PERFORMANCE: The OpenEnded Group’s “Upending” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. It’s the world premiere of a “stereoscopic theater performance, an actor–less drama of disorientation and reorientation that compels us to rethink our relationship with the material world.” OK, we don’t really know what to expect, but we think it’s going to be pretty cool. 7pm. $15; seniors/students $10. Also 8pm Friday and 2pm Saturday.
PANEL DISCUSSION: “Inhabiting Other Worlds: Microgravity, Perception, Physiology and Design” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Organized by Rensselaer School of Architecture, featuring Rachel Armstrong, MD (Bartlett School of Architecture), Heidi DeBlock, MD (Albany Medical Center), Ted Krueger (School of Architecture Rensselaer) and Deepak Vashishth, PhD (BioMedical Engineering, Rensselaer). This panel marks the opening of a student exhibition resulting from a studio dedicated to designing a medical station for a NASA lunar module. 6pm. Free.
ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION: “Small Wonders: The Perspective Boxes of Charles Steckler” @ the John Sayles School of Fine Arts’ Butzel Gallery, Schenectady. Reception with artist-designer-educator Charles Steckler. 6-9pm. Free. Exhibit runs through Friday, April 9.
MUSIC: The Black Season @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. OK, you already know Brian McElhiney for his arts and music writing in The Daily Gazette. But what’s he all about when he straps on a guitar? Find out tonight when his howling new trio makes their debut performance. Rob Morris – the Black Season’s drummer – opens.
MUSIC/PANEL DISCUSSION: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, Albany. An hour of music by funk ‘n’ soulsters the Foy Brothers, followed by a panel discussion about music education with Paul Rapp, Charlie Vatalano and Dr. Albin Zak. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: Antigone Rising @ Jillian’s, Albany. The all-female rock band has undergone quite a few changes with at least seven musicians moving through the ranks over the years. The newest addition is vocalist Nini Camps, who joins the Henderson sisters Cathy (guitar, vocals) and Kristen (guitar, bass, vocals) along with drummer Dena Tauriello. With Albany’s own Ten Year Vamp opening. 9pm. $15.
FILM: “Fraude: Mexico 2006” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. Director Luis Mandoki offers an inside look at the controversial Mexican presidential election of 2006 with this documentary, the latest installment of the “Lie! Cheat! Steal! Fake It! Docs” film series. 7:30pm. $8; students $5.