11/20/09: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Meat Puppets with Kirkwood Dellinger, Complicated Shirt @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany: They’ve had plenty of ups (playing on Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” show) and downs (Chris’ arrest on assault charges in 2003), but the brothers Kirkwood are still making beautiful Arizona sun-baked psychedelic cowpunk. 8pm. $12.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Yes Men Fix the World” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass.: Con game? Yes. Practical joke? Yes. Global grift? Oh yeah. In the Yes Men’s second feature film, the gonzo political activists-artists pose as corporate executives and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director-writer-producer-troublemakers Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. A benefit for WBCR-LP, 97.7FM in Great Barrington. 7:30pm. $15; students $10; priority seating plus after-party with the Yes Men $50.

ARTS WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schnectady: Monthly arts extravaganza featuring visual art by Joleen Button, Sharon D. West, James Kenneally, Joe Ulrich and others, as well as music by Amanda Rogers (Signatures Wine Bar) and Troika (Proctors’ Robb Alley). 5pm. Free.

MUSIC: Rob Skane, Christine Baze, Fred Gillen, Katie McKrell @ Positively Fourth Street, Troy: Go here. 9pm. $??.

MUSIC: Peter Yarrow with Bethany & Rufus @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass.: Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) teams up with his daughter Bethany to carry on the folk tradition. A benefit for the Berkshire Eagle’s Newspapers in Education Fund. 8pm. $25, $35; priority seating and after-party with the musicians $100.

MUSIC: The Sophisticates @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: Go here. 10pm. $5.

MUSIC: Tracy Bonham @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock: A benefit for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, Bonham and her band showcase her recently completed fourth album. Best known for her 1996 hit, “Mother, Mother,” the fiddler-vocalist has toured extensively with the Blue Man Group, and recorded with a diverse roster of musicians from the Latin Playboys to Aerosmith. She’ll be joined by guitarist Jason Roberts, bassist Jason Sarubbi and drummer Konrad Meissner. 9pm. $15.

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