MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Benefit for the Gareth Wilkie Family Fund @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. A benefit mini-fest for a local man who has undergone multiple medical procedures as he battles heart disease and awaits a heart transplant. Featuring 1:10 – 1:50pm: Caroline MotherJudge, Sten Isachsen & Bob Buckley (1:10pm), Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (1:55pm), Dublin Train Wreck (2:55pm), Swamp Baby (3:30pm), Hard Luck (4:30pm) and the North & South Dakotas (5pm). FREE: donations encouraged.
MUSIC: The Stray Birds @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of the most buzzed-about acts on the folk circuit today, the trio’s flawless vocal harmonies and passionate playing are one of the finest examples of Americana out there. 7pm. $18.
MUSIC: Albany Musicians’ Association Jazz Gala @ Colonie Elks Club, Latham. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festivities include performances by the Colonie High School Jazz Ensemble, the Ragtime Windjammers, the Mark Capon Trio, the Rena Graf Quartet and the Chris Pasin Quartet. Thomas Bellino, Chris Martin, Neil Brown and David Bournazian will be honored. 1pm. FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Classical Guitar Benefit Concert @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. A benefit for the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate NY and the Sand Lake Center of the Arts features performances by the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet, Maria Zemantauski, Spiral Tango, Andrew Rutherford, Eugene Reis, George Seror III, Dennis Turecheck and Fred Hellwitz. 2pm. $20 suggested donation.
READINGS: Albany Word Fest Kickoff & Up The River Launch Party @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Join Albany Poets as they kick off Albany Word Fest week with a cocktail party and a special reading with contributors of the second issue of Up The River, Albany Poets’ literary journal, at the home of Poets Speak Loud. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER/FOOD: America’s Test Kitchen Live! @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Christopher Kimball, Dan Souza and the crew from the ever-popular PBS-TV cooking show come to you live from the stage of the Palace with a variety of demos, tests and more. 3pm. $35 & $45.
MUSIC: Jesse Cook @ The Egg, Albany. The Canadian guitarist and his band blend exotic Spanish rumba flamenco with elements of jazz and flawless technique to create a contemporary sound that has earned Cook a Juno Award for the Best Instrumental Album, Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Player’s Choice Award and his own PBS television special. 7:30pm. $34.
COMEDY: Brian Regan @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Since 1995, the comedian has made more than two dozen appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” With Joe Zimmerman. 8pm. $35, $45 & $55.
MUSIC: The Graham Tichy Trio @ the Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland. The 2nd Sunday Concert Series features the Local 518 guitarslinger as he leads his band through an afternoon of ’40s swing, ’50s roots rock, ’60s British Invasion and a variety of American roots music. 2pm. FREE.
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. 2pm. $20-$65. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Benefit for Chin Lee @ the Back Nine, Pittsfield. Chin – the co-owner of Pittsfield’s Flavours Malaysian Restaurant, Chin suffered a heart attack on New Year’s Eve, and performers gathering to help out with his medical bills include the bands Who Are You, Snakehouse, Redhanded, Blackwater, WYKYD, Livewire and comedian Eddie Clark. 12noon. $20; FREE children 12 and under.
THEATER: “If All the Sky Were Paper” @ the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Lary Opitz directs Best-selling author Andrew Carroll’s play about war from the viewpoint of the men and women on the front lines, affected civilians and loved ones on the home front – told through their own letters. 2pm. $12 general admission; $8 students & seniors. Through April 19.