DISCUSSION: “Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative” @ The Linda, Albany. Michael M. Kaiser (president of Washington DC’s Kennedy Center) and Alan Chartock (president of WAMC) discuss the challenges and possible solutions to problems facing arts organizations throughout Nippertown. Followed by an Q&A with the audience. 9:30am. Free.
FILM: “The Thing From Another World” with “The Day the Earth Stood Still” @ Menands Public Library, Menands. A couple of vintage ’50s sci-fi gems. 1pm. Free.
MUSIC: San Jose Taiko @ Proctors, Schenectady. The California ensemble of percussion masters bring the Big Drums to town as they fuse Japanese traditional drum music with African, rock, Balinese, jazz and Latin music on their Rhythm Journey Tour. 7pm. $15, $25. (Also at 10am. $7, $9)
MUSIC: Elvis Perkins in Dearland @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With his unique brand of rustic Americana meets old-timey chamber pop with New Orleans horns, Perkins makes some potent, pointed music that sometimes recalls the Decemberists, but certainly stands on its own. 8pm. $12.
COMEDY: Comedy Workshop Graduate Show @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. The Nobodies of Comedy will be taking over Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday night, but tonight you can see some real nobodies – we mean that in a nice way – as students from comedian Greg Aidala’s comedy workshop classes step into the spotlight to show what they’ve learned about being funny. 7:30pm. Free.
MUSIC: A Billion Ernies @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Over the course of their decade-long career, the supercharged California band has learned how to throw rock, hardcore and ska in a blender and turns it on “high.” Bring your dancing shoes. With the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Ninepin and Smittix. 7pm. $5.