12/12/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

December 12th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. After years in the House of God Church, the super soul-rocker cuts loose and wields a pedal steel guitar with heart, fire and unbridled passion, backed by his real-deal family bandmates. 9pm. $35 & $55.

MUSIC: Chris Thomas King @ The Linda, Albany. Initially known for his fusion of blues and hip-hop, Chris Thomas King reached a whole new audience with the Coen Brothers’ film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” not only performing on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack but also playing a prominent supporting character in the film as well. 8pm. $18.

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MUSIC: A Night of Experimental Music @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Featuring Bob Lukomski (lead vocalist with ’80s Nippertown faves Home), Okkoto, Salem 1976 and Council of (Poetic) Experimentation. 8pm.

MUSIC: Hot Cousin @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Ritz “The World’s Sexiest Man” Carlton. 9pm. GO HERE to win free tickets…

MUSIC: Hot Day at the Zoo @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. An evening of progressive bluegrass and beyond. With Rickett Pass. 9:30pm. $10; $15 if under age 21.

EVENT: Medieval Yuletide Revels @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady‘s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A rollicking medieval celebration of the Winter Solstice – with period costumes, processionals, music, dance and a Mummer’s play. Joining in the festivities will be the Society’s choirs, the Berkshire Brass Quartet and the Pokingbrook Morris Dancers. With magic and juggling by Seano. 7pm. $15 suggested donation; $5 children. Also at 10am on Sunday.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “New Film (a personal essay)” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A new feature-length film by EMPAC distinguished artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson captures a series of interconnected confessional stories set against a soundtrack of original music. With a discussion about Anderson’s artistic process, how making film soundtracks differs from making music, and what it’s like making something that gradually begins to turn into another thing altogether. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Holiday Jazz on Jay @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, Schenectady. It’s an all-star jazz quartet featuring pianist Rob Aronstein, saxman Keith Pray, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Greg Cortelyou. 5pm. FREE. Donations of musical instruments – which will be repaired and given local schools – will be greatly appreciated.

MUSIC: The McKrells @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. Bandleader Kevin McKrell and irrepressible percussionist Brian Melick are joined by Kate McKrell, Seth Warden and Doug Moody for their annual Celtic-flavored Christmas show. 7:30pm. $20.

COMEDY: John Waters’ Christmas @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The iconic cult film director of such midnight movies as “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester” and “Hairspray” (and author of the 201 bestseller “Role Models” and this year’s “Carsick) puts the X back in Xmas with a holiday show that’s part monologue, part stand-up and part WTF. 8pm. $25, $35 & $45; $100 VIP with Meet & Greet.

MUSIC: Deb Cavanaugh @ Emack & Bolio’s, Albany. The veteran singer-songwriter celebrates the releas of her new 2CD set, Highway in Your Eyes, accompanied by bassist Brenda Fisher and guitarist Kevin Smith. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Marshall Crenshaw @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Pure pop doesn’t get any better than this. With opener Carla Springer. 7pm. Donations appreciated.

MUSIC: Annual Holiday Folk Show @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Addie & Olin-Unleashed!, John Kirk & Trish Miller and David Kiphuth serve up Nippertown’s only “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event,” complete with humor, swanky décor, audience participation and loads of lovely songs performed with humor, harmony, peace and goodwill. 8pm. $22. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

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: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz. 10pm. Also at 9:30pm Saturday.

MUSIC: Cathy Winter @ Nassau Free Library, Nassau. “Seasons of Light” songs and stories. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Ginger Man, Albany. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The jazz saxman is joined by guitarist George Muscatello, keyboardist Rob Lindquist and drummer Eric Hamell. 9pm.

MUSIC: The High Peaks Band @ Harvey’s Pub, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Maurizio @ Capital American Eatery, Albany. 6pm.

MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Trixie’s Whorehouse @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Door open at 10pm.

MUSIC: Mendelssohn Club @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. It’s the chorus’ annual holiday concert, “Seasonal Joy Around the World,” with guest artists Vedrana Kalas and the Queensbury Madrigal Singers. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ the Crown Grill, Saratoga Springs. The jazz singer is accompanied by pianist Scott Bassinson and bassist Otto Gardner. 7pm.

MUSIC: River Junction @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Grateful Dead tribute band with moe.’s Vinnie Amico on drums. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Vomlette @ the Low Beat, Albany. Happy Hour rockin’. 6pm.

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ Vapor Nightclub, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pat Andreoli @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.