HORSE RACING: Opening Day @ the Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs. “And they’re off…” 1pm. Free general admission; $2 clubhouse.
FILM: “Salt” @ various movie theaters. You wanna see Albany’s I-787 ramps on the big screen? OK, here it is… Opening day at a theater near you, including the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Latham Cinema 10, Colonie Center Stadium 13, the East Greenbush 8, Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland and more. Various times and prices.
THEATER: The Wau Wau Sisters @ Spiegeltent at Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. A bold and bawdy burlesque/cabaret with circus routines, dirty ditties and high heels. 8:30pm. $25. (also on Saturday)
FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Heavy @ Saint Joseph’s Church, Albany. What’s Heavy? It’s three days of non-stop art, music and performance organized by Samson Contompasis of the MarketPlace Gallery, so you know that it’s all gonna be left of mainstream, which is just how we like it. Expect anything – including a unique twist on musical chairs. We’re not exactly sure what’s happening when – and that’s the way we like it, too – but among the many musical acts slated for tonight are Matthew Carefully, the Disposable Rocket Band and Firefighter Font. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of the church. 5pm. $5. (through Sunday)
ART RECEPTION: “The Imaged Word” @ Albany International Airport Art Gallery, Colonie. It’s the opening reception for an exhibition of artwork that responds to the material qualities of books and the passages contained within them. Artists include Fern Apfel, Gabe Brown, Gayle Johnson, Paul Katz, Scott McCarney, Amy Podmore, Fawn Potash, William Ransom, Aaron T. Stephan, Robert The and Barbara Todd. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. (through January 9, 2011)
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival featuring Slick Fitty, Bourbon Renewal, the Bluz House Rockers, more @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The launch of the racing season also means that the Spa City nightlife kicks into high gear, as well. Things get off to a rousing – and free – start with the “Hats Off” celebration all around town. 7-11pm. Free. (also on Saturday)
MUSIC: Rush @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The prog-rock trio from the Great White North roars into town with its Time Machine Tour. The centerpiece of the concert promises to be their classic 1981 album, “Moving Pictures,” performed in its entirety. 8pm. $35-$125.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Today’s line-up features Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the Kennedys, Dala, the Ebony Hillbillies and more – including a summer’s eve song swap with John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Eliza Gilkyson and Jimmy LaFave. Workshops begin at 10:30am; Main stage performances at 12noon. (continues through Sunday)
MUSIC: Ralph Lalama @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. Just last month, saxman Lalama was blowing some sweet, sweet sounds at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival. Now catch him in the cozy confines of B&J. 8pm. $10. (also on Saturday)
MORE FREE MUSIC:
Black Mountain Symphony @ the Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs at 7pm
Ten Year Vamp @ Shepard Park, Lake George at 7pm
Roadhouse @ Smead Park, Hadley at 7pm
The Ron Cremisio Band @ Canal Square, Cohoes at 6:30pm
Kyle Miller @ West Hill Library, Albany at 5pm
Jody Shayne @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady at 7pm