6/12/11: Today’s Tips: Sunday

MUSIC: Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars @ Grand Street Community Arts, Albany. Please help spread the word on this woefully under-the-radar concert! When this magnificent band rolled into Schenectady’s Music Haven back in ’07, I wrote in The Times Union, “It wasn’t just a concert; it was a celebration. A celebration of survival.” (Read the entire review here.) A benefit concert to help raise awareness about the dangers of hydrofracking, which makes it a great band for a worthwhile cause. With openers Marafanyi: Drum, Dance and Song and Taina Asili. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: Capital Pride Festival @ Washington Park, Albany. The annual fest kicks off at 12noon with the Capital Pride Parade, followed by an afternoon of music and other festivities featuring headliner CeCe Peniston, as well as up-and-coming hitmaker Shontelle and Nippertown faves Sirsy and Tania Asili y la Banda Rebelde. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Triskele @ Lyons Lake, Nassau. The all-woman Celtic quartet showcases selections from their new album, “Look Back, Don’t Stare.” 4pm.

MUSIC: Noel Paul Stookey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. No Peter. No Mary. No matter. Noel “Paul” Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary can do it all by himself. 7pm. UPDATE: Sold out.

OPERA: “The Medium” @ Caffe Lena’s Black Box Theater, Saratoga Springs. Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting opera as performed by Hubbard Hall Opera Theater. 1pm. $15; free with Saratoga ArtsPass.

MUSIC: The Coveralls @ the Ale House, Troy. Americana roots music band featuring Kevin Maul on guitar and lap steel; Peter Bearup on guitar, harmonica and banjo; Charlie Morris on guitar. What more do you need to know? 7pm.

MUSIC: The Swingtime Jazz Society Ultimate All Stars @ Appletini’s Cafe, Albany. Pianist Lee Shaw, trumpeter Mike Canonico, saxman Lew Pettys, trombonist Ken Olsen, bassist Bill Delaney and drummer Pete Sweeney. 4-6pm, followed by an open jam 6-7pm. $15; students $5.

THEATER ON FILM: “The Importance of Being Earnest” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Get a jump on tonight’s Tony Award ceremonies by checking out the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of the Oscar Wilde classic, nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor (Brian Bedford) and Best Costumes. 12noon. $15; 12 and under $12.

MUSIC: Flute Force @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Fab flute foursome. 2pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Philibusters @ Red Square, Albany. With Jeff Nichol, Justin Paden, Alec Vozzy, Miracle Sun, Incolor, Sarah Fimm, the City Never Sleeps, Sydney Funnel and Yassou Benedict. 6:30pm. $8 in advance; $12 at the door.

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