4/13/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

April 13th, 2012, 9:00 am by Greg

It’s only April, and this is already the second Friday the 13th of the year…

MUSIC: Eric Andersen @ The Linda, Albany. The celebrated folk music and singer-songwriter celebrates the 40th anniversary of his classic 1972 album, “Blue River.” With Inge Andersen (his wife) and Joyce Andersen (no relation). 8pm. $22.

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Albany Music Coalition Kick-Off Concert @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Featuring Tom McWatters & the Philo Beddoe Band, Matthew Carefully and Michael Eck. 7:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: Rhett Miller @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Texas singer-songwriter (and frontman for the flag-waving alt-country band Old 97s) steps into the spotlight to preview his upcoming solo album, “The Dreamer.” With Mike + Ruthy. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Joe Louis Walker @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The veteran bluesman rumbles into town in support of his recent Alligator Records album, “Hellfire,” bringing along his band and fellow guitarslinger Murali Coryell. 8:30pm. $15.

COMEDY: Billy Gardell @ The Egg, Albany. The star of the hit CBS-TV sitcom “Mike and Molly” gets back to his stand-up roots. 7pm. $32.75.

MUSIC: Garage to Glory III @ the College of Saint Rose’s Performance Studio, Albany. Five local bands – the Jenson Rhodes Band, My Favorite Fence, Between the Arctic, Mach 5 and the Assortment of Crayons – each get 15 minutes in the spotlight for the third annual battle of the bands. 8pm. FREE; however tix are required.

PERFORMANCE: Mary Simoni @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Electroacoustic music & video works by composed and performed by the newly appointed Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. In support of their latest album, “Classified,” two of Dave Brubeck’s sons – Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone) and Dan Brubeck (drums) – lead the jazz quartet, which also features guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. 8pm. $12; seniors $7.

MUSIC: Matt & Shannon Heaton @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Boston-based husband-and-wife duo plays a variety of folk and original music, primarily based in Celtic tradition. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

FILM: “Putin’s Kiss” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Lise Birk Pedersen’s film about the dark and tyrannical side of life in contemporary Russia. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Michael Benedict Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Drummer-bandleader Benedict teams up with bassist Mike Lawrence and the twin saxes of Brian Patneaude and Jeff Nania. 9pm.

FILM: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director David Gelbs examines the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, who operates Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Breathe Carolina @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. With the Ready Set, Ashland High, Matt Toka and It Boys. 6:30pm. $17.

MUSIC: John McCutcheon @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and if Michael Cooney hadn’t already been awarded the title of “one-man folk festival,” McCutheon certainly would be in contention for it. 8pm. $23; children 12 and under $5.

MUSIC: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With MaryLeigh & the Fauves. 9pm. $10.

DANCE: Nacre @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Guest choreographer Heather Acomb premieres her new work “Of Harmony and Chaos.” Also Doris Humphrey’s “Air for the G-String” and “Shakers”; Ruth Currier’s “Brandenburg Concerto #4”; and excerpts from May O’Donnell’s “Dance Sonata.” With artists from the American Dance Legacy Institute. 8pm. $20; students & seniors $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: A Silent Film @ Jillian’s, Albany. With Empires and Engloria. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. A trad jazz tradition. 10pm.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Ryan’s Wake, Troy. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: GeoBEAT @ Grace Methodist Church, Ravena. Aston “Robot” Ellis on steel pans leads the band through an evening of calypso and reggae music. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Lee Shaw Trio @ Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Faust” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. F.W. Murnau’s 1926 classic is one of the great achievements of German silent cinema, replete with astonishing special effects. Emil Jannings stars as the devil Mephisto. 7:30pm. FREE.