2/1/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Caitlin Canty @ More Bread and Jam Cafe, Cohoes. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter makes her Capital Region debut. With M.R. Poulopoulos. 7pm. Donations appreciated. More info here…

COMEDY: Marc Marron @ The Egg, Albany. The veteran stand-up comic is known as a comedian’s comedian, and he has logged more performances on Conan O’Brien’s television shows more than any other comedian… a record 48 times and counting. 8pm. $27.50.

MUSIC: Tift Merritt @ The Linda, Albany. The sublime singer-songwriter in support of her latest album, Traveling Alone. With David Wax Museum. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Detroit @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Gypsy jazz quartet led by fleet-fingered Django Reinhardt disciple Evan Perri. 7 & 9:30pm. $20.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Bring your instrument and/or voice to complete your RPM Challenge obligations on Day One. With Oobleck and more… Sponsored by Albany Music Coalition. 8pm. FREE. More info here…

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MUSIC: Martin Sexton @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Singer-songwriter. 9pm. $45.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Good for Her @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The new folk trio of Nancy Walker, Rosanne Raneri and Kate McDonnell accompanied by guitarist Larry Clyman and percussionist Sam Zucchini. 7:30pm. $16; students $14.

MUSIC: Cliff Eberhardt @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Veteran singer-songwriter. With opener Louise Mosrie. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Blu Stone Bistro, Loudonville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Company of Thieves @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. A special unplugged performance. With von Grey. $25.

MUSIC: Bell’s Roar @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. With Secondhand Roses. 9:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Winter Hoot @ the Ashokan Center, Olive Bridge. The three-day festival is organized by Mike + Ruthy with a line-up of performers that includes Amy Helm, Spirit Family Reunion, Jeffrey Lewis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Rosie Newton & Richie Stearns with caller Kristin Andreassen and a screening of the film “Dear Governor Cuomo.” 7pm. Pay-what-you-can; $30-50 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Knyghts of Fuzz @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The garage-rockin’ trio is back for a Happy Hour Happening. 6pm.

MUSIC: Luray @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. With Dennis Crommett (of Winterpills) and Brooke Brown Saracino. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “The Last Five Years” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Troy Civic Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s musical that chronicles the five-year relationship between a rising novelist and an aspiring actress. Directed by Rachael Sheffer. 8pm. $15; students & seniors $13.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. 7pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Michael Jerling @ Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa. Accompanied by master bassman Tony Markellis. 6pm.

MUSIC: Blue Machine @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kung Fu @ Red Square, Albany. With the Collective. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Maya Azucena @ the MCLA Venable Gymnasium, North Adams. It’s Night One of the eighth annual MCLA Blues & Funk Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s blend of blues, funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae and pop in support of her latest album Cry Love. With the step team NEXXUS. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: CJ Boyd @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Boyd’s solo bass playing is equal parts ambient and virtuosic, melancholic and playful, embracing the full gamut of bass music from Charles Mingus to Edgar Meyer. 8pm. $5.

FILM: A Buster Keaton Marathon, Part II: “The General” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: A Buster Keaton Marathon, Part 1: “The Goat” & “Sherlock Jr.” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Duke McVinnie Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. McVinnie’s band features Jane Scarpantoni, Matthew Cullen, Manuel Quintana, Tom Goss and Colin Almquist. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Albany. The saxman teams up with pianist Cliff Brucker. 7pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five. Free dance lesson at 7:30pm; dance at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.

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