10/4/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

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FUNDRAISER: MoHu Takes Flight @ Albany International Airport’s Eclipse Hangar, Albany. An interactive arts cocktail party to kick off and help support the second annual MoHu Festival, which kicks off on Friday (October 5). Help build a 44’ sculpture of the Hudson River train bridge. Test your musical abilities in the Instrument Petting Zoo. Sample local artisans’ fare. Experience local artist Tony Iadicicco as he creates a work of art before your eyes. Listen to the rhapsodic sounds of the Teri Roiger Quartet. Marvel at the art of clothing with the Electric City Couture Fashion Show. 6-8pm. $50. More info here and here

FILM: “Detropia” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This new film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city in the midst of the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Kenny Endo Trio @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Endo is at the vanguard of the Japanese Taiko drumming style, fusing Taiko drumming with rhythms from around the world into original melodies and improvisation. 8pm. $8; seniors $5.

MUSIC: The Wiyos @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins are bringing the washboard back. With the Rooftrees, who are using their opening act slot as a CD release party for their debut album, Introducing the Rooftrees.

READING: Junot Diaz @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” His second novel, “This Is How You Lose Her,” has just been published. And on Monday, it was announced that he’s been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Seminar at 4:15pm; reading at 8pm. FREE. More info here…

MUSIC: The Acacia Strain @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Kicking off their Death Is the Only Moral Record Release Tour. With Cruel Hand, I Declare War, Fit for Autopsy and No Bragging Rights. 8pm. $16.

MUSIC: Cantrip @ the Crandall Library, Glens Falls. Scottish traditional folk trio. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Side By Side” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh and many more. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Exit Factor @ The Linda, Albany. A competition of Local 518 bands and solo musicians showcasing their original music. Featuring Kyle Albano, Victoria Bouffard, Molly Durnin, Ryan Foss, Gordon St, Bridgette Guerrette, Happy Birthday Dr. Jim, Hard Soul, the Matchstick Architects and Danny Whitecotton. 7:30pm. $12; students & seniors $10.

THEATER: “Moby Dick” @ MCLA’s Church Street Center, North Adams. Renowned Irish actor Connor Lovett delivers a one-man performance of Melville’s great American novel. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular” @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Arena spectacle based on the animated Dreamworks 2010 film. 7pm. $22.50-$102.50. Through Sunday.

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

FILM: “The Mill and the Cross” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The Old Masters in New Frames film series continues Lech Majewski’s 2011 film offers a unique opportunity, through special effects and dramatization, to enter the world of a Pieter Bruegel painting, with the artist himself (played by Rutger Hauer) as guide. Independent scholar Keith Moxey will provide context and commentary on the film. 7pm. FREE.

LECTURE: Daniel Albright @ the Bard College Bertelsmann Campus Center’s Weis Cinema, Annandale-On-Hudson. The Harvard University professor of literature will deliver the talk, “Painting as Music: The Art of Counterpoint.” 4:30pm. FREE.

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