PANEL DISCUSSION: Dr. Philip Barnard, Scott deLahunta, Wayne McGregor @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A discussion about R-Research, the research branch of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, which initiates and implements new collaborations across disciplines including dance, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, philosophy and technology. 6pm. Free.
PERFORMANCE: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance‘s “ENTITY” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Cutting-edge contemporary dance with propulsive music, sexy choreography and lots of innovative, high-tech multi-media bells and whistles. 8pm. $15; seniors/students $10. Also on Saturday night.
MUSIC: Beware! The Other Head of Science @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Schenectady sonic mavericks celebrate the unleashing of their brand-spankin’ new slab of synth-soaked electro-rockin’, “Big American Godzilla Party” on the ever-popular B3nson Recording label. Hold onto your hats – it’s gonna be a wild ride. With Barons in the Attic, Spread ‘Em and Pablo Dinero sharing the bill. 8:30pm. $5.
PERFORMANCE: Laurie Anderson‘s “Delusion” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, Williamstown, Mass. The U.S. premiere of Anderson’s new one-woman multimedia performance. Go here for more info. 8pm. $10; students $3. Also on Saturday night.
ART/MUSIC: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. It’s time once again for the last-Friday-of-the-month arts walk around Troy. Highlights: “The Best of 2009,” a look back by more than 70 photographers at the Photography Center; the group show “What Are You Doing Now?” at Martinez Gallery; Wren Panzella & Chris Murray at the Clement Art Gallery; “Street” a spray paint & Sharpie exhibit at Artcentric Gift Gallery; tango lessons at the Daily Grind and lots more. 5-9pm. Free.
MUSIC: Barefoot Truth @ Red Square, Albany. Led by drummer-vocalist-songwriter Will Evans, the quintet celebrates the release of its brand new, rockin’, reggae-infused album, “Threads.” Clinton Curtis opens the show. 9pm. $10.
MUSIC: Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys‘ A Winter’s Eve Swing Soiree” with Colleen Pratt, the Saratoga Savoy Swing Kids @ The Linda, Albany. An evening of swing jazz, big band rhythms and jumpin’ blues with swing dance lessons by Jason Fenton, a dance contest and lots of great music. 8pm. $15.