MUSIC: The Stepkids @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. In support of their sophomore album Troubadour, the Connecticut-based three-man crew – Jeff Gitelman (guitar/vocals), Dan Edinberg (bass/keyboards/vocals) and Tim Walsh (drums/vocals) – combines jazz, rock, and soul in an unforgettable show of psychedelic, energy-wired music. 8pm. $16 & $20; $10 students. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Vance Gilbert @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran folk-soul-pop singer-songwriter takes the legendary stage at Lena’s to showcase selections from his upcoming album, Bad Dog Buffet. With opener Kayla Ringelheim. 8pm.
MUSIC: Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. It’s a day-long festival celebrating the grand opening of the new music venue run by Richard Genest, who also owns the Moon & River Cafe, just a block and a half away. Featuring Running the River (12noon); belly dancing (1pm); Rick Sacchetti & Courtney Marston (2pm); Naomi Bindman, Chris Nerney & Jeffrey T (3pm); Danny Whitecotton & M.R. Poulopoulos (4pm); Myron James (5pm); Shift the Paradigm (6pm); and Ray y las Chicas (8pm).
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Old Songs Sampler Concert @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The Sampler Concert is an annual benefit for the 2014 Old Songs Festival, featuring performances by Shepard’s Pi (delectable original songs), Lawson (traditional music of Ireland), Bob Altschuler & Guy Mills (bluegrass), Casy Burger & Dhyana Miller (a cappella harmonies) and Alan Thomson & Colin McCoy (reels and jigs). 8pm. $20; $5 for children 12 and under.
THEATER: “One Man Lord of the Rings” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Charles Ross has traversed the globe with his compact, compressed and crazy “One Man Star Wars Trilogy,” delighting audiences with the unique, frenetic show. Now he turns his attention to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth masterwork. 1:30 & 7:30pm. $25.
MUSIC: “Peradam” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Artists Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Sabrina Ratté collaborate on a new audio and visual performance, intertwining voice with synthetic sound and image. Using real-time synthesis, Ratté modifies live video, while Lowe uses his voice as the source of his sonic manipulations. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
THEATER: “The Mountaintop” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Katori Hall’s play brings new humanity to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the hours before his assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Directed by Nick Mangano, the dynamic drama stars Brandon Jones and Liz Morgan. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through Sunday, February 9.
BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920′s Speakeasy Revue @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. Featuring Persephone Pomme, Hot Toddy, Heather Whatever, Chardonnay LaTease, Jay McBride, Baby Dead Girl, Trixie Firecracker and more. 9pm. $15.
WORKSHOP: Rodney Holmes Drum Clinic @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. Having played with such A-listers as Santana, the Brecker Brothers and Wayne Shorter, Holmes comes to Nippertown to conduct an in-store drum clinic. 4pm. $20.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ the Wynantskill American Legion Hall, Wynantskill. The rockabilly kingpin serves up a an evening of Elvis music with “One Night With You.” 7:30pm. $12.
COMEDY: “David Shine Presents: Laughs by the Pound! A Comedy Showcase” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Featuring stand-up comedians David Shine and Derrick “DT” Thompson. 8pm. $12.
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.
MUSIC: The Jim Campilongo Trio @ the Falcon, Marlboro. From his contribution on Cake’s million-selling Prolonging the Magic to lead guitar duties with Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and the Little Willies (his band with Norah Jones), Campilongo’s virtuosity and originality have inspired a generation of guitar players. With Rachel Loshak. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
FUNDRAISER: Adirondack Theatre Festival Gala & Benefit @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Featuring food, beverages, live and silent auctions and an original cabaret act by members of 2013′s production of “Avenue Q.” 6:30pm. $65, $85 & $150.
CIRCUS/CABARET: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The monthly winter-time, adult-oriented cabaret features a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy and oddball novelty turns. 9pm. Go HERE for more info…
THEATER: “My Cousin Rachel” @ Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. An English Lord is dead. Is his widow grieving his demise or the fact she is not named in his will? Will his new heir become a new target and fall prey to her charms? The mystery unwinds with all the twists and turns, intrigue, suspense and romance of the classic Daphne du Maurier novel. 8pm. $18; $10 students.
THEATER: “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Sherlock Holmes (Tom Templeton) and Dr. Watson (Ian LaChance) battle Professor Moriarty (Isaac Newberry) in an adventure full of intrigue, danger, wit, humor and surprise. 8pm.
THEATER: “Almost, Maine” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Directed by Cheryl Charbonneau, the Circle Theatre Platers present the funny, feel good production. 8pm. $16; $10 students under 18.
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: “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.
MUSIC: Liv Carrow @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Carrow’s introspective, narrative folk songs draw from the rich history of the bardic template to weave poetic wordplay and reference together with captivating melodies, fingerstyle guitar playing and a clear, direct voice that can hush a chattering room. With Deep Chatham’s Matt Hecker. 8pm. $5.