THEATER: “The Pillowman” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Channel Z Theater presents Martin McDonagh’s bold, dark comedy about a hapless writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. Directed by Irma Zehr. 7:30pm. $15; students & seniors $12. Through Tuesday, February 5.
MUSIC: Summer of Bootsy @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. It’s what you get when you mash up Summer of Doug with Uncle Bootsy… 8pm.
READING/PERFORMANCE: WxW Winter Invitational Poetry Slam @ yBar, Pittsfield. Slam with a twist – the spoken word equivalent of an obstacle course with competing wordsmiths facing a different challenge revealed just prior to each round. Hosted by poet Melissa Quirk. 8pm. FREE.