MUSIC: Mayer Hawthorne @ Skidmore College’s Williamson Sports and Recreation Center, Saratoga Springs. The Michigan soul man makes his Nippertown concert debut. With Cults. 9pm. $30.
MUSIC: Public Image Ltd @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. They cancelled their show scheduled for Philadelphia last night, but hopefully John Lydon and his bandmates will be roaring into Nippertown tonight for some vintage PiL and selections from their latest product, This Is PiL. With Lunic. 8pm. $25.
FILM/MUSIC: Charles Bradley @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. In conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival, Daptone Records soul singer Charles Bradley rips it up tonight in concert at 9:30pm. Tix are $20, $30 & $40. The concert will be preceded by a screening of the documentary film about his extraordinary life and music, “Charles Bradley: Soul of America,” at 7pm. Tix to the film are $12.
MUSIC: Patrick Porter @ the Foundry, Cohoes. Yes, this week’s Metroland cover boy is an impressive visual artist, as you can see by his work that’s hanging on the walls, “Always Is Where It Always Is,” on view through Saturday, October 21. But he’s also a musician, as you can discover at his concert this evening. 7pm. $5.
DISCUSSION: J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Main Theater, Albany. Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist Coetzee makes a very rare public appearance to sit down with novelist Auster for a conversation about their friendship and their soon-to-be-published body of letters to each other, “Here And Now.” 8pm. FREE. Also, the two novelists will engage in a free seminar at UAlbany PAC Recital Hall at 4:15pm to discuss “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Herman Melville.
MUSIC: Tom McWatters & the Philo Bedoe Band @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. After months away, McWatters returns to Nippertown and reconvenes the Philo Beddoe Band. With Headband Jack and the tandem of John Brodeur backed up by Charmboy. 8pm.
FILM: “Side By Side” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh and many more. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Dick Hyman @ the Schenectady First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz continues its fall season with a solo piano performance by Hyman, who has recorded well over 100 albums and worked with everyone from Arthur Godfrey to Woody Allen. 7:30pm. $15.
FILM: “Detropia” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This new film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city in the midst of the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. 6pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Matthew E. White @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Pitchfork calls him “magical” and compares him to Randy Newman. Find out tonight when he takes a break from touring with the Mountain Goats to headline his own show in support of his debut album, Big Inner. With Liv Carrow. 9pm. $12.
MUSIC: Barefoot Truth @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. After seven years, the New England roots-rockers are calling it quits, but before bringing their farewell tour to town. With Tory Hanna. 8pm. $17.50 & $27.50. More info here…
FILM/MUSIC: “Nosferatu” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film, vampire classic comes to life with an exciting new live score performed by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. 7pm. $10.
CABARET: Joe Iconis & Family @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The composer of “The Black Suits” and his merry band serve up an evening of new musical theater. 10pm. $15. Also at 8pm on Saturday.