MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos & Caitlin Canty @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sweetly melodic, melancholy and soulful, Poulopoulos’ music resonates through the legendary coffeehouse, accompanied by singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, John Rice (slide guitar) and Ryan Dunham (harmonica). Canty also opens the show. 8pm. $17.
MUSIC: Guy Davis @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. From “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Campanion” to concert halls all around the world, the multi-talented acoustic bluesman delivers the goods. 8pm. $20.
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. 8pm. $20, $45, $60, $80 & $95.
FILM: Paul Newman Week @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. The grand re-opening of the Madison as a two-screen theater kicks off with a week of Newman’s finest – “Cool Hand Luke” and “Slapshot” at 7pm; “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” at 9:30pm. $5 each.
FILM: “Decasia” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Often compared to Stan Brakhage, director Bill Morrison created “Decasia” entirely with decaying, old found footage, melded to the music of Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon, performed by the 55-piece Basel Sinfonietta. Magnificent and utterly mesmerizing. 6pm. $8; $6 students.
FILM: “The Great Flood” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A collaboration between director Bill Morrison and guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, the film examines the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 – the most destructive river flood in American history – inundating 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers to Northern cities. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago and led to innovations in R&B, rock ‘n roll and jazz. 7:15pm. $8; $6 students.
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. 8pm.
THEATER: “W;t” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Troy Civic Theatre kicks off its third season with Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the story of a renowned professor of English who has spent her life studying and teaching the poems of John Donne and now finds herself undergoing an aggressive treatment of ovarian cancer, and at the same time, a dramatic personal transformation. Directed by Barbara Davis-Dickman and starring Katherine Ambrosio. 8pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.
THEATER: “Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show” @ Hubbard Hall Freight Depot Theater, Cambridge. Directed by Brenny Rabine, this play by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney takes a decidedly wicked and hilarious look at men, women and modern America. A co-production with Pauline Productions. 8pm. $25; $15 students.
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.