MUSIC: Hayes Carll @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. He won the Americana Music Association’s Song of the Year award for “She Left Me for Jesus,” which Don Imus declared to be “the greatest country song ever written.” Along the way, he’s also collaborated with the likes of Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Clark, to name a few giants. With Caitlin Rose. 8pm. $13 in advance.
TALK: Dr. Robert Gates @ MCLA Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium, North Adams. The former U.S. Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) addresses such topics as global politics, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. intelligence and defense strategies. 7pm. FREE.
READING: Colson Whitehead @ the UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. The prize-winning novelist reads from his lastest book, “Zone One,” a post-apocalyptic zombie horror novel set in Manhattan. 8pm. FREE.