1/29/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

ART: FREE DAY @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. This annual event features gallery tours every half hour, a big sale at Hardware (the MASS MoCA store), a free Photo Booth, art-making activities for kids, demonstrations and ice cream tastings from Lickety Split. Did we mention it’s FREE?

MUSIC: Exit Dome IV WEXT Benefit Concert @ WMHT-TV Studios, North Greenbush. The Local 518 big bash of the year with Phantogram in the headlining slot. Also the Charlie Watts Riots, Que Caro, Slender Shoulders, Nancy Walker, the Rodeo Barons and Bryan Thomas (celebrating the release of his new EP). 7pm. Two tix for a $60 donation.

THEATER: Bob Wiseman’s “Actionable” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A multimedia one-man musical play about the trials and tribulations of the music business written and performed by music maverick Bob Wiseman, formerly of Blue Rodeo. Directed by Sean Dixon. 8pm. $16.

MUSIC: Tribute to Nick Brignola @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The Van Dyck All Stars – pianist Lee Shaw, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, drummer David Colarco, saxman Brian Patneaude and bassist Otto Gardner – pay tribute to Nippertown’s jazz giant, who passed away in 2002. But his music lives on… 7:30pm. $15.

ROLLER DERBY: Albany All-Stars @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. The Department of Public Hurts face off against the Empire Skate Troopers in a high-energy intra-league roller gal bout. With music by the Erin Harkes Band. 7pm. $12; children under 12 $4.

MUSIC: Bob Warren @ Burton Hall, Route 40, Easton. Backed by an all-star band, the singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his new self-titled CD. With Brittany Rivers. 7pm. $12.

VARIETY/MUSIC: The Wiyos’ GamVille @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Last week they took over Caffe Lena for a wild show, and tonight the Wiyos host their GamVille variety show with guests Johnny Society, the Two Man Gentlemen Band and more. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Old Songs Sampler @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Fairview Avenue, Robin O’Herin, George Robinson, Ruth Pelham, Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh and a reunion of the St. Regis String Band join forces for the annual winter fundraising concert for the summer’s Old Songs Festival. 8pm. $20; 12 and under $5.

MUSIC: Red Baraat @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Did you miss ’em when they were at Proctors in November? Don’t make the same mistake again. This promises to be one serious funky North Indian bhangra-based dance party. 8pm. $20; students $10; kids free.

TELEVISION: “Local 518 TvFilm Festival” @ WMHT-TV. You don’t get much opportunity to see local music on your TV set these days, so make the most of it. Sean Rowe, Railbird, Super 400 and Eric Margan & the Red Lions will be featured, as well as Matisyahu and a batch of locally produced short films, too. 11pm.

MUSIC: Blue Machine @ McGeary’s, Albany. Super 400 + Tommy Love = Blue Machine, where personality meets power. 10pm. $5.

FILM: Q-Fest @ Proctors, Schenectady. Proctors inaugural LGBTQ film festival kicks into high gear with three screenings: “A Jihad For Love” (4pm); “Howl” (6pm); and “A Marine Story” (8pm). $9 per film; students $7.

MUSIC: Sam Kininger Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Maybe you caught the saxman jamming with the Dave Matthews Band at the Times Union Center in November. Now catch Kininger and his own band stirring it up for a night of their own. With Sly Fox & the Hustlers. (Council Fire, originally slated to open the show, has cancelled.) 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Johnny Winter Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Texas guitarslinger has been tearing up the blues since 1969, and he’s still wailing. The Johnny Monster Band opens the show. 9pm. $25, $35, $45.

MUSIC: Aficionado @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Showcasing tunes from their recent Don Fury-produced EP, “When It Comes to Creation” on No Sleep Records. With Defeater, Cale Lionheart and Make Do & Mend. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Tichy Boys @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Roots-rockin’ led by the father and son tandem of John & Graham Tichy. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Anberlin and Circa Survive @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. With Foxy Shazam. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Ray Alexander Trio @ the Orchard Tavern, Albany. The jazz pianist leads a trio that also includes bassist Greg Brown and drummer Matt Maguire. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ the American Legion, 111 Main St., Wynantskill. Good old-fashioned, old-school rock ‘n’ roll! 8pm. $8.

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