COMEDY: Jerry Seinfeld @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. America’s premier comedian performs his signature observational stand-up routine, once again showcasing his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. 7pm. $48, $63 & $78.
MUSIC: Danny Brown @ Skidmore College’s Williamson Sports & Recreation Center, Saratoga Springs. Skidmore’s big fall concert features the Detroit MC who has just dropped his highly anticipated new album, Old, released earlier this week. With Action Bronson. 9pm. $20.
THEATER: “Kill Me Now” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. It’s opening night of the U.S. premiere of Kaliyuga Arts production of Brad Fraser’s intimate, funny and heartbreaking drama about caring and ultimately saying goodbye to those we love. 8pm. $25; $20 students & seniors. Through October 13.
MUSIC: Jeremy Denk @ Union College’s Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. The acclaimed classical pianist – honored last week as one of 24 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, commonly known as the MacArthur genius grants – offers an innovative program connecting classical works with those influenced by jazz. In between classical works including Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, K. 533/494, Schumann’s Waldszenen, Op. 82, and Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata, Op. 53, Denk will perform a new work written for him by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau along with a series of rags by Bolcom, Hindemith, Stravinsky and others. 8pm. $25; $10 students.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibitions, live music, video, theater, fun… 5-9pm. FREE.
COMEDY: Gilbert Gottfried @ The Comedy Works, Albany. Gottfried just might be the anti-Seinfeld. As Penn Jillette declared about Gottfried’s “Rubber Balls and Liquor,” “He is the comic genius of our generation. This book proves he is the Picasso of the Cubist dick joke.” 7:30 & 9:30pm. $35. Also on Saturday.
THEATER: “Venus in Fur” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the regional premiere of David Ives’ sexy, funny, Tony Award-winning dramedy, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 8pm. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Through October 20. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Lamine Touré & Group Saloum @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. World-renowned griot percussionist Lamine Touré, leads his Boston-based band in a concert that blends Senegalese music with elements of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC/DANCE: Maria Zemantauski @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Nippertown’s own Maria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few renowned female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. She will be joined by renowned percussionist Brian Melick and flamenco dancer Lisa Martinez. 8pm. $17.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Celebrate Berkshire women writers with an evening of stories old and new. Mary Mott will share stories of her life (“From Where I Sit”) and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor will perform a stage adaptation of “Roman Fever,” a short story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton. 7pm. $30. Through October 20.
MUSIC/MORE: Asili & Vaccaro @ Grand Street Community Arts, Albany. GSCA kicks off its “45 Days to 45K” Indiegogo campaign, as the Latin American folk performers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. With new videos by GSCA’s Youth FX and break dancing by Shamar. 7pm.
MUSIC: “Amy Helm Presents…” @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Levon Helm’s daughter carries on his musical legacy with friends Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Littleton, Byron Isaacs, Connor Kennedy, Mike Merenda, Ruthy Ungar, Lee Falco, Justin Guip and Rachel Loshak. 8pm. $35.
THEATER: “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. 29 years old and forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play about contemporary Iran and those born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. He turns his isolation to his advantage with a play that requires no director, no set, no rehearsal and a different actor for each performance – tonight it’s Yvonne Perry. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Through Saturday.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring the music of Peter Davis & Friends featuring Jay Ungar. Free swing dance lesson at 7:30pm; music at 8:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.
THEATER: “No Child…” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. Written and performed by Nilaja Sun and directed by Hal Brooks, the award-winning hit play is based on Sun’s experiences as a teaching artist in New York City. 7:30pm. $25; $5 students. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: 1-10 @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. CD release party. With Bourbon Scum and Teenage Shred. 8pm.
FILM: “The Haunting” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Robert Wise’s 1963 psychological horror film is based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, “The Haunting of Hill House,” and Steven Spielberg considers it “the scariest film ever made.” 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Hannah Arendt” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Margarethe von Trotta directed this compelling look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. 7:30pm.