MUSIC: Holly Near @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Veteran singer-songwriter, women’s music pioneer, actress, activist and more… With John Bucchino and Colleen Kattau. 7pm. $32.
MUSIC: Conor Oberst @ The Egg, Albany. The Bright Eyes main man goes solo. With Sharon Van Etten. 8pm. $39.50. UPDATE: This show is sold out.
MUSIC: Missy Raines & the New Hip @ Shepard Park, Lake George. The award-winning bluegrass bassist and her band fire up her hybrid “indie rock-bluegrass vibe meets a deep jazz groove.” 7:30pm. FREE.
DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to the Pillow with Story/Time, featuring Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones narrating his personal stories while his company performs their signature powerhouse movement in the Ted Shawn Theatre (8pm). Meanwhile, noted for her gorgeous movement and as a prolific choreographer, Jessica Lang presents the full company debut of Jessica Lang Dance in an evening of dramatic and moving classical and contemporary ballets in the Doris Duke Theatre (8:15pm). Both through Sunday.
PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Music Mobile @ Central Park, Schenectady. Build musical instruments, friendships and community. 10am. FREE.
THEATER: “Pinocchio” @ the Mount’s Neil Ellenoff Stage, Lenox. The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Acting Apprentice Company presents the classic tale of the magical puppet. Directed by Eric Hill and E. Gray Simons III. $15; children 16 and under $10. Through August 11.
When I struck out in my own music language, I took a step out of the world of serious music, according to most of my teachers. But I didn't care. I could row the boat by myself, you know? I didn't need to be on the big liner with everybody else.