MUSIC: The Bad Plus @ The Egg, Albany. Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King bring their avant-garde populism that has put them at the forefront of the new jazz/instrumental music movement for the past 12 years. The band performs original music, as well as reshaped songs in the pop, rock, country and classical idioms. 8pm. $24.
MUSIC: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. This is it. Valentine’s last night ever. With the Parlor. Stop by and say one last goodbye, help finish up all the beer and maybe buy a souvenir bar stool to take home, too. 8pm.
MUSIC: Folk DJ Showcase, Part 2 @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Chris McGill of Skidmore College radio station WSPN-FM curates an evening of great acoustic music featuring Nashville folk-crooner Melissa Greener (in support of her new album Transistor Corazón) and veteran singer-songwriter Greg Trooper (whose songs have been recorded by such A-listers as Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen and others. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door; $7.50 children & students.
LECTURE/MUSIC: “She Loves You: The Beatles and New York” @ Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady. 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. 2pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Fresh from their Grammy Award win, conductor David Alan Miller leads the ASO in a special evening featuring Ravel’s Bolero, selections from Wagner’s powerful opera “Tristan and Isolde” and a piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse. 7:30 PM
MUSIC: Bernard Purdie & Friends @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Quite simply one of the funkiest drummers on the planet, Pretty Purdie has pumped out the back beat on more than 3,000 albums, from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones, from B.B. King to Steely Dan, from James Brown to Isaac Hayes. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
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. GO HERE to read review…
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Bartender’s Ball @ the Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. With a Roaring ’20s theme and music by Holly & Evan and the Audiostars. Plus hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner buffet, martini bar, craft beer bar, a chocolate fountain, gaming in the casino room and lots more fun. For the benefit of the Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services. 6:30pm. $60.
PERFORMANCE: “Mortified” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts – journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more – which are shared by their original authors before total strangers. This is a poignant, hilarious look at high school tribulations: personal redemption through public humiliation. 8pm. $20 reserved; $12 in advance; $16 at then door; $10 students.
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. 2:30 & 7:30pm. $20-$50.
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.
MUSIC: 9th Annual Blues and Funk Festival @ MCLA’s Venable Gym, North Adams. Wrapping up the tw-day fest is New Orleans blues guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington & his band, along with T-Bone Daddy and the MCLA Jazz Band. 7:30pm. $10; $5 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.
MUSIC: The Twangbusters @ the Ale House, Troy. “Miss Paula” Bradley (of Girl Howdy) on vocals and keys teams up with Kevin Maul (the Lustre Kings) on steel and slide guitars to bring their rollicking juke joint rumble. 9pm. $5.
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.
DANCE: Gesel Mason @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. “No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers” celebrates the depth and diversity of style and vision in the field of modern dance, with these original and historical solo works representing almost seven decades of choreographic vision by, for and about African-Americans. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.
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.
OPERA ON FILM: “Rusalka” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Dvorak’s Rusalka. 1pm. $25; $18 students. Also a pre-performance opera talk by Scott Eyerly at 11am ($10).
FILM: “The Last Detail” @ the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Hal Ashby’s 1973 tale of U.S. Navy petty officers Billy “Badass” Buddusky and Richard “Mule” Mulhall (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) escorting young sailor Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) to Portsmouth Naval Prison. 7:30pm. FREE.