10/11/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

ART/FUNDRAISER: Art Saves Animals @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A festive evening. Great food. Fine wine, beer and soda. Music by pianist Ron Musto. And the art auction itself – live and silent auctions of original artwork and handcrafted items by more than 100 artists including Robert Gullie, Len Tantillo, Harold Lohner, John Caldwell, Charlene Shortsleeve, Victor Juhasz, Joseph Schuyler, Deborah Zlotsky, Richard Brody, Jason Blue Lake Hawk, Ali Herrmann, Chuck Miller and more. With artist Len Tantillo as honorary chair and WNYT 13 meteorologist Jason Gough as emcee-auctioneer. 5:30-8:30pm. $45, all proceeds benefit the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society. More info here…

MUSIC: Mycale @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. The quartet of dynamic vocalists from around the world – Basya Schechter (Brooklyn), Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (Israel), Malika Zarra (Morocco) and Sophia Rei (Argentina) – sings John Zorn’s Book of Angels. 7:30pm. $15; seniors $12; students $10.

MUSIC: The Amy Collins Band @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Showcasing selections from her debut album, The Hour of the Wolf. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Plants and Animals @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Despite comparisons to Arcade Fire, the Montreal trio of Warren C. Spicer, Nic Basque and Matthew ‘Woodman’ Woodley have been carving out their own musical niche with their recently released album, The End of That and rave reviews for their live shows. 8pm. $12.

FUNDRAISER: Vintage Vegas Night @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Ring-a-ding-ding! Tonight’s SPAC fundraiser is a retro-cool, Rat Pack-themed, fun-filled evening at Vapor Night Club at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway featuring complimentary classic cocktails from 7-8pm and a full night of fun at black jack tables and roulette wheels, dancing to the sounds of DVDJ Dread and noshing on classic cocktail cuisine. 7-11pm. $65, to benefit the 2013 classical summer season at SPAC. Go here to enter to win FREE TIX…

THEATER ON FILM: “The Last of the Haussmans” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The National Theatre of London’s production of Stephen Beresford’s funny and touching new play starring Julie Walters with Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory, as a family that’s losing its grip. 8pm. $22; students $15. Also at 2pm at Clark Art Institute, Williamstown ($18; students $150.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Drastic Measures @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Skidmore’s own a cappella group shares the stage with the Chosen, a song-and-dance group from Uganda consisting of six children who range from 7-13 years old. A benefit concert for AEOT, an independent grassroots organization seeking to empower communities to care and provide for Ugandan children. 8pm. $5 suggested donation.

MUSIC/DISCUSSION: Devesh Chandra @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Indian tabla player demonstrates and discusses his his musical influences and his approach to composing new music for “Drums Along the MoHu.” 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Solaris” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The Shadow Play film series kicks off with a screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 sci-fi classic set aboard a space station orbiting a planet where a crew of scientists is studying its ecosystem. A scientist is sent to the space station to account for strange events that have been taking place onboard. 7:30pm. $6.

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. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola @ Red Square, Albany. Guitar great Hunter and drummer Amendola team up for a duo performance celebrating the release of their brand new collaborative album, Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead. 9pm. $18. More info here…

COMEDY/THEATER: “Second City for President” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The renowned sketch comedy troupe goes for broke in this election year… 7pm. $20 & $30; $50 VIP tix include post-show meet-and-greet.

THEATER ON FILM: “All’s Well That Ends Well” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The classic Shakespeare comedy performed at the Globe. 7pm. $12.50.

CABARET: Joe Iconis & Family @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The composer of “The Black Suits” and his merry band serve up an evening of new musical theater. 8pm. $15. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ Portofinos Restaurant, Latham. 7pm.

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