1/6/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The veteran singer-songwriter of everything from “Universal Soldier” to “Up Where We Belong.” $28, $35. (See INTERVIEW with Buffy Sainte-Marie)

MUSIC: Ellis Paul @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 6:30 & 9pm. $27. Also a kids’ show at 11am on Saturday.

MUSIC: Taina Asili & Gaetano Vaccaro @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. In conjunction with First Friday, the duo performs Latin American folk & flamenco with dancer Nina Kunimoto. 8pm. $15.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various location, Albany. A strolling extravaganza of visual art, music and more. 5pm FREE.

MUSIC: Railbird @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The captivating Sarah Pedinotti and her crew return to Hudson… 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: “Grab It!” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater & Dance, Williamstown. I/O Fest 2012 continues with performances of contemporary music by Williams composers Jeff Roberts and David Kechley, as well as innovative Dutch composer Jacob TV’s “Grab It!” (performed by violinist Todd Reynolds, drummer Conor Meehan and bassist Kris Saebo) and Kaija Saariaho’s “Je sens un deuxième coeur” for viola, cello and piano. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “American Buffalo” @ the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The Woodstock Players present David Mamet’s breakthrough drama directed by Tracy Carney and starring Lou Trapani, Carey Harrison and Alex Bennett. 8pm. $20; students and seniors $18. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Ten Year Vamp @ Jillian’s, Albany. With Chelsea Cavanaugh (7pm), Emeralds of July (8pm), Beth Zaje (10pm) and Erin Harkes (11pm). Ten Year Vamp at 9pm & 12:30am. $5.

MUSIC: Vishten @ Old Songs, Vooreesville. The Acadian music trio offers an evening of fiddling, step-dancing and French songs, as well as a sneak preview of their upcoming album, “Mosaïk.” 8pm. $23.

FILM: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ The Linda, Albany. They’re back – Brad, Janet and the whole kinky gang from transsexual Transylvania – on screen, as well as onstage with the Whip-It Outskirts shadowcast. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Michael Jerling @ Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa. Accompanied by Tony Markellis. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Rev. Todd Seely, Henry’s Rifle and Tex Railer’s Doomtown. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Hallow Dog @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Guitarist-mandolinist-vocalist John Holt leads the eclectic Catskill Mountains quartet. With Led It Be. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Smith’s, Cohoes. 8pm.

MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Elks Club, Albany. Doc Scanlon’s Deja Voo Doo Boys – featuring Graham Tichy, Pete Vumbaco, Tommy Shields, Peter Davis, Randy Reinhart and Doc – play “Swingin’ Jazz from NY to New Orleans.” Swing dance workshop at 7:30pm; band starts at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

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