5/22/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Rasputina @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Since 1991, singer-songwriter and cellist Melora Creager has been exploring the affinities among modern rock, cello and Victorian folk with her band Rasputina. Her original songs connect the dots between Renaissance madrigals and Nirvana-like grunge-rock. In fact, Creager toured as a cellist with Nirvana on the group’s final European tour. With Luis Mojica opening. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Luka Bloom @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $27. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Maggot Brain @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Male Patterns and Wet Dreams. 8pm. $3.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts. With performances by the Strange Neighbors, Steve Smith with Tom Volcheck and Josh Casano. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Dutch Apple Cruises, Albany. Yeah, for one night only the band is changing their name to Beachbound Jesus, as they launch into summer with a three-hour cruise/concert. Hawaiian shirts encouraged. 6:30pm boarding; 7pm launch. $22.

MUSIC: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo @ the Falcon, Marlboro. An evening of sparkling jazz guitar duets led by the swinging, veteran, 88-year-old fretmaster Bucky Pizzarelli. With Erica Enriquez. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

PARTICIPATORY ART: “Pasties, Pencils & Pints” @ The Hangar, Troy. It’s a night of drinkin’ and drawin’ – freeze-frame burlesque with Pam Demonium for your artistic drawing pleasure. With music, contests and prizes. Bring your own booze and sketchbooks. 8:30pm. $10.

THEATER: “The God Game” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s powerful, three-character play that tackles the topics of religion and politics head-on. The bold, thought-provoking play is directed by Kristin Coury and stars Yvonne Perry, Laurence Lau and Jeffrey Binder. 7:30pm. $20, $40 & $50. Through Sunday.

FILM/TALK: “Banksy: Completed” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Artist and critic Carol Diehl presents a lecture on the infamous British street artist Banksy followed by a screening of Banksy’s award-winning film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Rodeo Barons @ One Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm.

THEATER: “The Dixie Swim Club” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dianne O’Neill directs the hilarious and touching comedy about five southern women who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their friendships. 7:30pm. $23. Through June 22.

MUSIC: Ohioan @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. A sampling of the music of Ryne Warner (the mastermind behind the Tucson-by-way-of-Portland band Ohioan) reveals everything from roots-country to Swans-like apocalyptic meditations. With Many Trails. 8pm.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Adrien Reju @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock.

MUSIC: Careers @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Russel the Leaf and O-Face. 9pm.

MUSIC: Azzaam Hameed & Annette Harris @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jeffrey Folmer @ Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. Classic and contemporary rock ‘n’ blues. 6pm. FREE>

FILM: “Grand Piano” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Here’s the premise for Eugenio Mira’s thriller: Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood), one the most gifted pianist of his generation, quit performing due to stage fright, and upon finally returning to the stage for his long-awaited concert, he turns over his sheet music and sees the note: “Play one wrong note, and you die.” 7:30pm.

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