11/29/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. Complimentary food, silent auction and music by the Chris Dukes Band, Holly & Evan, Pat Giola, Vontus and the Ameros. Proceeds benefit the Red Cross. 6pm. Suggested donation $10.

MUSIC: The Dependents @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Emeralds of July. 8:30pm. $5.

FILM: “Samsara” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Ron Fricke eschews dialogue and descriptive text, subverting our expectations of a traditional documentary, and instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. Filmed in 25 different countries over the course of five years. 8pm. $7; students $5.

FESTIVAL: Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. An old fashioned holiday fest featuring carolers, a festival of trees, a trolley up and down Broadway and, of course, Santa Claus. With music by Sax-O-Claus, Annie & the Hedonists, Matt McCabe, Olivia Quillio, John & Orion Kribs, Tim Wechgelaer, Tequila Mockingbirds, Sonny & Perley and lots more. 6-10pm. FREE.

FILM: “Breathing” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. By first-time director Karl Markovics. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Singing Anchors @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Television news anchors Benita Zahn, Jessica Layton and Jerry Gretzinger croon their way through their holiday show. 4 & 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: A Viberatto @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Jimmy Goodman and his trio celebrate the release of their sophomore album, “B.” With Emily Spague (8pm) and Todd Nelson’s TN3 (10pm). A Viberatto at 9pm. Donation. More info here…

MUSIC: Arthur Brooks’ Ensemble V @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The trumpeter-composer Arthur Brooks is one of the unsung heroes of the new music, and he’ll be joined by bassist Anthony Santor and percussionist Matt Weston. With psychedelic dronemeisters Shape Shifting Shepherds. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FemFest Battle of the Bands @ Skidmore College’s Lively Lucy’s, Saratoga Springs. Among the bands competing are Skinny White Folk, the Hillarys, Bo Peep & the Funk Sheep and Good Neighbor. 9pm.

MUSIC: Museum Guards @ Red Square, Albany. With Silver Standard, Three Year Throwback and Last Exit. 9pm.

MUSIC: Kevin Green & Douglas Chilton @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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