MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonette @ Peint O Gwrw, Chatham. Yes, it’s the slightly down-sized version of Travis’ musical maniacs, the Philharmonic, but you can expect just as much marvelous musical mayhem. 8pm.
MUSIC: Scars on 45 @ The Linda, Albany. The British band made their Nippertown debut in May, opening for Ingrid Michaelson at The Egg and playing a brief set for WEXT-FM listeners at The Linda earlier in the day. Now they’re coming back for a full headlining concert in celebration of WEXT’s fifth anniversary. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Tesla @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. “Signs,” “Love Song,” “Comin’ Atcha Live,” “Gettin’ Better,” “Modern Day Cowboy”… frontman Jeff Keith and his man were unfairly lumped in with the hair-metal onslaught back in their glory days, but they always knew how to rock… hard. 8pm. $27.
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FILM: “Elles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Malgoska Szumowska’s provocative exploration of female sexuality, starring the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. 5:30pm.
FILM: “5 Broken Cameras” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism. A deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. 7:30pm.
DANCE: MOMIX’s “Botanica” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, “Botanica” reveals nature’s ever-changing imagery in a dance work that is at once organic and inventive. 8pm. $22, $52 & $72. Also 8pm on Saturday. More info here…
MUSIC: Northern Faces @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The band (formerly Around the World and Back) celebrates the release of their new EP. With the City Never Sleeps, the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Nate Danker and Olivia Quillio. 7pm. $8.
OPERA: “Rigoletto” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night of Opera Saratoga with the first of four performances of Verdi’s classic. 8pm. $50, $70 & $85.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Seattle swingsters Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators featuring Meschiya Lake will have you kicking up up heels. A beginner swing dance lesson with Chester & Linda Freeman at 7:30pm; dance/music at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.
THEATER: “The Ghost of Yankee Doodle” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Reading of Sidney Howard’s play directed by Katherine Royal. 2pm. $10 suggested donation.
THEATER: “Next to Normal” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Adirondack Theatre Festival presents the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt that examines a suburban family dealing with the effects of mental illness. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Ben Taylor @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The first half of this week was all about James Taylor at Tanglewood. Now it’s time for his son to step into the spotlight in Woodstock to preview his upcoming album, “Listening.” With Dean Batstone & John Platania opening the show. 9pm. $15 & $20.
BURLESQUE: Burlesque Paradiso 1920′s Revue @ Ristorante Paradiso, Albany. Miss Roxxie Tart hosts her monthly revue featuring Lily Allure, Samra, Beulah B. Lovely, Baby D. Girl, Artemisa Stilleto and Minnie Tonka. 9pm. $12.
THEATER: “Song and Dance, Man!” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Jim Raposa, who starred in last season’s hit, “George M. Cohan Tonight,” returns to the mainstage in his new one-man show. 8pm. $30; seniors $27; 12 and under $18.. Through Sunday.