MUSIC: 10,000 Maniacs @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany. It’s week three of the Alive at Five concert series featuring Jamestown’s most famous export since Lucille Ball. Just don’t expect Natalie Merchant to show up; Mary Ramsey has been at the lead vocalist’s microphone since 1994. With the Erin Harkes Band. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Doornails @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The acoustic roots music trio will be joined by the Nellies, as both bands showcase selections from their upcoming debut albums.Special guest Kevin Maul joins in the musical festivities. A benefit concert for the restoration of the theater. 7:30pm. $8; kids $5.
ART RECEPTION/FUNDRAISER: “Art Attitudes” @ the Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake. An opening night reception for the Malta League of Arts kicks off the three-day exhibition featuring headline artist Robert Gullie, as well as work by numerous Nippertown artists including Gregory Montgomery, David Arsenault, Leah Stein, Michael Eck and Dahl Taylor. 6-8pm. $20. The exhibit continues 4-7pm on Friday; 11am-2pm on Saturday with free admission.
MUSIC: Vermont Joy Parade @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Burlington collective blends jazz, blues, Cajun, punk-infused old-timey, circus and theater. Spin raved about their Bonnaroo performance, “This Vermont six-piece were crying in unison over a rambunctious clamor of accordion, banjo, and trumpet. Their jug-band music, combined with the lead lass’ velvety jazz wail, sounded like it could be the soundtrack for a traveling circus, circa 1920.” With Holly & Evan. 8pm. $5.
THEATER: “Words & Music” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Video and 8mm film are utilized in a new performance piece incorporating texts by Linda Mussmann and songs by Claudia Bruce over the past two decades. 7:30pm. $10. Through Saturday.
MUSIC: The Realside @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. Terry McClain’s trio celebrates the recent release of their double-CD, “Shadows Until Light.” 6pm. FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Big KaHoona Barbeque @ the Pruyn House, Latham. Classé Catering introduces a new line of barbeque cuisine with plenty of great food, music by Robanic, a fire show by the Incredible Larry and lots more fun. 4-7pm. Suggested $5 donation benefits the Food Pantries and Friends of Pruyn House.
MUSIC: The Jim Wilson Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The free lunchtime Jazz on Jay concert series continues. 12noon-1:30pm. FREE.
THEATER: “An Evening of Monologues” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, a not-for-profit organization which seeks to highlight and promote performance and theatrical pieces by artists of color features original, locally written pieces presented by Capital Region actors, poets and writers, as well as a collection of visual artwork. 8pm. $10. Also Friday.
BENEFIT: Summer Sunset Cruise @ Shoreline Cruises, Lake George. Luxury cruise boat the SS Adirondac will host a two-hour cruise featuring tasty food, raffle, silent auction and performance by singer-songwriter Rich Ortiz. The cruise is a benefit for the Lake George Arts Project and will help fund the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park, the Lake George Jazz Weekend and the Courthouse Gallery exhibition program. 7pm. $25 before June 13; $30 thereafter.
FILM: “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Leanne Pooley’s documentary offers a close-up portrait of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand’s social landscape. 5:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday, June 26.
MUSIC: Taina Asili & Gaetano Vaccaro @ the Women’s Building, Albany. An acoustic performance in the Women in Music series, followed by a discussion on music and social change. 7pm. $5-8, sliding scale.
ARTS WALK: Third Thursday @ various locations, Glens Falls. Sample the work of visual artists, musicians and more. 5-8pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK Pittsfield 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. It’s back again! For the fifth season, the streets of downtown Pittsfield come alive with musicians, artists, activities, sidewalk dining, after-hours shopping and more. 5pm. FREE.
READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. It’s the monthly open mic for poetry hosted by Dan Wilcox. The featured poet is Mike Burke, the author of “Sonnets for a Summer Dog” and co-host of the Sunday Four Poetry series in Voorheesville. Sign-up at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.