7/8/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Around the World and Back @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Perhaps the best musical bargain anywhere around Nippertown tonight. Not only is ATW&B offering free admission to their CD release party, but they’re also bringing along some more awesome local talent for you to sample for free, including Barons in the Attic, Alta Mira and Former Belle. And if that ain’t enough, they’ll give you a free copy of their new CD, too. You can’t beat that… 8pm.

MUSIC: Jake Shimabukuro @ The Egg, Albany. If you think the phrase “ukulele virtuoso” is an oxymoron, you ain’t heard Jake tear it up on those four little strings. With Cape Verde singer Ilo Ferreira opening the show. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonette @ Peint O Gwrw Pub, Chatham. Travis’ slightly down-sized Philharmonette invades Chatham. Will it ever be the same? 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sonny Landreth @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The dazzling Louisiana guitarslinger and his band fire up ferocious, swamp-soaked blues and more. 8pm. $25.

DANCE: The New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Tonight’s all-Balanchine program features “Serenade” (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine), “Tarantella” (Gottschalk & Kay/Balanchine), “Square Dance” (Corelli & Vivaldi/Balanchine) and “Stars and Stripes” (Sousa & Kay/Balanchine). 8pm. $26, $47, $54.50, $64.50, $72.50; lawn $20; kids 12 and under free on the lawn.

MUSIC: Melick, Moody & McKrell @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The Upbeat On the Roof concert series continues with percussionist Brian Melick, fiddler Doug Moody and singer-songwriter-guitarist-bodhranist Kevin McKrell. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Brian Dewan @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Musician, instrument builder, inventor. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “Shooting Star” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Adirondack Theater Festival presents Steven Dietz’s touching comedy about college sweethearts who haven’t seen each other in 25 years, only to find themselves stranded in a snow-bound airport one night. 8pm. $35. Through Saturday, July 16.

MUSIC: Bella’s Bartok @ Red Square, Albany. Part concert, part circus, part dance party, all fun. With the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Jean Rohe Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Vocalist-composer-multi-instrumentalist Rohe performs an evening of multi-lingual original music on mandolin and a cornucopia of Latin American percussion instruments. She will be joined by guitarist-vocalist Ilusha Tsinadze and violinist-vocalist Skye Steele. 8pm. $14 in advance; $16 at the door.

MUSIC: Moonshine Holler @ the Dream Away Lodge, Beckett. Breakdowns, blues and ballads from the Berkshire Americana duo of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof. 8:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Say Amen, Somebody” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. George Nierenberg’s 1982 documentary focuses on modern gospel pioneers Willie Mae Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey and the singers who were inspired by them. 4pm.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Getting out from behind the drums, Benedict mans the vibraphone. 9pm.

MUSIC: the laura pepitone show @ Market Market, Rosendale. It’s a trio of experimental pop one-woman bands. With Brown Bread and Quitzrow. 9:30pm.

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