MUSIC: Mavis Staples @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center @ Great Barrington. With her bold new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, “You Are Not Alone,” the legendary soul and gospel vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to an already historic career. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a National Heritage Fellowship recipient. 7pm. $45, $70. Related story.
MUSIC: The Claire Lynch Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Not only is the heavenly Lynch a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award winner, but she’s surrounded herself with an absolutely killer band of pickers – guitar champion Matt Wingate, award-winning bassist-clog dancer Mark Schatz and young hotshot newcomer Bryan McDowell on mandolin and fiddle. 7pm. $24. Related story.
RECORD CONVENTION: Music Lust @ the Ramada Inn, Albany. Dealers and collectors and just plain old music junkies gather to buy, sell and swap records, CDs, videos, DVDs, books, posters and other collectibles. 10am-5pm. $3.
MUSIC: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra @ Proctors, Schenectady. For their program “Symphonic Storytelling,” the orchestra performs works by Schneider, Dmitri Shostakovich and Zoltan Kodaly. 3pm. $12; students $8; free for 7 & under.
THEATER: “The Guys” @ The Linda, Albany. A stirring portrait of a fire captain who is charged with eulogizing the eight men lost from his company and his struggle to find the words to honor each man’s memory. Followed by a Q&A session with playwright Anne Nelson. 2pm. FREE.
FILM: “Dr. No” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. “We’ve been expecting you, Mr. Bond…” From 1962, it’s the first James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder. 2pm. FREE.
FILM: “New York Says Thank You” @ The Linda, Albany. A documentary about the New York Says Thank You Foundation, which was created after 9/11 in response to the outpouring of support and generosity to New Yorkers from others throughout the world. 6pm. FREE.
TALK: “Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age” @ the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Michael Cassin – director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown – presents the lecture. 2pm. FREE with museum admission.