THEATER: “War Horse” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The five-time Tony Award-winning drama about a young boy and his horse in World War I. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life the breathing, galloping, charging horses. 1:30 & 8pm. $20, $35, $50, $65 & $85.
COMEDY: Sinbad @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy.Comedy Central named him as one of their Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, and he’s had audiences laughing at his stories for three decades. But he’s also made movies (“Necessary Roughness,” “Jingle All the Way,” “Houseguest”) and starred in two television series, “A Different World” and, of course, “The Sinbad Show.” 8pm. $29, $35 & $42.
MUSIC: Ben Himmelfarb @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s Week 2 of the monthly Thursday night Magnetic Eye Records residency. Also featuring Soft Powers, Francis Graves and Feed the Habit. Doors @ 7pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo @ the Falcon, Marlboro. For more than six decades, the legendary guitar master has had a stellar career for more than six decades, and he’s still going strong. He’ll be joined by seven-string guitarist Ed Laub. With the Kristina Koller Duo. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
WORKSHOP/FORUM: “Digital Photo Forum: Cindy Schultz on Sports Photography” @ Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland. The prize-winning Times Union photographer shares her insights on taking great photos at sporting events. How can you capture a moment in a fast-moving game? How much you have to know about a sport to photograph it well? How can you get in the right position to get great photographs? What are the special technical challenges – lenses, lighting, exposures? 7pm.
THEATER: “Good People” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play examines the dangerous consequences of holding onto the past… or leaving it behind. Regional premiere directed by Chris Foster. 7:30pm.
THEATER: “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” @ the Albany Masonic Hall, Albany. Confetti Stage presents Paul Rudnick’s comedic and heartwarming re-imagining of the Bible from the perspective of Adam and Steve, the world’s first couple. 7:30pm. $15 Through Sunday, January 19.
FILM: “In a World…” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. In a world where movie trailer voiceover artists can publish their autobiographies and receive lifetime achievement awards, writer-director-actress Lake Bell offers this hilarious romantic comedy. 7:30pm. $7; $5 students.