10/7/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 7th, 2016, 7:44 am by Greg

MUSIC: Kaia Kater @ The Linda, Albany. Born in Quebec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry, old-time banjo player Kaia Kater has dug deep into the musical history of Appalachia. With Michael Eck. 8pm. $20.

FEST/MUSIC: O+ Festival @ various locations, Kingston. Day One of the three-day music, arts & wellness fest features music by Dust Bowl Faeries, Breakfast for the Boys, Max’s New Hat, Decorum, Alana Amram & the Rough Gems, Heroes of Toolik, Brittani O’Hearn, Bearquilt, Pontoon, Uni Ika Ai, Calder Mansfield, Karma Darwin, Frenchy & the Punk, Frank McGinnis & the Whim and lots more. Music starts at 8pm. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: The Lonely Heartstring Band @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. Formed as students at Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music, the bluegrass-Americana-folk band is a mighty talented bunch. 8:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Kimono Dragons @ the Low Beat, Albany. Album release party for Swirldoggin’ with Kimono Dragons. With Henry’s Rifle and Sun Natives. 8pm.

COMEDY: Jay Pharoah @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member makes his Greater Nippertown debut. 7:30 & 10pm. $23. Also at 7:30 & 10pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Moon Hooch @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The saxophones wail in support of the band’s new album, Red Sky. With Honeycomb. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Earl Sweatshirt @ Skidmore College’s Williamson Sports Center, Saratoga Springs. With Junglepussy in support of her album, Pregnant With Success. Doors open at 7pm. $20.

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

MUSIC: Psychobilly @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Grant Gordy & Ross Martin @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Balancing composed melodies and improvisation, the acoustic guitar duo’s repertoire ranges from fiddle tunes to jazz standards, original compositions to traditional hymns to Bach. It’s the CD release party for their new album, Year of the Dog. With the Lucky 3. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Roy Book Binder @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues guitar master. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Denise Donatelli @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz concert series continues with the acclaimed jazz vocalist. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

CIRCUS: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus XTREME @ the Times Union Center, Albany. More clowns! 7pm. Through Sunday.

COMEDY/TALK: David Sedaris @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. The National Public Radio star and author brings his singular brand of humor to town. Followed by a Q&A. 8pm. $45-$70.

MUSIC: John Davidson @ the BOOM Room, Pittsfield. Yes, he was the host of “That’s Incredible,” “Hollywood Squares” and his own talk show, as well as many guest appearances on shows such as “Love Boat.” Now he’s playing his own original songs… With Chad Tarves. 5pm opening reception for “Eclectica,” an art exhibit of works by local musicians. Music at 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Doornails @ S&S Farm Brewery, Nassau. 6pm.

THEATER: “Disenchanted” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Poison apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! This sassy, subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical offers quite a different look at Disney’s fairy tale princesses. 7:30pm. $40. Through Sunday, October 9.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. With music by the Nisky Dixie Cats. Swing dance lesson at 7pm. Dance and music at 8pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Paying tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia. With Cold Flavor Repair. 9pm. $25.

ART TALK: “Get Three-Dimensional” @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Melody Davis offers an interactive stereography demonstration. 6pm.

THEATER: “Outside Mullingar” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. This charmer of a play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland and the unlikely romance between two middle-aged neighbors. 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, October 16. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Brooks Strause @ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy. With Extravision, They Are Gutting a Body of Water and Carl Daniels. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 23.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Duo @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Playing early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz. 10pm.

THEATER: “Unnecessary Farce” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averrill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present a funny, laugh-out-loud, zany comedy directed by Cheryl Charbonneau. 8pm. $18; $10 if under age 18. Through Sunday, October 16.

MUSIC: Bronte Roman @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: Confetti Fest 12 ­@ Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. Five original short, one-act plays written by local playwrights – Kate Carter, Val Kavanaugh, Julie Demers, Amy Sarah Lamena and Steve Henel. 7:30pm. $15; $10​ students. Through Sunday, October 16.  

FILM: “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Sidney Lumet’s 2007 crime drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei. 7:30pm. FREE.