COMEDY: Marc Marron @ The Egg, Albany. The veteran stand-up comic is known as a comedian’s comedian, and he has logged more performances on Conan O’Brien’s television shows more than any other comedian… a record 48 times and counting. 8pm. $27.50.
PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Bring your instrument and/or voice to complete your RPM Challenge obligations on Day One. With Oobleck and more… Sponsored by Albany Music Coalition. 8pm. FREE. More info here…
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Good for Her @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The new folk trio of Nancy Walker, Rosanne Raneri and Kate McDonnell accompanied by guitarist Larry Clyman and percussionist Sam Zucchini. 7:30pm. $16; students $14.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Winter Hoot @ the Ashokan Center, Olive Bridge. The three-day festival is organized by Mike + Ruthy with a line-up of performers that includes Amy Helm, Spirit Family Reunion, Jeffrey Lewis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Rosie Newton & Richie Stearns with caller Kristin Andreassen and a screening of the film “Dear Governor Cuomo.” 7pm. Pay-what-you-can; $30-50 suggested donation.
THEATER: “The Last Five Years” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Troy Civic Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s musical that chronicles the five-year relationship between a rising novelist and an aspiring actress. Directed by Rachael Sheffer. 8pm. $15; students & seniors $13.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Maya Azucena @ the MCLA Venable Gymnasium, North Adams. It’s Night One of the eighth annual MCLA Blues & Funk Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s blend of blues, funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae and pop in support of her latest album Cry Love. With the step team NEXXUS. 7:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: CJ Boyd @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Boyd’s solo bass playing is equal parts ambient and virtuosic, melancholic and playful, embracing the full gamut of bass music from Charles Mingus to Edgar Meyer. 8pm. $5.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five. Free dance lesson at 7:30pm; dance at 8:30pm. $15; students & seniors $10.