TALK: Leonard Nimoy @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. In conjunction with “Secret Selves,” his current exhibition of photographic portraits which reveal his subjects’ other half, the former Mr. Spock discusses his creative process. 5pm. $6; students free. (“Secret Selves” remains on view at MASS MoCA through Sunday, January 2.)
MUSIC: Tower of Power @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Sax blaster Emilio Castillo has been leading the horn-fueled, urban soul masters into the groove for more than 40 years now. Whatever you do, don’t forget your dancing shoes. 8pm. $30. (Related story with photos: Alive @ 5 concert review, 2009)
MUSIC: Robin Wilson & Scott Johnson @ Colonie Center, Colonie. The Gin Blossoms’ vocalist Wilson and guitarist Johnson leave the rhythm section behind as they drop by for an acoustic mini-concert. Catch a few tunes and shop for your new fall hoodie at the same time. 6pm. FREE. (Related story with photos: Gin Blossoms Alive @ 5 concert review, 2010)
LIVE CINECAST: “Prairie Home Companion” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Garrison Keillor and the whole Lake Wobegon gang serve up a special Thursday night show, broadcast live in high definition video. With a special batch of musical guests, including the boot-stompin’, heart-breakin’ songs of Old Crow Medicine Show, the sweet sounds of Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins and some smoldering honky-tonk from Joe Ely and Andra Suchy. Two hours of non-stop, big screen fun. 8pm. $22; children 12 and under $15.
ARTS WALK: Third Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. It’s the final Third Thursday celebration of the year, but it’s also the wrap-up of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. Lots of intriguing artwork. Lots of great music. And plenty of good times. 5-8pm. FREE. (Related stories with photos: Hanging Out at Third Thursday, Part I & Part II
MUSIC: Pat Metheny @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton. Did you miss the guitar great when he brought his mysterious music making machinery to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center earlier this month. Michael Eck didn’t, and here’s his review for The Times Union. And here’s Jeremy D. Goodwin’s review from The Berkshire Eagle. 8pm. $35, $55.
MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ McKownville United Methodist Church, Albany. Rounders Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck serve up a special program, “Go Down Moses: Spirituals and Gospel Blues,” with the assistance of special guests Albie (of the Black Fuel) and Kim Kilby (of Tern Rounders). 7pm. FREE; donation encouraged. (Related story with photos: Concert review at Crandall Library, 2010)