jones @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The band of music biz vets describe their sound as “high-octane Americana.” With the Tommy Sharp Project. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Tim Olsen Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The free lunchtime Jazz on Jay concert series features keyboardist-trumpeter Olsen and his combo. 12noon. FREE. (RAIN SITE: Robb Alley at Proctors, Schenectady)

COMEDY: Ron White @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Blue collar, cigar smoking, scotch sipping comedian. 7:30 & 9:30pm. BOTH SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT.

MUSIC: Hank & Cupcakes @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Pop-rockin’ electro dance floor fodder. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Al Haugen Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Accordion jazz. 7pm. FREE.

DANCE ON FILM: “Coppelia” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Bolshoi Ballet production filmed in Moscow. 2 & 7pm. $15; 17 and under $10.

THEATER ON FILM: “The Importance of Being Earnest” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. An encore screening of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of the Oscar Wilde classic starring Brian Bedford. 7pm. $23, $25; students under 16 $18.

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