MUSIC: Patty Griffin @ The Egg, Albany. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter returns to The Egg to perform music from her recent album, American Kid, which displays all the emotive power of her songwriting and soulful voice that has firmly established her place as one of the day’s premiere songcrafters. Parker Milsap opens the show. 7:30pm. $35.
MUSIC: Kellie Pickler @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. The country singer has starred on both “American Idol” (didn’t win) and “Dancing With the Stars” (did win), in addition to releasing three albums of her own. With Sam Grow and Skeeter Creek. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
ARTS DISCUSSION: “The Creative Process” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. ACCR president Chris Marblo leads a panel discussion by some of the Local 518′s top creative leaders including Michael Eck (musician, artist, and writer), Marion Roach Smith (writer, teacher), Chet Opalka (scientist, inventor), David Alan Miller (music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra), Bob Bownes (vice president Center of Gravity, entrepreneur, inventor), Mary Simoni (Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at RPI). What is creativity? How is it nurtured? How does it find expression in the arts, science, technology, and business? How do you learn to be creative? 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “The Other Place” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. In Sharr White’s psychological roller-coaster of a play, Juliana Smithton (Marg Helgenberger) is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Titus Andronicus @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Led by frontman Patrick Stickles, the New Jersey punk mongols are the logical amalgam of Springsteen’s bark and the Clash’s bite. With Baked and Pelican Movement. 9pm. $17.
MUSIC: Fitz & the Tantrums @ Pearl Street, Northampton. If you can’t make it Fitz’s free Alive at Five kick-off concert on Thursday, maybe you’ll want to catch them in action tonight. With Sleeper Agent and Madi Diaz. 8pm. $30.
MUSIC/THEATER: “RC Radio Hour” @ Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall, Saratoga Springs. Pianist Rachel Grimes and actor Chris Wells present an original evening of storytelling and music with the intimacy of a salon and the craft of a chamber piece. Elegant in structure, complex in tone, “RC Radio Hour” is first-person stories intercut with piano music. 7pm. FREE.