MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Bopitude @ Greenville High School, Greenville. Bopitude teams up with baritone sax master and six-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Smulyan to celebrate the release of their sophomore CD, “Five and One” on the award-winning Planet Arts label, with a benefit concert for the Greenville Educational Foundation. 7:30pm. $15; students $10. Call 518-966-5070, ext. 439 for tickets.
MUSIC: Kevin Costner & Modern West @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Yes, he’s shifting gears from movies to music, banging out his heartland rock at Northern Lights once again. With Sara Beck. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Brunswick. Nippertown’s finest jug band,whips up 78 RPM music for the 21st century. Come out and eat, drink and be merry with Wild Bill, Bowtie, Cousin Clyde and Mr. Eck. 8pm.
DANCE: Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug’s “(glowing)” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A subtle and powerful work for six dancers that combines butoh (a Japanese dance form that embraces shadows and darkness) with traditional African dance and contemporary movement to create a scenario in which lightless vision ignites the imagination. 8pm. $18.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music, food, drinks, shopping… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Conehead Buddha @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. They’re back! The jam band faves have reunited, and they’re kicking off their comeback with a special show to honor concert promoter Greg Bell’s 20th anniversary in this business of show. With the Sunny Side of the Street Band. 8pm. $15.
FILM: “Simone de Beauvoir” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Two interviews, recorded 16 years apart, illuminating the historic role, personality, and thoughts of the novelist, philosopher, and political activist who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism. Featuring “Premiere Plan” (filmed in 1959) and “Why I Am a Feminist” (filmed in 1975). 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Caroline MotherJudge @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The roots-based blues, gospel and country singer-songwriter is joined by mandolinist-guitarist Sten Isachsen (the Railroad Boys) and bassist-slide guitarist Bob Buckley (Kamikaze Hearts). 8pm. $12.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. A special tribute to swing dancer and owner of Albany Sunspot Cafe, the late Tom Genovese, features Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys with Cliff Lyons; the Tichy Boys with Johnny Rabb; the Deja Voodoo Boys with Peter Davis; and the Josh Fialkoff Trio. Free swing dance lessons by Dan Repsch & Jenny Sowden at 7:30pm. 8:30pm. $20; seniors & students $15.
MUSIC: Jeremy Denk @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The classical pianist performs Mozart’s Sonata in C minor, K. 457; Liszt’s Prelude from “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”; Liget’s “Etudes,” Book 1; Brahms’ “Six Pieces,” Op. 118; and Liszt’s “Dante” Sonata. 8pm. $7; seniors $5.
MUSIC: The Knyghts of Fuzz @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s a happy hour happening with this month’s special guest Mark Gamsjager of the Lustre Kings sittin’ in for some garage-rockin’ surprises. 6pm.
MUSIC: Jay Collins & the Kings County Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The saxman and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band steps out on his own, celebrating the release of his new album, “Blues, Rivers and Other People.” 9pm. $10.