12/4/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

December 4th, 2015, 7:26 am by Greg

MUSIC: “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. It’s a family holiday concert featuring the classic music of Vince Guaraldi performed by the Peanut Gallery Jazz Band – David Gleason, Mike Lawrence, Pete Sweeney – and friends. Followed by a milk-and-cookies reception. 6pm. $20; $10 students; FREE children age 5 & under.

MUSIC: Dan Deacon @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The electronic-music iconoclast’s sound stretches from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His latest album, Gliss Riffer, is an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, returning to his Spiderman of the Rings-era process. With Landlady. 8:30pm. $18.

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MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. The First Friday after-party features the ethereal electro-acoustic ensemble led by inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer Ryder Cooley with Karen Cole, Jen Dubois, JoAnn Stevelos and Hazel, the disembodied taxidermy ram. 8pm. FREE. ALSO: A reception for the art exhibit “Whimsy,” featuring the artwork of Ryder Cooley from 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: TriBeCaStan @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Multi-instrumentalists John Kruth and Jeff Greene lead the dizzyingly bizarro world music band back to Greater Nippertown. Chances are you’ve never seen (or heard) anything like ’em before. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Anais Mitchell @ MCLA’s Church Street Center, North Adams. The acclaimed musical story-teller has recorded five full-length albums, including 2010’s Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth, and 2012’s Young Man in America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as “an epic tale of American becoming” and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song. 7:30pm. $12; $5 students.

MUSIC: Ball in the House @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Boston-based a cappella quintet puts their unique voices-only spin on pop gems. 8pm. $20.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dead Set @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Burlington-based band churns out Grateful Dead tunes with special guests – bassist Tony Markellis (of Trey Anastasio Band) and drummer Vinnie Amico (of moe.). 9:30pm. $10; $5 with canned good donation.

MUSIC: Cassidy & the Music @ The Linda, Albany. The former lead singer, main songwriter and driving force behind the all-female rock quintet Antigone Rising has been making a name for herself since going solo. And Demi Lovato recorded her song, “For You,” on her new album, too. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Eric Owens @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Troy Chromatics presents a concert by the acclaimed bass-baritone, who will be featured in Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” at the Metropolitan Opera this spring. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Burnt Hills @ the Low Beat, Albany. An all-too-rare public performance by the sonic experimentalists. With Moon Magick and Private Parts. 8pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Off the Record @ University Club, Albany. Rock & roll lounge trio. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Williams College Percussion Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Titled “Vexations,” the program utilizes a typically vast array of percussion instruments from marimbas and drums to wooden planks and flowerpots. Featuring John Luther Adams’ elemental and powerful “Two Drum Quartets from Earth and the Great Weather.” 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The roots-rock singer-songwriter is perhaps best known for his work as guitarist for Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy and Phil Lesh & Friends. Tonight, he kicks off a two-night stand in support of his first solo album in five years, Back to Birth, produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. 9pm. $25 & $35. Also at 9pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: The Security Project @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A tribute to the music of Peter Gabriel led by Jerry Marotta (of Peter Gabriel’s band) and Trey Gunn (of King Crimson) with Michael Cozzi, David Jameson and Brian Cummins. 9pm. $20 & $30.

MUSIC: Lucid @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Space Carnival. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With Milkweed. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jo Henley @ Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs. The acoustic trio format with Tony Markellis on bass. 7pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The modern holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle – now with music and songs. 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

THEATER: “Scrooge & Son” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The second annual Kaaterskill Actors Theater’s production takes on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, re-set in the Catskills after the Civil War. 7pm. $10; $5 children. Also at 7pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Big Sky Country @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Medicine @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $5.

DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 7:30pm. $30; $10 students.

EVENT: Behind the Scenes at Home Made Theater @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. The final Arts Fest Friday takes you backstage to the magical process of theatrical production with the Home Made Theater. Experience the thrill of auditions, costumes, set-building, rehearsing and more. 5-7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Brad Farberman Group @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Doctor Magnum. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC: Jonathan Dely Quintet @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The jazz ensemble performs a wide selection of holiday favorites. 6:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. The jazz vocalist is joined by Scott Bassinson on keyboard and Pete Toigo on bass. 7pm. FREE.

READING: Margot Farrington @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. The award-winning Poet and performer offers a dynamic reading from her latest book, “Scanning for Tigers.” 4pm.

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

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

MUSIC: Triskele @ Ancient Order of Hibernians, Schenectady. AOH Celtic Christmas Show. 7pm. $10; or $5 with unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

THEATER: “Macbeth” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. The Shakespeare classic directed by Holly L. Derr. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, December 6.