MUSIC: B3nson Collective Funsgiving Celebration @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Taking over both floor of Valentine’s, the annual B3nson bash features performances by Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, the Parlor, Barons in the Attic, Rival Galaxies, Bear Grass, Hammer Hawk and Scientific Maps. It’s also a CD release party for the eleventh monthly installment of the Hobo Banned’s year-long EP odyssey and a brand new B3nson Family Funsgiving compilation. 7pm. $10 (includes both new CDs). GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Cabinet @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Pennsylvania bluegrass band – featuring Pappy Biondo (banjo, vocals), J.P. Biondo (mandolin, vocals), Mickey Coviello (acoustic guitar, vocals), Dylan Skursky (electric bass, double bass), Todd Kopec (fiddle, vocals) and Jami Novak (drums, percussion) – lands in town in support of their new album, Leap on Ropeadope Records. With Rebel Darling, led by M.R. Poulopoulos. Doors at 9pm. $13.
MUSIC: Capital Area Live Music Awards @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. Awards presented in more than two dozen categories, as well as performances by Skeletons in the Piano, Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band, the Margo Macero Project, Court E, JJ Savage & Mark Slavin, Big Sky Country, Bway, Second Heat, Probing Digit and Lock Nine. 8pm. GO HERE for more info and a complete list of nominees…
MUSIC: I (Heart) NY Punk @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. It’s an evening of songs, stories and rare punk videos featuring a short acoustic set by Andy Shernoff (the Dictators) and Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks) reading from his new book, “If You Like the Ramones…” 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Deeply rooted in Gaudet’s exquisite songwriting and wry sense of humor, one of Nippertown’s premier bluegass bands expands with the official addition of banjoman Scott Hopkins. 8pm. $18. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Beatlemore Skidmania 13 @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Skidmore students and faculty pay tribute to the Fab Four, performing their own interpretations from the Beatles’ 1963 repertoire. Proceeds from the concerts benefit local nonprofit organizations. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; $3 students and children. Also 2pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Tartan Terrors @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The high-energy seven-member group celebrates the release of their new CD Whiskey Before Breakfast with a rousing performance that combines Celtic music, highland dancing and comedy. 7:30pm. $28; $50 Gold Circle.
MUSIC: Manuella Blackburn @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Intricate and meticulous sounds are hallmarks of the acousmatic composer who will create a sound-only environment utilizing a ring of loudspeakers situated around an audience in the dark. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Enter the Haggis @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Canadian Celtic combo from Toronto rolls into the Den in support of their latest album, The Modest Revolution, featuring songs based on newspaper articles that appeared in a single day’s newspaper. With the Jamie Kent Trio. 9pm. $15.
THEATER: “50 Shades! The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A musical parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy featuring dance, a live band and 11 original songs, including “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love, I F#*!” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me.” 8pm.
FILM: ”Let the Fire Burn” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Filmmaker Jason Osder’s chilling saga of Philadelphia’s 1985 decision to drop a bomb on the radical back-to-nature group MOVE, told using only archival news coverage and interviews. 7pm. Admission by donation: $10 suggested; $5 student/low income.
MUSIC: Holly Williams @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Singer-songwriter Holly Williams – the granddaughter of the legendary country star Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Williams Jr. – rolls into town in support of her latest album, The Highway. 9pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.
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: Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Ronald Feldman conducts works by Michael Torke, Maurice Ravel and Johannes Brahms. 8pm. FREE. With a free pre-concert talk at 7:15pm at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
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: “Blackfish” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary examines the horrors of what can happen when orcas are bred and kept in captivity. 7:30pm.
FILM: “The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-Yuki)” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Set in 1938, Kon Ichikawa’s 1983 film follows the lives of four sisters as they confront changing cultural attitudes between centuries-old Japanese tradition and encroaching elements of modern society. 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Tapped” @ Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe, Glens Falls. The documentary examins the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. 7pm. FREE.