5/3/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Tony Trischka @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Simply the five-string banjo master of the contemporary roots music scene. 8pm. GO HERE to enter to win a FREE TICKET…

MUSIC: The Babies @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. In support of their brand new album – their sophomore full-length effort – Our House On the Hill, the indie-rock supergroup raises the roof in a farewell to Dellarocca Booking. With Party Boat and Birthdays. 8:30pm. $13. GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…

MUSIC: Leroy Justice @ The Bayou Cafe, Albany. They opened for Big Head Todd & the Monsters at The Egg last year, and now they’re back with their brand new major label debut Above the Weather. With Project Weather Machine. 9:30pm. $12. GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…

MUSIC: Downtown Albany Blues Music Contest @ various locations, Albany. Ten blues bands each playing at a different downtown nightspot battle for top honors. Come on down and vote for your favorite. 5-9pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and complete performance schedule…

MUSIC: Bear Grass @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Katie Hammon and her band celebrate the release of their new CD, Stories in Books. With Hand Habits and Two Trees. 9pm. $5.

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MUSIC/DANCE: Asili & Vaccaro with Nina Kunimoto @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili and Sicilian guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro come together with Brattleboro-based dancer Nina Kunimoto for an evening of Latin American folk & flamenco. 8pm. $12.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music, shopping & lots of people watching,too… 5-9pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/READINGS: Ladyfest Upstate @ First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, Albany. Featuring spoken word and readings by Triya Flores, Drew Cordes, Danny Hope and more… 8:30pm. FREE.

PERFORMANCE: “syn_” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa serves up a wild audio-visual performance of impossibly detailed vibrating geometric constellations. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Rob Jonas @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. 6pm.

MUSIC: These Are the Hits @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Albie, Bob Buckley & John Brodeur… 9pm.

THEATER: “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” @ The Egg, Albany. A new musical comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. 8pm. $29.50 & $39.50. UPDATE: This performance is officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Howlin’ Brothers @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The Nashville-based Americana trio of Ian Craft (banjo, mandolin, fiddle), Jared Green (guitar, harmonica) and Ben Plasse (bass, banjo) actually got their start at Ithaca College, and now their celebrating their new album Howl. 8pm. $15.

DANCE: “[radical] signs of life” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The premiere performance of Heidi Boisvert’s multi-media production that externalizes the mind’s non-hierarchical distribution of thought. Music is generated from the dancers‘ muscles and blood flow via biophysical sensors that capture sound waves from the performers’ bodies. As the audience interacts with the images produced, they enter into a dialogue with the dancers. 4pm. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Clutch @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With the Sword, Lionize and Never Got Caught. 7:50pm. $28.

MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos @ Desolation Road Studios, Altamont. With Zan Strumfeld. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Diazepam @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Squid Parade and the Latent. 9pm. $7. More info here…

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring Don Young’s All-Star Swing Mix with Don Young (guitar), Gene Garone (drums), Cliff Lyons (sax), Ray Alexander (keyboards) and Dave Maswick (bass). Free dance lesson at 7:30pm. dance begins at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.

MUSIC: Oobleck @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. It’s time to get down and get funky… 9pm. $12.

TALK: Russell Shorto @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Assembly Hall, Albany. The historian-journalist delivers the lecture “Social History of the American Revolution.” 3:15pm. FREE. Also a free reading and discussion at the New York State Museum’s Clark Auditorium in Albany at 7pm.

MUSIC: Big Medicine @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “Sunday in the Park With George” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical examines the intersection of life and art. Directed by Duncan Morrison. 8pm. $15. Through May 12.

MUSIC: The Reformers @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. Classic rock and blues. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: TAPESTRYquartet @ the Rustic Barn, Troy. 8pm.

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