4/23/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

FAMILY FUN: “Welcome to Spring” @ Omi International Arts Center at the Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent. Traditional games to welcome spring – egg rolls, egg races, egg dancing and other egg-citing fun for the whole family. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Howard Fishman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Last year, he simultaneously released three very different albums – “Better Get Right,” “No Further Instructions” and “The World Will Be Different” – which he’ll be showcasing along with selections from his earlier albums when he steps onto Lena’s stage. Garrett Devoe opens the show. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

MUSIC: The Shawn Mullins Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The singer-songwriter returns to town in support of his latest album, “Light You Up.” With Callaghan opening the show. 9pm. $20, $25, $35. VIP $50 tix are sold out.

FILM/MUSIC: “The Shanghai Restoration Project” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Producer Dave Liang and emcee Jamahl Richardson’s multi-nedia live music/film project marries hip-hop, Chinese instrumentation and electronica with a dizzying visual tour of Shanghai that evokes the city’s infectious energy and reveals the many worlds contained in its teeming street life. 8pm. $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10.

MUSIC: Volbeat @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The Danish rockers are wrapping up their current U.S. tour without bassist Anders Kjølholm, who has returned home to Denmark to deal with some personal problems. Fortunately, Josh Newton of the Damned Things is stepping in as a sub. With Hourcast and Black John Wayne. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

MUSIC/READINGS: “Honor the Housatonic Concert & Poetry Slam” @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. A music and poetry benefit performance to raise funds for Housatonic River environmental organizations featuring Roz Reis, Jessie Mayer, Bell Engine, the Green River Band, Heather Fisch, Joanne Spies and Rob Sanzone. 6pm. $25; children 12 and under $10.

MUSIC: Bassnectar @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. With EOTO and Eliot Lipp. 8pm. SOLD OUT.

MUSI: Timbre Coup @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Progressive jam-band-meets-electronica-and-trance for the Bassnectar after-party. With Higher Organix. 11pm. $10.

MUSIC: Dirty Paris @ Red Square, Albany. Another Bassnectar after-party. 11pm. $10.

THEATER: “I’m Flying” @ the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Kathy Beaver returns for an encore performance of her autobiographical one-woman carbaret. Tony Parise directs. 8pm. $20, includes music, coffee and dessert.

MUSIC: Michael Eck @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park. Maximum solo acoustic. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Songwriters in the Round” @ the Hudson River Music Hall, 122 Main St., Hudson Falls. A good, ole-fashioned round robin guitar pull featuring Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling, Doug Irving and Jim Gaudet. 7pm. $7 in advance; $8 at the door.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Figure 10 Lounge, Albany. The saxman jazzes up the downtown scene… 6pm.

MUSIC: Alexis P. Suter Band @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. The R&B band celebrates the release of their new album, “Two Sides.” 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Charlie Hunter @ Red Square, Albany. How many strings does that guitar have? 8pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

MUSIC: Orla Fallon @ The Egg, Albany. One of the original members of Celtic Woman, the singer-harpist leads her own ensemble in an evening of traditional Irish music. 7:30pm. $28.

OPERA ON FILM: “Capriccio” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Strauss’ philosophical opera that poses the question – which is the higher art, poetry or music? – enacted in the story-line in which a countess (Renee Fleming) can’t decide between her two suitors – a poet and a musician. 1pm. $25; children under 12 $15. Also at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington ($25; seniors $23; students under 13 $18); and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown ($25; students $18).

MUSIC: Sparky & Rhonda Rucker @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The multi-talented folk duo sings a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, cowboy music, railroad songs and a few of their own original compositions. 8pm. $16; under 18 $10.

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The NYC blues behemoth returns with sand-blasting solo show. 7:30 & 10pm. $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

MUSIC: Imrat Khan @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The sitar master will perform an evening of traditional Indian music with tabla player Nitin Mitta. 8pm. $12; students $5.

MUSIC: Acoustic Showcase @ Uno Chicago Grill, Queensbury. Jason Irwin hosts acoustic blues duo Holly & Evan and acoustic rockers the Joe Nacco Band. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town'” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The documentary about the recording of the classic Bruce Springsteen album. Benefit screenings for Proctors. 5:30 & 7:30pm. $6.

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