MUSIC: Jennifer Koh @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A concert from her Bach and Beyond series, Koh serves up a set of solo violin works – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (c. 1720); Phil Kline’s Partita for Solo Violin (2011); Kaija Saariaho’s … de la Terre (1991); John Zorn’s Passagen (2011); Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 (1944). 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13. Win FREE TICKETS here…
MUSIC: Sara Grey & Kieron Means @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Performing traditional songs from the British Isles, the Appalachians and the American West. With David Kiphuth. 7:30pm. $22.
FOOD/THEATER: Buddy Valastro Live: The Cake Boss @ Proctors, Schenectady. The star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” brings his “Homemade for the Holidays” tour to town as he decorates cakes, shares holiday traditions and stories. 8pm. $35.75 & $43.75. Get TICKET DISCOUNT info here…
ART/MUSIC: Holiday Artisan Market @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Locally handcrafted gifts – jewelry, glass, fiber, artisan soap, pottery, hand-dyed silk, aromatherapy, metalwork, photography and more. Live music by Tom McWatters (of the Philo Beddoe Band) and Mark Retajczyk (of Headband Jack). Also donation accepted for Hurricane Sandy victims. 5-9pm. Also 9am-3pm on Saturday.
FILM: “Samsara” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Ron Fricke eschews dialogue and descriptive text, subverting our expectations of a traditional documentary, and instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. Filmed in 25 different countries over the course of five years. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Rita Coolidge @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The two-time Grammy Award-winner will perform in a special concert featuring a mix of her greatest hits, jazz standards and holiday classics. She will also be joined by the Williams College Gospel Choir on several songs. 8pm. $40; students $35.
MUSIC: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ the Empire State Plaza Ice Skating Rink, Empire State Plaza, Albany. The Local 518 veteran rockabilly kingpin rings in the holiday season. It’s the place to be if you “Gotta Get Lucky for Christmas.” 6-8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Where My Girls At: A Comedic Look at Black Lesbians” @ Skidmore College’s Spa at Case Center, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed one-woman show by Micia Mosely. Followed by a discussion. 9pm.
MUSIC: Silent Isle @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The solo electric songwriting project of Brooklyn-based composer-performer Anastasia Clarke, who uses layered vocals, extended guitar techniques and a rainbow of effects processors and looping devices converge to smear conventional song forms. With Twins of El Dorado. 8pm. $5.
FILM: “Day Night Day Night” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Written and directed by Julia Loktev, this award-winning and thoroughly intriguing 2002 film follows a 19-year-old American girl who undertakes a series of meticulous preparations to blow herself up in New York City’s Times Square. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys @ Seventy Main, Greenwich. In support of their new album, Release Your Shrouds, the Americana band serves up the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, including true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin’ grandpas and celebrations of love, life and nature. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Sam “Magic Man” Waymon @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The younger brother of the late great Nina Simone and his band, the New School, perform the special program “A Brother’s Love: A Tribute to Nina Simone.” 9pm. $10.