3/1/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The wry and rollicking bluegrass band celebrates the release of their brand new album Reasons That I Run. 8pm. $15.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: WCDB’s 35th Birthday Bash Anniversary Festival Extravaganza @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Featuring Blotto, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dirty Face, Oberhofer, Barons in the Attic, more. Plus party hats, balloons, and birthday cake. Doors at 6pm; live music at 7pm. $23. GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…

MUSIC: Howard Fishman’s “No Further Instructions” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed, eclectic singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader presents his multimedia song cycle centered around the musician’s true-life adventures in rural Romania with his childhood friend (and New York Times travel journalist/photographer) Michael Benanav. The performance combines original music, historical memoir, storytelling and compelling photography. 8pm. $8; seniors $5; students & children FREE. GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…

DANCE: Philadanco @ The Egg, Albany. Founded in 1970, the Philadelphia-based dance company has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides through their contemporary dance performances created by some of the world’s finest choreographers. The tradition will continue as the company performs “Wake Up!” by Rennie Harris and other works. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Amy Helm @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Levon Helm’s daughter and founding member of Ollabelle. 9pm. $28.

FILM: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Part of QFest. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” doesn’t scream “LGBTQ film festival” but what it does is give a snapshot into the unspoken reality of living in the closet and being unable to come to terms with who you are. Plus, who doesn’t love young Paul Newman? 8pm. $9; students $7.

MUSIC: The McLovins @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With 2012 SPAC Battle of the Bands winners Crush. 9pm. $10.

FILM: “Celluloid Closet” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Part of QFest. “Celluloid Closet” dissects the way homosexuality is dealt with in film history. It’s moving, engaging and we wanted the content of the film to be a catalyst for conversation in how we’ve moved forward. 5:30pm. $9; students $7.

MUSIC: Bluegrass Gospel Project @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $20.

FILM: “Ferlinghetti: A Re-birth of Wonder” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. With this definitive documentary, director Christopher Felver crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait that reveals Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s true role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Machine Gun Kelly (aka MGK) @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Doors at 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Foster McGinty Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With the Young Citizens. 8:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Swinging Steaks @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. With Wishbone Zoe. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Patneaude/Payette Duo @ Athos, Albany. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: TAPESTRYduo @ the Parrot House, Schoharie. Acoustic duo. 8pm.

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