2/20/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 20th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: “This Land Is Your Land at 75” @ The Linda, Albany. On the 75th anniversary of the penning of the classic American song, singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck offers a musical tribute to the great Woody Guthrie. 8pm. $12. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE TICKETS…

MUSIC: Winterpills @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Flora Reed and Philip Price weave a musical spell in support of their new album, Echolalia, a collection of sublime cover tunes culled from the songbags of everyone from Buddy Holly to Sharon Van Etten. With the Suitcase Junket. 8pm. $20.

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MUSIC: Frank Iero & the Cellabration @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The rhythm guitarist and back-up vocalist of the alt-rock band My Chemical Romance steps out with his own crew in support of their album, Stomachaches. With Hard Soul, who are celebrating the release of their new EP, Fairer Shores. 8pm doors. $18.

COMEDY: Gilbert Gottfried @ the Comedy Works, Albany. He’s been doing stand-up comedy since he was 15 years old. He was hired as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. His profile rose with a series of improvised promos for MTV. His television appearances have ranged from “The Cosby Show” to “Late Night with David Letterman.” And if you’ve ever seen “The Aristocrats,” well, say no more, right? 7:30 & 9:30pm. $35.

CIRCUS: FAQ Circus @ the Gasholder Building, Troy. Their new show “Running” focuses on the incredible capabilities of the human body demonstrated through contortion, gymnastics and juggling. The unique performance space is minimally heated. Dress warm and Bring your own chair if you want to sit down. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Also at 2 & 7:30pm on Saturday.

THEATER: “A Living Documentary” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Arts, Ananndale-On-Hudson. Cynthia Hopkins performs her newest work, a hilarious and searing reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as a professional theater artist in the 21st century. 7:30pm. $25; $10 students. Also 7:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Dave Stryker Quartet @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The jazz guitarist and his band – organist Jared Gold, drummer Steve Johns and vibraphonist Steve Nelson – play in support of their new CD Eight Track, a celebration of classic pop tunes from the ’70s reimagined. with the Gypsy jazz band, the Rhythm Future Quartet. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Diet Cig @ the Low Beat, Albany. New Paltz pop-rockers in support of their new cassette EP, Over Easy. With Earl Boykins, Secret Release and Party Boat. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Robbie Dupree & the Woodstock Allstars @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. His self-titled debut album yielded two Top 10 singles, “Steal Away” and “Hot Rod Hearts,” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. And his band of session aces features guitarist David Spinoza, keyboardist Clifford Carter and drummer Manuel Quintana. 7:30pm. $19.

THEATER/MAGIC: “The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible” @ Proctors, Schenectady. This mind-blowing showcase features the jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists – Yu Ho-Jin, Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Aaron Crow and Adam Trent. Expect an evening of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. 8pm. $20-$85. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Ryan’s Wake, Troy. 6:30pm.

THEATER: “Fences” @ The Egg, Albany. August Wilson’s Pulitzer prize and Tony Award-winning play is presented by the Rebel Soul Performance Troupe. 8pm. $20; $8 students & children. Through Sunday.

BURLESQUE: “10 Shades of Gypsy Layne” @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Company offers its latest production. Sizzling. Sultry. Cool. Playful. Outrageous… and that’s just half of it. 8pm. $25. Also at 8pm on Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Pink Talking Fish @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. A musical fusion of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. With Acoustic Circus. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Matt Heaton @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. The Toddlerbilly Troubadour performs a lively concert of music just for kids with a repertoire of kid-friendly rockabilly, folk, and surf-inspired originals and reworked classics. 1:30pm. $15; $8 child; FREE children 3 & under; ticket price includes museum admission.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Albany. The saxman teams up with guitarist Matt Finck. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ McSweeney’s Irish Pub, Gloversville. 8pm.

COMEDY: Mitch Fatel @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Autumns Shroud @ the Parish Public House, Albany. It’s headbangin’ time at the Parish. With Skeptic, Spire and Dark Matter. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Trio @ the Crown Grill, Saratoga Springs. The jazz singer is backed by Scott Bassinson on piano and Pete Toigo on bass. 7pm.

MUSIC: We B3 @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Herb Carter @ Cafe Nola, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Jeff Brisbin @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

FILM: “Nothing Sacred” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. William A. Wellman’s 1937 screwball comedy stars Carole Lombard, Fredric March and Charles Winninger, featuring the verbal fireworks of screenwriter Ben Hecht. A woman wrongly compensated by her employer for a misdiagnosed case of radium poisoning decides to accept the money anyway and spend it on one grand last hurrah. A reporter seeking a story comes along for the ride, and an epic battle of the sexes ensues. 7:30pm. FREE.