MUSIC: The Ike Reilly Assassination @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Ike Reilly is the real rock and roll deal. I told you so when he made his debut at Valentine’s back in June, but you didn’t listen. Now you are being given a second chance to catch him in action just days before he hits the stage at Lollapalooza. Don’t blow it. Sumac opens the show. (Related story: Our review of Reilly’s new CD, “Hard Luck Stories”) 9pm. $10.
THEATER: “The Last Goodbye” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. Take Shakespeare’s tragic teen love tale, “Romeo & Juliet.” Overlay the passionate music of the late Jeff Buckley. Add the choreography of Sonya Teyeh from “So You Think You Can Dance.” It’s opening night of the world premiere. It could be fabulous. Or a trainwreck. Ain’t live performance grand? Through Friday, August 20. 8pm. $40.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent. The three-day music kicks off today with some groove-a-licious sounds from Consider the Source, the Breakfast, Timbre Coup, Rouge Chimp, Emancipator, Higher Organix, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus and more. (Through Saturday). 4pm. $100 (all weekend)
COMEDY: Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ the Dee Sarno Theater @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by Greg Aidala, the Brew Ha-Ha was a regular event at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany, and now Aidala moves it up to Saratoga for a weekly run in August. Funnyman Andy Pitz headlines tonight, which also features up-and-coming local comics Adrianna Flax, Brian Kiernan, Dan Rossi and Josh Sperber. 8 & 10pm. $15.
MUSIC: FluteFest @ Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown. An event featuring accomplished young performers from the New York Summer Music Festival’s International Flute Institute, including the winner of the IFI concerto competition. Guest flutists include Vincens Prats, principal flute of the Orchestre de Paris. 7:30 pm. FREE.
ARTIST TALK: Mark Shapiro: Bottles and Other Muses @ Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield. In his third solo exhibition, artist/writer Mark Shapiro continues an ongoing exploration of bottle forms with non-narrative, abstract, rhythmic line patterns. 6:30-8pm, FREE.
ARTIST TALK: The Art of Combat: An Evening with Marine Corps Combat Artist Michael Fay @ Normal Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An exploration of the little known world of the contemporary combat artist. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Fay, one of two official combat artists currently serving in the Marine Corps, will share stories of his experiences in the field through artworks reflecting personal observations of military life in Iraq and Afghanistan. 5:30pm. FREE.
OPERA: “The Chocolate Soldier” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. Bard’s Summerscape rolls on with opening night of Oscar Straus’ comic 1908 chamber opera based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Arma and the Man.” Through Sunday, August 15. 8pm. $45.
ARTS FUNDRAISER: Malta League of Arts’ “Art Attitudes” @ Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake. A celebration of sart, jazz and food featuring artwork by Saratoga’s Frankie Flores, jazz by Almost Uncommon and food from Leah Stewart, the Lake Ridge Restaurant and the Olde Polish Deli. 6-9pm. $20.
Keith Pray @ Jazz on Jay at Jay Street, Schenectady at 12noon
Hilary Hawke & Owl @ the Piggy Bank, Beacon at 6pm
Sara Milonovich @ the Dynamite Hill Recreation Area, Chestertown at 7pm
Fran Cosmo @ Alive at Five in Riverfront Park, Albany at 5pm
The Steve Lambert Sextet @ Freedom Park, Scotia at 7pm
Thunder Ridge @ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill at 7pm
Old Country Road @ the Town Common, South Hadley at 6:30pm