10/14/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

October 14th, 2011, 9:08 am by Greg

ARTS WALK: MoHu Friday Art Night Out @ various locations. Yes, this is the mother of all Nippertown arts walks with Albany’s First Friday, Troy Night Out and Art Night Schenectady all piled up on the same evening. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Kenny Barron Trio @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. One of the great treasures of piano jazz comes to Schenectady for a concert at A Place for Jazz. 8pm. $15; students $7; children under 12 free.

MUSIC: Josh Ritter @ The Egg, Albany. With John Wesley Harding. A double bill of literate solo singer-songwriters. Want proof? They’re both novelists, too. 8pm. $34.50.

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ARTS FUNDRAISER: Exposed @ the Washington Park Lake House, Albany. An art exhibition and cocktail party to showcase the upcoming transformation of St. Joseph’s Academy into the Albany Barn, a vibrant 40,000+ square foot creative arts incubator and neighborhood art space. 7pm. $40.

MUSIC: Stephen Stills @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. UPDATE: This show is sold out.

MUSIC: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ the University Club, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Owl @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The power trio of vocalist-bass master Chris Wyse, guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis and drummer Dan Dinsmore rock Pauly’s to its foundation. 10pm.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Bread and Bones @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The award-winning Vermont-based acoustic roots trio celebrates the release of their new CD, “Could Have Been a Dream.” With the Sally Spring Duo. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Rock of Ages” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Flashback to the ’80s with the jukebox musical told through the hit songs of Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many more. Dream big. Play loud. Party on. 8pm. $20, $45, $50, $60 & $75. Through October 16.

MUSIC: Richard Thompson @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Miss RT at The Egg last night? Catch him tonight. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Yngwie Malmsteen @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. A guitar hero’s guitar hero, Ygnwie simply defines the word “shred.” 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Around the World & Back @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Alta Mira, the Lights Out, Severe Severe. 8pm.

THEATER: “The Telltale Heart” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A 20-minute excerpt from “Pure Poe”; directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and starring Kent Burnham. 6:30 & 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Brian Peters @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. He’s one of the British folk scene’s great all-arounders: a compelling singer, a top squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “Defiance” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. A staged reading of John Patrick Shanley’s play by Theatre Voices directed by Yvonne Perry. 8pm. FREE. Also at 3pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: HeartEase @ Grooms Tavern, Clifton Park. The unique musical quintet specializes in acoustic instrumental music that was performed at Colonial, Dutch and English country dances. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’ ’62 Center of Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. Conducted by Ronald Feldman, the 70-piece orchestra performs works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Igor Stravinsky and Joseph Haydn. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Hair” @ the SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Homemade Theater flashes back to the Age of Aquarius for the peace, love and draft card-burning rock musical. 8pm. $27, $29. Through Sunday, October 30.

MUSIC: The Brew @ Red Square, Albany. A sneak preview of “Triptych,” the band’s 28-song, three-album set due for release next month. With Formula 5. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Omega Trio @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The newly formed chamber ensemble featuring composer-pianist Matthew Quayle, cellist Jameson Platte and Skidmore’s own artist-in-residence violinist Michael Emery explores a traditional and adventurous repertoire. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ Provence at Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany. 7pm. FREE.