8/6/10: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Figgs @ The Linda, Albany. The wonderful and glorious homegrown punk-popsters keep on churning out great albums and dishing out equally energetic, entertaining shows. They’ll do both tonight as they celebrate the release of their cracklin’ new disc, “The Man Who Fights Himself.” 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Charles Dutoit conducts. Kirill Gerstein plays piano. And two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin narrates. The program includes Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” 8pm. $31-$72.50 inside; $18 lawn.

READING: Community Reading of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” @ John J. Bach Library, Albany. Community members will take turns reading Hersey’s harrowing book, “Hiroshima,” on the 65th anniversary of the bombing of that Japanese city. Lend your voice or sit and listen. 12:30-4:30pm. Free.

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FESTIVAL/FILM: The Ballston Spa Film Festival @ Wiswall Park & Ballston Spa High School, Ballston Spa. See our story here. 7pm. Free. Also Saturday.

MUSIC: Tracy Bonham @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Singer-songwriter-violinist Bonham and her band – guitarist Jason Roberts, drummer Konrad Meissner, bassist Mike DuClos – celebrate the release of their new CD, “Masts of Manhatta.” Woodstock legend Happy Traum drops by to open the show with an acoustic set. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Skeletons in the Piano @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Skeletons celebrate the release of their sophomore slab of sonic voodoo, “Strangers On a Damned Staircase.” Pandha Piranha and the Killerados join in the festivities along with dancers, live painting and art raffles. 9:30pm. $10 (which includes a copy of the album).

OPERA: “Dialogues of the Carmelites” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Resonanz presents Francis Poulenc’s emotional powerhouse of an opera, which should prove absolutely devastating with Lucille Beer in the role of Madame de Croissy. And in the intimate confines of the Arts Center. 7:30pm. $10; students & seniors $8. (Also 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday)

ARTS WALK: First Friday arts walk @ various locations, Albany. Art and music. Wine and cheese. And a little exercise (or you could take the trolley.) What more could a starving artist (or art fan) want? 5-9pm. Free.

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: The Tichy Boys with Commander Cody @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. It’s the First Friday Capital Swing Dance, and you can bet that the music will be swingin’ with the father & son tandem of John and Graham Tichy leading the way with an all-star cast that also includes Don “Doc Scanlon” Dworkin, saxman Cliff Lyons, drummer Pete Vumbaco and the ole boogie woogie piano pounder himself, Commander Cody. Beginner swing dance lessons with Bob Englert begin at 7:30pm. 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.

MUSIC: The John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Virtuoso jazz guitarist meets tenor sax master. This is gonna wail… 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: George Thorogood & the Destroyers @ The Egg, Albany. “One bourbon, one scotch, one beer…” With Tom Hambridge & the Rattlesnakes. 8pm. $42.50, $50.

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