MUSIC: Betty & the Baby Boomers @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. A stellar folk quintet featuring Steve Stanne (guitar, dobro), Betty Boomer, Jean McAvoy, Paul Rubio (guitar, drum) and Robert Bard who came together as part of Pete Seeger’s sloop Clearwater community. With Irish harper Lynn Saoirse. 7:30pm. $20; $35 Gold Circle.
MUSIC: Kathy Mattea @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and two-time Grammy Award winner combines traditional country music with bluegrass and folk-oriented roots music. 8pm. $20 & $29.
MUSIC: The Brain Cloud @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The NYC sextet – featuring Dennis Lichtman on electric mandolin, fiddle and clarinet; vocalist Tamar Korn; Raphael McGregor on lap steel guitar; guitarist Skip Krevens; Andrew Hall on upright bass; and drummer Kevin Dorn – churns out a fusion of Gypsy jazz and western swing for boot-stomping dance party. 8pm. $15; $10 students.
MUSIC: Drum Battle at The Egg @ The Egg, Albany. Michael Benedict and his jazz group Bopitude are joined by an array of powerhouse percussionists, including Brian Melick, Mark Foster, Pete Sweeney and Bob Halek. 7:30pm. $20.
THEATER: “Rock of Ages” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The hair-metal jukebox musical features more than two dozen ’80s hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and more. 3 & 8pm. $20, $40, $50, $60 & $70.
MUSIC: YellowJackets @ Proctors, Schenectady. The University of Rochester’s a cappella group was featured on NBC-TV’s “The Sing Off” and have recently released their new album, Fifty Shades of Yellow. 1:30 & 7:30pm. $25; $20 students. UPDATE: Both shows are now officially sold out.
DANCE: “Allege” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Humorous and conceptual, this solo work by Clément Layes mixes performance art, philosophy, and dance with Chaplinesque virtuosity. 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. GO HERE to read review…
ART/MUSIC: “Deep Quiet: An Art Exhibit to Celebrate Winter” @ Grand Street Community Arts, Albany. A group arts exhibit featuring the work of Timothy Reidy, Sara Pruiksma, Melissa Marcue, Nola Muscatello, Sandy Pratt, Sophia Passero, Allison Ferraro and Kurtis Miller. With music by Mickinley (1:30pm) and Hans Dirzuweits (3pm). 1-5pm. Also on Sunday.
MUSIC: Nous: A Musical Rite @ the Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The public debut of the new experimental music project with an impressive list of members: Christopher Bono (Ghost Against Ghost), Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Zs, Ben Frost, Liturgy), Thor Harris (Swans, Angels of Light, Amanda Palmer, Shearwater), Shahzad Ismaily (Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy) and Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, So Percussion, Tyondai Braxton). 8pm. $20.
COMEDY: “Broads and Belly Laughs” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Jennifer McMullen hosts some of the area’s funniest female comedians including Dee Watson, Erin Harkes, Sharon Dyer, Miss Wanda Luv, Erin Reehl, Lauren Turczak and Pamela Werts. 8pm. $15.
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: “Steel Magnolias” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents Robert Harling’s tender yet funny play about Truvy’s beauty parlor and the women who regularly gather there. Starring Lindsay Rae D’Ottavio, Jennifer Van Iderstyne, Cindy Fowler Boyka, Sheila O’Shea, Melinda Richner and Mary Darcy. 2 & 8pm. $15.
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: “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: “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: “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: Sesame Street Live’s “Elmo Makes Music” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. 10:30am, 2pm & 5:30pm. $21, $27, $37 & $71.
FILM: “The Abolitionists” @ the Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady. A small group of reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of enslaved African Americans. With a discussion led by Babette Faehmel. 2pm. FREE.