2/2/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 2nd, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings swing into the Elks Lodge, and this time they’re bringing along some pals – Italian rockabilly combo the Don Diego Trio to share the bandstand. (The threesome has been nominated as Best Rockabilly Band at the upcoming Ameripolitan Awards and will also be backing up Gamsjager in France at the Good Rocking Tonight Festival in April). 7pm swing dance lesson. 8pm music & dancing. $15; students & seniors $10.

MUSIC: Lera Lynn @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist brings her spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir to town. You may know her from her role as the barroom singer on the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.” 8pm. $25.

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MUSIC: Lissie @ The Linda, Albany. The acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her Albany debut in advance of her fourth studio album, Castles, slated for release next month. With Sydney Worthley. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell & Brian Melick @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Greater Nippertown’s Irish music veteran and his longtime percussionist/sidekick grab the Caffe spotlight. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Nellies @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. The latest installment of the Howlin’ at the Moon concert series. 7pm. $5.

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

MUSIC: Castro & the Fidelities @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Gay Tastee @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a Groundhogs Day happy hour party. With Wovoka. 6pm.

MUSIC: Toomuchtoofast @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Solar Jypsys and Boondoggle. 8pm.

THEATER: “Hedda Gabler” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. Juliet King directs Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama with Joanna Palladino (of Off the Record) in the title role. 7:30pm. $18; students $10. Through Sunday, February 18.

MUSIC: George Muscatello/Shiri Zorn Trio @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Hartley’s Encore @ Parish Public House, Albany. With the Ryan Jordan Band. 9pm.

MUSIC: Let’s Be Leonard @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. A night of Grateful Dead music. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Paris Time” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of Steven Peterson’s dramatic thriller. A couple’s peace, a young woman’s life and a company’s fate are challenged by an anti-Semitic terrorist incident. 8pm. Through Sunday, February 18.

MUSIC: The Hudson Dusters @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The hometown roots-folk duo of Jon B. Woodin and Foggy Otis brings their rich blend of uke-fueled Americana sounds to Club Helsinki, where they met at an open mic. Their debut album, Dare to Dream, is slated for release this spring. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Tradition @ Colonie Center, Albany. The last band that I saw performing at the Colonie Center shopping mall was Smashing Pumpkins back in 2000. Now the folks at WAIX-FM are launching a first-Friday-of-the-month concert series there. It kicks off tonight. With Vumbino. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The 317 @ Stoney’s Irish Grill, Schenectady. 7pm.

THEATER: “The Bodyguard” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Grammy nominee and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron in the musical based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated film and adapted for the stage by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (“Birdman”). 8pm. $20–$85. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Power @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. With Lies Load the Chamber and Memory of Me. 7pm. $12.

THEATER: “An Inspector Calls” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Patrick White directs J.B. Priestley’s classic drama. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday, February 4. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Williams Chamber Players @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Featuring Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” and “Fratres,” as well as two works by J.S. Bach: “Zerfliesse mein Herz,” from St John Passion, BWV 245, and “Hier in meines Vaters Stätte.” 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: PJ Duo @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Dylan Storm. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Molly Durnin @ the Brunswick BBQ & Brew, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Flying Rob & Friends @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. 6pm.

DANCE: The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. Performing several dances inspired by the artwork in the new exhibit, “Practice What You Teach.” 6pm reception. 6:30pm performance. FREE.

MUSIC: Dashboard Anthem @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 9pm.

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

MUSIC: Mike Short @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

FILM/TALK: “Lupe Under the Sun” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Rodrigo Reyes’ debut fiction feature won the two top prizes — Best Film and Best Narrative Feature — at the 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival. A first-of-its-kind dramatic film that uses non-actors who are real farm workers, the movie follows the grinding routine of an aging Mexican migrant worker in southern California as he comes to terms with his past. With commentary by writer/director Rodrigo Reyes. 7pm. FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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