MUSIC: Steve Hackett @ The Egg, Albany. The guitar great revisits the ground-breaking prog-rock classics from his years with Genesis, including “The Musical Box,” “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” and “Supper’s Ready.” 7:30pm. $38 & $48.
MUSIC: Sultans of String @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Following their free matinee performance, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award-winners fire up their high octane, roots-jazz-worldbeat mash-up in support of their new album, Symphony! 7pm. $20; $9 children & students.
MUSIC: Alexander Turnquist @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The hometown composer/12-string guitarist will be joined by Brooklyn piano trio Sontag Shogun and experimental cellist Julia Kent for a triple-bill of contemporary ambient music. 8pm.
READING: “Community of Writers” @ the Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady. Dan Wilcox hosts the 12th annual celebration of Local 518 writers, featuring readings by Therese L. Broderick (poetry); Rose Kent (children’s fiction); James Pavoldi (fiction); Steve Hellyard Swartz (poetry, screenwriting, playwriting); Bunkong Tuon (poetry and non-fiction). Followed by a reception, book sale and signing. 2pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Join ASO for the family event featuring an instrument petting zoo (2pm) and a performance by Cowboy Dave & the Symphony Showdown (3pm) featuring Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” along with selections by Bernstein, Sousa, Joplin and Mozart.
ARTIST TALK/DISCUSSION: Vilma Mare @ the Foundry, Cohoes. Join author James Howard Kunstler and fashion designers Vilma Mare and Kathleen Tesnakis in a panel discussion about the psychological impediments to rebuilding local economies and the obstacles faced by the arts community as they strive to overcome the challenges of competing in a global economy. 1pm.
FILM: “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. 2:30 & 4:30pm. $5. Through Wednesday.