MUSIC: David Lindley @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The last time that the madcap master of all things with strings was in town back in September, he was sharing the stage with Jackson Browne at the Palace, so tonight’s shows should be considerably more intimate. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $20 in advance; $24 at the door.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Lots to see. Lots to do. Lots to hear. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Gaelic Storm @ The Egg, Albany. The fiery, festive Celtic rock quintet blends rock, bluegrass and African influences with a high energy Irish music foundation in support of their latest album, “Cabbage.” 8pm. $25.
FILM: “Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers” @ Proctors, Schenectady. An inside, behind-the-scenes documentary about the Portland, Oregon roller derby team. The 7pm screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Chip Mabry. 4:30 & 7pm. $6.
MUSIC: Scott Ainslie @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With Paul Asbell. Still more great guitars on the docket for tonight? Yeah, check these two fine acoustic blues guitarists from Vermont. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
THEATER/MUSIC: “In the Mood” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. It’s a retro 1940s musical revue featuring the In The Mood Singers & Dancers with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. 8pm. $15, $35.
THEATER: “Sarah, Plain and Tall” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Circle Theatre Players presents the play with music for all ages, adapted from the Newbury award-winning book by Joseph Robinette. Directed by CarolLynn Langley. 8pm. $16; under 18 $10. Through April 3.
MUSIC: Al & the Black Cats @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. the Michigan punk-fueled rockabilly combo offers a sneak peak from their upcoming album. With the Ten Foot Polecats, Tex Railer’s Doomtown, Black Tie Operation, the Killerados and Charmboy. 8pm.
MUSIC: Christopher O’Riley @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Host of the popular NPR show, “From the Top,” pianist O’Riley established himself as a critically acclaimed master of classical repertoire, and went on to record piano arrangements of music by contemporary alternative rock bands such as Radiohead, Nirvana, and Pink Floyd. He’ll be performing both classical pieces and his own arrangements, highlighting music from his August 2009 release, “Out of My Hands.” 8pm. $12; students $5.
CIRCUS: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. A unique mash-up of vaudeville, circus, variety, burlesque, sideshow and slapstick featuring jugglers, clowns, acrobats, aerial artists, sideshow marvels, magicians, dancers and daredevils. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: “Bearsville Sessions” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The second installment of “Bearsville Sessions” pays tribute to the great music of New Orleans. The core band features guitarist Adam Widoff, drummer Eric Parker, bassist Jerry Mitnick and keyboardist Ross Rice with plenty of special guests dropping by to add their own Crescent City spice to the musical mix. 9pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.