COMEDY: Mike Birbiglia @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Music Hall has been booking a batch of comedians, and the only question is, “What took ’em so long?” It’s a great theater for laughmakers, and Birbiglia is one of the best. With this show, the award-winning filmmaker, author and comedian offers painfully awkward stories about telling jokes and how that can get you in trouble. 8pm. $29 & $34; $5 discount for students.
MUSIC: Gurf Morlix @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Buffalo-born but an adopted Texan through-and-through, the fab singer-songwriter spent 11 years as Lucinda Williams’ guitarist; toured with Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle; and produced albums for Gilkyson and Gauthier. His grit, soul and innate musicality are just right on blues, Western swing and ballads. 8pm. $18.
THEATER: “Untitled #21: The Heart of D Cheney & Other Concerns” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An installation performance featuring Linda Mussmann’s musings on Dick Cheney’s heart. “She kept thinking about Cheney and those heart attacks and heart pumps and wires and hemoraging and shortness of breath and slow steps and near death and getting in line for a transplant at the age of 71 and waiting for the transplant and, then, bingo! . . . ” In collaboration with Claudia Bruce and Bryce Courbois. 7pm. $10.
THEATER: “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany.”Everything’s Coming Up Roses…” Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs the classic musical based on the memoirs of famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, featuring a cast of 23 from Broadway star Mary Callanan to local TV personality Benita Zahn. 8pm. $20-$65. Through April 13.
MUSIC: Glen David Andrews @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the singer-trombonist brings his jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk ‘n’ soul band back to Club Helsinki. 9pm. $22.
PERFORMANCE: “Strange Cloak–Sub-Flight Infinity” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. South African musician Sabisha Friedberg’s work-in-progress investigation into the relationships of levitation, suspension and low-end thresholds that is a combination of performance, sculpture and light-box cinema. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Paul McKenna Band @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The Scottish band blends the traditional with the contemporary featuring vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing and the warm paring of flute and whistles. 8pm. $23; $5 children 12 and under.
MUSIC: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The next installment of the A Place for Folk concert series… 8pm.
THEATER: “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Director Rob Urbinati teams up with the Omaha Theater Company to bring author Doreen Cronin’s charming bugs’ world to life, in this nationally touring production. 7pm. $9; $7 age 17 and under.
THEATER: “Fiddler On the Roof” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Co-directed by Sue Frost and Val Kavanaugh, the Circle Theatre Players present the universal story about preserving the essence of tradition in the face of inevitable change. Starring Matt Benzing as Tevye. 8pm. $19; $10 ages 18 and under. Through March 30.