1/29/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

January 29th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The Albany native is recognized as one of the foremost vibraphonists in jazz music today, and tonight he returns to his hometown to introduce his new jazz ensemble Sonic Creed, featuring Elena Pinderhughes (flute), Mike Moreno (guitar), James Francies (piano), Joshua Crumbly (bass) and Jonathan Pinson (drums). 8pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: People’s Music Network Winter Gathering Concert @ Hacket Middle School, Albany. Featuring Joe Jencks, Ruth Pelham, Taina Asili, the Peace Poets, Kay Olan, Ben Grosscup. Hosted by Charlie King and Sonny Ochs. 7:30pm. $25 & $35; $15 students & low income. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Sandra López @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Opera Saratoga presents the internationally acclaimed soprano (accompanied by pianist Laurie Rogers) in a program of song including music by Scarlatti, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Argento and Turina. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Bill Staines @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $24.

COMEDY: Rob Schneider @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. The “Saturday Night Live” alum takes to the stage for a night of stand-up. 7:30 & 10pm. $30. Also at 7:30 & 10pm Saturday. UPDATE: All shows except 10pm tonight are currently sold out.

MUSIC: The Melissa Sgambelluri Trio @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. She went from Bishop Maginn High School to “American Idol,” and now she’s coming back for a free homecoming show with Paul DeBiase and Pete Zarrillo. 6pm. FREE.

EVENT: “PostSecret: The Show” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. With original music, recorded voices, projected images and video, it’s an immersive experience as three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind some of the most sexual, sad, funny and controversial – many of which have never been seen before. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Lord Electro @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Teddy Midnight. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Half Moon Run @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Montreal-base indie rockers roll into town in support of their latest album, Sun Leads Me On. 8:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 8pm. Through Sunday, February 14.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Swifty’s, Albany. 8pm.

DANCE: Garth Fagan Dance @ Proctors, Schenectady. The acclaimed dance troupe celebrates its 45th anniversary with a program of old favorites and new works. 8pm. $20 & $30.

MUSIC: Dead2Me @ Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Eric Margan @ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy. 8pm.

COMEDY: Big Jay Oakerson @ the Comedy Works, Albany. Warming up for his upcoming Comedy Central special taping at Webster Hall. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $49.95 dinner & show; $25 show only. Also at 7:30 & 9:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Everything Bagel @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Blank Slate. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ NaNola, Malta. 8pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Mad Laughs @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Featuring Sorry Not Sorry, Jen McMullen, Joshua Knight, Jared Oswald and headliner Matt Bergman. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Tell Keller @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With At Bay, Blue Streak Blvd., Peacekeeper and Winter Kickball. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: New York Players @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.

MUSIC: Apollo Night @ The Linda, Albany. It’s the Local 518’s own Apollo Night with the comedy of Will Rizzo, Bryan Burgess and Lady T; artists Madison Donae, Saliyah Hosana, Vonta, Var Da All Star, DOC, Bway, Young Niss; the spoken words of UK the Lyrisist, Jezsire, Bless Wise Words, Poetic Visions and the music of DJ Biz. 7:30pm. $15.

ARTIST TALK: John Knecht @ College of St. Rose’s Saint Joseph Auditorium, Albany. In conjunction with his exhibit “Animating Destiny: Electric Paintings and Other Works” at the Massry Gallery. 7pm. FREE. ALSO: A free reception from 5-7pm at the Massry Gallery.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Their Eyes Were Watching God” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The 2005 film directed by pioneering African American director Darnell Martin and starring Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago Hudson and Michael Ealy. Followed by a discussion with director Darnell Martin and literature scholar Emily Bernard. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…