11/3/11: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: The Grascals @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year featuring four-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Kristin Scott Benson. With Ramblin Jug Stompers. 8pm $25, $30, $35; students & children $12.

MUSIC: “Twenty Thousand Road” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Saturday (November 5) marks the 65th anniversary of the birth of Gram Parsons, and in his honor Johnny Irion leads the musical homage tonight with Otto Hauser, Pete Adams and Matt Downing. 8pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Megamall” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Followed by one-night-only Q&A with the film’s directors. 6:30pm. $9.25; seniors $7.50; children $6.50.

MUSIC: Deadmau5 @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Meowingtons Hax Tour with Excision, Feed Me and Le Castle Vania. 8pm.

ART TALK: Kiki Smith @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Artist talk in conjunction with “I Myself Have Seen It,” the first comprehensive exhibition of Smith’s work in photography. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ian Hunter & the Rant Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The former Mott the Hoople frontman has developed into one of rock’s finest under-rated songwriters. 7pm. $50.

MUSIC: Chris Merenda & the Wheel @ the Garage at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The band plays the official grand opening of a new live music venue with their soulful brand of Americana and rock. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Savannah’s/Dublin Underground, Albany. A rare solo night. No band. No Blaze. With Danielle Gaudin and James Dowen. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “HaUNTED: A Ghost Story/A Love Story” @ Russell Sage College’s James L. Meader Little Theatre, Troy. Brendan McDermott’s story of the recently widowed Laura Aveyard, who has inherited her husband’s house, his 1957 Thunderbird, his multi-billion dollar bottled water company – and his ghost. 8pm. $15 in advance; $18 at the door; seniors and students $12. Through November 6.

MUSIC: The Tommy Verrigni Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Swerve @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 8pm. FREE.

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