FESTIVAL: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The 30th annual three-day, mid-February fest kicks off today in 16 locations around town with the Graham Tichy Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Quickstep, Reggie Harris, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Genticorum, the Buddy System, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble and lots more… 7pm. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars @ The Egg, Albany. The band mines the riches of Western African folklore, performing uplifting – and very danceable – highlife songs of hope, faith and joy. With Vusi Mahlasela, simply known as The Voice in his African homeland. The concert is being presented in cooperation with the Sanctuary for Independent Media as a fundraiser for radio station WOOC 105.3FM. 7:30pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: August Burns Red @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. It’s 10th anniversary of the band’s metal-core game-changing sophomore album, Messengers. With Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and ’68. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: Newsboys @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Love Riot Tour. In addition to their hits, the Australian Contemporary Christian band offers a new theatrical experience, “God’s Not Dead LIVE! Rivals,” with an all-star cast of singers, actors and dancers. 7pm. $28, $48 & $103.
MAGIC: “Mind Myths” @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. Evil Dan Terelmes presents a brand new one-man show that demolishes preconceived notions about mentalists and the mind reading process. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students & children age 21 & under. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Buckwheat Zydeco & Marcia Ball @ The Egg, Albany. It’s a fullscale roadhouse double bill as Buckwheat Zydeco, the preeminent ambassador of Creole dance music of Lafayette, Louisiana and two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse pianist and musical storyteller Marcia Ball team up for a mid-winter R&B party. 8pm. $34. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to the death of Stanley Dural Jr…
MUSIC: Club Zambezi Dance Party @ Williams College’s ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. Led by Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. 8pm. $3. Also at 2pm Saturday.
THEATER: “Assisted Loving: Dating with My Dad” @ theREP, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of New York Times writer Bob Morris’ poignant new comedy explores the world of contemporary digital dating later in life. 8pm. Through February 19.
THEATER: “What’s That Sound?” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. The Second Cohort of WAM Theatre’s Girls Ensemble program presents their original theatre piece about a group of girls waiting to board a bus to go to a protest. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Ensemble Connect @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The celebration of the ensemble’s 10th Skidmore residency features the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Stucco & Brocatelle. 7pm. $8; $5 seniors; free for students and children.
TALK/DEMO: Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek offer an in-depth demonstration and discussion of EMPAC’s 496-speaker Wave Field Synthesis audio system. 7pm. $6. Also at 1 & 3pm Saturday. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Grand Concourse” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. A crisis of faith comes to a boil in a church soup kitchen in the Bronx. Directed by Patrick White. 7:30pm. $18; $10 students. Through Sunday, February 19.
MUSIC: Vedrana Kalas @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. With her concert “Open Your Heart,” the soprano will be joined by pianist Michael Clement to perform folk and gypsy tunes by Ravel, Bizet, Dvorak and former Yugoslav composers in a concert dedicated to underprivileged children of her native country of Bosnia. 7:30pm. $10; $5 students & seniors.
THEATER: “The Birthday Party” @ Masonic Temple, Albany. Linda Shirey directs the Confetti Stage production of the Harold Pinter classic, a menacing, pitch-black comedy. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through February 26.
FILM: “Within Our Gates” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 classic about an educated black woman with a shocking past, who dedicates herself to helping a near-bankrupt school for impoverished black youths. 7:30pm. FREE.