2/7/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Ben Frost @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Frost’s music exploits the physicality of sound, using every extreme of pitch and volume with visceral intensity. Influenced by classical minimalism as well as punk rock and metal, he creates monolithic sounds. It’s low and loud, a preview of his upcoming album. 7:30pm. $18; students & seniors $13. More info here…

MUSIC: Separated at Birth @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by a pair of veteran keyboard kingpins – the veteran Tony Perrino and youngster Jared Alpern – the new all-star Capital Region rock-blues band anchored by the ace rhythm section of bassist Tom Pirozzi and drummer Joey Rocco struts their stuff in support of their new self-titled album. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Captain Squeeze @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. Tonight’s Zydeco Jambalaya Jam – with Frank Jaklitsch and Holly & Evan – is the perfect kick-off to the big Mardi Gras weekend kick-off. Come on down, and join in the festivities… 6:30pm.

THEATER: “American Idiot” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The final performance of rock musical based on Green Day’s concept album of the same name. 8pm. $20, $45, $60 & $70. Read review here…

OPERA: “La Traviata” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a 22-piece orchestra, it’s Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre’s production of the Verdi classic directed by Heidi Lauren Duke. 7:30pm. $40; students $30. Through February 17.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. Talking Heads tribute band. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Capital Trio @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The Albany-based trio features pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hillary Cumming and cellist Şölen Dikener. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lazy River Groove @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

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

FILM: Oscar Shorts (Animation) @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Oscar-nominated short animated films: “The Longest Daycare,” “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head over Heels,” “Paperman,” as well as other films. 6pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: Oscar Shorts (Live Action) @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Oscar-nominated short live action films: “Death of a Shadow,” “Henry,” “Curfew,” “Buzkashi Boys” and “Asad.” 8pm. $7; students $5.

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