11/12/10: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Elvis Perkins and Tracy Bonham @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Acclaimed Hudson Valley singer-songwriters team up for a top-notch double-bill in a benefit concert for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. 9pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

DISCUSSION/MUSIC: Mountain Man @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Author Sara Marcus engages in a conversation with Will Hermes about her new book, “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution.” The fab Bennington folk trio Mountain Man also performs. 7pm. $10 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Raga Bop Trio @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The all-star instrumental threesome features saxman George Brooks, Indian guitarist Prasanna and powerhouse drummer Steve Smith (formerly of Journey) as they fuse together jazz, rock, funk, Afro-Caribbean and Indian classical music. 7 & 9:30pm. $21.

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FILM/MUSIC/DANCE: “A Highland Evening” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a night of Scottish entertainment with a screening of the 60th Anniversary 2009 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, followed by live performances from the Schenectady Pipe Band and the Braemar Highland Dancers. 7:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: George Friedrich Haas: In Vain @ EMPAC. Performed by a 24-member chamber orchestra, much of this 75-minute composition takes place in total darkness with the musicians performing from memory, communicating with each other and the audience only through sound. 8pm. Tickets: $5 | $10 | $15

MUSIC: The Sky Blue Boys @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Dan and Willy Linder (of Vermont’s celebrated Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys) help to revive the classic brother duet sound of the early days of country music. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

MUSIC: Finest Kind @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The acclaimed Canadian folk trio will dazzle you with their intricate vocal harmonies. 8pm. $20; children $5.

THEATER: “It Goes Without Saying” @ The Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Bill Bowers in an award-winning autobiographical one-man show, takes audiences on a scenic tour of his life thus far; from his childhood in the wilds of Montana, to outrageous jobs as a performer across the country, to the whirlwind of Broadway and studying with the legendary Marcel Marceau. 8pm. $25 (Also Saturday)

FILM: “Araya” @ Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus. A day in the life of peasants who eke out a desperate existence by harvesting salt on a remote Venezuelan peninsula. Recently rediscovered and restored, the film shared the 1959 Criticsโ€™ Prize at Cannes with “Hiroshima Mon Amour.” Presented by The New York State Writers Institute. (Venezuela, 1959, 90 minutes, b/w, in Spanish with English subtitles) 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: An Evening With John Zorn @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. A concert focusing on Zorn’s classical music, inspired by such American innovators as Ives, Cage and Partch, as well as the European tradition of Berg, Stravinsky, Boulez and Kagel. 8pm. $20, $30, $40.

MUSIC: The Lee Shaw Trio @ The Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Sublime music from jazz piano queen Lee Shaw, bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Seigel. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Jack’s Place at College of St. Rose, Albany. Saxman Patneaude brings along pianist David Caldwell-Mason, bassist Mike Parker and drummer Danny Whelchel for a night of hot jazz. 8pm.

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