12/5/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

December 5th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: A Blue(Grassy) Christmas @ The Linda, Albany. Fab fiddler Sara Milonovich and singer-songwriter Jim Gaudet team up with members of the respective bands, Daisycutter and the Railroad Boys, for a refreshing holiday change-of-pace concert to fight off fa-la-la-fatigue, with incisive originals, lesser-heard country classics, a wry sense of humor and plenty of fine pickin’ and singin’. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Lucius @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Brooklyn indie-pop band led by look-alike singers/keyboardists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig make their Albany debut in support of their recent album, Wildewoman. Bahamas (aka, Afie Jurvanen) opens the show in support of his new album, Bahamas Is Afie on Brushfire Records. 8pm. $18.

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MUSIC: It’s a Jazzy Christmas! @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. It’s a special celebration of Vince Guaraldi’s classic holiday jazz music made famous in the classic “Peanuts” holiday TV specials. Back for its fourth year, the interactive concert features the Peanut Gallery Jazz Band (pianist Dave Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Pete Sweeney) augmented by trumpeter Chris Pasin, trombonist Ben O’Shea and saxman Brian Patneaude. Followed by a reception. 6pm. $20; $10 students; free for children under age five.

MUSIC: Pharmakon @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Industrial noise maven Margaret Chardiet (aka Pharmakon) brings her intensely intimate and confrontational solo performance to Nippertown in support of her new album, Bestial Burden on Sacred Bones Records. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Eilen Jewell & the Sacred Shakers @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The marvelous singer Eilen Jewell brings her side-project gospel/honky tonk band to Hudson for a classic country concert, sharing the stage with co-headliners Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Solas @ The Egg, Albany. Led by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, the quintessential Irish-American band continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward with fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers. 7:30pm. $24.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music, shopping, fun and more… 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Blu Stone Bistro, Loudonville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Off the Record @ University Club, Albany. ’60s futurist trio. 8pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Gabriel Iglesias @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Fluffy brings his Unity Through Laughter stand-up comedy tour to town. 8pm. $33, $48 & $68.

MUSIC: SmashCrashBash!! @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The monthly rock ’n’ roll-themed party continues with a pair of hot New York City garage punk bands – the Electric Mess and Wizard Sex. With DJs Tim Livingston and Ted Barron. 9pm. $6.

MUSIC: Danielle Miraglia @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With her steady thumb on an old Gibson, infectious stomp-box rhythm, wailing harmonica, deep Delta-style songs and a voice with a Janis Joplin edge, Danielle Miraglia fires up an entrancing evening of acoustic blues. With opener Davey O. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Orwells @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Since being being named one of the most criminally overlooked artists of 2012 by MTV, the Chicago rockers led by vocalist Mario Cuomo have gone on to perform at Lollapolooza and tour with the Arctic Monkeys. With the McLovins. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 8pm. $20-$65. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: Cool Cop @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s gettin’ psychedelic in here… With Severe Severe, Burnt Hills and Ubi Quitous. 7pm. $5.

COMEDY: Ralphie May @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Larger than life laughmaker. 9pm. $29, $39, $49 & $99.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Power’s Irish Pub, Clifton Park. 8pm.

MUSIC: Funk Evolution @ Vapor Nightclub, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Young Thug @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Rolling Stone calls the young Atlanta rapper “most exciting new voice of hip-hop” and “hip-hop’s new crown prince.” 9pm. $32 & $77.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor @ Athos Restaurant, Clifton Park. With Peg Delaney on piano. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: Message from Vega @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a happy hour happening. 6pm.

MUSIC: The St. Rose Wind Ensemble @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Robert Hansbrough conducts the ensemble in a program of works by Michael Daugherty, Percy Grainger, Randol Bass, Shelley Hanson and others. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Williams Wind Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Melding contemporary and traditional music for wind and percussion instruments, the ensemble performs David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day: A Short Symphony,” Karel Husa’s “Al Fresco,” Vittorio Giannini’s “Symphony No. 3” and Adam Gorb’s “Eine Kleine Yiddshe Ragmusik.” 8pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free swing dance lesson at 7:30pm. Dance with music by Eight to the Bar at 8:30pm. $15; $10 seniors & students $10.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Ensemble @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.

THEATER ON FILM: “Skylight” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. London’s National Theatre production about a schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. 7pm. $17.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “1971: The Film” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Based on Betty Medsger’s book “The Burglary,” Johanna Hamilton’s film tells the tale of eight ordinary who broke into an FBI office in 1971 and obtained files that revealed the existence of COINTELPRO, a secret and illegal program of spying on American citizens. Followed by a discussion with the author and film editor Gabriel Rhodes. 7pm. FREE.