6/17/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Singer-songwriter Gaudet and his sparkling bluegrass-flavored band celebrate the release of their new CD, “No Questions Asked.” 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Jo Henley @ Katie O’Byrne’s, Schenectady. CD release party for the Boston-based band’s new album, “Mohawk,” a song cycle about the City of Schenectady. With Chris Cagnina. 10pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Eddie Griffin @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The comedian/actor’s latest stand-up special, “You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It,” made its Comedy Central debut in February. 8pm $35.50, $45.50.

MUSIC: The Fred Eaglesmith Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 9pm. $20.

THEATER: “The Underpants” @ Albany Masonic Hall, Albany. It’s opening night! Ryan McLaughlin directs the Confetti Stage production of Carl Sternheim’s play (adapted by multi-talented Steve Martin). 8pm. $12 online; $18 at the box office. Through Sunday, June 26.

MUSIC: The Mighty Diamonds @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The classic reggae harmony trio. With the Yellow Wall Dub Squad and BombMob. 9pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

MUSIC: Skadee @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Presented by the SwordPaw folks. With the Steakouts, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade and the Wars End. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Nervosity Battle of the Bands @ Tawasentha Park’s Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland. Facing off for top honors are 10 up-and-coming Nippertown bands: Mental Trigger, Optimistic Inertia, Halfway 2 Washington, Reasons 2 Run, Windy Sunday, Nine Votes Short, Milestone, the Summer Switch, Ian Campbell and Uncle Joel’s Comb. 6pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schenectady. Stroll around downtown and soak up some great visual art and music as well, 5-9pm. FREE.

BASEBALL: The Tri-City Valleycats @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bruno Stadium, Troy. It’s opening day of the Nippertown baseball season as TCVC takes on the Vermont Lake Monsters. 7pm.

MUSIC: Schleigho @ Jillian’s, Albany. With Mao Say Fun. 9:30pm. $12.

THEATER: “An Evening of Monologues” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, a not-for-profit organization which seeks to highlight and promote performance and theatrical pieces by artists of color features original, locally written pieces presented by Capital Region actors, poets and writers, as well as a collection of visual artwork. 8pm. $10.

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

MUSIC: Rudeke @ Savannah’s, Albany. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Tom McWatters & the Philo Beddoe Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

ART EXHIBIT: “Art Attitudes” @ the Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake. The Malta League of Arts’ weekend-long exhibition featuring the work of collagist-photographer Robert Gullie, as well as Gregory Montgomery, David Arsenault, Leah Stein, Dahl Taylor and more. 4-7pm. FREE. The exhibit continues 11am-2pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. 6:30pm. $5.

THEATER: “Words & Music” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Video and 8mm film are utilized in a new performance piece incorporating texts by Linda Mussmann and songs by Claudia Bruce over the past two decades. 7:30pm. $10. Through Saturday.

FILM: “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Leanne Pooley’s documentary offers a close-up portrait of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand’s social landscape. 5:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday, June 26.

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