9/17/10: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Chris Smither @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of the finest singer-songwriters around, Smither’s tunes have been recorded by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Diana Krall. He’s deeply rooted in the acoustic blues, but he can stretch far beyond that realm, too. (Related story: Chris Smither, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 7 & 9:30pm. $24.

CRUISE/MUSIC: David Amram Quartet @ the Shoreline Restaurant & the Adirondac, Lake George. It’s the kickoff of the Lake George Jazz Weekend, celebrating the 80th birthday of one of the true renaissance men of our time, composer-musician David Amram. A recpetion at the Shoreline will followed by a jazz cruise with music by Amram & his jazz band. (More info) 6pm reception; 7:30pm cruise. $25.

DANCE/PERFORMANCE: “A Light Conversation” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Wally Cardona and Rahel Vonmoos offer an intimate dialogue in movement reflecting on life being lived. (More info) 8pm. $15. (Also at 8pm Saturday)

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s the Friday night kickoff of Nippertown’s biggest annual Celtic music bash featuring Gaelic Storm, Enter the Haggis, Screaming Orphans and more. (More info) (Related story: Patrick Murphy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 5pm. $20.

DISCUSSION/DEMONSTRATION: Michael Collins & Eric Marczak @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunication Center, Troy. Two acclaimed luthier/woodworkers present a program titled “More Than Just Wire and Wood: The Fine Art of Guitar Building.” 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Ziggy Marley @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Carrying on the tradition of his father, the legendary reggae king Bob Marley, Ziggy livelys up Northern Lights with his infectious Jamaican rhythms. (Related story: Ziggy Marley, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 8:30pm. $25.

ARTS WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schenectady. Yes, it’s the third Friday of the month already, and the Electric City has a big batch of art and arts-related stuff to see and hear – including the Yuko Kishimoto Trio @ Proctors Robb Alley and the wildly eclectic Variety Circus @ Proctors’ GE Theatre. (Related story: Yuko Kishimoto interview) 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Todd Nelson Trio @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. Former guitarist with one of Nippertown’s most acclaimed bands, the Units (later known as Fear of Strangers), Nelson fires up his instrumental trio in celebration of the release of his excellent new debut solo CD, “Here.” 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Union Boots and Complicated Shirt @ Albany Public Library, Albany. It’s the last blast of the library’s fine Garage Bands in the Garage concert series. Get it while you can… 6pm. FREE.

10 Responses to “9/17/10: Today’s Tips: Friday”

  1. LP says:

    Yes…it’s the weekend….and what are those Nipperdogs doin this weekend…pickin apples

  2. Sara says:

    Yes, and as my mom would say….keep your pants on! It’s not the weekend yet, dude.

  3. LP says:

    I don’t want to rush the creative juices….your mother said that??

  4. Sara says:

    It was one of her favorite sayings, in the face of impatience, when I was a kid. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that it finally dawned on me that it might be construed as a little weird.

  5. LiLi says:

    My mother’s favorite saying was/is “Now we’re cooking with gas.” Always has left me wondering what that meant…

  6. michael eck says:

    My mother was a bit more colorful. She would often say things like, “If I gave you my a$$ and s#*t through my ribs, you still wouldn’t be happy!”

  7. Sara says:

    Whoa. I think you win.

  8. LiLi says:

    I agree with Sara, most colorful mother…explains where Mike got his colorful expressions from. He always comes up with something that makes me laugh.

  9. LP says:

    My mother used to say….don’t talk to strangers…..but I still feel this incredible need …see I’m doing it again

  10. LP says:

    Maybe this should be a new category “Yo Mother!”

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