MUSIC: Ruthie Foster @ The Egg, Albany. One of the strongest new voices in contemporary folk, blues, soul and gospel music, the brand new Grammy nominee was voted Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards and has collaborated with such artists as Warren Haynes, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Bibb, Paul Thorn and Big Head Todd. She’s making her debut at The Egg with her band in support of her latest recording Let It Burn. 8pm. $24.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Dear Governor Cuomo” @ The Linda, Albany. The documentary was filmed at New Yorkers Against Fracking, an event at The Egg in Albany back in May, a coalition of musicians, scientists, actors and activists who gathered for a call-to-arms against fracking with an all-star rally and concert. Co-hosted by actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, the evening featured performances by Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Horse Flies, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Felice Brothers, John Sebastian, Carl Hancock Rux, Ida, Citizen Cope, Marc Anthony Thompson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Toshi Reagon and many others. Following the film, WAMC-FM president Alan Chartock will conduct a panel discussion featuring the film’s director Jon Bowermaster and musical director Natalie Merchant. 7:30pm. $10. More info here…
DANCE/MUSIC: “Temptation of the Muses” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A special program featuring Nai Ni Chen Dance and the Ahn Trio. 8pm. $15, $25 & $34. UPDATE: This performance has been postponed til Saturday, February 16.
MUSIC: Simone Felice @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Two weeks ago, Simone joined the Felice Brothers (yes, his brothers and ex-bandmates) at Helsinki during their concert. This time around, it’s Simone’s turn in the spotlight in support of his new EP, New York Times, but he’ll be joined by James Felice on accordion and Simi Stone on violin. 9pm. $18.
FILM: “Chasing Ice” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Jeff Orlowski and acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog explore the Earth’s evolving climate change at the Arctic. 6pm. $7; students $5.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Art exhibit opening receptions, live music, poetry, dancing, shopping and general merriment. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: S.K.A.T.E. @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The “Live from Lock One” series continues with a performance of “Positive Media Positive Music” by Troy hip-hopsters S.K.A.T.E. (Stop Killing All The Entertainment) and special guests. A benefit for Youth Media Sanctuary. 7pm. $10; students/low-income $5.
MUSIC: Steve Kimock @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Jam-band guitar hero Steve Kimmock is joined by an all-star band that features Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess and Wally Ingram. 9pm. $25, $35 & $40.
MUSIC: Gift Wrapped in Sound @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. Featuring Mirk, Stellar Young, Goldtooth, Skadee, James Scott, Carl Daniels, Chomstars, Titanics, the Latent, Pat Murray, Brian Tiernan, Tara Merritt. 6pm. $10; $5 with new unwrapped toy.
MUSIC: Break Science @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. On the Twilight Frequency Tour, the Brooklyn based electronic duo is joined by Colorado based DJ Michal Menert and special guest Paul Basic. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Spectrum Dance Orchestra @ Panza’s, Saratoga Lake. 7:30pm.
TALK: J. Hoberman @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. He’s one of the most influential American film critics of recent decades, and he’ll be reading from and discussing his new book, “Film After Film,” which argues that the future of film is animation and digital-image-making. 8pm. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. Dance workshop (7pm) and free lesson (8pm) by Damon Stone. Music by Peter Davis & Lindy Hop Heaven with special guest vocalist Annie Rosen beginning at 8:30pm. $20; students & seniors $15. Plus $12 for workshop: $10 students & seniors.