THEATER: “Sam Cooke: Where You Been Baby?” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. This new musical theater performance – produced by Passing the Torch Through the Arts – is based on the life and music of the great soul singer. (More details here) 7pm. $10. (Also at 8pm on Saturday)
MUSIC: Nikki Yanofsky @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Move over, Norah Jones. The 16-year-old Canadian jazz-pop singer makes her Nippertown concert debut tonight in support of her latest album, “Nikki,” produced by 15-time Grammy Award winner Phil Ramone. 8pm. $25, $29, $35; students $15.
OPERA: Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” @ Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany. A collaborative production of Mosaic-Arts, Aoede Consort and Nacre Dance, with Aleks Romano singing the part of Orfeo and Vedrana Kalas as Euridice. In Italian with translation provided. 7pm. FREE; donation encouraged.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Don’t miss the opening reception for the photographic exhibition “Battlesights” (curated by Timothy Cahill) at the Arts Center of the Capital Region; David Austin’s paintings at Artcentric Gift Gallery; Charles Steckler’s “Collage” at Clement Art Gallery; the music of Rob Skane at the River Street Beat Shop… (More details here) 5-9pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Merchants of Bollywood” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Live onstage, this non-stop whirlwind of high energy dancing, colorful, swirling costumes and upbeat music spans the ages from traditional to contemporary Indian pop. A celebratory stage musical that bridges the generation gap in high style. 8pm. $75, $50, $35, $30, $20.
MUSIC: Jesse Winchester @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The sublime singer-songwriter was born in Louisiana and grew up in Memphis with a heart of southern soul. He moved to Montreal in the ’60s to avoid the draft, following his conscience. And he’s deeply connected with Woodstock, too – his self-titled debut album was produced by Robbie Robertson, engineered by Todd Rundgren and released on Bearsville Records. With Bar Scott opening. 9pm. $25. (Related story: Jesse Winchester, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?)
FILM: “The Brave and the Kind” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Nippertown filmmaker John Yost blurs the line between fiction and autobiographical documentary with his new feature-length film. 9pm. $5.
BURLESQUE: The Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ Savannah’s, Albany. Switching up from their usual last-Monday-of-the-month rotation, emcee Guy Smiley and the rest of guys and dolls serve up a special Friday night Halloween weekend spectacle – The Bare Witch Project. With a costume – or lack of a costume – contest – of course. And a 12midnight screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” too. 10pm. $10.
MUSIC: Halloween Freak-Out @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. If you wanna throwdown your Halloween weekend with some fun-minded live music, look no further – Beware! The Other Head of Science, Around the World and Back, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and Sea of Trees. And plenty of spooky tom-foolery, too. (More details here) 8pm. $7.
FILM/PERFORMANCE: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ The Linda, Albany. With the live shadowcast, the Whip-It Outskirts. Yeah, maybe you saw it at the Palace on Monday, but chances are good that things are gonna get a little freakier this time around. 12midnight. $8.