ART/RECEPTION: “Art Saves Animals” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A very special reception and auction of artwork by many of Nippertown’s finest artists, including Harry Orlyk, Wendy Williams, Martin Benjamin, Gail Nadeau, Len Tantillo, GG Roberts, John Caldwell, Judy Chase, Ryder Cooley, Cathy Franks, Dennis Herbert, Marie Triller, Michael Eck and many others. Plenty of free wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to benefit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society. See you there. 5:30pm. $40.
MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ The Egg, Albany. This is gonna be awesome. Over the years, Escovedo has played in Nippertown in many different musical incarnations, but the Sensitive Boys rock hardest of all. With Hamell On Trial opening the show. PS – It’s Ed Hamell’s birthday tomorrow! 7:30pm. $28.
MUSIC: Sleigh Bells @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The much buzzed-about Brooklyn-based boy-girl duo of Derek E. Miller (songwriter, guitarist, producer) and Alexis Krauss (vocals) make their Nippertown noise-pop debut in support of their album, “Treats.” With Around the World and Back and Ghoul Poon. 8pm. $12.
THEATER: “‘S Wonderful” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. We’re not sure how this is possible, but according to a review in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, this “new” Gershwin musical manages to cram 42 songs into a 90-minute, five-part show about young love. From “Rhapsody in Blue” to “Summertime.” From “I’ve Got Rhythm” to “Someone to Watch Over Me.” “From “Lady Be Good” to “An American in Paris.” 7:30pm. $35, $55.
TALK: “Art, Institutions and the MASS MoCA Controversy” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Dr. Karen Gover of Bennington College offers a lecture about the tangled, often contentious relationships between contemporary artists and museums. 7pm. FREE.
DANCE: Step Afrika! @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center The first professional company dedicated to stepping, Step Afrika! has a repertory that includes West African traditional dance, South African contemporary & traditional dance styles, tap, slam poetry and fraternity & sorority styles of stepping. 7:30pm. $18 / $15 seniors & faculty-staff / $12 students
MUSIC: Iwrestledabearonce @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Vocalist Krysta Cameron leads Louisiana’s premier avant-metal combo into Clifton Park. With Eyes Set To Kill, Chelsea Grin, the Chariot and Vanna. 7pm. $14.