THEATER: Bread & Puppet Theater’s “4 Puppet Shows from the Republic of Cardboard” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The all-female cast of the political but poetic troupe performs “Naked Cop,” “Dire Circumstance Jubilation in Broad Daylight,” “Demand Rises as Unrest Continues” and “Commodity-Future-Trading-Commission-Comedy.” 8pm. $12.50; students $7.50. Through Sunday.
FILM: “Gerhard Richter Painting” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Corinna Belz gives us a glimpse inside the studio and the creative process of one of the world’s greatest living painters. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: TAIKOPROJECT @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. We think Sandy Nelson probably said it best when he declared, “Let there be drums!” Maybe you saw them on last year’s Grammy Awards show or NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” Now experience the big drums live and in-your-face. 7:30pm. $7; seniors $5.
MUSIC: Ralph Lalama/Lee Russo Chordless Quartet @ Kokopellis Nightclub, Troy. The jazz saxmen team up for a night of twin-tenor action. Rounding out the quartet will be bassist Otto Garnder and drummer Joe Barna. 7:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: Gaelic Storm @ The Egg, Albany. You may remember their high-energy, foot-stomping, rock-tinged Celtic music from “Titanic,” and the five-piece band hasn’t slowed down at all since those days. 8pm. $25, $35.
FESTIVAL/FILM: Knickerbocker Film Festival @ The Linda, Albany. The third annual film features nine short films “Street Pillow” (Brooklyn), “Why Do You Have A Beard?” (Ireland), “Anonimos” (Spain), “Handmade” (Ukraine), “Ballet of Unhatched Chicks” (Los Angeles, Calif.), “The Piano” (France), Reflejos” (Spain), including two local films “Cheese!” (Clifton Park) and “Save the Date” (Schenectady). 6:30pm. $10. NOTE: The screening that was originally scheduled for tonight at the Madison Theatre in Albany has been cancelled.
READING: John Matteson @ New York State Museum’s Huxley Theatre, Albany. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his new biography, “The Lives of Margaret Fuller,” a portrait of the fiery 19th century social critic who was the most famous American woman of her time. 8pm. FREE. Also a seminar at UAlbany Campus Center’s Assembly Hall at 4:15pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Nature Boys @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Outdates and Bourbon Scum. 8pm.