5/6/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Albert Cummings @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The Berkshire blues king rips it up. 8pm. $15 in advance; $18 at the door; $10 students.

MUSIC: Amy Speace @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. The sublime Nashville singer-songwriter showcases her new album, “Land Like A Bird.” 8pm. $15.

TALK: An Evening with Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The “Deadliest Catch” crew offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the crab-fishing business. 8pm. $31.75, $41.75, $77.00.

MUSIC: The Williams Jazz Ensemble @ the Williams College ’62 Center Mainstage, Williamstown. Andy Jaffe directs the college’s big band in concert with special guest baritone sax master Gary Smulyan. 8pm. FREE, but tix are required. Call 413.597.2425 for reservations.

MUSIC: Las Manos @ The Linda, Albany. A slightly belated Cinco de Mayo celebration. With special guest Alexis Cole. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Mike DeMicco & Friends @ Gallagher’s Banquet House, Cairo. The jazz guitarist with vocalist Lindsey Webster, keyboardist Keith Slattery and drummer Peter O’Brien. 8pm.

THEATER: The O Solo Mama Mia Festival @ Russell Sage College’s James L. Meader Theatre, Troy. Robin Gelfenbien’s “My Salvation has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey” and Leigh Hendrix’s “How to be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less.” 7:30pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: Guy Davis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Veteran acoustic bluesman. With Katrin Roush opening the show. 8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

MUSIC: Ernie Williams @ Quintessence, Albany. Albany’s ambassador of the blues… 9pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

FILM: “Con Artist” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A character-driven dark comedy that examines themes of art, celebrity, fortune, fakery and the dark side of American culture through the controversial and contradictory persona of “business artist” Mark Kostabi. 5:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Friday, May 20.

DANCE: New York Theatre Ballet @ The Egg, Albany. A performance featuring the works of Antony Tudor (“Soiree Musical’ and “Jardin Aux Lilas”); Sir Frederick Ashton (“Capriol Suite”); modern dance pioneer Merce Cunningham (“Septet”) and John Butler (“Othello”). 8pm. $24; seniors $20; children $12.

MUSIC: The Knyghts of Fuzz @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. A garage-rockin’ happy hour show with special guest guitarslinger Graham Tichy sittin’ in. 6pm. $3.

THEATER: “Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. Carol King directs Shakespeare’s playful classic. 8pm. $15; students $10. Through May 22.

MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The singer-songwriter-guitarist-keyboardist-harmonicat-mandolinist-bandleader showcases selections from his newest album, “Till The Light Comes.” With the Wiyos. 9pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ghoul Poon @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Mr. Owl, Colorful Tones and Rawhead. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Sway @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Tommy Love and friends do the Stones. 10pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Odd Couple” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Donna Baxter directs the Classic Theater Guild’s production of the classic Neil Simon comedy – with a gender twist. Starring Betsy Bartlett as Florence Ungar and Marie Oppedisano as Olive Madison. 7:30pm. $16.50; students and seniors $13.50. Through Sunday, May 15.

MUSIC: Michael Jerling UPDATE: Nancy Walker & Larry Clyman @ Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa. The fine singer-songwriter will be accompanied by bass master Tony Markellis. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Francesca Tanksley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz piano. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. Acoustic blues duo. 6pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. Beginner East Coast Swing dance lessons by Walter and Lauren Keeley at 8pm. Dancing to the music of Eight to the Bar at 8:30pm. $15; seniors & students $10. Also a Lindy dance workshop by the Keeleys at 6:30pm with an additional charge of $10; seniors and students $8.

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