5/4/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

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MUSIC: Rosary Beard @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. The instrumental acoustic guitar duo of Hunter Sagehorn (of Alta Mira) and Matthew Carefully celebrate the release of their sparkling debut album, “Halfmoon Fever.” With the duo version of Winterpills (Flora Reed and Philip Price), who are celebrating the release of their new album, “All My Lovely Goners.” 8pm. $15; includes a copy of Rosary Beard’s new disc. NOTE: Enter to win free tix here…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Downtown Albany Blues Music Competition @ various locations, Albany. 13 blues bands fire it up at 13 different downtown nightspots. For free. Pick up a ballot, get it stamped in at least three different venues and vote for your fave. The top three vote-getters will earn a slot at an Alive at Five concert in Albany’s Riverfront Park this summer. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gabriela Montero @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the former child piano prodigy has blossomed into a bona fide artist as adept at visionary improvisation as she is at world-class classical technique. 8pm. $30, $33, $38; students and children $15.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual arts, music, shopping and lots of people-watching. New venues for this month’s walk include the Beahive (featuring George Gaurino’s art and Thomasina Winslow’s acoustic blues) and UAlbany (featuring the wry, handmade filmstrips of multi-talented Brian Dewan in Lecture Center 6 from 7-9pm). 5-9pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various location, Pittsfield. The monthly, year-round First Friday arts walk makes it inaugural run in Pittsfield. The inaugural walk includes more than 20 venues. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tony Trischka & Territory @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The last time that banjo master Trischka and the full line-up of his band (including vocalist-guitarist Michael Daves) were in town, they handily stole the show from headliners Peter Rowan and Tony Rice at The Egg. Be prepared to be wowed… 8pm. $26.

MUSIC: Gladys Knight @ Proctors, Schenectady. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” “I Don’t Want to Do Wrong.” “If I Were Your Woman.” “Midnight Train to Georgia.” “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” And lots more… 8pm. $20, $40, $55, $60 & $75.

FILM: “The Beat Hotel” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This new film by Alan Govenar delves deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957-1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the U.S. surrounding the publication of Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Tift Merritt @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The sublime singer-songwriter makes her full-band debut in Hudson. With singer-songwriter Jeffery Foucault opening the show. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Jim Keller Band @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. If you don’t remember him from his rollicking LarkFest performance in 2010, maybe you remember him as a co-founder of the ’80s band Tommy Tutone and co-writer of the classic “867-5309/Jenny.” With Krowe. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Behemoth Music Festival II @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Mr. Complex, Goldtooth, the Black Ships, Rawhead and Babe City. 8pm. $8.

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FILM: “Cléo from 5 to 7” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Agnès Varda’s eloquent 1962 classic captures Paris in the ’60s with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Big Head Todd & the Monsters @ The Egg, Albany. Todd Park Mohr leads the band through their popular songs, such as “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Sailor,” as well as the traditional blues tunes that found them headlining the nationwide Centennial Tribute to Robert Johnson tour. Leroy Justice opens. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: Kim & Clyde @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. The new acoustic, harmony-laden folk ‘n’ country duo of Kim Kilbey (ex-Tern Rounders) and Steven Clyde (Ramblin Jug Stompers). 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Farnsworth Invention” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. It’s 1929, and two visionary inventors are in a race against each other to invent one of the 20th century’s most influential inventions – television. Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Aaron Holbritter. Through May 20. 8pm. $15; students $10.

MUSIC: Harold Ford & the Cash Band @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Johnny Cash tribute artist Ford is joined by Laura Lucy (as June Carter) and a crack band. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Elli Fordyce @ Baba Louie’s, Pittsfield. Berkshires Jazz present the jazz vocalist backed by a trio led by pianist Andy Jaffe. With the Jazz Tuber Trio. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. With special guest saxman Brian Patneaude. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Greater Tuna” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Penned by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, Lost Planet Productions’ of the comic play features Sam Slack and Michael P. Murphy directed by Leonard Yon. 8pm. $20. Also Saturday (May 5) at 8pm, and Sunday (May 6) at 2pm.

MUSIC: Consider The Source @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The sci-fi Middle Eastern funk-rockers return with new drummer Louis Miller providing the back-beat foundation. Digital Dharma opens. 8pm.

4 Responses to “5/4/12: Today’s Tips: Friday”

  1. Gerry Glenn says:

    Don’t forget about Big Head Todd and the Monsters tonight at the Egg.

  2. Greg says:

    Gerry: We didn’t forget about ’em. Apparently, you didn’t click on the “Read the rest of this entry” button…

  3. Mr. Reidy says:

    too much for a friday.

  4. Gerry Glenn says:

    My mistake, I’ll be more thorough next time.

    I love my Nippertown!

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