MUSIC: The Joe Lovano and John Scofield Quartet @ The Egg, Albany. Saxophonist Lovano and guitar hero Scofield join forces for what should prove to be a monumental evening of jazz. Fueled by the rhythm section of bassist Matt Penman and drummer Bill Stewart. 7:30pm. $29.50. (NOTE: The Egg is also offering an “open sound check” with the band, followed by a Q&A with the musicians. 5pm. FREE.)
MUSIC: Steve Forbert @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s been more than three decades since singer-songwriter Forbert first charmed audiences with his crackling debut, “Alive On Arrival.” And he’s still plenty busy. Last year, he released the three-CD set “Down in Flames,” in addition to the six-song digital EP “Stolen Identity.” 7pm. $27. SOLD OUT.
LECTURE: David Ekserdjian @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The art history professor at the University of Leicester in England talks about the tradition of portraiture in conjunction with the institute’s new exhibition, “Eye to Eye: European Portraits, 1450-1850.” 3pm. FREE. The exhibition continues through March 27.
SHOPPING: Music Lust 2011 @ the Ramada Plaza, Albany. Hey, you record geeks! Get out of the house, and peruse the goods of music dealers and collectors – records, CDs, videos, DVDs and other music related books, posters and collectibles. Buy, sell, trade… 10am-5pm. $3.
MUSIC: Wye Oak @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. They’re currently in the midst of a northeast tour opening for the Decemberists, but on their off-night, Baltimore folk-rockers Wye Oak head to Nippertown for a headlining show at Valentine’s – and hopefully a sneak preview of their upcoming album, “Civilian,” due in March on Merge Records. With We Are Jeneric, Que Caro and If Madrid. 8pm. $10.
FILM: Q-Fest @ Proctors, Schenectady. Proctors’ inaugural LGBTQ film festival offers another triple-header – “Hannah Free” (4pm); “Out in the Silence” (6pm); and “Undertow (Contracorriente)” (7:30pm). $9 per film; students $7.
MUSIC: Iris DeMent @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. The 50-year-old singer-songwriter writes deceptively simple songs about the joy and sorrow of everyday living. Yes, that’s her singing “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” during the closing credits of “True Grit.” 8pm. $38.
WORKSHOP: Troy Samba Drum Group @ Christ Church United Methodist, Troy. It’s a bit of Brazil in the Collar City. Get in on the ground floor as Jim Weber and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius lead a workshop/rehearsal in Brazilian samba drumming. 2pm. $5-$10 donation.
MUSIC: Skeletons in the Piano @ Bogie’s, Albany. No, Days of the New will NOT be performing, as originally scheduled, but it’s still a pretty fine slate of bands, including the Museum Guards, Prospect Exit, the Broken and Fort Rooster. 7pm. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
THEATER: “Wizard of Oz” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Ease on down the road with this music stage production based on the classic 1939 film. 2 & 7:30pm. NOTE: The 2pm show is SOLD OUT. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65.