MUSIC: Chicha Libre @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Kick up your heels at this Latin fusion dance party as the band – featuring keyboardist Joshua Camp of One Ring Zero, bassist Nicholas Cudahy (formerly of Combustible Edison) and others – mashes up the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Colombian cumbia with Peruvian indigenous music and psychedelic surf guitar riffs from the U.S. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Mike Doughty @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The former Soul Coughing frontman brings his world-renowned, award-winning “Question Jar Show” Hudson, plucking audience questions and requests out of a jar – and his loyal, fervent audience is wickedly good at coming up with extremely weird things to ask. 9pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Barrel Fest @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. An all-day bash featuring the Band No. 2, Harx, 4 Down, True Grit Outlaws, Black Fox River Project, Suitable Groove, Yardsale, Stone Temple Co-Pilots and Skeeter Creek. With a bull riding competition and other games and prizes. 1pm. $18.
READING: “Goodbye to All That” @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Elisa Albert, Sari Botton, Chloe Caldwell, Dana Kinstler and Rebecca Wolff will read from “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York,” a recent anthology of essays. The event will be dedicated to the memory of the late Maggie Estep, a contributor to the anthology who lived in Hudson. Estep’s friend Chloe Caldwell – herself a contributor to the anthology and a Hudson resident — will read Maggie’s essay. 5pm.
THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Jeffrey B. Moss directs an all-new production that features Jack E. Curenton as Don Quixote in the Tony Award-winning musical that has inspired audiences since the very first notes of “The Impossible Dream” were heard on opening night. 2 & 8pm. $20, $40, $45, $55 & $70.
STORYTELLING: Jeannine Laverty @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The esteemed storyteller teams up with multi-instrumentalist Ed Lowman for an evening of “Stories & Music for Cheap Late-Winter Travel.” Relax in your chair and let your imagination ride from Eastern Europe to Asia, to the Chihuahuan desert and back the Adirondack Mountains. 8pm. $18.
FESTIVAL: Russian Winter Festival @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s the grand finale of the sixth annual Russian Winter Festival – a day of Russian music, folk art and food – pancakes and caviar, in particular. 12noon. $6.
MUSIC: The Chris Bergson Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The guitarist and his band celebrate the release of their new album, Live at Jazz Standard. With Good Night Brother opening. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
TALK: “India, Myanmar, and Bhutan: Three Unique Cultures” @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. International photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle. 10:30am. FREE with museum admission.
MUSIC: RugBurn Music @ the Back Nine Bar & Grill, Pittsfield. It’s a beach party, so shake off the slushy snow. Wear your favorite tropical outfit and enter the beach costume contest with fun prizes. 9:30pm. $7.