FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. The big one-day bash features about 100 bands – both local and regional – taking over stages at a dozen venues, from McGeary’s Pub to Valentine’s Music Hall. And you don’t have to wait til tonight, either. Some venues start the music at 3pm. Admission is $15, which will get you into all of the venues. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of who’s playing where…
MUSIC: Jake Shimabukuro @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. He’s drawn comparisons to such musical geniuses as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis – and he does it all on a ukulele. Astonishing stuff… 8pm. $15, $24 & $28; children and students $15.
THEATER/MUSIC: “Futurity” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The innovative, Brooklyn-based band the Lisps have concocted an indie-rock musical that blends the Civil War with science fiction, a love story with a history lesson, literature with vaudeville. 8pm. $12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 for students. More info here…
MUSIC: The Stray Birds @ The Carey Center for Global Good, Rensselaerville. Fab neo-folk/Americana trio. With Rebel Darling (a new combo featuring M.R. Poulopoulos, John Rice and Ryan Dunham). Doors at 6pm; music at 7pm. $15.
GAMING: GameFest @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Sponsored by Vicarious Vision and other local game-makers, the fest features student game exhibitions and competitions, as well a panel discussion and an awards ceremony. 12noon-6:30pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Trieste” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Marie Brassard and her Montreal-based theater troupe Infrarouge presents a work-in-progress performance of a contemporary fable inspired by the Italian city of the same name located on the Adriatic Sea. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Time for Three @ The Egg, Albany. The genre-shattering string trio transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. 7:30pm. $29.50.
FESTIVAL/ARTS: Fine Arts and Crafts Festival @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. More than two dozen craftsmen and women showcase hand-crafted original works in pottery, metal, fiber, leather, glass, wood, paper and more. 10am-5pm. Also 11am-5pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Comas @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Led by master fiddler Aidan Burke, the Celtic folk ensemble also includes the flutes and pipes of Sylvain Barou, guitarist Philip Masure and percussionist Jackie Moran. 8 pm. $20.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Crank Sturgeon @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Albany Sonic Arts Collective’s benefit concert for the Upstate Artists Guild featuring Fossils From the Sun, Matt Weston, Grab-Ass Cowboys, Parashi, Sun Burdens, Blacklight Lighthouse, Tiki Bats, soundBarn, CASE, World Lines… 4pm. $5 minimum donation.
TALK: Victor S. Navasky @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. The former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation is interviewed by Peter Biskind about his career and new book, “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power.” A reception and book signing will follow the talk. 4pm. $15.
CIRCUS/THEATER: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring Ringmistress Philomena, Mr. Pennygaff, Big Apple Circus alum Mark Gindick, Dr. Lucky, the bawdy Sabrina Chap, Kinko the Clown, aerial artist Summer Lacy, juggler Jacob D’Eustachio and more. 9pm. $20; or $15 if you’re wearing clown face make-up.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Kevin Cole Plays Gershwin, a sneak preview of the ASO’s return appearance at Carnegie Hall as part of the annual Spring for Music Festival on May 7. 7:30pm.
THEATER/MUSIC: “Beautiful Girls: Celebrating Sondheim’s Women” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Three of the Fort’s favorite gals – Kathleen Devine, Florence Hayle and Lynne Kerr – delve into the sublime Stephen Sondheim songbook. Was there a cat fight over who gets to sing “Send in the Clowns”? 8pm. $25 (includes $6 credit for refreshments).
WORKSHOP: Scott Sharrard @ the Woodland Hills Montessori School, North Greenbush. Currently a member of the Gregg Allman Band and CKS, veteran guitarslinger Sharrard has played with Buddy Miles, Clyde Stubblefield and the Chesterfields. Sponsored by Rocky’s Music Studio, Rensselaer. 3pm. $10.; a limited number of private lesson with Sharrad will also be available.