MUSIC: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. For 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s mission has been to preserve the great classic jazz of New Orleans. But with their new album, That’s It! (co-produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James), they’ve added the element of original songs while maintaining the traditional jazz spirit. With Marco Benevento. 9pm. $39, $49, $59 & $69.
MUSIC: Frank Wakefield & Friends @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. It’s a CD release party for the mandolin master’s new album, Frank Wakefield, Taylor Baker & Friends. In addition to Wakefield and mandolinist Taylor Baker, the band will feature Brennen Ernst (guitar, banjo and vocals), Tom Mindte (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Nick Barr (acoustic bass). 8pm. $15.
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. 2pm. $8; $5 seniors; $3 students and children. UPDATE: This show is sold out.
MUSIC: Driftwood @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Binghamton-based quartet pumps out daring, raw Americana roots-rock with an upright bass, banjo, guitar, fiery violin and plenty of four-part harmony. 8pm. $16.
THEATER: “An Illiad” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. A lone storyteller and a lyric minstrel weave together the tale of Achilles and Hector, the mythic warriors of Homer’s epic, capturing the grief and glory of the Trojan War. Starring Timothy Deenihan, who played Thomas Novachek in theREP’s hit production of “Venus in Fur,” and Saratoga Springs cellist Kathleen Bowman. 11am. FREE.
MUSIC: Milkshake @ MASS MOCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The deliciously named, Grammy-nominated band is on a mission to create great rock music for kids. Led by singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl (formerly of the indie rockers Love Riot), they’ve popped up everywhere from PBS KIDS to Nick Jr. to the Emmy Award-winning cartoon ToddWorld, winning oodles of fans with their catchy, kid-friendly songs and electrifying live show. 11:30am. $8.
PERFORMANCE: Kyle deCamp’s “Urban Renewal” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. A multimedia production that melds slide projection, live performance and immersive sound as it explores the artist’s experience of growing up in racially charged Chicago in the Sixties, caught in the crosshairs of history and power. 7:30pm.
PERFORMANCE: “Central Intelligence Agency” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Polish performance artist Wojtek Ziemilski and German interaction designer Sebastian Neitsch will present a work-in-progress – part performance, part installation and part interactive environment. It is about what we see — and how our judgment becomes hostage to what we see. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Sixties Rock Experience @ Proctors, Schenectady. Directed by Gary Weinlein, it’s a live tribute to rock’s classic era, including performances by Erin Harkes (Dusty Springfield, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin), Lauren Monroe (Grace Slick), Bryan O’Neill (Jim Morrison), Scott Garling (Neil Young) and more… 7:30pm. $20, $27.50 and $35.
THEATER ON FILM: “The Habit of Art” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Alan Bennet’s highly acclaimed play, is directed by Nicholas Hytner. Starring Richard Griffiths as W.H. Auden. 1pm. $22; $15 children under 12.
THEATER: “Heroes” @ Church of the Covenant, Averill Park. In memory and tribute to the late actor Michael Steese, the Directors’ Acting Collaborative presents a staged reading of Tom Stoppard’s funny and tragic play, directed by Barbara Leavell Smith. 2pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Samantha Farrell @ the Parlor Cafe, North Adams. The Boston-based singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new CD, Luminous, produced by the late Dave Matthews Band saxman LeRoi Moore. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Bremners @ the Cannon Barrel Pub, Watervliet. The acoustic duo of Rob Skane and Mike Lisi rumble through their own original tunes, as well as classics by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and others. 8PM.
MUSIC: Poor Old Shine @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The alt-Americana band celebrates the release of their self-titled debut studio LP on Signature Sounds. With Frankie Lee & Tara Fox. 9pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Panache Quartet @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. A new group of four fiery female fiddlers – Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Franco-American fiddler Donna Hébert, Southern style fiddler Jane Rothfield and Québecois fiddler Véronique Plasse – each with their own performing and recording careers, who have come together, literally crossing borders, merging repertoires and engaging in a fantastic musical conversation. 8pm. $20; $5 children 12 & under.
WORKSHOP: Fiddling in Depth @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The members of the Panache Quartet conduct a three-hour fiddle workshops for intermediate to advanced players of all strings and melody instruments. 1pm. $35.
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.
MUSIC: Quiet in the Head @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The musical project of guitarist Seamus Maynard and violinist Jonathan Talbott, featurioing the influences of tango, middle eastern and eastern european gypsy music. With Jonah Thomas on cello. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Up the Chain @ the Dream Away Lodge, Becket. Led by Philadelphia singer-songwriter Reed Kendall, the Philadelphia-based collective rolls into town in support of their sophomore album, Seeds & Thorns, with a subtle Americana vibe that emphasizes roots over twang.
MUSIC: Call of the Wild @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Brooklyn punk-metal maniac trio. With the Juggs, hard-psych blues rockers led by Kareem Bunton. DJing by Jeff the Chef and Sean McDevitt. Doors at 9pm. $5.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Pianist and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane leads the ASO in a program that allows him to share both of his talents – conducting Brahms’ monumental First Symphony and Ades’ Three Studies from Couperin, as well as playing keyboard on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 along with the orchestra. 7:30pm.
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. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students. Through November 24. GO HERE for review…
FILM: “20 Feet From Stardom” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The stunning documentary exploring the role of the back-up singer. Featuring Darlene Love, Judith Hill, more. 7pm. $7.
MUSIC: The Williams Gospel Choir @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Titled “There is a Name,” the fall concert features such songs as “Lift Him Up,” “Riverside” and “Ride On.” With the Allegrettos. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Summer On Fire” @ First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Mike Bencivenga’s play, revolving around a right wing commentator for Fox News who is forced to share his Fire Island rental home with a decidedly left wing young singer and her lesbian girlfriend. 7:30 pm.
MUSIC: “Wine, Woman and Song II: Why Not Whites!” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. A melding of wine tasting and music, singer Lynne Kerr (the “woman” and “song”) and oenophile David Howell (the “wine”) explore the mystery and magic of white wines. $40; $75 per couple. 8pm.