10/2/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

THEATER/CIRCUS: “Dralion” @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Cirque du Soleil returns… 7:30pm. $38, $53, $73, $93 & $123; $31, $43, $59, $75 & $105 children; $34.50, $48, $66 & $84 seniors. Through Sunday.

TALK: Jamaica Kincaid @ Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium, Saratoga Springs.. The acclaimed author will present “The Writer in Her World,” the annual Frances Steloff Lecture/Reading, followed by a Q&A session. 8pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Rubi Nicholas @ the Trojan Hotel & Tap Room, Troy. She’s the winner of Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America contest. With Erin Harkes and Shawn Gillie. 8pm. $15; $35 for dinner and show.

MUSIC: The Sea the Sea @ the Low Beat, Albany. The harmony-rich duo of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley. With Great Mutations. 8pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Alan Evans’ PlayonBrother @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s gettin’ funky in here… With the Hornitz. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Marilyn Crispell & Raymond MacDonald @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. The adventurous, acclaimed jazz pianist plays a duo concert with reedman MacDonald. 8pm. $15.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors, Schenectady. The second edition of the ongoing stand-up comedy series features Sean Donnelly of “Last Comic Standing.” 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy/drama about prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays after six years away and announces plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Directed by Michael Bush. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 19.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts Local 518 music by Crescente, Vatican III and T.R. Remsen. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mail the Horse @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Underground River. 8pm.

MUSIC: Duo Marchand @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. Soprano and harpist Marcia Young and lutenist Andy Rutherford play music and songs from the Renaissance and the plays of Shakespeare. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Helen Sung @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The jazz pianist serves up a solo piano concert featuring standard works from the jazz canon, as well as her own compositions. 8pm. FREE.

OPERA ON FILM: “War & Peace” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Prokofiev’s epic masterpiece filmed at Russia’s magnificent Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. 7pm. $20. Also at 11:30am on Saturday.

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