MUSIC: Los Lobos @ The Egg, Albany. Melding the music of their Mexican-American heritage with blues, rockabilly, jazz and more, Los Lobos is simply one of the best roots-rockin’ bands on the planet. The band is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the release of their CD/DVD live recording Disconnected in New York City. 7:30pm. $34.50–$44.50.
MUSIC: Lucius @ Pearl Street, Northampton. The break-out band from Wilco’s Solid Sound festival. Vocalists-keyboardists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig lead the Brooklyn alt-pop band in support of their new album, Wildewoman. With Kingsley Flood and the Suitcase Junket. 7pm. $14.
FUNDRAISER: Saratoga Arts Fundraiser @ Longfellows Restaurant, Saratoga Springs. A night filled with great food, conversation, an exciting silent auction and live music by Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard. 5:30-8:30pm. $50; $35 for those under 35.
FILM: ”Call Me Kuchu” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Filmmaker Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s documentary tells the story of David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, whose memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.
THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 7:30pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.
SPOKEN WORD: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s the annual Dead Poet Slam, in which competitors eschew their original poetry to read/perform works by deceased poets. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.
READING: Ayana Mathis @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Novelist Ayana Mathis is the author of “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” her 2012 widely praised debut novel about a family’s struggles, set against the backdrop of the African American “Great Migration” from the rural South to the urban North. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at UAlbany Campus Center’s Assembly Hall at 4:15pm.
MUSIC: Dosh @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Martin Dosh has been Andrew Bird’s primary collaborator for more than half a decade. Now he steps into the spotlight on his own in support of his new album Milk Money, blending elements of pop, electronica and post-rock. With the Sweet Clementines and the Fasads. 8pm. $10.