4/1/11: Today’s Tips: Friday
MUSIC: The Charlie Watts Riots @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Nippertown’s premiere power-popsters pump it out for your pogoing pleasure. With the Last Conspirators in their first show since the release of their new CD, “When It All Comes Down.” 9pm. $7.
MUSIC: Gogol Bordello @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Yes, you could call it Gypsy punk. But the high wattage music of Eugene Hutz and his merry band of musical cohorts is so much more than that. With Forro in the Dark. 8pm. $25. UPDATE: SOLD OUT.
MUSIC: John Medeski & Lee Shaw @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Nippertown’s piano jazz queen meets MM&W keyboard king (and Shaw’s former student) in celebration of the release of their new album, “Together Again: Live at The Egg.” 8pm. $12; students $5.
THEATER: “Rent” @ The Egg, Albany. “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes…” Rotterdam’s Our Own Productions presents Jonathan Larson’s contemporary Broadway classic directed by Matthew T. Teichner. 8pm. $26; students $21. Through April 10.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibits, fun, music and much more… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Jack Ingram @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The country music hitmaker already played at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last May and the Glens Falls Civic Center in October. Now he’s bringing his Acoustic Motel tour to a considerably more intimate venue. 7:30pm. $46.50.
MUSIC: Toad the Wet Sprocket @ The Egg, Albany. Led by frontman Glen Phillips, the ’90s alt-rock hitmakers bring their reunion tour and songbag of Top 40 hits – including “All I Want” and “Fall Down” – to Nippertown. 8pm. $29.50.
CRAFT SHOW: Spring Craft Show @ the Woman’s Club, Albany. The fourth annual craft fair showcases handmade work by such local artists and craftspeople as Nancy Miller, Sugi Pickard, Teresa Berger, Ben Karis-Nix, Ali Herrmann, John Visser, Meredith Butler and more. 5-9pm. FREE. Also 11am-5pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Ljova and the Kontraband @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Composer, arranger and violist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin and his crew mix up a heady blend of Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, jazz-inspired improvisations and deeply rooted classical forms. 8pm. $20.
DANCE: Next Move Festival of Modern Dance @ Proctors, Schenectady. Opening night of the two-day fest features the choreography of Abraham.In.Motion and curator Ellen Sinopoli. 7:30pm. $25; students $15.
COMEDY: April Fool’s Day Comedy Revue @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. A benefit for the Aquaria Wilson Fund. 8pm. $20; students $10.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. Beginner swing lessons by Greg Avakian and Laurie Zimmerman at 7:30pm; live music by the Saints of Swing at 8:30pm. $15; seniors and students $10.