12/04/10: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Crash Test Dummies @ The Linda, Albany. You remember “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,” don’t you? 1993? That crazy baritone voice? Sure you do. Well, that voice – Brad Roberts – is still at the helm for the band’s new album, “Ooh La La.” With “Lonesome Val” Haynes and Todd Nelson – both formerly of the Units/Fear of Strangers. 8pm. $20. (Related stories: Crash Test Dummies CD review; Lonesome Val’s Five Firsts; Todd Nelson CD review; Todd Nelson’s Five Firsts)

ARTS WALK: Hudson Winter Walk @ various locations, Hudson. Enjoy the glad tidings of the season up and down Warren Street and all around town. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Songs From the Silver Screen” @ the Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. A benefit concert for the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission Film Center featuring movie music from the cabaret duo of Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry and the multi-talented Robert Burke Warren. 8pm. $15, $25, $50.

MUSIC: Greg Brown @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. With more than a dozen albums to his credit, the gravel-voiced Greg Brown is not only one of folk music’s guiding lights, but also one of the finest songwriters around. 7:30pm. $26 in advance; $28 at the door.

MUSICAL THEATER: Sean Griffin: Cold Spring @ EMPAC. Composer Sean Griffin presents an multi-faceted evening that that interweaves performance artists and opera singers in Los Angeles, actors from Chicago, local theater productions and music ensembles and the RPI Cheer Squad. 8pm. Tickets: $15 | $10 | $5

BOOK SALE: Used Book Sale @ Albany Public Library’s Main Library. Everything from books to DVDs to flat screen monitors. 11am-5pm. Bag sale: 2-5pm. FREE! Early admission (10-11am): $5.

ROLLER DERBY: Hellions of Troy @ Rollerama, Schenectady. Slay Belles: Naughty Vs. Nice is the second intra-league bout of the winter season, with a portion of ticket sales going to help the FOCUS Food Pantry and The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society. 8pm. $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $3 children under 12.

MUSIC: The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Also featuring Jay’s daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda and her husband Michael Merenda. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Roches @ The Egg, Albany. Maggie, Terre and Suzzy are in a holiday mood, and it should be a sheer delight. Their 1990 album, “We Three Kings,” is one of our fave Christmas albums of the past quarter century. 8pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: moe. @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Yes, it’s Halloween in December, as the jam-band kingpins swirl into the Armory for a make-up concert that was postponed from October 30. 8pm. $27.

MUSIC: The Nancy Walker Trio @ Greenfield Grange Hall, Greenfield Center. Singer-songwriter Nancy Walker celebrates the release of her third album, “True Colors,” which is based on the people and places of Greenfield Center. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yuko Kishimoto @ the Athens Cultural Center, Athens. The latest in Planet Arts’ Jazz one2one concert series features composer-pianist Yuko Kishimoto, saxophonist Leo Russo and bassist Mike Lawrence. 7pm jazz talk; 8pm performance. $10.

MUSIC: Claudia Bruce with Ryder Cooley @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. In conjunction with the Hudson Winter Walk, patake of an evening of chili, cornbread, a beverage and music. 5-9pm. $12 including food.

ART OPENING RECEPTION: Nick Patten: Solo Show @ Harrison Gallery, Williamstown. Through December 31. Reception with the artist 5-7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Benjamin Britten is Dead” @ the soundBarn, Valatie. soundBarn and members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective team up for an evening of long-form improvisations on the 34th anniversary of Britten’s death. 8pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: First Saturday Arts Night @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Probing Digit @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s the release party for Probing Digit’s debut CD, so you know this is gonna be one crazy celebration. Doors at 8pm.

THEATER: Dynamic Characters, Dramatic Situations: Original Play Festival Competition (Part B) @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theater Players present seven original one-act plays. 7:30pm. $10.

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