10/15/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: The Silos @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Walter Salas Humara returns to Nippertown with one of the all-time great unsung bands in American rock history. With Grainbelt. 9pm. $10. Related story.

MUSIC: David Jacobs-Strain @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. In support of his new album, “Live From the Left Coast,” the young acoustic-bluesman-singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire is joined by harmonicat Bob Beach 7:30pm. $18. Related story.

MUSIC: Dream Theater @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The prog-metal heroes roar into town (with new drummer Mike Mangini) in support of their new album, “A Dramtic Turn of Events.” With Periphery.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Oktoberfest @ Revolution Hall, Troy. Brown’s Brewing Co.’s fourth annual Oktoberfest is a fundraiser for the Rensselaer Land Trust, with music by Flood Road, Fritz’s Polka Band and the Lustre Kings. 4pm. $5.

MUSIC: “The Music of Lou Harrison” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-On-Hudson. Featuring Harrison’s monumental “La Koro Sutro,” a master work for 100-voice chorus, harp, organ and gamelan. Also on the program are “Solo to Anthony Cirone” and “Suite for Violin and American Gamelan.” 8pm. $15, $25, $35, $45.

MUSIC: Yuja Wang @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The 24-year-old Chinese pianist and Deutsche Grammophon recording artist offers a solo recital featuring works by Alexander Scraibin, Prokofiev; Liszt. 8pm. $35.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Schoharie Valley Rock-N-Roll Flood Relief Concert @ the Parrott House, Schoharie. Outdoor rain-or-shine benefit fest for the Schoharie County Comunity Action Program, featuring the Erin Harkes Band (12noon), Shakey Ground (1:30pm), Richie Phillips (2:30pm), M-16 (3pm), Flash Back (4:45pm), Bar Stool Orphans (6:30pm), Poor Dead Molly (8:30pm), Chicken Herders (10:30pm).

FESTIVAL/FILM: 24 Hour SciFi and Fantastic Film Festival @ Proctors, Schenectady. Yes, a movie marathon of 24 straight hours straight through to 12noon on Sunday featuring “Heavy Metal” (12noon), “13 Assassins” (1:45pm), “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (4pm), “The Thing” (1951) (6:30pm), “The Thing” (1982) (8pm), “Troll Hunter” (10:15pm), Mexican Zappin Party, Part 1 with DJ XL5 (12midnight), “Hobo With a Shotgun (1:30pm), Zeb’s Film Circus (3:15am); “Battle Royale” (4am), “Dragon City” (6:15am), “Super” (7am), Mexican Zappin Party, Part 2 with DJ XL5 (8:45am), “Battle Beyond the Stars” (10am). 12noon. $22 for an eight-hour pass; all-fest $50.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Catskill 45s @ the Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock. A benefit concert for flood relief with all proceeds donated to the Phoenicia Rotary Club. The all-star band line-up includes Robert Burke Warren, Josh Roy Brown, Mark Lerner, Tony Fletcher, Nancy Howell and Lukas Lerner. 8pm. $10.

DANCE/MUSIC/THEATER: Shantala Shivalingappa’s “Namasya” and “Swayambbu” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Modern and traditional Indian dance. 8pm. $18. Related story.

MUSIC: Tommy Malone @ The Egg, Albany. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: Concert cancelled due to hand injury.

MUSIC: The David Lanz Liverpool Trio @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. One of the classic pianists in the fields of new age and contemporary instrumental music re-interprets the classic rock music of the Beatles. 8pm. $28, $32, $35.

MUSIC: Leo Kottke @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Acoustic guitar master. 8pm. $48.

MUSIC: The Grace Kelly Quartet @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The dazzling young sax mistress Kelly wowed the crowd at Lake George’s Jazz at the Lake fest last month. This time around, she’s joined by veteran sax legend Phil Woods and guest drummer Greg Caputo. The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble opens the show. 8pm. $15, $25; students $15. Related story.

THEATER/MUSIC: John Kelly @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A performance of John Kelly’s “Find My Way Home,” a dance/theatre work based on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus & Eurydice in which Orpheus is re-cast as a famous radio crooner of the Great Depression era. 8pm. $15; students $10. Related story.

FESTIVAL: Chowderfest @ Riverfront Park, Troy. It’s a chowder taste-testing competition with music by Mike McMann’s Bluegrass Explosion, the Nellies, the Tichy Boys and Rich North. 11am-4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs.

MUSIC: Club d’Elf @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. With special guest John Medeski. 9pm. $20.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers @ the Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. A swing dance/CD release party for the trad jazz band’s new disc, “Live in Shanghai, Vol. 1.” 7:30pm. $15. Related story.

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 Sunday.

MUSIC: The Ray Mason Band @ the Ale House, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Aaron David Ward @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. A benefit for the Schenectady Community Action Program starring the “Glenn Slingerland Situation” star. The show will also feature Deric Harrington and emcee Erick James. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Lemonheads @ Pearl Street, Northampton. Evan Dando leads the current incarnation of the ‘heads through their classic 1992 album, “It’s Shame About Ray.” With the Shining Twins and the New York Rivals. 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. 3pm. FREE.

READING: Winifred Elze @ Proctors Bookstore, Schenectady. The author of “The Borgia Prince” will be joined by other local authors, including John Blandly (“The Greatest Novel Ever Written”), Lucilla Epps (“Phantom’s Legacy”) and Zackary Richards (“Noon”) for a reading and Q&A session. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: George Kilby, Jr. @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park. Blues ‘n’ more… 6:30pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: North Adams Open Studios @ various locations, North Adams. Established, mid-career and emerging artists working in a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media will open their studios to the public. 10am-6pm. FREE. Also 10am-4pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ La Cucina Italian Restaurant, Amsterdam. Acoustic blues duo. 4pm.

FESTIVAL: Upper Union Street Harvest Fest & Art Show @ various locations on Union Street, Schenectady. A wide variety of food, farmers’ market, live music, art exhibition, children’s activities and more. 10am-3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Timbre Coup @ Red Square, Albany. With Psychedelphia. 8pm.

BURLESQUE: Scooter Pie at Midnight @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Rock ‘n’ roll burlesque show. 12midnight. $5.

MUSIC: Sway @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Tommy Love leads the Rolling Stones tribute band. 10pm.

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