MUSIC: Rufus Wainwright @ The Egg, Albany. A singularly gifted musical artist, Rufus Wainwright has come a long way since making his Nippertown debut at Valentine’s more than a decade ago. I mean, he wrote an opera… in French, no less. Tonight’s concert should be stunning, as Wainwright offers a solo performance of “All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu” for the first half of his program. With Lucy Wainwright Roche opening. 7:30pm. $34.50, $39.50, $49.50.
LECTURE: “A Writer Reading, A Reader Writing” @ Reem and Kayden Center, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson. Somali novelist Nurrudin Farah speaks as part of Norman Manea’s “Contemporary Masters Series,” focusing this fall on “Islam and Modernity.” 7-9pm. FREE.
THEATER ON FILM: “Hamlet” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The National Theatre of London offers Shakespeare’s classic tragedy with Rory Kinnear in the title role. 7pm. $22; children $15. (Also 8pm on Friday)
FILM: Disgrace @ Schenectady Public Library. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, this 2008 film starring John Malkovich is a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope. Rated R; 118 minutes. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Fred Eaglesmith @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The one and only roots rockin’ Eaglesmith returns. With the Fabulous Ginn Sisters. 7pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. (also on Saturday)
MUSIC: Sara Evans @ Proctors, Schenectady. In 2006, she was the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Then she was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.” Now with the publication of “The Sweet By and By,” she’s also a novelist. Expect lots of holiday music when she steps into the spotlight at Proctors. 8pm. $20, $30, $40, $45, $50.