MUSIC: WGNA Secret Star Acoustic Jam @ Proctors, Schenectady. Three country music stars come together on Proctors’ Mainstage, but you won’t know who they are until they step into the spotlight. 7pm. $18.50.
MUSIC/THEATER: “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. “Good Lovin’,” “Lonely Too Long,” “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “Groovin’” and so many more hits… All four original members of the premier blue-eyed soul-rockers of the ’60s reunite for an autobiographical hybrid performance – part rock concert, part Broadway show. 7:30pm. $32.50, $48.50, $62.50 & $78.
MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The jazz ‘n’ soul band reinterprets the music of the great songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s. Featuring singers Jeanne O’Connor, Joy MacKenzie and Jeanine Ouderkerk, backed by drummer Sam Zucchini, bassist Tony Markellis, guitarist-vocalist Bob Warren and pianist Peg Delaney. 3pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door; $8 kids under 13.
DANCE/ART: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Sage College’s Opalka Gallery, Albany. A site-specific dance performance in the gallery, interacting with and inspired by “An Armory Show,” the gallery-wide installation curated by artists Michael Oatman and Ken Ragsdale. 4pm. FREE. Also at 7pm on Friday, December 7.
MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos @ Fuzz Records, Albany. An afternoon of song-sharing with Thomas LaFond – a casual experiment in blending songwriting approaches from LaFond’s jazz and swing models to Poulopoulos’ folk and Americana models. 6pm. FREE; donations appreciated.
MUSIC: Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. British folk-punk icon in support of his new album, Tape Deck Heart. With the Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. 7pm. $23.50.
MUSIC: Thanksgiving Jazz Vespers @ the First Reformed Church, Schenectady. Featuring pianists David Gleason and Scott Bassinson, bassists Mike Lawrence and Pete Toigo, saxophonist Jim Corigliano, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury and drummer Tom D’Andrea. 4-6pm. $12; $5 students.
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. 2pm. $12; $8 students & seniors.
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. 2pm. $25; $15 students.
SPOKEN WORD: Community of Writers @ Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady. The Hudson Valley Writers Guild presents readings by Alan Casline, Carol Graser, Phyllis Kulmatiski, Donna Lagone, Mary Cufee Perez, Carl Strock and Jan Marin Tramontano. 2pm.
FILM: “In No Great Hurry: 13 Life Lessons With Saul Leiter” @ Upstate Films, Woodstock. A documentary about cctogenarian Saul Leiter, a limelight-shy New Yorker, helped usher in the use of color photography and could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Tomas Leach. 1pm. $10.