12/17/10: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Jimmy Webb @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. One of America’s great art-pop songwriters, as he proved again with his latest album, “Just Across the River.” 7pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

MUSIC: Lionheart @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. One of America’s leading ensembles of vocal chamber music, Lionheart offers selections from their CD, “Tydings Trew: A Medieval English Christmas.” 7:30pm. $20.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: White Christmas Swing Dance @ the Elks Club, Albany. Swing dance lessons by Lyoni Fisher at 7pm. Music by the Georgie Wonders Orchestra at 8pm. $15; students $10.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ Savannah’s, Albany. It’s the Nightmare Before Xmas Rock & Roll Show, as the Erotics share the stage with the Blisterz, Blackcat Elliot and Smittix. 8pm. $5.

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ART WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schenectady. Paintings, sculpture, photography, music, family fun, last-minute shopping and more. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Happy Traum & Friends @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Traum will be joined by an all-star cast for his annual solstice concert, including John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer and Byron Isaacs. 8pm. $35, $50.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park. Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck serve up some mighty tasty roots music. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lonesome Brothers @ the Basement, Northampton. Ray Mason and his pals be keeping rock and roll alive. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Paul Geremia @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Veteran acoustic bluesman. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

MUSIC: Ill Funk Ensemble @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Get down and get funky. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The McKrells’ Christmas Show @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $10. (Also 2pm on Saturday)

MUSIC: D.R.U.G.S. @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Former Chiodos singer Craig Owens leads D.R.U.G.S. into Nippertown. With Eyes Set To Kill, New Medicine and Enigmatic Heart. 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ One Caroline Bistro, Saratoga Springs. David Caldwell-Mason teams up with saxman Patneaude. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “It’s A Wonderful Life” @ The Palace Theatre, Albany. 7pm. $5 | $3 Children

BOOK SIGNING: Ed Dague and Dan Lynch @ Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady. Two of Nippertown’s most revered news men sign copies of their latest books – Dague’s memoir “Six and Eleven; A Television News Anchor’s Story” and Lynch’s historical novel “Thunder of Captains: a Novel of the Battle of Saratoga.” 5:30-7pm.

MUSIC: “Melodies of Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s the 31st anniversary of the annual holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Youth Choral, the Northeast Ballet, the Orlando School of Dance, Arthur DeLuke and the roots-rockin’ Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. Proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. 7pm. $25. (Through Sunday)

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