6/22/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. It’s Day One of the annual family-friendly folk fest, and it kicks off with a homegrown production of “Four Seasons, Four Years” at 3pm. Also a variety of afternoon workshops and a 7pm concert featuring John McCutcheon, the Nuala Kennedy Band, Anne Hills & David Roth, Bruce Molsky, Sharon Katz & the Peace Train, Mulebone, Ellis and Brother Sun. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Grainbelt @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Earlier this month, Grainbelt held a CD release party for “A Distant Sound” at Caffe Lena, showcasing the more “gentle” side of their sound. Tonight, they celebrate again, and this time around, they’ll be kicking out the twang-fueled jams. For a happy hour show, no less. 6pm.

MUSIC: An Evening of Adirondack Music with Doug Irving & Friends @ The Linda, Albany. Songwriter Doug Irving celebrates the release of his ambitious 2-CD set, “An Adirondack Suite,” with a concert featuring a batch of Nippertown musical luminaries, including C.B. Smith, Nancy Walker, Kate McDonnell, Gary Moon, Phil Henry, John Kribs, Alan Dunham, Elizabeth Wingo, Marc Clayton, Rick Morse, Nick Parslow, Don Warren, Jeff Sohn and Ray Agnew. 8pm. $16.

MUSIC: Matthew Sweet @ The Egg, Albany. The alt-pop-rocker performs his classic album, “Girlfriend,” in its entirety along with other gems from his discography. With A Fragile Tomorrow. 8pm. $28.

FILM: “This Is Not a Film” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi (“Offside,” “The Circle”) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Wood Brothers @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Bassist Chris Wood (of MM&W) and his brother-guitarist-vocalist Oliver celebrate the release of their new CD, “Live, Volume One: Sky High.” With the Jamie Kent Duo. 9pm. $15.

FILM: “Patience (After Sebald)” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Grant Gee’s richly textured offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: The Blisterz @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Davey Blister and the boys kick-off the Garage Bands in the Garage free concert series. With the Mysteios. 6pm. FREE.

FILM: “Pipe Down!” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Local filmmaker Zachary Rosenau’s offbeat 24-minute slapstick film was produced and filmed in Nippertown, starring Gary Arzberger and Nick Lyman. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. They’ve gone from local hero status to national bluegrass band on-the-rise. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Silk Road Ensemble @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads the world music ensemble in concert at Ozawa Hall. 8pm. $20-$99.

FILM: “Brunswick” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Documentary about Sanford Bonesteel, a Rensselaer County farmer whose land is threatened by encroaching residential development. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Cafe NOLA, Schenctady. Acoustic blues duo. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Hauschka @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. German piano virtuoso Volker Bertelmann and is internationally recognized as a 21st century exponent of prepared piano technique, a tradition dating back to late 19th and early 20th century French composer Erik Satie. With Alexander Turnquist. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Street Corner Holler @ Cooper’s Cave, Glens Falls. 9pm.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ West Mountain Ski Lodge, Queensbury. With Black Taxi, Black Mountain Symphony and Migrant Son. 8:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: The Kelli Scarr Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kelli Scarr celebrates the release of sophomore solo album “Dangling Teeth” on Silence Breaks Records. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: Rob Jonas & Rick Sacchetti @ Moon and River Cafe, Schenectady. Their monthly residency series continues with with June’s special guest Karen Gilpin. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ Provence Restaurant, Albany. The jazz vocalist is backed by pianist Peg Delaney and bassist Pete Toigo. 7pm.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Acoustic Diva @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. Rob Piorkowski & Lisa Gordon – two members of Diva & the Dirty Boys – serve up a pair of acoustic duo performances. 6 & 8pm. $5.

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