12/1/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

December 1st, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Sara Watkins @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Best known as the fiddler in the platinum-selling progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek, as well as for her role with bandmate/brother Sean Watkins in the Watkins Family Hour, she has also firmly established herself as a solo singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 9pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Ghostface Killah @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Wu-Tang Clan member brings the flow. With Zeo, Dezmatic ft. DJ White Lotus, JB!! A.K.A. Dirty Moses, Moses Rockwell, Und3rstanding, Nate Da Great and Trumastr. 9pm. $30-$35.

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THEATER: “The Fridge Plays” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two cutting-edge one-acts, two playwrights, two directors, five actors, one refrigerator. Straight from a sold-out run in NYC, it’s “The Fridge Plays” – Daniel Talbott’s “Nick and Zoe” directed by Shira-Lee Shalit, and Steve McMahon’s “sad indie love song” directed by Benjamin Viertel. 7:30pm. $20; students $10. Also at 7:30pm Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Figgs @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Yes, they’re back for their annual holiday homecoming shows. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Richard Thompson @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Solo. Acoustic. Undoubtedly amazing. 8pm. $45. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Burnt Hills @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Sunburned Hand of the Man and CJ Champagne. 8pm.

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

MUSIC: Blue Machine @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Distinctive, groove-heavy and always danceable, the veteran band brings a soulful, electric musical mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. With the Tom Hamilton Duo. 8pm. $27-$32.

MUSIC: The Ballroom Thieves @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With the Novel Ideas. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: The Electric Mess @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. A fun evening of garage, rockabilly and surf rock. With Tex Railer’s Doomtown, The Jagaloons and The Abyssmals. 9pm.

MUSIC: Northern Faces @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Dark Honey and Lucy. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Stacy Mitchhart @ Lost & Found, Albany. 10pm. $10. Also at 10pm on Saturday.

COMEDY: Rob Schneider @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. “Saturday Night Live” alum. 7:30 & 10pm. $30. Also at 7 & 9:45pm on Saturday.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Mirk’s 8th Annual Toys and Noise @ Parish Public House, Albany. Featuring performances from MIRK, Victory Soul Orchestra, The Age, Ozymandias, Big Rush and Mic Lanny. 8pm. $10 or a new unwrapped toy.

THEATER: “Middletown” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Roseanne Raneri directs the student production of Will Eno’s moving and witty play about the ways in which the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways. 7:30pm. FREE. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: “Joni Mitchell: A Tribute” @ Colony, Woodstock. Scott Petito and his Hudson Valley all-star crew dig into the Joni Mitchell songbook. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Williams Percussion Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The program is “Bleed,” featuring David Lang’s “Pierced,” situating Zappa-esque rhythms in an emotionally turbulent world of edgily buzzing strings. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The romantic musical is a Broadway classic with six Tony nominations garnered by its recent NYC revival. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the show features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. 8pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Off the Record @ University Club, Albany. ’60s minimalist trio. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “As Bees in Honey Drown” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Mark Stephens directs Douglas Carter Beane’s satirical comedy. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday, December 10.

MUSIC: Ritz Carlton @ Casey Finn’s, Albany. 7pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Swing dance lesson by Linda & Chester Freeman at 7pm. Dance with live music by Gals Who Play Jazz at 8pm. $15; students & seniors $10.

THEATER: “Big Love” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Two-time Obie Award-winning playwright Charles L. Mee’s play fuses the ancient and the modern by bringing the plot of Aeschylus’ “The Suppliants” into the modern era. Directed by Carolyn Anderson. 8pm. $12; students & seniors $8. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Rhymin’ Richie Phillips @ the Eden Cafe, Loudonville. The Piano Man returns. 8pm. FREE, $7.50 & $15.

TALK: Azmat Khan @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. An investigative reporter working to fuse righteous journalism and innovative storytelling, Azmat Khan’s groundbreaking work has taken her to conflict zones around the world. 7pm.

THEATER: “Miracle on 34th Street” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theater Guild’s production of the holiday favorite. 7:30pm. $20; students & seniors $19. Through Sunday, December 10.

MUSIC: Riverside Brothers @ S&S Farm Brewery, Nassau. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Fenimore Blues @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Accents @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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