2/28/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Blockhouses @ the Low Beat, Albany. Guy Lyons (formerly of the Figgs) leads his rockin’ new trio in their Nippertown debut. It’s also the first anniversary bash for Saratoga’s JetPack Promotions. With Party Boat and the Piggies. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/THEATER: ArcAttack @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Austin-based performance art group that specializes in playing music through a combination of home made, high-tech instruments (including a robotic drum kit and two custom-engineered hand-built Tesla Coils throwing out electrical arcs up to 12-feet long) and more traditional instruments such as guitar and bass. That’s what we call serious techno… 7pm. $9; $7 ages 17 & under.

MUSIC: Garnet Rogers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Canadian singer-songwriter is one of the very finest singers around, applying his dark, haunting baritone to vivid songs full of cinematic detail, accompanying himself on guitar and spicing things up with a lightning-quick wit. With Grammy-nominated Nashville singer-songwriter Sally Barris. 8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door; $10 children & students.

MUSIC: Two Cats in Suits @ the Allen Street Pub, Albany. The duo of Tim Livingston and Nick Bisanz play acoustic renditions of the Last Conspirators’ catalog. With Bisanz/Irish. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. A Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association concert. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ McKownville United Methodist Church, Albany. With special guest Matt Durfee. 7pm. FREE; donations accepted. GO HERE for more info…

FILM: “The Grapes of Wrath” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. John Ford’s 1940 inspirational classic starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Followed by a post-screening discussion led by UAlbany history professor Kendra Smith-Howard. 7pm. FREE.

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THEATER: “Middletown” @ the Black Box Studio at Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Playwright Will Eno has created seemingly everyday characters with an extraordinary ability to articulate the deepest truths about being human: the clawing anxieties we cover up, the hopes and fears we cultivate, and the desperate need for connection with others. Directed by Daniel Shure. 8pm. $12 general admission; $8 students & seniors. Through Wednesday, March 5.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Waylon Speed. 9:30pm. $10; $15 if under 21.

MUSIC: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ Gallagher’s Banquet House, Cairo. It’s Mardi Gras time! 8pm.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. The last-Friday-of-the-month-arts walk celebrates its eighth anniversary. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Nite Train @ the Side Door Cafe, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Accents @ Ground Zero at RPI, Troy. With Earl Boykins, What Moon Things and Citris. 8pm.

THEATER: “Reefer Madness: The Musical” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Yes, that’s right… the musical. 8pm. $15. Through March 9.

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

THEATER: “Spring Awakening” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Chad Larabee directs the Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater Tony Award-winning musical. 7pm. $20; $18 students & seniors. Through March 8.

MUSIC: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $25 & $50. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Resonators @ the Saratoga City Tavern, Saratoga Springs. With special guest Tony Perrino sitting in on keyboards. 9pm.

MUSIC: BuzzSaw Boys @ Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Troy. Three guys playin’ and singin’ classic rock, country, oldies and originals. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Midtown Men @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Four star from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” – Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Tony Award winner Christian Hoff – sing the music of the ’60s. UPDATE: After having been postponed from October, 2013, this concert has now been cancelled…

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Taste, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Steve Candlen @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

COMEDY: Paula Poundstone @ the Calvin Theatre, NOrthampton. 8pm. $26 & $36.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, troy. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Back Nine Bar & Grill, Pittsfield. 9:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Joel Fan @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. An evening of solo piano works by Wagner, Brahms, Liszt, Gershwin and more. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Bent Rail Blues Band @ the Albany Rail Yard, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: The TS Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 8:30pm. $5.

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

FILM: “I Am Divine” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, that honors him as a serious artist and immortal star. Divine’s entire story is told, from his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult superstar. 6pm. $9; $6 students.

FILM: “Blue Is the Warmest Color” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The controversial tale of a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is approaching adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. 8pm. $9; $6 students.

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