1/11/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Gibson Brothers @ The Egg, Albany. North country’s Eric and Leigh Gibson – along with bandmates Joe Walsh (mandolin), Clayton Campbell (fiddle) and Mike Barber (bass) – won the prestigious Entertainers of the Year honors at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards ceremony last year. Opening the show, the Punch Brothers’ banjo master Noam Pikelny leads his own group, featuring guitarist Chris Eldridge, fiddler Luke Bulla, mandolinist Jesse Cobb, bassist Sam Grisman and vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. 7:30pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Elvis Birthday Bash @ the SkyTop Steakhouse, Kingston. The Lustre Kings’ annual celebration featuring special guests Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Bobby Henrie, Ian Carlton and more. 9pm.

MUSIC: Mike + Ruthy @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Acclaimed folk-pop duo of Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door. More info here…

COMEDY: John Oliver @ The Egg, Albany. An evening with comedian John Oliver from “The Daily Show.” 8pm. $32.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

FILM: “Consuming Spirits” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan’s film is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques – cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage and stop-motion animation – into a distinct visual style, constructing a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: This Renaissance @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for The Words Out. With Titantics and Streetlights at Midnight. 8pm. $5; ages 18-20 $10. More info here…

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FILM: “Any Day Now” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An award-winning film directed by Travis Fine about a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) who takes in an abandoned teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) and becomes the loving family he’s never had. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Willy Amrod Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Torn Shorts @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. Celebrating the release of their new CD, Through the Mill. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Dracula” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Steve Fletcher directs the original vampire thriller. 8pm. $23. Through February 9.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ the Stony Creek Library, Stony Creek. Annie Rosen and her band celebrate the release of their new CD, Women Be Wise. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Peint O’ Gwrw, Chatham. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Graham Tichy Trio @ the Blu Stone Bistro, Loudonville. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz. 10pm. Also 10pm on Saturday.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players opens their 2013 season with the musical based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Directed by Deborah Dorman, with musical direction by Marietta Mitchell. 8pm. $19; under age 18 $10. Through January 20.

MUSIC: Charlie Morris @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Trio @ Aperitivo, Schenectady. 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Garcia Project @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 10pm.

FILM: “The Sessions” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Ben Lewin’s acclaimed film about a poet paralyzed from the neck down due to polio (John Hawkes), who has long been confined to an iron lung but decides he wants to lose his virginity, so he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

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