MUSIC: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The veteran singer-songwriter of everything from “Universal Soldier” to “Up Where We Belong.” $28, $35. (See INTERVIEW with Buffy Sainte-Marie)
MUSIC: Ellis Paul @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 6:30 & 9pm. $27. Also a kids’ show at 11am on Saturday.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various location, Albany. A strolling extravaganza of visual art, music and more. 5pm FREE.
MUSIC: “Grab It!” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater & Dance, Williamstown. I/O Fest 2012 continues with performances of contemporary music by Williams composers Jeff Roberts and David Kechley, as well as innovative Dutch composer Jacob TV’s “Grab It!” (performed by violinist Todd Reynolds, drummer Conor Meehan and bassist Kris Saebo) and Kaija Saariaho’s “Je sens un deuxième coeur” for viola, cello and piano. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “American Buffalo” @ the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The Woodstock Players present David Mamet’s breakthrough drama directed by Tracy Carney and starring Lou Trapani, Carey Harrison and Alex Bennett. 8pm. $20; students and seniors $18. Through Sunday.
FILM: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ The Linda, Albany. They’re back – Brad, Janet and the whole kinky gang from transsexual Transylvania – on screen, as well as onstage with the Whip-It Outskirts shadowcast. 8pm. $8.
MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Elks Club, Albany. Doc Scanlon’s Deja Voo Doo Boys – featuring Graham Tichy, Pete Vumbaco, Tommy Shields, Peter Davis, Randy Reinhart and Doc – play “Swingin’ Jazz from NY to New Orleans.” Swing dance workshop at 7:30pm; band starts at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.