ARTS EVENT: First Friday arts walk @ various locations, Albany: It’s Albany’s monthly arts walk, and you can’t help but to bump into something interesting on your stroll. The Bill DeLanney/William Jaeger photography exhibit at Albany Center Gallery? Doug Holst‘s paintings at the Davey Jones Gallery? The closing reception and silent auction for the “Boarded Up” exhibit at the Grand Street Community Arts Center? The holiday arts and crafts sale at the Women’s Club? 5-9pm. Free.
MUSIC: “Once Upon the Hudson” @ The Linda, Albany: As part of the ongoing Once Upon The Hudson: Hudson River Quadricentennial Celebration, the River Ramblers and the Barefoot Boys – both featuring Rich Bala – team up for an evening of traditional songs and stories titled “Once Upon the Hudson.” 7:30pm. Free.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Man With the Golden Arm” with a post-screening discussion with Russell Banks and Don DeLillo @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany: The gritty 1955 film “The Man With the Golden Arm,” based on Nelson Algren’s novel, is followed by two great American novelists, Russell Banks and Don DeLillo, discussing the life and work of Algren and the influence that he had on their own work. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: The Fiery Furnaces with Cryptacize @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Led by sibblings Matthew and Eleanore Friedberger, the literate, sophisticated and sometimes completely Dada-esque Fiery Furnances heat up the Hall is support of their new album, “I’m Going Away.” Doors open at 7:30pm. $15.
THEATER: The Baker’s Wife @ Charles R. Wood Theater: The Glens Falls Community Theatre celebrates its 74th season with this musical, based on the 1940s French film La Femme de Boulanger. A 1976 touring show of The Baker’s Wife featured Paul Sorvino and Patty LuPone in the lead roles, and the show has become a cult favorite without ever having made it to the Broadway stage. Shows on November 6-7 and November 13-14 at 8pm; Sunday matinees on November 8 and 15 at 2pm. $20-$25
MUSIC: The Steve Lambert Sextet @ A Place For Jazz, Schenectady: Trumpeter Steve Lambert celebrates the release of his sparkling new CD, “May,” with a concert featuring his all-star ensemble, including saxmen Keith Pray and Brian Patneaude. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Maria Muldaur @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady: Long before she was riding the hit parade with “Midnight at the Oasis,” the lovely Maria Muldaur was making funky acoustic music with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band. On her new album, “Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy,” she revisits her roots with guest performances by her former bandmates John Sebastian, David Grisman and the late great jugmeister Fritz Richmond. 7 & 9:30pm. $20.