3/22/13: Today’s Tips: Friday.

MUSIC: Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The sublime jazz drummer brings his band – pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Christopher Thomas, tenor saxophonist Melvin Butler and alto saxman Myron Walden – to town in support of their latest album Landmarks. 8pm. $8; seniors $5; students & children FREE. More info here…

THEATER: “Inflatable Frankenstein” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Inspired by meditations on horror films as well as Antonin Artaud, Radiohole’s “Inflatable Frankenstein” is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel “Frankenstein.” Messy, too… 8pm. $18. More info here…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Mid-Winter Capital Region Blues Network Blues Bash @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany. A benefit concert for the Capital Region Blues Network featuring Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles and Holly & Evan. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: That1Guy @ Red Square, Albany. The future-funkateer extraordinaire is well known for his imaginative performances and his curious instrument. With Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club. 9:30pm. $15. GO HERE to enter to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: “Blues Weekend” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Lena’s eighth annual Blues Weekend kicks off the first of two nights with the crackling double-bill of Danielle Miraglia and Erin Harpe. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Waylon Speed @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Burlington-based southern rockers. With the North & South Dakotas. GO HERE to enter to win FREE tickets…

COMEDY: Lewis Black @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The playwright and Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian steps back into the Palace spotlight with “The Rant Is Due.” 8pm. $29.50, $39.50 & $55.50.

MUSIC: Shadowland @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. Celtic blues. 7pm.

READING/DISCUSSION: “Women’s Words, Women’s Voices” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique,” a reading of some of the most enlightening, engaging, empowering writing from women authors. 6pm potluck dinner; 6:45pm readings.

THEATER: “Hooray for Hollywood” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A revue of Hollywood’s greatest song-and-dance numbers live on stage. 8pm. $20, $30, $35, $40 & $55.

FILM: “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Mark Kitchell’s documentary is a big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning a half-century of grassroots and global activism. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Stray Dogs @ Brown’s Brewing, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

CIRCUS/THEATER: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring Ringmistress Philomena and her cohorts Mr. Pennygaff, Kinko the Clown, hula hoopster Malia Walsh, Dandy Darkly, the sultry Harvest Moon and more. 9pm. $20; $15 if wearing clown face make-up.

MUSIC: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Blues-rock guitarslinger. With Sly Fox & the Hustlers. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Jim Cullum Jazz Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The Van Dyck’s 66th anniversary weekend continues with the classic jazz ensemble of the public radio show “Riverwalk Jazz.” Featuring clarinetist Allen Vache. 7 & 9:30pm. $26.

MUSIC: Maaze @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With special guest saxman Jay Collins. 9pm.

MUSIC: Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band @ the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: From the Heartland @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

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