2/9/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 9th, 2018, 7:31 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ranky Tanky @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The Passport Series Music Haven at Proctors Passport Series presents the acclaimed band playing Gullah music of South Carolina’s Sea Islands. Led by “American Idol” alum Quiana Parler, the band’s self-titled debut album landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz and contemporary jazz album charts. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ The Fountain, Albany. Playing early style New Orleans jazz to help you kick off Mardi Gras weekend. 10pm. Also at 9:30pm on Saturday.

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MUSIC: The Glen David Andrews Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The vocalist-trombonist brings his jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul back to town, firing up the Big Easy beat for Mardi Grass weekend. 9pm.

MUSIC: Nisky Dixie Cats @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. More traditional dixieland jazz to celebrate Mardi Gras weekend with the Crescent City sound. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Corky Laing’s Mountain @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The drummer and songwriter for “Mississippi Queen” and others carries on the Mountain sound. 9pm. $15, $20 & $30.

MUSIC: Ellis @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. 7:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: Randy Houser @ Rivers Casino & Resort’s Event Center, Schenectady. The country music star steps into the spotlight to celebrate the casino’s first anniversary. 8pm.

MUSIC: Cousin Earth @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Brooklyn-based progressive ukulele-fueled rockers. With Ampevene, celebrating the release of their new live album, Ephemagoria. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Floodwood @ NaNola, Malta. Featuring Vinnie Amico of moe. and Tony Markelis of Trey Anastasio Band. 10pm.

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: Bernard Purdie & Friends @ The Falcon, Marlboro. One of the all-time great funky drummers. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Airline Jay & NBHD Nick @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hip-hoppin’. With Clear Mind and lots more. 8pm.

READING: Bits of Baldwin @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Readings of James Baldwin’s work by journalist Ken Screven and UAlbany students with commentary by Darryl Pinckney, novelist, playwright, essayist and author of the acclaimed new novel “Black Deutschland.” 4:15pm. FREE.

FILM/TALK: “I Am Not Your Negro” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Directed by Raoul Peck and based on James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir, “Remember This House,” this 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary presents his meditations on the history of racism in the United States and his perspectives on slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. With commentary by Darryl Pinckney. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ The Linda, Albany. Led by Jamaican-born vocalist NeeNee Rushie, the Hudson Valley’s six-piece reggae and ska faves return. With Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The William Hale Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Age @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. He’s a soul man… 10pm.

MUSIC: Arch Stanton Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Erin Harkes Band @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: The Hollywood Special Effects Show @ Proctors, Schenectady. Get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show goes behind the scenes of many favorite blockbuster films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic. Live on stage, the team will give revealing insights into the world of special effects. 8pm. $20-$40.

MUSIC: Noise Between Stations @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Shoebox Dojo. 8pm.

MUSIC: Morningbird @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Horsefly. 9pm.

MUSIC: Escape Rope @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Knock Yourself Out and Of the Atlas. 9pm.

MUSIC: New York Players @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Hillbilly Sound Machine @ JP Bruno’s Bar & Grill, Glens Falls. 6pm.

THEATER: “Private Fears in Public Places” @ Albany Masonic Lodge, Albany. Confetti Stage’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s play. Directed by John A. Nickles. Through Sunday, February 18.

MUSIC: Carmen Lookshire @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

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