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Cirque Sublime

It appears to be cirque season of late—this week brings another Canadian spectacle to our doorstep. For more than 10 years, Cirque Sublime have wowed international audiences. In their latest show, Pendulum: It’s About Time, the troupe weave acrobatics, aerial acts, contortion, dance, music and whimsical storytelling into a single tick-tocking adventure.

Their show includes stunts we’ve never even heard of (like the huge, human-propelling Russian swing), and some better-known wonders (like trapeze and silk acrobatics). No lions, tigers or dancing bears, but the whole family can marvel at the human animal.

Cirque Sublime will swing into the Glens Falls Civic Center (1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls) tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 8) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $29 to $49.50. For more information, or to make reservations, call 798-0202.

Racing Daylight

You may already have heard—you might have even attended a previous screening—but there’s a newish cinema society in Troy. The Troy Cinema and Visual Arts Group, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to “promoting an art house movie experience in downtown Troy and encouraging new filmmakers.”

Tonight, they’ll be showing Racing Daylight at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, and hosting the film’s director (Nicole Quinn) and producer (Sophia Raab) for a Q&A. Racing Daylight is the drama of a woman (Melissa Leo) taking care of her grandmother (Leclanch Durand), and the handyman (David Strathairn) she falls for.

Racing Daylight will be screened tonight (Thursday, Feb. 7) at 7 PM at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy). Admission is $10. For more info, call 459-6854 or visit www.troycinema.org.

Mike Doughty

Former frontman of the idiosyncratic alternative band Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty has forged himself an impressive solo career. Doughty drove the entire 9,000 miles of his first solo tour alone in a rental car, playing acoustic shows and selling CDs from the edge of the stage.

He has since released five albums, including such tunes as “I Hear the Bells” and “Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well,” which deservedly insinuated itself just about everywhere. Doughty is currently circling the country again in preparation for the Feb. 19 release of his sixth solo record, Golden Delicious.

His new album and current tour were born from what Doughty calls the “Dude Theory.” He wanted to make “a relaxed record that sounds like a bunch of dudes playing music for the pure joy of playing.” Doughty has dubbed this the Question Jar Tour, and will answer any question fans place in a jar—nothing’s taboo.

You can drop Doughty a question, and hear him play (joined by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Livingston), at 9 PM tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 8) at Club Helsinki (284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets are $20, and can be purchased by calling (413) 528-3394.


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