5/20/11: Today’s Tips: Friday
Art Night Schenectady celebrates its fourth anniversary with free happenings all over downtown Schenectady. Of special note:
Second Annual Electric City Couture Fashion Show @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Highlighting new and established local designers including Joleen Button, Katie Pray, Van Demps, Jenn Dugan, Rana Fayez, Sara Johnson, Erika Klein, Kristina Maldonado, Jenny McShan and Lorraine Murphy. Live DJ music provided by Schenectady based Dee Jay Ofi and projected visuals VJ Roy Buckley, plus surprise guests. 7pm.
MUSIC: The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. They started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of vicious and bloody warfare. Since then, the band has toured the world and perfected its infectious, uplifting fusion of roots reggae, Afro-pop and West African goombay music. With Songs of Solomon and We Must Be. 9pm. $20.
MUSIC: Two Cow Garage @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s a night of hard-rocking Americana as the Columbus-based rockers hit the stage in support of their recent album, “Sweet Saint Me.” With Nippertown’s own Slaughterhouse Chorus. 9pm. $8.
MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Ryder Cooley @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With Girls in Trouble. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: North Sea Gas @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With 14 albums to their credit and a mantle full of international awards, the veteran Scottish folk trio carries on the tradition. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.
MUSIC: Betti Xiang @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. She is a virtuoso on the erhu – a traditional, two-stringed, bowed Chinese instrument. This concert is part of the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival. 7:30pm. $15