3/11/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ Red Square, Albany. A storyteller. A pitbull. A one-man punk band. Hamell’s all of that and more. Much more… With the Heddy Brothers and Loon Suit. 9pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

MUSIC: Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. A terrific double-bill of two acclaimed singer-songwriters. 8pm. $35, $50.

MUSIC: David Pack @ Wolf’s 1-11, Albany. A benefit for the Fred Baye Fire Relief Fund features David Pack, the former lead vocalist with the ’70s progressive-pop hitmakers Ambrosia. With the Schmooze and Calico Hotrod. 5pm. $15; two for $20; children under 12 FREE.

MUSIC: Christopher Shaw @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Nippertown’s fave Adirondack singer-songwriter-storyteller. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

THEATER: “Our Town” @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play and love, life and death in Grover’s Corners. Directed by Randolyn Zinn and Allen McCullough. 8pm. $25; students and children $15.

MUSIC: The Soren Moller & Dick Oatts Duo @ The Linda, Albany. Pianist Moller and super saxman Oatts jazz up The Linda. With the Anders Mogenson Trio. 8pm. $15; students $10.

MUSIC: James Keelaghan @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Marvelous Canadian singer-songwriter. 8pm. $20.

COMEDY: Gabriel Iglesias @ The Egg, Albany. The stand-up comic brings his Fluffy Shop Tour to The Egg for a pair of performances. 7 & 10pm. $37.25.

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonette @ Peint O Gwrw, Chatham. It’s the first stop on the Channy n’ Rikki’s Birthday Weekend tour. Be prepared to party hearty… 8pm.

MUSIC: Williams Jazz Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Under the direction of Andy Jaffe, the ensemble performs the world premiere of Rob Pasternak’s Cinematic Suite in addition to works by Douglas Boyce, Burt Bacharach and Kneebody. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sly Fox & the Hustlers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Singing ’bout those “SUNY Girls”… With Dylan Storm and S.C.O.R.E. 9pm.

MUSIC: Mike Doughty @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. From his days with Soul Coughing to his solo work, singer-songwriter Doughty has always walked the tightrope between the surreal and the sublime. 9pm. $25.

FILM: “The Clay Bird” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The New York State Writers Institute screens Tareque Masud’s 2002 film set in East Pakistan in the ’60s during the turbulent years that preceded the Bangladeshi war of liberation. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. Acoustic blues duo. 8pm.

MUSIC: Marty McDermott @ American Glory, Hudson. The guitarist with the Reverberators goes solo and acoustic at the old converted firehouse. 8pm.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. New traditional Celtic rock featuring hit-wired fiddler Nelson Rock. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Lorenza Ponce @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Rock-Americana vocalist-violinist Ponce showcases selection from her latest album, “Soul Shifter.” With the brother-sister duo She & the Sun. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues. 7pm. FREE.

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