1/17/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos & Caitlin Canty @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sweetly melodic, melancholy and soulful, Poulopoulos’ music resonates through the legendary coffeehouse, accompanied by singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, John Rice (slide guitar) and Ryan Dunham (harmonica). Canty also opens the show. 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: Guy Davis @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. From “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Campanion” to concert halls all around the world, the multi-talented acoustic bluesman delivers the goods. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “War Horse” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The five-time Tony Award-winning drama about a young boy and his horse in World War I. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life the breathing, galloping, charging horses. 8pm. $20, $45, $60, $80 & $95.

MUSIC: Section 8 @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Troycore takes over Clifton Park. With Stigmata, Skinless, Overcast, Wartime Manner and Facecast. 6pm. UPDATE: This show is sold out.

FILM: Paul Newman Week @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. The grand re-opening of the Madison as a two-screen theater kicks off with a week of Newman’s finest – “Cool Hand Luke” and “Slapshot” at 7pm; “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” at 9:30pm. $5 each.

MUSIC: Trigger Hippy @ Levon Helm Studio, Woodstock. Here’s an impressive looking supergroup led by Jackie Greene, Joan Osborne and Steve Gorman (of the Black Crowes). 8pm. $60 standing room.

FILM: “Decasia” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Often compared to Stan Brakhage, director Bill Morrison created “Decasia” entirely with decaying, old found footage, melded to the music of Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon, performed by the 55-piece Basel Sinfonietta. Magnificent and utterly mesmerizing. 6pm. $8; $6 students.

FILM: “The Great Flood” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A collaboration between director Bill Morrison and guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, the film examines the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 – the most destructive river flood in American history – inundating 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers to Northern cities. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago and led to innovations in R&B, rock ‘n roll and jazz. 7:15pm. $8; $6 students.

MUSIC: Sokea Piste @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Dark wild punk noise all the way from Finland. With Aggressive Response, Kitty Little and Male Pattern. 8pm. $7.

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MUSIC: Terri Roben @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. With Mary Ann Kosek. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. 8pm.

MUSIC: Linear North @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Sun Voyager and Dirty River. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Hallertau Band @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany. 9:30pm.

COMEDY: MOPCO’s Theatresports @ Proctors, Schenectady. 8pm. $14; $6 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Matuto! @ the Falcon, Marlboro. A captivating bluegrass-meets-Brazilian hybrid band outta NYC creates a fresh and energetic brand of new world music. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Brass-O-Mania @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils @ the Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. With Vince Sauter and Jeff Entin & Bob Blum. 8pm. $6.

THEATER: “Good People” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play examines the dangerous consequences of holding onto the past… or leaving it behind. Regional premiere directed by Chris Foster. 8pm.

MUSIC: Another All-Nighter @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Echoes and Cell 63. 9pm. $7.

THEATER: “W;t” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Troy Civic Theatre kicks off its third season with Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the story of a renowned professor of English who has spent her life studying and teaching the poems of John Donne and now finds herself undergoing an aggressive treatment of ovarian cancer, and at the same time, a dramatic personal transformation. Directed by Barbara Davis-Dickman and starring Katherine Ambrosio. 8pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ the Ginger Man, Albany. 8:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show” @ Hubbard Hall Freight Depot Theater, Cambridge. Directed by Brenny Rabine, this play by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney takes a decidedly wicked and hilarious look at men, women and modern America. A co-production with Pauline Productions. 8pm. $25; $15 students.

MUSIC: Dead Ahead @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Grateful Dead tribute band. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Charlie Morris @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

THEATER: “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” @ the Albany Masonic Hall, Albany. Confetti Stage presents Paul Rudnick’s comedic and heartwarming re-imagining of the Bible from the perspective of Adam and Steve, the world’s first couple. 7:30pm. $15 Through Sunday, January 19.

MUSIC: Jupiter String Quartet @ Union College’s Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. 8pm. $25; $10 students.

FILM: “In a World…” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. In a world where movie trailer voiceover artists can publish their autobiographies and receive lifetime achievement awards, writer-director-actress Lake Bell offers this hilarious romantic comedy. 7:30pm. $7; $5 students.

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