MUSIC: Susan McKeown @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Direct from Belfast, the multi-generational Celtic band kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day celebration a day early. 8pm. $16; students $10. NOTE: McPeake was originally slated to play this date, but their performance was cancelled.
FILM: “They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The story of Burma, told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman, provides an astonishing and intimate look inside at what has been one of the most isolated countries on the planet. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders’ Third Friday Charity Concert Series @ the Old Chapel at the Mckownville United Methodist Church, Albany. Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck will be joined by the acoustic blues duo Low ‘n Lonesome (featuring Phil Drum and Rob Adkins) and multi-instrumentalist Steven Clyde (of Ramblin Jug Stompers) for “Spreading the Word: Spirituals & Gospel Blues.” 7pm. FREE; donations accepted.
MUSIC: David Francey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. He’s a three-time Juno Award-winner (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys). He won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Award for his song “Waking Hour.” And now the terrific Canadian tunesmith rolls into Lena’s in support of his recently released ninth album, “Late Edition.” He’ll be performing with guitarist Craig Werth. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Jason Marsalis Vibes Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The youngest member of the famed New Orleans jazz clan was behind the drums the last time he was in town, but now he’s moved around to the vibraphone, accompanied by bassist Will Goble, pianist Austin Johnson and drummer David Potter. 7 & 9:30pm. $26.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Into the Abyss” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the death penalty and probes the human psyche to explore why people kill. The film will be screened all week, but following tonight’s 6:30pm screening there will be a panel discussion featuring Alice Green (founder of The Center for Law and Justice), David Kaczynski (director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty) and attorney Jonathan Gradess (executive director of the New York State Defenders Association). 6:30pm. $9.25; seniors $7.50.
READING/PERFORMANCE: Urban Guerilla Theatre @ The Linda, Albany. “Herstory: A Celebration of Women Through Verse and Song” is an eclectic evening featturing Kat-so Poetic, Tammy “Poet-it” Lopez, Elizag, Mary Panza, Jennifer Mcmullen and more. Hosted by the dynamic Tenesha Smith, the evening also features a fashion show by Shekinah Beauty. 8:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: Ellen Kaye’s “Tempted” @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The jazz-blues singer showcases her whip-smart sense of humor and her band – guitarist Ethan Fein, bassist Benjamin Franklin Brown and drummer Ricky Martinez. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Danu @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The traditional Irish band ushers in the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Featuring Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, flute, whistles), Benny McCarthy (button accordion), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki), Donal Clancy (guitar, vocals) and Martin O’Neill (bodhran). 8pm. $20-$40.