2/13/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 13th, 2015, 8:15 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The last time Dryer played the historic coffeehouse was more than 20 years ago. This time around, the recently expanded band is promising to play two 45-minute, slightly toned down sets, including some songs they haven’t played in more than a decade, as well as some new songs. 8pm. $20; $9 children & students.

MUSIC: Cyrille Aimée @ The Egg, Albany. As part of the Rhythm International concert series, the French jazz singer (and winner of the Montreaux Jazz Festival and Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competitions) will lead a quintet for an evening of classic and contemporary standards for an unforgettably romantic Valentine’s Day eve concert. 8pm. $24.

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MUSIC: Voodoo Orchestra North @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte – who played with Charlie Hunter at Parish Public House last weekend – a gathering of Hudson Valley musicians explore the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, Bitches Brew. 9pm. $13.

MUSIC: Ensemble ACJW @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Albany. The concert will feature selections by Roussel (Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello, Op. 40) and Ravel (Piano Trio in A Minor). But the big deal is thee world premiere of “Backlight” by Meredith Monk. 8pm. Also a pre-concert talk by Meredith Monk at 7pm. $8 adults, $5 seniors; FREE students and children.

MUSIC: The Tim Olsen Band @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The jazz keyboardist-composer-educator and his band celebrate the release of their new album, Creature of Habit, on the Planet Arts label. 9pm.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Café’ NOLA, Schenectady. Blues for Valentines Show. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ the Fuze Box, Albany. Premiere of the music video for “The Last of the Rock N Roll Motherfuckers.” With Skull Bandit. 8pm. $7.

THEATER: “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. WAM Theatre returns with director Kristen van Ginhoven at the helm for a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s play about Emilie Du Chatelet, best known for her 15-year liaison with Voltaire. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Sean Gaskill @ the Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Seattle’s Sean Gaskell plays a solo concert of traditional songs on the Kora, a 21-string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. 7pm. $10; $8 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Jill Hughes @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. R&B/soul/jazz singer and her band – Jon Werking (piano/vocals),Cliff Lyons (saxophone), Ed Torque (bass), Bob Halek (drums) and special guests – $30 per couple, includes two glasses of champagne.

MUSIC: Heavy Pets @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “South Pacific” @ Schenectady Light Opera, Schenectady. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical directed by Peter Caracappa. 8pm. $18, $22 & $28.

MUSIC: Rhett Miller @ Levon Helm’s Barn, Woodstock. With Tim Eriksen, the House Band – featuring Daniel Littleton, Connor Kennedy, Brandon Morrison, Elizabeth Mitchell, Lee Falco – and special guests Zach Djanikian and Rich Pagano. 8pm. $35 & $50.

MUSIC: Nobody for President @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Vipers and the Victory Soul Orchestra. 9pm. $5.

COMEDY: Dan Wilson @ the Comedy Works, Albany. A long-time favorite on the college and club circuits, Dan Wilson has had a string of television appearances on MTV, A&E, HBO, ESPN and Lifetime, and his rubbery face and keen ear for voices earned him status as a recurring sketch performer on HBO’s “Hardcore TV.” 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

COMEDY: John Mulrooney @ Comedy Works, Albany. With Kevin Downey, Jr. 9:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Hawbuckees @ Casey Finn’s, Albany. 8pm.

THEATER: “Tigers Be Still” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Carol Max directs the regional premiere of Kim Rosenstock’s quirky, endearing dark comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, an unemployed, overwhelmed art therapist hiding out in her childhood bed. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Melissa Greener @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. On her third studio album, Transistor Corazón, the Nashville-based Americana folk-crooner looks for the truth with impressive vocal chops wrapped around narratives that “paint superb portraits of the human condition” (Maverick Music Magazine, UK). 8pm.

MUSIC/DANCE: An Evening of Live Music and Dance @ Skidmore College Dance Theater, Saratoga Springs. Keyboardist Carl Landa and dancer Erika Pujič team up with three Skidmore dance alums (Emily Craver, Nicole Kadar and Emily Pacillio) and Peter Jones, dance musician from Mt. Holyoke College. 8pm. $10; $5 students & seniors.

MUSIC: The Jody Shayne Trio @ Athos Restaurant, Albany. The jazz singer is accompanied by Scott Bassinson (piano) and Russ Brooks (bass). 7pm.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Pig ‘N Whistle, Burnt Hills. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $10; FREE with Flurry Fest wristband.

PERFORMANCE: Cally Spooner’s “And You Were Wonderful, On Stage” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the production itself, the event will be live-streamed and take on the format of a TV variety show. Directed by the artist Cally Spooner, the audience will be integral to the film’s production as both audience and actor. 8pm. FREE; reservations required.

MUSIC: Sonic Metanoia @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Good Fiction. 9pm.

MUSIC: Peg Delaney & Earl Davis @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Sky Country @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Night Catches Us” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Directed by Tanya Hamilton, the film is a powerful evocation of the American inner city in 1976, as a former Black Panther returns to his old Philadelphia neighborhood, where he confronts the unresolved problems of his past. Starring Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington. Followed by a discussion with Hamilton and producer Ron Simons. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pat Gioia @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.