5/19/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

May 19th, 2012, 9:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Butch Hancock @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s a double-barrelled celebration of the Caffe’s 52nd anniversary and the Woody Guthrie centennial. Featuring the great Texas tunesmith and an all-star array of Nippertown talent, including Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, the Bluebillies, Kate McDonnell, Rich Bala, George Wilson and Kim & Clyde. Michael Eck emcees. 7pm. $25. UPDATE: This show was originally scheduled for Skidmore College, but has moved to Caffe Lena.

MUSIC: Gordon Lightfoot @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The great Canadian troubadour returns to Nippertown. 8pm. $38, $48 & $68.

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DANCE: Maude Baum & Company Dance Theatre @ eba Dance Theater, Albany. eba, Inc. began as an artist collective four decades ago, and it’s grown into a multi-faceted Nippertown arts organization. CEO and artistic director Maude Baum has been there from the beginning, and her dance ensemble will celebrate eba’s 40th anniversary this weekend with its Ruby Spring Salon Concert, featuring performances of 1982’s “Ennui,” 1984’s A Crack on the Ceiling… Had the Habit of Sometimes Looking Like a Rabbit” and 1993’s “Mother Ann, the Morning Star of the Shakers.” 7:30pm. $20.75; students & seniors $15.50. Also at 7:30pm on Sunday.

OPERA ON FILM: “Siegfried” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera presents the third opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, in which the young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich’s conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the Ring for himself. 1pm. $20; students $12.50.

THEATER: “Mango Dreams” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of a new play by Laura Edmondson. 7:30pm. Reading is free; $12 suggested donation for the post-performance reception with playwright and actors.

WORKSHOP: Songwriting Workshop @ the North Adams Public Library, North Adams. With Robin O’Herin, Tony Lee Thomas and Andy Kelly. Participants are asked to bring instruments, paper, pens, ipads and be prepared to explore songwriting. 10:30am-12:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lil’ Kim @ the Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights), Clifton Park. Platinum-selling rapper, actress, ex-con, Grammy Award-winner, reality TV star… she’s done it all. Now she brings her Return of the Queen tour to the freshly re-named Clifton Park nightclub. 8:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Timbre Coup @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/FILM/FUNDRAISER: “Greasy Peas Film Festival” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Cutting-edge shorts celebrating urban rebirth and creative resistance! From the ground up, diverse communities are using bicycles, gardens, counter-economies and more to redefine culture and public space. Dinner, raffle and music by the Morose Toners start at 6pm; film fest at 8pm. $20 suggested donation to support the Troy Bike Rescue.

MUSIC The Doornails @ the Ale House, Troy. Americana and roots-rockin’. With special guest guitarist Jeff Gonzales, formerly of Not Necessarily the Blues. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Revelations @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Serious soul music with vocalist Tre Williams at the microphone. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “Black Tie” @ Steamer No. 10 Theater, Albany. Theater Voices presents a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s comedy directed by Judy Spevack. 3 & 8pm. FREE. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Guitar Jam IV @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Featuring Berkshire favorites Who Are You, Spurs USA, T-Bone Daddy and the Arthur Holmes Blues Band. 8pm. $17, $27.

MUSIC: Vonda Shepard @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The singing star of the TV show, “Ally McBeal,” vocalist-pianist Shepard has sold more than 12 million albums and garnered two Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards and a pair of Actor’s Guild Awards, too. In support of her new album, “Solo,” she’ll be accompanied by guitarist James Ralston and bassist Jim Hanson. 9pm. $30.

FESTIVAL/READING: All LIT Up @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. The 7th annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival is a day-long celebration of literature featuring the festival’s Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair from 11am-4pm at the Hudson Opera House, followed by a reading and reception at 5pm at Hudson Wine Merchants, featuring E. Tracy Grinnell, Julian Talamantez Brolaski and Paul Legault.

MUSIC: Skip the Foreplay @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. In support of their new album, “Nightlife.” With Our Longest Hours, An American Tale and Be the Deceived. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Band @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. 6:30pm.

FILM: “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. 2pm. $5.

BURLESQUE: SPAM @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Of course, SPAM stands for “Scooter Pie at Midnight,” and this time around, she’s celebrating her birthday as she returns for another rock ‘n’ roll burlesque show at the witching hour. 12midnight. $5.

MUSIC: Low ‘n Lonesome @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Merenda and the Wheel @ PUBLIC eat and drink, North Adams. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Funk Evolution @ Jillian’s, Albany. 10pm.

MUSIC: Javier & the Dishdogs @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Lone Star State punk. With the Radicals, Boxer Brown and Charlie Don’t Surf. 8pm.