MUSIC: Graham Parker & the Figgs @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. GP’s got a new album, “Invisible Television,” and the Figgs have got a brand spankin’ new one, too, “The Day Gravity Stopped.” But, of course, even if they didn’t, this would still be a killer, don’t-miss show. 8pm. $17.
TALK: Bob Woodward @ Union College’s Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. The journalist and author whose reporting at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal 40 years ago helped oust President Nixon from office, will speak. 7pm. FREE.
FILM: “Koran By Heart” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Director Greg Barker’s documentary about an international competition of Koran recitation examines the issues facing the next generation of Muslims. 7:30pm. $9; students $5.
MUSIC: The Sketches of Influence Nonet + 3 @ Revolution Hall, Troy. A scholarship benefit concert dedicated to the memories of two Nippertown jazz guitarists who recently passed away, Jack Fragomeni and Sam Farkas. With the Chronicles. 7:30pm. $15.
FILM: “The Fairy” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A film by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy that tells the tale of hotel night-shift worker Dom who meets a barefoot woman named Fiona who tells him she is a fairy, and grants him three wishes. However, before she is able to grant the third wish, she mysteriously disappears. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Billy Currington @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. The Nashville country music star rolls into town with five consecutive No. 1 hits to his credit… so far. With David Nail and Kip Moore. 7:30pm. $27.50, $37.50.
FILM: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director David Gelbs examines the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, who operates Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
READING: Janis Ian @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. In addition to his acclaim as a singer-songwriter, Ian has also authored her autobiography “Society’s Child: My Autobiography,” as well as magazine articles and short stories. 5:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Forks Over Knives” @ The Linda, Albany. Director Lee Fulkerson’s documentary asks the question: just how much of our own health can be controlled by diet alone? Reception at 6pm; film at 7pm. $6.
READING: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the poetry open mic night with South Carolina’s Christopher the Poet as the featured reader. Sign-up at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.
MUSIC: The Dino Cimino Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.