3/3/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

March 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Anvil @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Led by guitar hero Lips Kudlow, the semi-legendary Canadian metalheads serve up a seriously headbangin’ night as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. With Night Demon, Graveshadow and Let Go Daylight. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The frontwoman for the Carolina Chocolate Drops teams up with the four-time Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist/producer in support of her brand new sophomore album, Freedom Highway. 9pm. $45 & $55.

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MUSIC: Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo returns to the Caffe in support of their new album, I Shook the Tree. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Respected from Tehran to Berlin to Shanghai, the acclaimed Iranian hand drummer comes to EMPAC for a rare U.S. performance. Considered one of the most innovative and virtuosic hand drummers in the world, he has dominated elite international competitions since the age of 9. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. UPDATE: Due to President Trump’s executive order preventing immigration and visiting visas to the US from a number of countries, the necessary artist visas were not able to be obtained, and the concert has been cancelled.

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

MUSIC: The Andrew Wheeler Band @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Blues kingpins. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Leland Sundries @ Or Gallery & Tavern, Hudson. Their album Music for Outcasts earned an A- rating from rock critic godfather Robert Christgau, who hailed frontman Nick Loss-Eaton and the band as “a garage-band version of the Band.” With Alex P. 7pm.

MUSIC: Laura Boggs Gagnon @ Altamont Free Library, Altamont. The monthly SongTeller concert series continues… 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yankee Holler @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. It’s the Holler in the Hollow. 7pm.

DANCE: “The Blues Project” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center, Williamstown. A collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by the extraordinary choreographer Michelle Dorrance, and award-winning musician-composer Toshi Reagon featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. 8pm. $10; $3 students.

MUSIC: Graham Tichy Trio @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Electric Guest @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Chaos Chaos. 9pm. $12.

DANCE: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: A Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. The dances – “Why You Follow” and ”On Earth Together” – fuse traditional African dance with contemporary choreography that invites audiences to share in their celebration of community and the resilience of the human spirit. 7:15pm talk; 8pm performance. $28.

THEATER: “Wicked” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The hit Broadway musical looks at what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrived. 8pm. $38-$153. Through Sunday, March 12.

COMEDY: Ted Alexandro @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25. Through Saturday.

THEATER: “Fragments” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Shea Leavis directs the play by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through March 8.

MUSIC: Ryan Leddick @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER/MAGIC: The Naked Magicians @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Nothing up my sleeve. Nothing up my pantsleg. Nothing under my belt… 6 & 8:30pm. $41.50. Also at 6 & 8:30pm Saturday.

DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. The dance company performs in collaboration with the artworks of Caroline Ramersdorfer. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Ronald Feldman conducts the orchestra and special guest pianists Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky in a performance of Bach’s Double Concerto in C Minor and Double Concerto in C Major. 7:15pm talk; 8pm performance. FREE.

MUSIC: El Silver Cabs @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Garage popsters. With Va Va Voodoos and Odd Body. 8:30pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Swing dance lessons at 7pm, followed by a dance featuring music by the Alan Thomson Little Big Band at 8pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.

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

THEATER: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” @ Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy. Celese Raspanti’s concentration camp drama is directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 10am & 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Justin & Areli @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

FILM: “His Girl Friday” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Howard Hawks’ 1940 newspaper comedy stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. With a pre-screening panel discussion at 7:30pm featuring Rosemary Armao, Marion Roach Smith, Casey Seiler and Lydia Kulbida about the challenges facing women in journalism. 8pm. FREE.