10/23/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Allen Toussaint & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Two bona fide legends of the rich New Orleans music scene join forces for one wail of a show. Let the good times roll… 8pm. $36, $42 & $70.

MUSIC: Courtney Barnett & the Courtney Barnetts @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Hot off the heels of a sold-out run of shows in her native Australia and New Zealand, Barnett will be playing songs from her critically acclaimed The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas on her U.S. tour, co-headlining with the sublime San Fermin. Norwegian singer-songwriter Mikhael Paskalev opens, previewing his upcoming U.S. debut EP, Sayonara Saigon, slated for release next week.

MUSIC: John “Papa” Gros Band @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. It’s the official Toussaint/Pres. Hall after-party with more New Orleans music from Hammond B3 organist-singer Gros with his band – guitarist Brian Stoltz (the Neville Brothers, the Funky Meters), drummer Eric Bolivar (Pimps of Joytime) and bassist Eric Vogel (Big Sam’s Funky Nation). Let the good times keep on rollin’… 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The east coast premiere of the Portland, Oregon festival that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening. Featuring Sun Foot, Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski & special guests, Lizzi Bougatsos, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water, David Greenberger and Trinie Dalton. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Folk music legends John Sebastian and Happy Traum will be joined in the round by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D’Andrea and Maycn Taylor, performing everything from jazz to classical, Celtic, folk and today’s modern guitar music. 8pm. $25.$35 & $45.

MUSIC: Cabinet @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass/Americana band. With the Black River Fox Project. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; free students and children.

TALK: Leslie James Pickering @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. A decade after exercising his free speech rights in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, the longtime environmental activist is still under heavy federal surveillance… and fighting back. 7pm.

MUSIC: Rabbit in the Rye @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The progressive folk-rock trio from Hamilton features Joseph Mettler (guitar, harmonica), Alexander Lavon (bass) and Brendan O’Connor (percussion, mandolin). 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jesse Calhoun @ the Low Beat, Albany. With MotherJudge, Myron James and the 7th Squeeze. 8pm.

PERFORMANCE: “Eureka, a lighthouse play” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Ellie Ga’s narrative performance centers on the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria and her journey, beginning in 2012 when she joined a marine archaeology program at Alexandria University in pursuit of the lighthouse alongside a quixotic cast of characters. 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the Local 518 showcase featuring Blue Streak Blvd., Good Fiction and Matt Malone. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Four For: A Todd Coolman Quartet @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Two-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Todd Coolman has assembled a remarkable cooperative jazz quartet – saxophonist Richard Perry, pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer John Riley. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Poe” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Eric Hill directs and David Adkins stars in the world premiere of a new play that explores Edgar Allan Poe’s final days. 7pm. $35.

MUSIC: Geronimo Getty @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Woodsy Pride. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Peg Delaney @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Underneath” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Created and co-directed by Noelle Gentile, the new multi-media performance gives a rare glimpse into the dynamic inner worlds of teenage girls. Based on the stories of local teenage girls, the show explores a range of topics: body image issues, self-acceptance, sexuality, gender, feminism, love, rape, empowerment and much more. 7:30pm. $8. Also 7:30pm on Friday.

THEATER: “The Mousetrap” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, directed by Paul Trela. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18.

MUSIC: Jason Neil Brett @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Code Blue. 9pm.

FILM: “Pride” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Preview benefit screening with partial proceeds going to the Pride Center of the Capital Region. 7pm. $12.

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