11/18/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: B3nson Family Funsgiving Celebration @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Featuring the Parlor (formerly We Are Jeneric), Matthew Carefully, Barons in the Attica, Littlefoot, Pinguinos and more. And don’t forget to vote in the Funsgiving Beard-Off. 8pm. $7; or $5 with one of more non-perishable food items. Related story.

MUSIC: Infected Mushroom @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Israeli trance band. With Gunslinger and Karate. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Asleep at the Wheel @ The Egg, Albany. Ray Benson leads the kings of western swing back to town. 8pm. $29.50. Related story.

MUSIC: “Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Wow! This is gonna be killer! In a musical exploration of the influences of James Brown’s funk on African music, former Godfather of Soul hornmen Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker team up with Afrobeat superstars Cheikh Lô and Vusi Mahlasela. Get on the good foot! 8pm. $44, $55. Related story.

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonette @ Peint o Gwrw, Chatham. The slightly downsized, but no less madcap variation on Travis’ Philharmonic returns to the village pub for another night of musical mayhem. 8pm. Related story.

TALK: “Creative Responses to War” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with the exhibition “Behind Those Planes Are The Stars, this third in a series of discussions features Ballston Spa activist and chimney sweep Peter Looker, owner of the anti-war van that has been parked on streets in downtown Saratoga Springs for several years now. Coffee and cookies provided. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Bearfoot @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $22.

COMEDY: “Pumps & Punchlines” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Four fab funny females: Renee Gauthier, Erin Foley, more. 8pm. $20, $25 & $35.

MUSIC: “An Evening of Jazz” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Featuring the RPI Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the RPI Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, the RPI Swing Band and the RPI Jazz Leaders – performing selections by Charles Mingus, Jimmy Heath, Cannonball Adderly, Jeff Jarvis, Tommy Dorsey and Jazz @ Rensselaer director Bob Button. 7pm. FREE.

FASHION SHOW/FUNDRAISER: “Fashion for the People!” @ The Linda, Albany. Urban Guerilla Theatre hosts a unique fashion show focusing on sustainable/green clothing, sweat-free/worker friendly production, and gender expression. A benefit for the Social Justice Center, the evening will also feature food and refreshments, a silent auction and a dance party featuring DJ F.B.Z. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Alta Mira @ Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. With La De Les, Mad Mule and Life Among the Trees. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kristy Lee @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The fast-rising soul-pop singer-songwriter from the south returns to the Helsinki stage. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Paranoid Social Club @ Jillian’s, Albany. With My Pet Dragon and Black Taxi. 8pm. $12. Related story.

READING: Kirstin Downey @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The Washington Post’s award-winning journalist and author reads from her biography of Frances Perkins, “The Woman Behind the New Deal.” 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Brew @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Sidetrack Charlie. 9pm. $5.

TELEVISION: “Women Who Rock” @ WMHT-TV. Cyndi Lauper hosts a documentary that charts the female influence on rock and roll, from its blues roots in the 1920s and 1930s to the present pop scene. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jeff Strange @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. Related story.

MUSIC: Mundo Nuevo @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. 6:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Duo @ the Allen Street Pub, Albany. 5pm. Related story.

COMEDY: Ethan Ullman @ Comedy Lounge at the Waterworks Pub, Albany. The host of WCDB-FM’s “Alternative to Sleeping” headlines. With Mark Jagiello, Sharkee Katz and Ava Kaye Levy. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Trio @ Aperitivo, Schenectady. 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Erin Harkes Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Passion Play” @ Skidmore College’s Bernhard Theatre, Saratoga Springs. Sarah Ruhl’s bold, funny and poignant expression of the intersection of religion and politics. Directed by Carolyn Anderson. 7:30pm. $12; students & seniors $8. Through Sunday, December 4.

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