MUSIC: Python Soup @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An all-star band featuring drummer Simon Phillips, reedman Don Byron, guitarist David Spinozza, bassist Scott Petito and keyboardist Pete Levin. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ McGeary’s, Albany. Warming up for their upcoming performance at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Jim & the Boys romp through their wry repertoire at the intimate downtown pub. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: James Taylor @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Returning for his 21st season at Tanglewood, Sweet Baby James kicks off his annual three-night stand with special guests (rumored to include Taylor Swift). 7pm. $24-$98.
THEATER: “A Chorus Line” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Pulitzer Prize-winning, nine-time Tony Award-winning classic Broadway musical opens in preview tonight directed by Eric Hill. 8pm. $37. Through Saturday, July 21.
TALK: “It’s Time for a Talk: The National Conversation” @ Shakespeare & Co., Lenox. Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss offers a lively discussion on the importance of Shakespeare in education, as well as civics education in the nation and beyond. 6:30pm. $15; under 18 FREE.
READING: Phillip Lopate @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night of the NYS Summer Writers Institute featuring a non-fiction and fiction reading by Lopate and Elizabeth Benedict. 8pm. FREE.
TALK: “Talking Sex With Dr. Ruth” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. In conjunction with the current play, “Dr. Ruth, All the Way,” the sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer herself engages in a discussion with playwright Mark St. Germain and a no-holds-barred Q&A session. 7pm. $25 & $35; VIP $75 includes a post-talk reception.