3/8/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Cowboy Junkies @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The sublime vocalist Margot Timmins and her band conjure up their haunting songs. 8pm. $30 & $50.

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.

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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.

COMEDY: Irish Comedy Tour @ Proctors, Schenectady. Get a boisterous belly-full of Dublin pub humor from Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, Damon Leibert and Derrick Keane. 7:30pm. $35.

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.

MUSIC: The Schoemer Formation @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The new spoken word-with-music project featuring Karen Schoemer with guitarist-keyboardist Amy and fuzz-bassist Eric. With Two Guys. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Conehead Buddha @ the Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Albany. 9:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Mod Fiction @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Frances Graves & the Get Arounds and Real Blue Sky. 9pm.

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: Big Mean Sound Machine @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Reanimating and reinterpreting Afrobeat, funk, jazz, fusion and just about everything else, all through a postmodern lens. 9:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: The Lee Shaw Trio @ Taste, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Psychobilly @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany.

MUSIC: Hammer of the Gods @ The Egg, Albany. Led Zep tribute band. 8pm. $34.50 & $39.50.

MUSIC: The Pete Sweeney Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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.

THEATER: “Reefer Madness: The Musical” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Yes, that’s right… the musical. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor @ Panza’s Restaurant, Saratoga Lake. The jazz singer is accompanied by pianist Peg Delaney. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Crush Distance @ Red Square, Albany. With Gusto and lastdayshining. 9pm.

THEATER: “Spring Awakening” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Chad Larabee directs the Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater Tony Award-winning musical. 2pm. $20; $18 students & seniors.

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