7/18/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day Two of the four-day fest, featuring the reunion of Keller Williams & the Traveling McCourys, the Gibson Brothers, the Deadly Gentlemen, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Della Mae, the Dry Branch Fire Squad and lots more. Music begins at 11am; Main Stage at 1pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Farm On! Hoedown @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An all-star line-up – including roots-rockers Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Ruby & Tommy Stinson and Liana Gabel – lend their musical support to the FarmOn! Foundation. Local Libations at 6pm; music at 7pm. $50 & $75.

THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. This year’s American musical at Glimmerglass is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that Time magazine called “best musical of the 20th century.” Conducted by Doug Peck and directed by Charles Newell, it tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. 7:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

READING: Robert Pinsky @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The former U.S. Poet Laureate reads as pert of the NYS Summer Writers Institute’s summer readers’ series. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: Richard Chamberlain @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Berkshire Theatre Group presents a special benefit event featuring a reading of Martin Rabbett’s new musical “Sometimes Love.” 2pm. $40 (includes a catered boxed supper and talk-back with the cast).

MUSIC: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s LJB’s CD release party for Familiar Fevers. With Black Mountain Symphony. 9:30pm. $7.

THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 8pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Jes Hudak @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s homecoming night. The piano-based pop singer-songwriter honed her skills at the Caffè’s open mic. In the years since she has sung the National Anthem at Giants Stadium, placed second in a field of thousands on ABC-TV’s “Platinum Hit” and achieved gold status for a radio hit in Australia. 8pm. $18.

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MUSIC: Big Kahuna Surf @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a Hang 10 Happy Hour. With the Flurries, featuring Jerry Kitzrow, formerly of the Bandables. 6pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Party Boat @ Albany Public Library, Albany. The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series kicks off… With Pony in the Pancake and Linear North. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Women in My Life” @ Ft. Salem Theater, Salem. Jerry Gretzinger stars in a new musical about a fading star and his challenges both on and off stage. 8pm.

THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.

MUSIC: Harx @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. Erin Harkes and her band welcome track-goers… 9pm.

THEATER: “A Little Night Music” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt, played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn. 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.

MUSIC: Mister F @ Red Square, Albany. With Rogue Chimp. 9:30pm.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Featuring members of all three Nitty Gritty Slam Teams, including Elizabeth Gordon, ILLiptical, Algorhythm, D. Colin, Kevin Peterson, Poetyc Visionz, Daniella Watson, Daniel Summerhill and Billy Buchanon. 8pm.

THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn’s play about an architect who struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects, while his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. Directed by Eric Hall. 8pm. $48. Through July 26.

MUSIC: The London Souls @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With the Grape and the Grain. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Band @ the Albany Rail Yard, Albany. 8pm.

THEATER: “State Fair” @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. The summer musical performed by the Clifton Park Not So Common Players will take you back to Iowa in 1946 where it will be a “Grand Night for Singing.” 8pm. FREE. Through July 27. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Nightmare River Band @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Deb Cavanaugh @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. Performing with “Lonesome Lewis” Benko. 7pm.

THEATER: “Much Ado About Nothing” @ Italian Community Center, Troy. The Troy Civic Theatre Co. presents some Shakespeare. 7:30pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.

THEATER: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Broadway musical farce. 7pm. $7; $5 students.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat On the Roof concert series continues… 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. 8pm. $25.

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

MUSIC: Terry Gordon & Roger Noyes @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude & Rob Lindquist @ Athos, Guilderland. 7pm.

MUSIC: The All Paul Show @ Fox Creek Park, Schoharie. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.

MUSIC: Cliff Brucker & WeB3 @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Boothill Band @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Christine Spero @ Riverfront Park, Athens. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

DISCUSSION: “Composition” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Ian Berry moderates a panel discussion with Rick Moody, Kay Rosen and Fred Tomaselli. 6pm.

MUSIC: Charlie Morris @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Catskills Irish Arts Week @ various locations, East Durham. A celebration of Celtic culture, music, art, dance and more… Through Saturday.

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