11/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Skeleton$, Dan Deacon, Luciano Chessa @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy: The third installment of the New Nothing concert series promises to be another mindblower with the belated addition of Dan Deacon to the bill. Open your ears. 8pm. $15; seniors/students $10.

THEATER: “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” @ The Egg, Albany: The Godfather of the one-person performance art/theatrical monologue, Gray committed suicide five years ago, but his writings live and breathe on stage again thanks to four actors and special guests author James Howard Kunstler and Times Union editor Rex Smith. 8pm. $28. (also Saturday)

MUSIC: “The Guthrie Family Rides Again” @ The Egg, Albany: Arlo Guthrie and his children and grandchildren singing four generations of folk songs. 7:30pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50.

ART: Grand opening reception @ Drops of Jupiter, Albany: Owner-designers Adam Steele and Martin Dodge open the doors of their new floral design company. 6pm. Free. (Also Saturday)

MUSIC/YOGA: If you like your females voices strong and independent, Northampton, Mass. is the place to be tonight. Neko Case is at the Calvin Theatre (8pm; $25, $32.50), while Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer steps into the spotlight at Pearl Street (9pm; $20). And, oh yeah, Palmer also teaches a yoga class at Shiva Shakti Power Vinyasa Yoga (3pm; $5) prior to her concert.

THEATER: “Condom Man: Da Beginning” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany: Yes, Too Deep Entertainment warns us all to “wrap it up or die.” Now that’s a superhero…: 7pm. $12.

MUSIC: Matt and Shannon Heaton @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs: The Boston-based husband-and-wife team of Matt (guitar, vocals) and Shannon (flute, vocals) Heaton have quickly become regulars at Lena’s, showcasing traditional Irish tunes and sublime original songs, running the gamut from ballads to jigs and hornpipes to reels and waltzes. Delightful. 8pm. $17.

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  1. Jason Steven Murphy says

    Thanks for the shout on the show tonight at EMPAC, which starts at 7:30 PM (not 8 PM) – it has changed slightly, though…

    It is a good news / bad news situation here at EMPAC today in terms of tonight’s New Nothing show – the bad news is that Dan Deacon and Nuclear Power Pants have to cancel due to an injury (we hope to reschedule for the spring / future, and we wish Dan Deacon a speedy recovery).  The good news, however, is that the replacement is a live set by Prefuse 73 (http://www.prefuse73.com/blog/http://www.myspace.com/prefusion73) with video by Troy’s own lmnopf (http://lmnopf.com/), who will shake Studio 2 in a very different way (dance party!).  Prefuse 73 (on the venerable Warp Records label) will be throwing down a percussive set that will run from hazy psychedelia to bass-heavy chopped up hip-hop to sounds from the other side of who knows where – be prepared to be surprised and on your feet.  You might recall the name lmnopf from the Madlib + Juiceboxxx performance during the EMPAC opening – they were doing up the pixels all over the raised cylindrical screen, and they are now slated to knock it out of the park again.  And with Skeleton$ and Luciano Chessa still ready to rock, all systems are set for GO.  See you tonight at 7:30 PM.

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