MUSIC: Susan Werner @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The acclaimed singer-songwriter brings her band to the Step to showcase her new album Hayseed, a collection of songs focused on farming, rural America, locavores, food safety and the comic potential of herbicides. 7pm. $26 in advance; $28 at the door; $35 VIP.
MUSIC: Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. In support of their new CD, Carnival, the high energy, Nashville-based quintet performs Struthers’ original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums – a traveling carnival of original acoustic Americana. 7pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
BOOK SIGNING/MUSIC: “Caffè Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse” @ Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs. The publication party for the 300-page, hardcover coffeetable book edited by Caffe Lena History Project director Jocelyn Arem. With live music by Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line. 3pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Wild Rovers Tour @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring Cory Chisel, the Candles, INVISIBLEMAN, Adriel Denae and special guests. Americana folk-rocker Cory Chisel, who leads his own band called Wandering Sons and who was named a “Best New Artist” by Rolling Stone magazine, is the putative headliner of the tour. 8pm. $18. UPDATE: Standing room only. GO HERE for more info…
DANCE: “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a distinctive theatrical vision, Bourne has won Tony Awards as both choreographer and director, and he puts both skill sets to good use with a transformative production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that features ravishing stage sets, enthralling puppetry and, yes, vampires, too. 2pm. $20, $40, $50, $60 & $75. GO HERE for review…
MUSIC: The Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A program of charming works by Ravel, Fauré and Aaron Jay Kernis around Schumann’s gorgeous and picturesque 3rd Symphony. With pianist Andrew Russo. Each piece, inspired by impressionism. 3pm.
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. 2pm. Tickets range from $20 to $60. GO HERE for review…
STORYTELLING: “Word Plays: Life and Death” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Featuring Siri Allison, Claire Beetlestone, Janet Carter, Lale Davidson, Kate Dudding, Mary Murphy, Eliud Nieves and Nancy Marie Payne. 2pm. $16.
MUSIC: Thelonious Sphere Monk Birthday Celebration @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Vocalists Judi Silvano and Teri Roiger explore the music of Monk with pianist Joe Vincent Tranchina, bassist John Menegon and drummer Tani Tabbal. Followed by a jam session. 5pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 students.
MUSIC: Stephanie Chase @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. As part of the music department’s Visiting Artist series, violinist Chase presents a concert titled “The Art of the Solo Violin: Music composed between 1720 and 1956.” 3pm. 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. 2pm. $30.
MUSIC: Jazz Vespers @ First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Schenectady. Featuring drummer Tom D’Andrea, bassist Bill Delaney and pianist Peg Delaney. 5pm.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” @ the Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery, Albany. The New York State premiere of 217 Films’ new documentary film examining the International Exhibition of Modern Art, also known as the 1913 Armory Show, where many Americans had their first introduction to art that did not look like anything they had ever seen before. Followed by a Q&A with director-producer Michael Maglaras. 1pm. $5.
MUSIC: Mark Fisher @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Irish Nudes Live in the Cafe: An Evening of One-Act Plays” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. A collection of short plays by Adam O’Connor, Eric Washburn, Val Kavanaugh, Sue Frost, Deborah Dorman, Joe Starzyk and Sandra Hutchnson. 2pm. $16; $10 under age 18.
MUSIC: Bluegrass Jam @ the Ale House, Troy.
ART ON FILM/DISCUSSION: “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An in-depth look at the major Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery in London. Followed by a Q&A with the Clark’s Michael Cassin. 3pm. $12; $10 students.