2/10/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: “Pickin’: A Bluegrass All-Star Jam” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Featuring Michael Cleveland, Sammy Shelor, Claire Lynch, Josh Williams and more… 8pm. $25, $30, $35; students and children $25.

MUSIC: Chris Smither @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran acoustic blues singer-songwriter has been recording for more than 40 years, and he’s making the best music of his career. 6:30 and 9 PM. $25 in advance; $27 at the door.

FILM: Oscar Shorts: Animation @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The five finalists for this year’s Academy Award in the category of animation short feature: “Dimanche/Sunday,” “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore,” “La Luna,” A Morning Stroll” and “Wild Life.” 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: Oscar Shorts: Live Action @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The five finalists for this year’s Academy Award in the category of live action short feature: “Pentecost,” “Raju,” “The Shore,” “Time Freak” and “Tuba Atlantic.” 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Amy Collins & the Whomevers @ the Irish Mist, Troy. Celtic-American folk and more. 7pm.

MUSIC: Peter Frampton @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s alive! Yes, “Frampton Comes Alive.” Again… 7:30pm. $39.50, $59.50, $69.50.

MUSIC: The Chris O’Leary Band @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. Big bad blues band led by former vocalist and harmonicat for Levon Helm’s Barnburners. 10pm.

MUSIC: The Roy Sludge Trio @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Catch the Boston-based rockabilly combo in the club tonight before they hit the stage at The Egg on Friday, opening the sold-out show for Peter Wolf. Featuring Nippertown expat Jim Haggerty on bass. With Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers. 8pm.

MUSIC: American Babies @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Eastbound Jesus and the Red Lions. 9pm.

MUSIC: Rustic Overtones @ Jillian’s, Albany. With My Pet Dragon. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Pat Travers Band @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany. With Kristen Capolino, Super 8 Six and Time Machine. 8pm.

CIRCUS: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The winter cabaret featuring naughty latex balloon sculptress Mistress B; supremely supple contortionist Miss Ekaterina; rock and roll magician Nigel Blackthorne; vaudevillianous variety by Mr. Pennygaff; and special guests. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Tas Cru @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s the blues, man… 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Rumors” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. It’s opening night, as Katie Weinberg directs Neil Simon’s farce, featuring Mark Barth, Andrea Burger, Laura Slingerland Casey, Adam M. Coons, Jeffrey Coons, Kevin X. McNamara, Matthew Perret, Lori Porter, Angela Potrikus and Delia Saraceno. 8pm. $15; students $10; government workers two tix for $15. Through February 26.

DANCE: “Shanghai Tango” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. China’s celebrated dancer, Jin Xing and Jin Xing Dance Theatre perform a retrospective of 10 of her best works over the last 25 years. 8pm. $45, $65.

READING: Teju Cole @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Albany. Born in the US, Raised in Nigeria and returned to the U.S in 1992 at the age of 17, Cole reads from his acclaimed debut novel “Open City,” the story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist who wanders the streets of Manhattan exploring the city’s landscapes, people and his own feelings of isolation. 8pm. FREE. Also a seminar at UAlbany’s Campus Center Assemble Hall at 4:15pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ensemble ACJW @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Stravinsky’s “Histoire du soldat” and the New York premiere of a new work by members of the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective. 8pm. $7; seniors $5.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ the Oneonta Theatre, Oneonta. With Erin Harkes and the City Never Sleeps. 9pm. $10; students $8.

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