12/13/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Happy Traum & Friends @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The annual Winter Solstice benefit concert for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild featuring Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Cindy Cashdollar, Mike & Ruthy and more. 8pm. $25, $40 & $60.

MUSIC: Judith Hill @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. She should have been the winner of the recent season of the TV singing competition “The Voice.” And she was featured in the fab music documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” She was Michael Jackson’s back-up singer. And she’s fresh off a tour with Josh Groban. And she’s readying her debut album… 9pm. $35.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Lo Dough Ho Ho @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. JAMZ 96.3FM presents a benefit concert for Toys for Tots featuring Shaggy with Mack Wilds, 2 Pistols, DJTGIF & DJ iROC. 8pm. $15.

COMEDY: Brian Regan @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. One of the premier comedians in the country, Brian Regan serves up stand-up that’s a balance of sophisticated writing and physicality. 8pm. $39.75.

MUSIC: Musical Tools for Schenectady Schools Jazz Concert @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, Schenectady. The free jazz concert featuring four Schenectady teacher-musicians – pianist Rob Aronstein, saxman Keith Pray, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Greg Cortelyou – kicks off the campaign to garner donations of musical instruments for use by Schenectady City Schools music students. 5-7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Syd Straw @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. A holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra & Youth Chorale with special guests Everest Rising, Amy Platt & Randy Crafton and the Northeast Ballet. 7pm. $15 & $25.

MUSIC: Shady Rill @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Two alum of the Woods Tea Company – Patti Casey (singer, multi-instrumentalist and step-dancer) and Tom MacKenzie (multi-instrumentalist and singer) – do the Vermont folk tradition proud. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 8pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.

COMEDY: MOPCO’s Spontaneous Broadway @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv comedy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Mundo Nuevo @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. Latin jazz. 6 & 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Cafe Nola, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

THEATER: “White Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild’s production directed by Ed Bablin and brimming over with Irving Berlin’s classic songs. 7:30pm. $18.50; $15.50 seniors & students. Through Sunday, December 15.

MUSIC: Hard Soul @ Empire State Plaza Ice Skating Rink, Albany. Rock and Skate. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Entrance Band @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Evildoers (featuring Dan Seward, Melissa Auf Der Maur and C. Lavender). 9pm. $10. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Dan Bern @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Zachary Cale and MiWi La Lupa, in advance of his debut album, New Way Home, slated for release on January 21 on Team Love Records. 8:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Hammer Hawk @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Soft Powers and Eternal Crimes. 8pm.

THEATER: “Elephant Room” @ Bard College’s Theater Two, Annandale-on-Hudson. Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It’s time to add it all up… Part satire, part off-the-wall magic, part sublime comedy and part absurd theatrical documentary. Starring Geoff Sobelle as Dennis Diamond, Steve Cuiffo as Louie Magic and Trey Lyford as Daryl Hannah. Directed by Paul Lazar. 7:30pm. $25. Also 7:30pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: The Kollectiv @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Groovestick. 9pm.

MUSIC: Roger Noyes & Terry Gordon @ the Speakeasy, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Triskele @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Holiday concert. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Band @ Casey Finn’s, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Fighting Jamesons @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. From Norfolk, the Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of Celtic music with an aggressive and energetic contemporary approach. They’ve shared the stage with legendary Irish rock acts such as Dropkick Murphys, the Saw Doctors and Young Dubliners. 7 & 9:30pm. $15. UPDATE: These shows have been cancelled.

MUSIC: Maurizio @ the Hungry Fish Cafe, Troy. 6pm. FREE.

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

MUSIC: Soul Provider @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

FILM: “Blue Gold” @ Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe, Glens Falls. Based on the groundbreaking book “Blue Gold: the Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water” by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, the film documents the pressure on water resources and the politics behind water ownership and distribution. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Enough Said” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Nicole Holofcener’s 2013 insightful comedy humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again. Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) is a divorcée and single parent who enjoys her work as a masseuse but is dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini in his last role), who is sweet and funny and also facing an empty nest. And their romance blossoms. 7:30pm. Also 3pm on Sunday.

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