COMEDY: Jim Breuer @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Goat Boy, Joe Pesci and any number of other characters made him a “Saturday Night Live” favorite for four years in the late ’90s. With his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality, Breuer is also a very popular comedian – one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” 8pm. $27.
MUSIC: Diego Garcia @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The Latin alt-pop singer-songwriter returns for his first Nippertown concert since the release of his sophomore solo album Paradise on Concord Records. With Ashley Sofia. 8pm. UPDATE: Standing room only.
MUSIC: Michael-Louis Smith Quintet @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz wraps up its fall season with a concert by the acclaimed jazz guitarist and his band in support of his new album First Black Nation. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Mulebone @ Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The high-wire blues duo of multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa and roots-blues guitarist-vocalist Hugh Pool play slide guitar boogies, chord trance riffs a la Howlin’ Wolf, the up-tempo rags of Rev. Gary Davis and country blues of all shapes and colors. 7:30pm. $26; $50 Gold Circle.
MUSIC: Mavis Staples @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The great soul ‘n’ gospel singer belts out the hits from her days with the Staple Singers through her impressive solo career, including her new album, One True Vine. 8pm. $39, $49, $59 & $75.
MUSIC: Allison Moorer @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Alabama-raised, Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter – the younger sister of country singer Shelby Lynne and wife and sometime singing-partner of Americana icon Steve Earle – steps into the spotlight at Club Helsinki in support of her latest album, Crows. Roots-blues slide guitarist and songwriter David Jacobs-Strain opens the show. 9pm. $30.
MUSIC: Greg Klyma @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Buffalo-born, Boston-based singer-songwriter returns to the Caffe to celebrate the release of his new CD, Another Man’s Treasure. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rockin’ from the Heart @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. The third annual benefit concert for the Center for Disability Services Foundation in support of Adult Services features Delmartinis, Blue Factory, Grainbelt and the Rufus Leaking Band. Also a silent auction. 6pm. $10 donation.
FILM: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Set against the backdrop of 1970s Texas Hill Country, David Lowery’s film follows three characters who are on various sides of the law. 7:30pm. $7; $5 students. Also 3pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Jerry Douglas @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. He’s a 13-time Grammy Award-winner and member of Alison Krauss & Union Station. James Taylor calls him “the Muhammad Ali of the Dobro.” And he’s playing a rare solo show at the Iron Horse tonight. 7pm. $40.
THEATER: “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. While she may be best known for her 15-year liaison with Voltaire, Emilie Du Chatelet (1706-1749) was also one of the leading interpreters of modern physics, as well as a master of mathematics and linguistics. In its regional premiere, WAM Theatre’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s play is directed by Kristen van Ginhoven and stars Kim Stauffer. 12noon & 7:30pm. $25; $15 students. Through November 24.
MUSIC: “Songs of the Cold Seas: Vocal Music from Iceland” @ Williams College’s Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown. Performed by the Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir, conducted by Brad Wells. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC/DANCE/FUNDRAISER: Cjay’s Dance & Bmore @ The Egg, Albany. Former Nippertonian and Broadway dancer CJay Philip brings her Baltimore dance ensemble Dance & Bmore to The Egg with “All the Way Live!,” as a benefit for the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region. $50; $25 students & children.
MUSIC: Alan Reid & Rob van Sante @ Old Songs, Vooheesville. The Battlefield Band was recently in concert at the Sanctuary for Independent media, and now one of the founders of the band – keyboarist Alan Reid – joins the band’s longtime soundman – guitarist Rob van Sante – for a duo concert of Battlefield Band favorites and other Scottish music. 8pm. $20; $5 children ages 12 & under.
MUSIC: If, Bwana @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Since the ’80s, Al Margolis (aka If, Bwana) has earned himself an international reputation as a vanguard for experimental music, running the indie cassette label Sound of Pig Music. His music fuses ambience with industrial and musique concrete, producing strange soundscapes that are both soothing and unnerving, often at the same time. With Crank Sturgeon and Walter Wright. 8pm. $5.
THEATER: “Back County Crimes” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Dave Demke directs Lanie Robertson’s small-town tale full of forbidden love affairs, black comedy, sordid murders, music and tragic misunderstandings. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, November 24.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Place Beyond the Pines” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. A screening of the shot-in-Nippertown feature film, followed by a Q&A with co-screenwriter Ben Coccio. 7pm. FREE. Also Ben Coccio will hold an informal seminar on screenwriting at 4:15pm at the UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room.
DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Russell Sage College’s James L. Meader Little Theatre, Troy. 8pm. Also 8pm on Saturday.
FILM: “Ticket to Ride” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s Warren Miller’s 64th film, the newest installment of the legendary film series, taking ski and snowboard fans on an action-packed journey to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, including Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains, Switzerland’s Jungfrau, Montana’s Big Sky Country, Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, and beyond. 8pm. $23.