MUSIC: Skeleton$, Dan Deacon, Luciano Chessa @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy: The third installment of the New Nothing concert series promises to be another mindblower with the belated addition of Dan Deacon to the bill. Open your ears. 8pm. $15; seniors/students $10.
THEATER: “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” @ The Egg, Albany: The Godfather of the one-person performance art/theatrical monologue, Gray committed suicide five years ago, but his writings live and breathe on stage again thanks to four actors and special guests author James Howard Kunstler and Times Union editor Rex Smith. 8pm. $28. (also Saturday)
ART: Grand opening reception @ Drops of Jupiter, Albany: Owner-designers Adam Steele and Martin Dodge open the doors of their new floral design company. 6pm. Free. (Also Saturday)
MUSIC/YOGA: If you like your females voices strong and independent, Northampton, Mass. is the place to be tonight. Neko Case is at the Calvin Theatre (8pm; $25, $32.50), while Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer steps into the spotlight at Pearl Street (9pm; $20). And, oh yeah, Palmer also teaches a yoga class at Shiva Shakti Power Vinyasa Yoga (3pm; $5) prior to her concert.
MUSIC: Matt and Shannon Heaton @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs: The Boston-based husband-and-wife team of Matt (guitar, vocals) and Shannon (flute, vocals) Heaton have quickly become regulars at Lena’s, showcasing traditional Irish tunes and sublime original songs, running the gamut from ballads to jigs and hornpipes to reels and waltzes. Delightful. 8pm. $17.