10/24/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

Vieux Farka Touré @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Malian blues guitar sensation – dubbed the “Hendrix of the Sahara” by critics – mixes tradition from his African roots with American blues and jazz to create a shimmering sonic fusion. His new album Mon Pays (My Country) was recorded as homage to his homeland, which has been splintered by violence.
 A benefit for the Sanctuary for Independent Media. 7pm. $20. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

THEATER/MUSIC: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, Williamstown. The deliciously decadent London cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies bring their mesmerizing production of Samuel Taylor Colleridge’s epic poem to life. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Kurt Vile & the Violators @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The Philadelphia-based songwriter and insightful slacker poet, has made quite a name for himself in the last five years, and his new album, Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze, just may be his best yet. With VBA. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Chanticleer @ Proctors, Schenectady. The San Francisco-based, Grammy Award-winning 12-member male vocal ensemble performs “She Said/He Said,” a program the features selections from their upcoming album, Someone New, that stretch from Hildegard von Bingen to Joni Mitchell. 8pm. $20-$50.

MUSIC: Senses Fail @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With For the Fallen Dreams, Expire and Being as an Ocean. 7:30pm. $17.

MUSIC: Jon McCartan + 1Q @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It a farewell bash for Burlington bassist McCartan, who is headed off to Colorado.9:30pm. FREE; +$5 if under 21.

MUSIC: Chloroform Party @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Dead Grass and Widowed. 8pm.

MUSIC: Dry Town Drifters @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. Old country and cowboy music. 8pm. FREE.

READING: Goli Taraghi @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany. The award winning Iranian fiction writer reads from her brand new book, the short story collection, “The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons.” 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at 4:15pm.

THEATER: “Polaroid Stories” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Directed by Eunice Ferreira, Naomi Iizuka’s play is a visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through October 30.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Reverberators @ Hilton Gardens, Clifton Park. Benefit for the To Love a Child Foundation. 6pm.

MUSIC: John Esposito & Friends @ Stockade Tavern, Kingston. With special guest trumpeter Chris Pasin of Bopitude. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parson’ Clarinet Marmalade @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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