10/5/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Shawn Holt & The Teardrops @ The Linda, Albany. He’s the son of blues legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well, and if you like what Magic Slim & The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad’s band. 8pm. $15.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ART/WELLNESS: O+ Festival @ various locations, Kingston. Day One of the three-day fest features the Bobby Lees, Driftwood Soldier, Mamadou Kelly, Marco Benevento, Kulton the Maker, Rootbrew, Treya Lam, Globelamp, the Forefathers, Key of Q, Adrian Aardvark, Hairbag, Tygersounds, Top Nachos, Denzil Porter, more. 5:30pm. $50 for a three-day all-fest pass and t-shirt.

MUSIC: Lula Wiles @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. This is right moment for this trio of three young women. They were raised on traditional folk music and progressive politics. They convey truth, confidence and determination with perfect vocal harmonies, tight musicianship and superior performance skills. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Kevin Maul & Bob Resnick @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. 7pm.

MUSIC: Bettye LaVette @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Simply the best soul singer alive… 8pm. $35 & $55.

THEATER: Dig Infinity! The Return of Lord Buckley, the Hip Messiah @ the Guthrie Center, Stockbridge. Written and performed by Oliver Trager as he takes on the tale and persona of the magnificent comedian/storyteller who fused the aristocratic with the jive talkin’. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Broken Field Runner @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring NXNES and Nick from Young Culture. With Blue Ranger and Geoff Gordon. 8pm.

MUSIC: Cliff Brucker’s Full Circle @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz concert series continues with pianist/drummer/bandleader/educator Cliff Brucker and his band featuring saxophonist Leo Russo, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury, guitarist Mike Novakowski, pianist Larry Ham and bassist Otto Gardner. 7:30pm. $20; students $10; children under 12 FREE.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Art openings, music, shopping, people watching and much more. 5pm. FREE.

THEATER: The Royale @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, the drama bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Orange Is the New Black”). This powerhouse play brings to explosive life the ultimate fight for a man’s place in history. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 14. GO HERE to read review…

FESTIVAL: Lake George Oktoberfest @ Canada Street, Lake George. Day One of the three-day fest features Fritz’s Polka Band. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: We Came as Romans @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Bad Omens and Ghost Chant. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: The Glass Menagerie @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Julianne Boyd directs Tennessee Williams’ timeless classic American drama. 8pm. Through Sunday, October 21.

ART/MUSIC: “Portraits in Jazz” @ Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties. An opening reception for William Horberg’s solo exhibit from 6-9pm. Featuring live music by the Mike DeMicco Trio featuring Lew Scott and Tani Tabbal. The exhibit remains on view through Sunday, Ocotber 28.

COMEDY: DC Benny @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. Benny’s unusual style of telling autobiographical stories, inhabited by original characters has been sharpened for almost 30 years as a performer. His personal essays, stories and articles have been featured in New York Magazine, The New York Observer, Narratively and Heeb Magazine. 7:30PM & 9:30pm. $25. Also at 7:30 & 9:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: The Carmen Staaf Sextet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Jazz pianist-composer Carmen Staaf is joined by vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, alto saxophonist Kris Allen, bassist Jonathan Michel and drummer George Schuller. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: Naked @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Eric Hill directs Nicholas Wright’s new version of Luigi Pirandello’s play which follows the story of a woman, in the midst of questioning her existence, as the men around her impose their view of her into the world. 7pm. $52. Through Sunday, October 28. GO HERE to read review…

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring The Resonators. 7pm swing dance lesson; 8pm dance. $15; students & seniors $10.

MUSIC: Scott Bassinson Trio @ Grappa 72, Albany. 6:30pm.

THEATER: HIR @ Shakespeare & Co., Lenox. Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy is directed by Alice Reagan. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 7.

COMEDY: Girl With No Job @ The Egg, Albany. Instagram, Facebook, YouTube… Claudia Oshry is a social media star. 8pm. $35; VIP $75.

MUSIC: Australian Pink Floyd Show @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. 8pm. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $69.50.

THEATER: Always… Patsy Cline @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Playhouse Stage Company presents Benita Zahn, Molly Rose McGrath and a six-piece country music band for the jukebox musical based on the music and life of the great country singer. 8pm. $27. Through Sunday, October 14.

THEATER: A Murder Is Announced @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Circle Theatre Players kick off their new season with the Agatha Christie mystery full of twists and turns. Directed by Paul Trela. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, October 14.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Enigma Festival @ Lee’s Park Campground, Saratoga Lake. Day One of the three-day fest. 5pm.

MUSIC/SPOKEN WORD: “Songs and Sounds for Silver” @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, featuring department faculty, along with guests from other CAS Departments and the Renaissance Center. A new work by composer Max Lifchitz – and inspired by poetry penned by Leonard Slade – will be performed by the Capital Trio. 3pm. FREE.

THEATER: Confetti Fest 14 @ Albany Masonic Lodge, Albany. Confetti Stage presents its annual short play festival showcasing Greater Nippertown playwrights. 7:30pm. $15; Through Sunday, October 14.

THEATER: Biloxi Blues @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dan Ventresca directs the second in Neil Simon’s coming-of-age trilogy. This play follows the adventures of Eugene Jerome when he joins the Army near the end of WWII and learns about life and love. 8pm. Through Saturday, October 13.

THEATER: Marvel Universe Live @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Comic books come to life in a live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. 7pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Bronte Roman @ Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “An Actor’s Revenge” @ PS21, Chatham. Director Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this 1963 tale of betrayal and retribution. Set in the world of 19th-century kabuki theater, the film charts a female impersonator’s attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents. 7:30pm. $9; children 12 & under $5.

FILM: “The Seventh Seal” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. NYS Writers Institute presents Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 masterwork. A medieval knight searches for answers about the meaning of life and plays a game of chess with Death during the Black Plague. 7:30pm. FREE.

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