10/11/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sweet Honey in the Rock @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The revered female, African-American, a cappella ensemble celebrates four decades together with their concert, “40th Anniversary Celebration: Forty and Fierce.” Both sweet and rousing, they’re known for their diverse, socially conscious mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. It’s a joyful noise, and it’s also a fundraiser for the YWCA of NorthEastern NY. 8pm. $25, $35, $42.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rickie Lee Jones @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $45, $69, $79 & $150.

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Three-O @ the Dream Away Lodge, Becket. They’re back… 8:30pm. Donations appreciated.

MUSIC: Plume Giant @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The huge sound of Brooklyn-based newcomers belies its three-piece chamber-folk format. The band employs a dozen instruments, infusing its music with soft whispers and vaulting vocals to achieve both intimacy and exaltation. Charming, sometimes strange, always erudite music. 8pm. $12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students.

COMEDY: Bob Marley @ The Egg, Albany. “Redemption Song.” “Three Little Birds.” “Get Up, Stand Up.” Oh, wait a minute. You mean the other Bob Marley? The funny one? OK, never mind… 8pm. $24.50.

MUSIC: Drum Night @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Four different powerhouse drummers – Michael Benedict, Pete Sweeney, Bob Haleck and Mark Foster – square off in pairs to fuel the big beat behind Bopitude, wrapping up with a drum-a-palooza four-way battle. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Yip Deceiver @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Yip Deceiver is the side-project of Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobbratz from the band Of Montreal. With Mike and Amy Shift the Paradigm. 8pm.

MUSIC: American Babies @ Red Square, Albany. In support of their new album, “Knives & Teeth,” due for release on Tuesday. With Rebel Darling. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Taking Back Sunday @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Playing your old favorites and some new songs, like “Flicker Fade.” With Polar Bear Club and Transit. 8pm. $27.50.

MUSIC: Roy Hurd @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. His songs have been recorded by such Nashville hitmakers as Paul Brant, the Oak Ridge Boys and Duane Steele, but the heart of his music is rooted deep in the Adirondack Mountains where he lives. He’ll be accompanied by fab fiddler Frank Orsini. pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

MUSIC: The Features @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Nashville rockers have drawn comparisons to Television, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads and Ultravox. With Hollerado. 7pm. $15.

THEATER: “Venus in Fur” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the regional premiere of David Ives’ sexy, funny, Tony Award-winning dramedy, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 8pm. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Through October 20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Veena Chandra @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Sitar concert. 8pm. FREE.

COMEDY: MOPCO’s Chortle Kombat @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv comedy. 8pm. $14; $6 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Cats Under the Stars @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Jerry Garcia Band tribute band. With Phish tribute band Antelope. 9:30pm. $10.

THEATER: “Kill Me Now” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. It’s the U.S. premiere of Kaliyuga Arts production of Brad Fraser’s intimate, funny and heartbreaking drama about caring and ultimately saying goodbye to those we love. 8pm. $25; $20 students & seniors. Through October 13.

MUSIC: Sherri Buxton Jazz Trio @ Baba Louie’s Sourdough Pizza, Pittsfield. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Ronald Feldman conducts the first concert of the season featuring works by Beethoven, Paine and Sibelius. With special guest pianist Doris Stevenson. 8pm. FREE. With a free pre-show talk by Feldman in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

THEATER: “Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Celebrate Berkshire women writers with an evening of stories old and new. Mary Mott will share stories of her life (“From Where I Sit”) and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor will perform a stage adaptation of “Roman Fever,” a short
story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton. 7pm. $30. Through October 20.

MUSIC: TAPESTRYtrio @ the Rusty Nail, Clifton Park. Playing “all things acoustic.” 8:30pm.

FILM: “The Garden” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s 2008 documentary examines the battle between the residents of a Latino neighborhood and corporate business interests over 14 acres of urban farmland. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Blue Jasmine” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Woody Allen’s acclaimed 2013 film starring Cate Blanchett. 7:30pm.

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