THEATER: “33 Variations” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night as Capital Rep kicks off its 30th anniversary season with Moises Kaufman’s Tony-nominated play starring Tony nominees Barbara Walsh and Bob Stillman in a tale of obsession and self-discovery. 7:30pm. $40; senior $37; teacher $35; student $16. Through Sunday, October 3.
TALK/MUSIC: “The Saddest Music Ever Written” @ Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing. Author Thomas Larson offers a multimedia presentation on composer Samuel Barber and his music based on his new book “The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings.'” Featuring a live performance by the Hyperion String Quartet. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Diana Ross @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Motown diva brings her greatest hits tour “More Today Than Yesterday” to town, and yes, she’s got quite a few hits to choose from. The Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross to be the most successful female music artist in history with a total of 18 American No. 1 singles: 12 with the Supremes and six as a solo artist. And in 1976, Billboard named her the “Female Entertainer of the Century.” She has also earned a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. 8pm. $59.50, $79.50, $89.50 and $119.50.
MUSIC: The Heavy Pets @ Jillian’s, Albany. Fresh from their buzz-inducing performance at the Catskill Chill Music Festival last weekend, the Florida up-and-comers have been hailed as “a jam-pop band for the 21st century.” 9pm. $10.
MUSIC: Sick Puppies @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The Australian rock trio is on the road in support of their latest album, “Tri-Polar.” Get it? Yes, we see… With opening acts Selfish Needy Creatures and Fort Rooster. 8pm. $15.
Ben Karis-Nix @ Tricentennial Park, Albany at 11:30am
Bryan Thomas @ UAlbany Campus Center Wendy’s, Albany at 3pm
Michael Jerling with Teresina Huxtable and Tony Markellis @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls at 7pm
Erin Harkes & Blaze @ Dale Miller, Albany at 5:30pm