5/9/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Party Boat @ the Circus Cafe, Saratoga Springs. It’s the record release party for our fave beach-pop band’s new seven-inch single, “Little Fish,” and the debut release on the new Spa City-based JetPack Records label. With the Firs. 10pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sharon Van Etten @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. It’s the second stop on the tour in support of the Brooklyn-based indie folk-rock singer-songwriter upcoming album, Are We There. With the blues-rock duo She Keeps Bees. 9pm.

MUSIC: John Gorka @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. CD release party for the fab singer-songwriter’s new album, Bright Side Down. With the Michigan-based folk duo Mustard’s Retreat. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

MUSIC: Kendra Shank & John Stowell @ Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Albany. The folkie-turned-jazz singer Kendra Shank teams up with jazz guitarist John Stowell for their exquisite new album, New York Conversations. 7:30pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Steve Katz @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Schenectady native was a founding member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears and American Flyer, and that’s just the beginning of an extraordinary career in music. Tonight he celebrates his birthday with an autobiographical concert. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Untitled #21: The Heart of D Cheney & Other Concerns” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Linda Mussman muses on the heart – both old and new – of Dick Cheney and how it was key to changing the balance of power in the world. 7pm. $10.

GUITARS: Capital Region Guitar Show @ the Knights of Columbus Hall, Saratoga Springs. Guitars, guitars, guitars and just about anything ese with strings. Buy, sell, trade or just look around. 5-9pm. $7 ($2 off if you bring an instrument or amp): FREE kids under 12.

COMEDY: Maria Bamford @ The Egg, Albany. The stand-up comedian serves up her surreal peek inside her mind, accompanied by a crowd of voices. 8pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bogies Repair Fest @ Bogies, Albany. It’s Day One of the three-day headbangin’ benefit bash. Today’s line-up features Sworn Enemy, Brick by Brick, Driven by Rage, Sludge Factory, Alaskan, Isvari, Dolabra and Collateral Damage. 6:30pm. Pay what you will. GO HERE for showtimes & complete schedule of performances…

THEATER: “The Russian Doctor” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. With this work-in-progress performance, Andrew Dawson explores an oft-forgotten element of Anton Chekhov’s legacy: an extraordinary journey across the frozen tundra to the island of Sakhalin and his ensuing contribution to the field of epidemiology.

MUSIC: The Charlie Watts Riots @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Blue Factory. 9pm.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. While Skip is recovering from heart surgery, clarinetist Ron Joseph will sub for him this weekend. Here’s to a speedy recovery, Skip! 10pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Tom Rush @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 7pm. $45.

MUSIC: Joe Louis Walker @ the Falcon, Marlboro. With Stephen Clair & the Millionaires. 7pm. FREE; donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Gamelan Chandra Kanchana @ Bard College’s Olin Auditorium, Annandale-On-Hudson. Balinese music. With Gamelan Giri Mekar and renowned Balinese dancer Shoko Yamamuro. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Warhols Woodshed @ the Low Beat, Albany. Performing White Light, White Heat in its entirety. 6pm.

THEATER: “Young Frankenstein” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. It’s opening night. Directed by Michael Gatzendorfer. “He was my… BOYFRIEND!” 8pm. Through May 18.

MUSIC: Annie in the Water @ NaNola, Malta. 10pm.

MUSIC: Against Me @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Laura Jane Grace leads the band in support of their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. With Tony Molina and Big Eyes. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Big Data @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Rival Galaxies. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Last night’s performance was cancelled due to illness, so tonight is opening night. 8pm. UPDATE: Tonight’s show has also been cancelled due to illness.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. With Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Captain J.P. Cruise Line, Troy. It’s the first music cruise of the season… 7pm for dinner; 8:30pm non-dinner. $41 dinner & cruise; $19.50 cruise only.

THEATER: “All My Sons” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. It’s Miller time! Arthur Miller, that is, as ACT presents “All My Sons” directed by Aaron Holbritter. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through May 18.

THEATER: “The God Game” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s powerful, three-character play that tackles the topics of religion and politics head-on. The bold, thought-provoking play is directed by Kristin Coury and stars Yvonne Perry, Laurence Lau and Jeffrey Binder. 8pm. $20, $50 & $60. Through May 25.

THEATER: “Flashdance: The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s the 30th anniversary of the film, and now it’s live on stage – the tale of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day making it big. 8pm. $20, $40, $55, $65 & $75. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Wailin’ Jennys @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. In support of their new album, Bright Morning Stars. With June & the Bee. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Side Door Café, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ the Ginger Man, Albany. 8:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Room Service” @ Schenectady Civic Playhouse, Schenectady. Zany comedy directed by Chris Foster. 8pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Wheel @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Playing the Grateful Dead and beyond… 9pm.

MUSIC: The Shames @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Local 518 rockers from the ’60s, back together again. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Swiss modern: Frank Martin’s Monumental A Cappella Mass for Double Choir” @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir sing together, under the direction of Grammy Award winner Brad Wells. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Midtown Tap and Tea Room, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Terrapin Flyer @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Led by Melvin Seals and Mark Karan. With Half Step. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Rob Aronstein @ NaNola, Malta. 7pm.

MUSIC: MoChester @ Red Square, Albany. Rochester-based pop-rockers with a reggae twist. With Slowshine, DayShawn Mojica, Siren and Midnight Society. 9pm.

MUSIC: Abraham & the Groove @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Sweet soul music featuring Tony, Eric & Nick Parker with special guest Jimmy Eppard on guitar, too. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Geo @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

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