FUNDRAISER: Upstate Artists Guild’s Black & White Gala @ Normanside Country Club, Delmar. UAG’s third annual fundraising party features lots of great local artwork for sale and auction, as well as live music by the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Lost Radio Rounders and not an Airplane; poetry by Dan Wilcox; comedy by Greg Aidala, a fashion show, raffles, food and plenty of fun. Nippertown’s Greg Haymes serves as the master of ceremonies for the bash. 6pm; 5pm champagne preview. $50. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Surfer Blood @ NaNola, Malta. WEQX-FM presents a FREE show with Florida’s indie rockin’ Surfer Blood.
With special guests Party Boat. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: Party Boat will not be performing tonight as originally scheduled.
FUNDRAISER: “SPAC’s Winter Ball: A Russian Whiteout” @ SPAC’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs. The Hall of Springs will be transformed to a Moscow Winter Wonderland complete with a Russian Ice Queen and Moscow Mafia Man costume contest. Open bar with beer and wine. Ice luges and sculptures. Russian vodka bar. Snow cone cocktails. Live music by Saving Atlantis. 8pm. $80.
MUSIC: Aoife O’Donovan @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Direct from her Lincoln Center debut, the singer with Crooked Still and Sometymes Why heads into Hudson in support of her debut solo album, Fossils. 8pm. $25
MUSIC: “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Pete Seeger” @ the Falcon, Marlboro. An old-fashioned pot luck dinner and concert featuring emcee Happy Traum with performances by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Bethany Yarrow & Rufus, Timothy Hill, Roland Moussa & Princess Wow, Kim & Reggie Harris and more. 5:30pm pot luck; 7pm music. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Grit and sensitivity. Percussion and groove. Karen and Pete are as sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they cross soul, r&b, roots and world rhythms, conjuring a communion between audience and stage. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door; $8 children & students. GO HERE for more info…
PARTICIPATORY EVENT: A Night of Surrealist Games @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. In smoke-filled rooms along rue Pierre Fontaine in the 1920s, Andre Breton and his co-conspirators developed a corpus of mind-bending games to supplement their new philosophy of surrealism. Consummate emcee Roger Clark Miller (Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra) brings these riotous games to MASS MoCA. Come prepared to play. 8pm. $20 reserved; $12 in advance; $16 at the door; $10 students.
DANCE: Aszure Barton & Artists @ The Egg, Albany. from her wildly eclectic musical choices (French Canadian folk, Vivaldi, klezmer) to the casual and conversational tone of her original, funky dance vocabulary – Aszure Barton’s movement is joyful, exuberant, sassy, playful and quirky and unpredictable. The Company will perform their new work – “AWÁA.” 8pm; pre-performance talk at 7:15pm. $28.
THEATER: “Sister Act” @ Proctors, Schenectady. After witnessing a murder, a disco diva is hidden away in a convent for her own protection. Hijinx ensue, and soon she’s a nun on the run. The 2011 Tony-nominated musical is based on the 1992 film. 2 & 8pm. $20-$75. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: “From the Mountains to the Sea” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. A two-hour, multimedia/live presentation, featuring live vocalists – Jeff Warner, Gerret Warner and Mimi Gredy – with photographs of the tradition bearers and their land, and the insights gained by the Warners as they traveled through rural America from 1938 to 1966 in search of old songs. 8pm. $20; $5 children 12 and under.
MUSIC: Cappella Pratensis @ Williams College’s Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown. The Dutch-based vocal ensemble champions the music of Josquin Desprez and the polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. 8pm. FREE.
FILM: “Freedom Riders” @ Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady. An inside look at a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights struggle, when a brave band of activists challenged segregation in the Deep South. Followed by a discussion led by UAlbany professor Ibram Kendi. 2pm. FREE.