3/21/14: Today’s Tips: Friday


COMEDY: Mike Birbiglia @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Music Hall has been booking a batch of comedians, and the only question is, “What took ’em so long?” It’s a great theater for laughmakers, and Birbiglia is one of the best. With this show, the award-winning filmmaker, author and comedian offers painfully awkward stories about telling jokes and how that can get you in trouble. 8pm. $29 & $34; $5 discount for students.

MUSIC: Gurf Morlix @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Buffalo-born but an adopted Texan through-and-through, the fab singer-songwriter spent 11 years as Lucinda Williams’ guitarist; toured with Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle; and produced albums for Gilkyson and Gauthier. His grit, soul and innate musicality are just right on blues, Western swing and ballads. 8pm. $18.

THEATER: “Untitled #21: The Heart of D Cheney & Other Concerns” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An installation performance featuring Linda Mussmann’s musings on Dick Cheney’s heart. “She kept thinking about Cheney and those heart attacks and heart pumps and wires and hemoraging and shortness of breath and slow steps and near death and getting in line for a transplant at the age of 71 and waiting for the transplant and, then, bingo! . . . ” In collaboration with Claudia Bruce and Bryce Courbois. 7pm. $10.

THEATER: “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany.”Everything’s Coming Up Roses…” Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs the classic musical based on the memoirs of famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, featuring a cast of 23 from Broadway star Mary Callanan to local TV personality Benita Zahn. 8pm. $20-$65. Through April 13.

MUSIC: Glen David Andrews @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the singer-trombonist brings his jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk ‘n’ soul band back to Club Helsinki. 9pm. $22.

MUSIC: The Brother Ghost @ the Low Beat, Albany. Live recording. With Danny Whitecotton, Matt Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ Vapor Nightclub, Saratoga Springs. 8pm doors open. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sub Slab @ American Legion Post #927, Green Island. A benefit for the Northeast Kidney Foundation. With Sound Economy. 8pm. $5 suggested donation. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Switchfoot @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. In support of their new album, Fading West. With the Royal Concept. 8pm. $22.

PERFORMANCE: “Strange Cloak–Sub-Flight Infinity” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. South African musician Sabisha Friedberg’s work-in-progress investigation into the relationships of levitation, suspension and low-end thresholds that is a combination of performance, sculpture and light-box cinema. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Pinhead Susan’s, Schenectady. 9pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Paul McKenna Band @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The Scottish band blends the traditional with the contemporary featuring vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing and the warm paring of flute and whistles. 8pm. $23; $5 children 12 and under.

MUSIC: The Chronicles @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The next installment of the A Place for Folk concert series… 8pm.

MUSIC: The Joey Thomas Big Band @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. It’s the Saratoga Diamond Dance. 8pm. $16.

MUSIC: Melissa Ferrick @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Hand Habits @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Meg Duffy and her band make their Half Moon debut. With Bearchild. 9pm.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Café’ Nola, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Power’s Irish Pub, Clifton Park. Solo. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. Led by Mike DeAngelis. 9pm.

MUSIC: Lucid @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Capital Zen. 9:30pm. $8; $13 if under 21.

MUSIC: Tom Healey & Matt Mirabile @ Flo’s Lark Tavern, Albany. 6pm.

THEATER: “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Director Rob Urbinati teams up with the Omaha Theater Company to bring author Doreen Cronin’s charming bugs’ world to life, in this nationally touring production. 7pm. $9; $7 age 17 and under.

COMEDY: MOPCO’s Theatresports @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv sketch comedy. 8pm. $14; $6 students & seniors.

THEATER: “Fiddler On the Roof” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Co-directed by Sue Frost and Val Kavanaugh, the Circle Theatre Players present the universal story about preserving the essence of tradition in the face of inevitable change. Starring Matt Benzing as Tevye. 8pm. $19; $10 ages 18 and under. Through March 30.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Albany. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Groovestick @ Red Square, Albany. With the Jauntee and Assortment of Crayons. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Marcus Ruggiero @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Highly Dedicated @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 8pm. $10.

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