5/26/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Dance Party with Brendan Canning @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The celebration for “Oh, Canada” exhibition continues with a dance party with the co-founder of the Toronto-based indie rock group Broken Social Scene and a stalwart on the city’s DJ circuit for more than a decade. With short sets by Pastoralia from Nova Scotia and the duo Sleepy Panther from Calgary. 9pm. $15; $20 with gallery admission; $10 students; FREE kids under 12.

MUSIC: Bettye LaVette @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. According to The New York Times, “Now recognized as one of the great soul interpreters of her generation, she has a gift that, in my opinion, makes her the equal of Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner.” And we’ll second that emotion, you betcha… 8pm. $20, $35 & $50; VIP tix $55.

MUSIC: Joanne Shenandoah @ the Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 13-time Native American Music Award-winner. 7pm. $20. More info here…

MUSIC: Kim & Clyde @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. Tern Rounders’ Kim Kilbey teams up with Ramblin Jug Stompers’ Cousin Clyde for some harmony-driven country and folk. 1pm. FREE.

FILM: “Payback: Debt and the Shadow side of Wealth” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Jennifer Baichwal’s riveting and poetic documentary on “debt” in its various forms — societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal and, of course, economic. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Rebecca Cline & Nicki Denner @ Union College’s Emerson Auditorium, Schenectady. Presented by Jazz/Latino, Inc. in their final concert of the season, the piano duo explores “The Caribbean Side of Thelonious Monk.” 8pm. $15; seniors $5.

MUSIC: The Wood Brothers @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 9pm. Bassist Chris Wood of Medeski Martin & Wood teams up with his guitarist-vocalist brother Oliver Wood. With Seth Walker. 9pm. $25.

COMEDY: The Improv Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A wild mix of stand-up comics, public speakers, accountants, actors, writers and frustrated hams who like making people laugh. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Day Two of the three-day family folk fest. More info here…

MUSIC: Phil Hoyt @ the Train Depot Green, Salem. The traditional country music singer kicks off the free Summer Sounds of Salem weekly concert series. 11am. FREE. More info and full season schedule here…

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The big man of the blues is back… 9pm. $15.

FILM: “The Loving Story” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Nancy Buirski’s documentary about the interracial marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving in 1960′s Virginia and their landmark Supreme Court case that changed history. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: StrangeCreek Campout @ Camp Kee-Wannee, Greenfield, Mass. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest with Max Creek headlining tonight. The main stage music starts at 10am. More info and full schedule here…

MUSIC: Mark Tolstrup & Tony Markellis @ the Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues from a pair of masters. 8pm.

TALK: Phillip Toledano @ the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. The artist will discuss his work, which ranges from the socio-political to the personal, and varies in medium from photography to installation. 8pm. $7; students & seniors $5.

MUSIC: The Broken String Band @ 1848 Shaker Meeting House, Albany. 7:30pm. $12; seniors/students $10; under 18 admitted FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Captain Squeeze @ the Carey Institute for Global Good, Rensselaerville. The Captain goes solo for a fundraiser for the Rensselaerville Public Library. 5pm. $20 donation.

MUSIC: The Graham Tichy Trio @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor @ Panza’s Restaurant, Saratoga Lake. With Azzaam Hameed on keyboards. 7pm.

MUSIC: “Reggae By Nature” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring Robanic and Royal Khaoz. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: T Jay @ American Glory, Hudson. 8:30pm.

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