11/13/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Arlo Guthrie @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. It’s can’t really be the Thanksgiving season without a visit from the veteran singer-songwriter-storyteller, can it? 7:30pm. $25, $32, $36 & $42.

MUSIC: Jim Kweskin & Happy Traum @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the return of the King of the ’60s Jug Band Revival, and this time he’s bringing along Woodstock’s musical ambassador to the world, as a pair of classic folk & blues masters team up. 7pm. $22.

TALK: “! or ?: Let me be perfectly clear. Or mysterious.” @ Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Legendary book jacket designer/author/graphic novelist Chip Kidd, the associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, talks about art, design and more… Followed by a Q&A. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: American Songwriters @ The Linda, Albany. What happens when you pair veterans with Grammy-winning songwriters? Find out tonight with performances by award-winning singer-songwriters Darden Smith, Gary Nicholson and Mary Gauthier, as well as Local 518 faves the North and South Dakotas. Sponsored by SongwritingWith:Soldiers. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ensemble Congeros @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. Led by Eddie Ade Knowles, the ensemble is known for their commitment to rhythm and the drum as a central medium of communication – and inspired by the social and religious music of Cuban Congeros. With special guests guest artists Jeanine Ouderkirk and Jeff Nania. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Michael Glabicki @ NaNola, Malta. The main man from Rusted Root stops by NaNola for a free concert. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Diamond Doves @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Blending indie-rock, hook-laden pop and electronica, singers/multi-instrumentalists Nick Kinsey and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett wing their way into Hudson in support of their latest single, “One Good Reason.” With Last Good Tooth and art-rocker Adam Schatz of Landlady. 8pm.

MUSIC: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra @ Proctors, Schenectady. Under the baton of conductor Pavel Kogan, the orchestra plays works by Gounod, Saint Saens and Brahms with guest cellist Joshua Roman. 8pm. $20-$50.

MUSIC: Emblem3 @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. What do they sound like? As they like to say, “It’s like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz had a baby and Lil Wayne was baby sitting.” With Spencer Sutherland and the Hapless Romantic. 7pm. $28.

MUSIC: Craig Campbell @ Vapor Nightclub, Saratoga Springs. Since his 2010 debut with the hit “Family,” the Georgia-born country singer has racked up five Top 40 country singles. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Big Something @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Led by guitarist-vocalist Nick MacDaniels, the North Carolina rockers roll into town in support otheir new album Truth Serum. 9pm. $8.

THEATER: “County of Kings” @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. American Place Theatre’s solo production stars Michael Angel Viera in a stage adaptation of Lemon Anderson’s coming of age memoir, weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry and gritty prose. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. With a pre-show discussion at 7pm.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the Local 518 showcase with tunes from Acceptable Exceptions, the Shelter, Shiva the Love Skeleton, Young OG and Sasu. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rich Ortiz @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE; $5 if under 21.

MUSIC: Jason Lescalleet @ the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents the return visit of the sonic visionary and pioneer in taped-based music. With solo sets by Matt Weston, Parashi and Rambutan. 8pm. $5.

TALK: Jose Antonio Vargas @ Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, North Adams. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the founder of DefineAmerican.com has also written for The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York and the Philadelphi Daily News. 7pm. FREE.

PERFORMANCE/EVENT: Red Green’s “How to Do Everything” Tour @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. After a successful run of 139 shows throughout Canada and the USA on his “Wit and Wisdom Tour,” Canada’s foremost handyman is back with a brand new show laced with his own brand of humor and wisdom. 7pm. $52.50.

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