MUSIC: Dar Williams @ The Egg, Albany. Plain-spoken, heartfelt and inspired, she’s one of the most prolific and endearing singer-songwriters in contemporary folk music. Angel Snow will open the concert. 8pm. $28.
MUSIC: Beth Orton @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The English folk-rock singer-songwriter has collaborated with the likes of Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, Jim O’Rourke, Terry Callier and Ryan Adams, and is a pioneer of folktronica, whose pulse still can be felt in the groove underpinning her primarily acoustic music. NYC-based duo the Murphy Beds open the show with a wealth of traditional Irish and American influences. 9pm. $40. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: “It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Celebration of the Beatles” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Addie & Olin-Unleashed! host an evening of musical memories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America. Featuring Joel Brown (Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play & Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet) & Dave Maswick (the Stony Creek Band); Leslie Ritter & Scott Petito (Amy & Leslie and the Christine Spero Group); and Don Young’s Silver Beats featuring Don Young (Annie & the Hedonists and Big Fez & the Surfmatics) with Graham Tichy (Rocky Velvet) and Pete Vumbaco (the Killer V’s).8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door; $10 children & students. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out…
LECTURE/MUSIC: “She Loves You: The Beatles and New York” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. The multi-media lecture by Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson features historic film clips, recordings and photos, as well as live, solo piano performances of classic Beatles classic songs by Cole Broderick. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
ARTIST TALK: Judy Linn @ College of Saint Rose’s Saint Joseph Auditorium, Albany. In conjunction with her current exhibit, “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things/Photographs by Judy Linn,” the photographer give at talk at 7pm. FREE. She will also hosts a booksigning (4:30-5pm) and a reception (5-7pm) at the Esther Massry Gallery, prior to her talk. All are FREE. Linn’s exhibit, “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things, Photographs by Judy Linn,” runs through Friday, February 28. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Caroline, Or Change” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Corie Rowe directs the bold Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical about a black maid (Barbara Howard) in Louisiana in 1963, struggling both emotionally and economically. 8pm. $18, $22 & $28.
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. 8pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…
THEATER: “Late Nite Catechism 3: ‘Til Death Do Us Part” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Sister (Nonie Newton-Breen) offers hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of “The Newlywed Game.” Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples counselor. 7:30pm. $20-$50.
MUSIC: H.R. & the Dubb Agents @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. HR (Human Rights) is the legendary front man of the Bad Brains, who formed in Washington, DC in 1978, although this show will showcase a more mellow side of HR, reaching back to his dub/reggae influences. Rhinebeck’s own dub-heavy Bombmob will open. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Hugh Brodie’s 81st Birthday Celebration @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The super saxman gets the birthday tribute treatment by some of the Hudson Valley best jazzers, including pianist Francesca Tanksley, Hammond B3 player Michael Torsone, vocalists Lillie Howard and Teri Roiger, saxman Harvey Kaiser, guitarist Matt Finck, and bassists Robert Kopec and John Menegon. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Jesse Dee @ MCLA Venable Gym, North Adams. The Boston-based soul singer-songwriter-guitarist rolls into North Adams to kick off the two-day Blues & Funk Festival in support of his Alligator Records debut CD, On My Mind/In My Heart. With Rebel Alliance and the MCLA Jazz Band. 7:30pm. $10.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free dance lesson by Chester & Linda Freeman at 7:30pm; dance with live music by the Gals Who Play Jazz featuring Patti Melita at 8:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.
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.
FILM: “Oscar Nominated Shorts: Best Live Action Short Films” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm.
FILM: “Ragtime” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Howard E. Rollins Jr., Elizabeth McGovern, James Cagney and Norman Mailer star in Milos Forman’s 1981 film based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel. 7:30pm. FREE.