10/6/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 6th, 2017, 7:14 am by Greg

MUSIC: Sasha Masakowski @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The award-winning New Orleans vocalist was named Best Emerging Artist by the Big Easy Association. Now she’s comin’ to Galway to sing ‘n’ swing. 7:30pm. $10.

COMEDY: Demetri Martin @ The Egg, Albany. We could probably all use a good laugh after this week. Fortunately, you’ve got a couple of oddball comedy options tonight, including this stop on the Let’s Get Awkward Tour. 8pm. $35, $45 & $55.

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COMEDY: Maria Bamford @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. As far as oddball comedy, they don’t get any odder than the fabulous Ms. Bamford. With Kim Deshields and Jennifer Myszkowski. 8pm. $35.

COMEDY: Mike Epps @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Apparently three big comedy shows on the same night was one too many. 8pm. $49.50, $58.50 & $82. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: O+ Festival @ various locations, Kingston. The three-day music, art & wellness fest features 60 musical acts and more than 20 painters, installation artists, muralists, performance artists. Today’s performers include Amanda Palmer, the Mammals, the Rough Shapes, Hammydown, Home Body, White Hills, Buffalo Sex Change and lots more. Music starts at 7:30pm. Donation.

MUSIC: Alash Ensemble @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. T Tuvan throat-singing ensemble is inspired by the ancient music of their Central Asian ancestors as well as bold western artists such as Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Walter Salas-Humara @ the Low Beat, Albany. The former Silos frontman returns to the Beat for a mostly solo, mostly acoustic show. With the Coal Palace Kings. 8pm. $10.

ARTS WALK: 1st Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music, shopping, people watching and more… 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Todd Sheaffer @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s a solo show by the frontman from Railroad Earth and From Good Homes. With a solo set from Eastbound Jesus’ Adam Brockway. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Coco Montoya @ the Upper Room, Albany. The legendary blues rock guitarist-vocalist was the protege of the great Albert Collins and spent 10 years in British blues giant John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Now he’s rollin’ into town in support of his new album, Hard Truth.

FILM/TALK: “All the President’s Men” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The screening of the 1976 Watergate political thriller starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman is followed by a Q&A with Washington Post Metro Editor during the Watergate scandal, Harry Rosenfeld. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ani DiFranco @ The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. The Little Folksinger returns with special guest Ivan Neville on keyboards. With Andrea Gibson. 8pm. $50 & $65.

MUSIC: The Jackie Ryan-Shelly Berg Duo @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. 7:30pm. $20; students $10; children under 12 FREE.

MUSIC: Tessa Lark @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The acclaimed violinist performs selections by Korngold, Kreisler, Ravel, Franck and, who knows, maybe some bluegrass, too… 7:30pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Alex Skolnick Trio @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The guitarslinger for Testament brings his trio to town for a shredding night of metal-meets-jazz. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “This Is Not a Test” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. With a mix of theater, French-style clowning and contemporary circus, Troy-based Aaron Marquise stars in an original apocalyptic one-man clown show. 8pm. $20; VIP $30; children under 12 $15. Through Sunday, October 8.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

EVENT: Albany Barn Block Party @ North Swan Street, Albany. Kicking off the He(Art) of The Hill, an initiative to establish North Swan Street as a hub for the art community. Featuring food, vendors, art projects, classes and performances by Jordan Taylor Hill, Aaron Moore, Derrick Horton & the Jay Street Band. 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Betsayda Machado @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. With intricate African rhythms and close harmonies that are almost R&B, this Afro-soul band from Venezuela will have you dancing in the barn with its spirit-shaking percussion. 7pm. $25.

CABARET: “Sing Me a Story” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The world premiere of a new musical revue of story songs from Cole Porter to The Beatles, featuring Tom Andersen, Lisa Asher and Scott Coulter. 8pm. $25; students age 21 & under $10. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “Lost Lake” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Imperfect strangers meet in this warm, touching and funny one-act written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn. 7pm. $50. Through Sunday, October 22. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC: Jez Lowe @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The folksinger-songwriter from northern England is an Old Songs favorite, and he’s back by popular demand. 7:30pm. $25; children age 12 & under $5.

EVENT: Kickoff Party @ the Church, Troy. The grand opening features a Maker’s Market of over 20 vendors, with food, drink and music and open studios. Music is provided by Chill Smith Collective and Nelly Bombs. 6-9pm. Also 12noon-6pm Saturday.

THEATER: “Sex With Strangers” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Stephen Nachamie directs Laura Eason’s smart, digital-age dramedy about a pair of writers snowbound in a bed & breakfast. Starring Jenny Strassburg and Ben Williamson. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 15. GO HERE to read a review…

THEATER: “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the regional premiere of the dramaric play adapted from Schenectady native John Ball’s novel, which was also the source material for the Oscar winning Best Picture movie celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, October 15.

MUSIC: Black Uhuru @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Formed in 1972, the pioneering Jamaican band was the first Grammy Award winner for Best Reggae Album. 9pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: The 317 @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

DANCE: “Echo/Archive” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Choreographer-performer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin will present a work-in-progress performance of their collaboration. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Weeping Icon @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. With Sun Natives and Eternal Crimes. 9pm.

THEATER: “God of Carnage” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. This Tony Award-winning hit takes you on a 90-minute thrill ride into the most dangerous place on earth: parenthood. Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty schoolyard tangle. Tensions quickly emerge around the best way to raise a child. The meeting progresses, the liquor flows, and the gloves come off in this viciously funny comedy of bad manners. 7:30pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Winter @ the Half Moon, Hudson. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC: Llewelyn Fix @ Colony, Woodstock. Featuring Donna Lewis, Pamela Sue Mann and Sarah Perrotta. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Dives @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. Led by Evan Stanley. 9pm. FREE.

SEMINAR: Matteo Farinella @ UAlbany Life Sciences Building’s D’Ambra Auditorium, Albany. The scientist, artist and author of neuroscience comic
book, “Neurocomic.” 3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Zivanai Masango & Pachedu @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. A multinational/multicultural collective of musicians steeped in Afropop, Afrojazz and traditional Zimbabwean and Southern African music 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yankee Holler @ S&S Farm Brewery, Nassau. Acoustic trio. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Seaspan @ Chrome, Waterford. With Incontinence, Visitations, The Northway and Perseus. 7pm. $10.

THEATER: “Love’s Labour’s Lost” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Adirondack Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy. 7:30pm. $20: seniors, students & veterans $17.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring Bryan Brundige & His Piggly Wigglies. Swing dance lesson at 7pm. dance/music at 8pm. $15; students & seniors $10.

THEATER: “Always… Patsy Cline” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Benita Zahn and Molly Rose McGrath star in the Park Playhouse production about one of country music’s most beloved artists and her friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Featuring many of Cline’s hits including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walking After Midnight” and others. 8pm. $24; kids 12 & under $15. Through Sunday, October 15.

MUSIC: Dealt the Blues @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Cabaret” @ Russell Sage College’s Meader Little Theater, Troy. The classic Kander & Ebb music directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 7:30pm. $15; students & seniors $12. Through Sunday, October 15.

MUSIC: Cult of Frost @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Yup, it’s a Celtic Frost tribute band… With Dangerous Noize. 8:30pm. $6.

THEATER: Confetti Fest XIII @ the Albany Masonic Temple, Albany. The 13th incarnation of Confetti Stage’s annual short play festival features five short plays. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 15.

DISCUSSION: The Accelerator Series @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with the exhibition “States of Incarceration,” Tang curator Isolde Brielmaier joins Harvard historian Elizabeth Hinton, artist Duron Jackson and activist Johnny Perez in a discussion about mass incarceration, ideas of mobility and immobility (social, economic, political) and the prison industrial complex. 6:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…