MUSIC: Chris Thile @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. A genuine mandolin virtuoso, Thile was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation (commonly known as the “genius grant”), and he’s a master of a wide variety of musical styles from jazz to folk, from Bluegrass to classical. Expect the program for this solo show to range from Bach to Bill Monroe. 7:30pm. $30; $15 students.
MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Fronted by the husband-and-wife team of Lindsay Rilko on banjo and guitar with Joshua Rilko on mandolin, the Michigan-based band stamps their own unique brand on American traditional music, while taking their original songs in bold, new directions. 7pm. $18.
COMEDY: Bo Burnham @ The Egg, Albany. “What” is Bo Burnham’s first new stand-up show since “words, words, words” – the show that made him the youngest person ever to record a Comedy Central hour-long special at just 19 years old. This new show combines music, stand-up and theater in a way that hasn’t been seen before. 8pm. $28.50.
MUSIC: Hugh Laurie @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The star of the hit TV series “House” slides behind his piano to lead the Copper Bottom Band through the jazz and blues-based American roots music of his recently released sophomore album, Didn’t It Rain, produced by Joe Henry. 8pm. $35, $45 & $55.
DANCE: Shen Wei Dance Arts @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. For over a decade, choreographer Shen Wei has created dances steeped in drama and mystery. Sculpture, painting, and video wind their way into the works of Shen Wei Dance Arts, where a gesture as simple as an outstretched arm becomes a revelation. Tonight’s program features “The Rite of Spring” and the riveting “Collective Measures.” NOTE: This program contains partial nudity. 3pm. $20, $32 & $39; $8 students. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An alternative guitar show, featuring contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed instruments, exhibited by their makers. With workshops by Howard Alden, Al Petteway and Happy Traum. 11am-6pm. $20.
MUSIC: Ashley Paul with Ben Pritchard @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The Brooklyn-based performer and composer uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palette of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. With Jefferson Pitcher and Century Plants. 8pm. $5.
THEATER: “Polaroid Stories” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Directed by Eunice Ferreira, Naomi Iizuka’s play is a visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids. 2pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through October 30.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Secret Village” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. The world presents of Swamy Kandan’s chilling new suspense thriller shot on location in Berkshire County. 7pm. $7.50. Through Monday.
MUSIC: Lara & Jesse @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.