2/16/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday

DANCE/MUSIC: “Temptation of the Muses” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Nai-Ni Chen Dance, the Ahn Trio and composer Kenji Bunch collaborate on an original dance inspired by Latif Nazemi’s poem “A Word for Freedom,” bringing the color, energy and dynamism of American modern dance to musical selections by Pat Metheny, David Balakrishnan and Ronn Yedidia, as well as original themes by Bunch. 8pm. $15, $25 & $34. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE TICKETS…

MUSIC: Red Molly @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Ventner serve up fab three-part harmonies,bluegrass and folk tunes and some impressive musicianship, too. With Steel Wheels. 7:30pm. $28.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: The Dance Flurry Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. It’s Day One of the jam-packed three-day fest. 9am. Through Sunday. More info here…

PERFORMANCE: Brian Rogers/The Chocolate Factory: “Hot Box” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. “Loud, dark, foggy, sweaty, messy, and very live.” 8pm. $18. More info here…

MUSIC: Saint Rose Camerata @ College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The program includes Chanson Madecasses by Ravel, Four Last Songs by Strauss, and Piano Trio No. 2 by Brahms. Performers include Susan Harwood, soprano; Lucille Beer, mezzo soprano; Amanda Brin, violin; David Bebe, cello; Yvonne Hansbrough, flute; Young Kim, piano; and Michael Clement, piano. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Wiyos @ The Egg, Albany. Performing their singular blend of early jazz, rock and Tin Pan Alley pop with an exuberance. With Mike + Ruthy sharing the bill. 7:30pm. $20. More info here…

MUSIC: Zéphyros Winds @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. One of America’s most distinguished chamber ensembles features James Roe, oboe; Jennifer Grim, flute; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Saxton Rose, bassoon; and Zohar Schondorf, horn. 8pm. $8; seniors $5; students and children FREE.

COMEDY: The Gender Defenders @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A Valentine’s comedy show and battle of the sexes with Carol Siskind, Rodney Laney, Helen Hong & Nick Griffin. 8pm. $20, $27.50 & $40 in advance; $25, $32.50 & $45 at the door.

MUSIC: The Willie Amrod Band @ American Glory, Hudson. 8:30pm.

OPERA ON FILM: “Rigoletto” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera serves up Verdi’s classic tragedy, set in Las Vegas in 1960. Directed by Michael Mayer (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”). 12:55pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: Jeff Mangum @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The leader of the legendary Neutral Milk Hotel. With the Music Tapes and Tall Firs. 8pm. UPDATE: This concert is sold out.

MUSIC: Five Points Band @ the Ale House, Troy. With Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers. 9pm.

FILM: “Long Distance Revolutionary” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke, and inspire. 5:45pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Ghosts of Jupiter @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Banooba. 9pm. $7. More info here…

FILM: “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Werner Herzog presents this visually stun­ning documentary about indigenous people living deep in the heart of the Siberian wilderness. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Pat Hull @ Dream Away Lodge, Becket. The singer-songwriter performs in support of his brand new album, Shed Skin. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Matisyahu @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An acoutic performance in support of his latest album, Spark Seeker: Acoustic Sessions. 9pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. With Olivia Quillio. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Fred Thomas @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. In support of his new album Kuma. With Trummors and Pigeons. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night of the Broadway musical that tells the story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback. With a batch of fun-filled disco hits. 2 & 8pm. $20, $35, $45, $50, $60 & $70. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Mike Gaffney @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With Brian Cichocki. 8:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Zan Strumfeld @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. With Danny Whitecotton. 7pm.

MUSIC: C.B. Smith @ Desolation Road Studios, Altamont. Smith leaves his band the Lucky Devils behind for a night as he delivers a solo show. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Love Ball @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A benefit for the Hudson Pride Foundation with music by Cocoa Chanelle, Ophelia Nightly and Tom Judson. With silent auction. 6pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes & Blaze @ Pig N Whistle, Burnt Hills. 8pm. FREE.

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