2/17/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 17th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The 30th annual three-day, mid-February fest kicks off today in 16 locations around town with the Graham Tichy Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Quickstep, Reggie Harris, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Genticorum, the Buddy System, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble and lots more… 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars @ The Egg, Albany. The band mines the riches of Western African folklore, performing uplifting – and very danceable – highlife songs of hope, faith and joy. With Vusi Mahlasela, simply known as The Voice in his African homeland. The concert is being presented in cooperation with the Sanctuary for Independent Media as a fundraiser for radio station WOOC 105.3FM. 7:30pm. $29.50.

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MUSIC: The Popa Chubby Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The Chubster and his blues-rockin’ band barrel into town for two shows in support of his new album, The Catfish. 7 & 9:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: Last Good Tooth @ the Half Moon, Hudson. It’s the Half Moon’s fourth anniversary party. With She Keeps Bees, Annie Bielski + House Band Arthur and DJ Lunar Moss. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Carousel Kings @ the Low Beat, Albany. With American Runaways, Summer Legs, the Steadfast Son and Almost Accounted For. 7:15pm. $12.

MUSIC: August Burns Red @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. It’s 10th anniversary of the band’s metal-core game-changing sophomore album, Messengers. With Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and ’68. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Newsboys @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Love Riot Tour. In addition to their hits, the Australian Contemporary Christian band offers a new theatrical experience, “God’s Not Dead LIVE! Rivals,” with an all-star cast of singers, actors and dancers. 7pm. $28, $48 & $103.

MUSIC: Casting Crowns @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. The Very Next Thing Tour. With Danny Gokey and Unspoken. 7pm. $28, $38 & $78.

COMEDY: Tim Meadows @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. “Saturday Night Live” alum. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Magic Dick & Shun Ng @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Rockin’ harmonica and guitar virtuosos. With Bennett Harris. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MAGIC: “Mind Myths” @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. Evil Dan Terelmes presents a brand new one-man show that demolishes preconceived notions about mentalists and the mind reading process. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students & children age 21 & under. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Martin Sexton @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Brothers McCann. 8pm. $28, $40 & $48.

MUSIC: Buckwheat Zydeco & Marcia Ball @ The Egg, Albany. It’s a full­scale roadhouse double bill as Buckwheat Zydeco, the preeminent ambassador of Creole dance music of Lafayette, Louisiana and two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse pianist and musical storyteller Marcia Ball team up for a mid-winter R&B party. 8pm. $34. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to the death of Stanley Dural Jr…

MUSIC: Assembly of Dust @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. $25 & $35. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Red Sun Rising @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. With Badflower. 8pm. $12.

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. An evening of 10 plays, each just 10 minutes long. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, February 26.

MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by powerhouse vocalist NeeNee Rushie, the ska-reggae outfit brings their Jamaican riddims to town. 9pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Club Zambezi Dance Party @ Williams College’s ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. Led by Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. 8pm. $3. Also at 2pm Saturday.

THEATER: “Assisted Loving: Dating with My Dad” @ theREP, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of New York Times writer Bob Morris’ poignant new comedy explores the world of contemporary digital dating later in life. 8pm. Through February 19.

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

THEATER: “What’s That Sound?” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. The Second Cohort of WAM Theatre’s Girls Ensemble program presents their original theatre piece about a group of girls waiting to board a bus to go to a protest. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ensemble Connect @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The celebration of the ensemble’s 10th Skidmore residency features the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Stucco & Brocatelle. 7pm. $8; $5 seniors; free for students and children.

THEATER: “The Game’s Afoot” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Homemade Theater’s production of Ken Ludwig’s whodunit. 7:30pm. Through February 26.

TALK/DEMO: Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek offer an in-depth demonstration and discussion of EMPAC’s 496-speaker Wave Field Synthesis audio system. 7pm. $6. Also at 1 & 3pm Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Grady Girls @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “Grand Concourse” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. A crisis of faith comes to a boil in a church soup kitchen in the Bronx. Directed by Patrick White. 7:30pm. $18; $10 students. Through Sunday, February 19.

MUSIC: Vedrana Kalas @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. With her concert “Open Your Heart,” the soprano will be joined by pianist Michael Clement to perform folk and gypsy tunes by Ravel, Bizet, Dvorak and former Yugoslav composers in a concert dedicated to underprivileged children of her native country of Bosnia. 7:30pm. $10; $5 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Shoebox Dojo @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Brian Kane. 9pm.

MUSIC: Eric Johnson Trio @ the Twisted Vine, Delmar. 8pm.

MUSIC: Big Sky Country @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “The Birthday Party” @ Masonic Temple, Albany. Linda Shirey directs the Confetti Stage production of the Harold Pinter classic, a menacing, pitch-black comedy. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through February 26.

FILM: “Within Our Gates” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 classic about an educated black woman with a shocking past, who dedicates herself to helping a near-bankrupt school for impoverished black youths. 7:30pm. FREE.