MUSIC: Blue Factory @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Poestenkill rockers celebrate the release of their sophomore CD, Primates, Drunks and Cowboys on Kranepool Records a special happy hour extravaganza. 6pm. $10 (includes copy of the new CD).
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Jingle Shelves” @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. A benefit for the Franklin Community Center Food Shelf featuring Bridgette Guerrette, Vontus, the Dependents and the UniqHorns. 6:30pm. Admission is a non-perishable food item(s).
READING: “Time to Talk: Poets Raise Their Voices” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Poets from around the region add their voices to the issues surrounding mass incarceration, poverty, justice, and moving on. Poets include Derick Anderson, Ifatayo Cobbins, Sharon Cobbins, Cedrick Fulton, Maurice Hassel, Alexis Marie and Melvin Williams. 6:30pm. $7.50 suggested donation.
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. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Winter Solstice Concert @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild with Happy Traum & Friends (including John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Abby Newton and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines). 8pm. Only $25 standing room tickets are still available.
MUSIC: The Nellies @ Brunswick Barbeque and Brew, Brunswick. Americana-bluegrass with a rootsy, happy twist and fine harmonies, featuring Karen Ann Gilpin, Peggy Lecuyer, Gene Lemme, Peter Bearup & Kevin Maul. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Vincent” @ Barrington Stage, Pittsfield. The Starry Night Theatre Company presents Leonard Nimoy’s one-man play about the artist Vincent Van Gogh, directed by Brant Pope; starring James Briggs. $30. Through December 30.
MUSIC: Nick Millevoi @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Utilizing drones, extreme volume and unique tunings, Millevoi celebrates the release of his new solo guitar album, In White Sky. With saxman Keir Neuringer and Hudson’s own World Lines. 8pm. $5.