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MUSIC: Rosary Beard @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. The instrumental acoustic guitar duo of Hunter Sagehorn (of Alta Mira) and Matthew Carefully celebrate the release of their sparkling debut album, “Halfmoon Fever.” With the duo version of Winterpills (Flora Reed and Philip Price), who are celebrating the release of their new album, “All My Lovely Goners.” 8pm. $15; includes a copy of Rosary Beard’s new disc. NOTE: Enter to win free tix here…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Downtown Albany Blues Music Competition @ various locations, Albany. 13 blues bands fire it up at 13 different downtown nightspots. For free. Pick up a ballot, get it stamped in at least three different venues and vote for your fave. The top three vote-getters will earn a slot at an Alive at Five concert in Albany’s Riverfront Park this summer. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Gabriela Montero @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the former child piano prodigy has blossomed into a bona fide artist as adept at visionary improvisation as she is at world-class classical technique. 8pm. $30, $33, $38; students and children $15.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual arts, music, shopping and lots of people-watching. New venues for this month’s walk include the Beahive (featuring George Gaurino’s art and Thomasina Winslow’s acoustic blues) and UAlbany (featuring the wry, handmade filmstrips of multi-talented Brian Dewan in Lecture Center 6 from 7-9pm). 5-9pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various location, Pittsfield. The monthly, year-round First Friday arts walk makes it inaugural run in Pittsfield. The inaugural walk includes more than 20 venues. 5-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Tony Trischka & Territory @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The last time that banjo master Trischka and the full line-up of his band (including vocalist-guitarist Michael Daves) were in town, they handily stole the show from headliners Peter Rowan and Tony Rice at The Egg. Be prepared to be wowed… 8pm. $26.
MUSIC: Gladys Knight @ Proctors, Schenectady. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” “I Don’t Want to Do Wrong.” “If I Were Your Woman.” “Midnight Train to Georgia.” “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” And lots more… 8pm. $20, $40, $55, $60 & $75.
FILM: “The Beat Hotel” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This new film by Alan Govenar delves deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957-1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the U.S. surrounding the publication of Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: The Jim Keller Band @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. If you don’t remember him from his rollicking LarkFest performance in 2010, maybe you remember him as a co-founder of the ’80s band Tommy Tutone and co-writer of the classic “867-5309/Jenny.” With Krowe. 8pm.
FILM: “Cléo from 5 to 7” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Agnès Varda’s eloquent 1962 classic captures Paris in the ’60s with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Big Head Todd & the Monsters @ The Egg, Albany. Todd Park Mohr leads the band through their popular songs, such as “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Sailor,” as well as the traditional blues tunes that found them headlining the nationwide Centennial Tribute to Robert Johnson tour. Leroy Justice opens. 8pm. $28.
THEATER: “The Farnsworth Invention” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. It’s 1929, and two visionary inventors are in a race against each other to invent one of the 20th century’s most influential inventions – television. Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Aaron Holbritter. Through May 20. 8pm. $15; students $10.
THEATER: “Greater Tuna” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Penned by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, Lost Planet Productions’ of the comic play features Sam Slack and Michael P. Murphy directed by Leonard Yon. 8pm. $20. Also Saturday (May 5) at 8pm, and Sunday (May 6) at 2pm.