7/7/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Beat Fest! @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. The incredible Chandler Travis Philharmonic headlines the free outdoor afternoon fest, which also features Big Creek and Off the Record. It’s a benefit for Books for Troops, so please donation some money or comic books to the worthwhile cause. 12noon-4pm. FREE. More info and schedule here…

MUSIC: Sweet Honey in the Rock @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C, North Adams. Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning a cappella vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. 8pm. $34; $39 priority seating; $15 kids under 16. More info here…

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. The second half of CTP’s Nippertown double-header (see above) kicks off the fab Riverlink Summer Concert Series for 2012. 7pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: CountryFest @ the Times Union Center, Albany. WGNA-FM’s 19th annual country music fest moves downtown for the first time… and indoors, too. Eric Church, Joe Nichols, Thompson Square and Josh Thompson play indoors at 6:30pm. $27.50, $46.50 & $58. But the party starts at 12noon outdoors on South Pearl Street in front of the TUC with Dustin Lynch and a batch of Nippertown’s homegrown bands. And the outdoor party is FREE. More info and complete band performance schedule here…

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Expect Nippertown’s soulful baritone troubadour to preview some new songs from his highly anticipated sophomore album, “The Salesman and the Shark,” slated for release next month on Anti Records. With Jodie Levinson. 8pm. $16.

FILM: “Elles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Malgoska Szumowska’s provocative exploration of female sexuality, starring the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Phish @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. It’s Day Two of the unprecedented three-day Phish stand at SPAC. 7:30pm. $60; lawn $45.

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FESTIVAL/ART: Art in the Park @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. 10am-6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tamerlane @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Free outdoor pre-Phish concert and Tamerlane CD release party. With Dive, Just a Memory and Green Rooms. 5pm. FREE.

ART TALK: “Dreamscape” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. A discussion with artists Jake Messing, Charles Steckler and Daniel Brody in conjunction with their three-person exhibit, “Dreamscape.” Artists talk at 5pm; followed by reception from 6-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Spinners @ Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. The Detroit-based R&B vocal group racked up more than a dozen Top 20 hits during their ’70s heyday, including “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair)” and of course “The Rubberband Man.” And two of the original group members – Henry Fambrough and Bobbie Smith – are still leading the group today. 8pm. $25, $36, $46, $56 & $66.

MUSIC: Dead Sessions @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Post-Phish party and WaterWheel 15th anniversary party featuring Seth Yacovone, Kevin Shapiro, Christina Durfee, Trevor Ainsworth, Toby Kniffin, Paddy Wagon and Matt Wilcox. 12:30am. $10.

FILM: “5 Broken Cameras” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism. A deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Billy Martin & Wil Blades Duo @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. MM&W drummer Billy Martin teams up with keyboardist Wil Blades in support of their debut duo album, “Shimmy.” 9pm. $15. More info here…

DANCE: MOMIX’s “Botanica” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, “Botanica” reveals nature’s ever-changing imagery in a dance work that is at once organic and inventive. 8pm. $22, $52 & $72. More info here…

MUSIC: The Stray Dogs @ Lyons Lake, Nassau. 8pm.

MUSIC: Alexis P. Suter Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Soulful blues… 9pm. $20.

FILM: “Social Studies” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Writer-director Ryan Decker hosts the upstate premiere of his debut short film, a darkly humorous first-person peek into the mind of a struggling student as he wrestles with the possibility of failing his senior year of high school. With a screening of Decker’s documentary, “The Collector” and a Q&A session with the director. 7pm reception; 8pm screening.

MUSIC: Funk Evolution @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE.

READING: Jessica Kane @ Art in Chestertown Gallery, Chestertown. With Carol Gregson. 1pm.

MUSIC: The Ana Egge Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Americana singer-songwriter and her band stop by Woodstock in support of her latest album, “Bad Blood,” which just happens to be produced by sometime Woodstock resident Steve Earle. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Big Smoothies @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: WEQX-FM’s Red White and Rocky Mountain Blue Bash @ various locations, Lake George. Five bands, four venues, a full day of fun on the lake featuring Anthony Fallacaro @ King Neptune’s Pub (2pm); Timbre Coup (acoustic) @ Christie’s On the Lake (3:30pm); Headband Jack @ the Boardwalk (5pm); Eastbound Jesus @ Shepard’s Cove (6:30pm); Mirk @ King Neptune’s Pub (8pm). FREE. More info here…

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ Provence Restaurant, Albany. The jazz vocalist is backed by Peg Delaney and Pete Toigo. 7pm.

MUSIC: Marcus Benoit @ 74 State, Albany. 8pm.

READING: Poets in the Park @ Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featured readers include Adrianna Delgado and Howard Kogan. 7pm. FREE.

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