MUSIC: Doña Oxford @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. It’s a homecoming show for the former Nippertonian, as the Goddess of Soul serves up a healthy dose of funk, soul and blues. The vocalist-pianist has played with the best, including Keith Richards, Bob Weir, Buddy Guy and Levon Helm. She brings her six-piece band to town in support of her brand-spankin’ new album, Soul Quest. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Hurray for the Riff Raff @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. One of the break-out stars of last month’s Newport Folk Festival, in support of their new album, Look Out Mama. With one-man old-timey music revivalist Frank Fairfield. 9pm. $10.
TALK/FUNDRAISER: Roy Blount Jr. @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The award-winning author and humorist will speak about his latest project, “Alphabetter Soup: The Joy of Text,” at a benefit brunch for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. 11:30am. $40.
MUSIC/ART: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ the Falcon, Marlboro. It’s a rip-roarin’ night of boogie woogie as the Professor meets the Commander – Commander Cody, that is. The two piano masters team up to celebrate the opening of the new art exhibition, “Cars & Stars: The Art of Commander Cody.” 7pm.
MUSIC: After Midnight with Courtney Shayne: A Patsy Cline Experience @ Corning Preserve, Albany. A Senior Sunday concert. 11:30am-2:30pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Pitching to the Star” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. A one-night-only benefit reading of the once-act satirical play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies. Directed by Jason McDowell-Green. Starring Lewis Black, Robert Sean Leonard and Heather Lind. 7:30pm. $35 & $75.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day Three of the three-day fest features performances by Dan Navarro, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Spuyten Duyvil, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert and more… Music starts at 10am.
READING: Maggie Estep @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Authors Maggie Estep, Linda Yablonsky and Jonathan Santlofer will read their selections from “The Marijuana Chronicles,” a collection of new stories recently published by Akashic Books and edited by Santlofer. The Brooklyn-based ensemble August Wells will provide musical entertainment. 4pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Winning the Lottery” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The world premiere of a new musical by Al Budde and Jay Kerr about three women who work together in an office, continually play the same lottery numbers, and one lucky day win 44-million dollars. Starring Jesse Liebman, Gordon Hazzard, Jessica O’Keefe, Pat Reilly and Mary Skelly. 2pm. Through August 11.