MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY: Jerry Marotta @ UAlbany’s State Quad, Albany. Master drummer and A-list session musician Marotta has played with everyone from Peter Gabriel to Cher. Now it’s your turn. He’ll be setting up his drum kit and inviting folks to play along with him in an open percussion jam session. Bring your own bongos, if you’ve got ’em. (Related story: Preview) 3pm. FREE.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Encounters at the End of the World” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The New York State Writers Institute kicks off its season with a screening of Werner Herzog’s 2007 documentary mediation on life in Antarctica. There will be a discussion and Q&A session with Henry Kaiser (the film’s producer, underwater photographer and soundtrack composer) and Samuel Bowser (research scientist from the Wadsworth Center of the NYS Department of Health), who is featured in the film. (Related story: Henry Kaiser, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The September in the City Arts Fair rolls on, this time featuring one of Nippertown’s most eclectic and accomplished roots bands, who swing from folk to jazz to blues and beyond. 11:30am. FREE. UPDATE: Cancelled due to threat of thunderstorms.
MUSIC: Bret Michaels @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. It’s been an eventful year for the Poison frontman – an emergency appendectomy, a massive brain hemorrhage and a season with Donald Trump on “The Celebrity Apprentice 3,” on which he emerged as the winner. Now he’s back to rockin’… Stuck on Stupid and Desperate Union open the show. (Related story: Bret Michaels, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 8pm. $32.50.
MUSIC: Erin Harkes & Blaze @ Dale Miller, Albany. Ms. Harkes sings – bigtime. And Blaze ain’t too shabby on that guitar, either. (Related stories: Erin Harkes’ Five Firsts; Erin Harkes, Fallon Angel) 5:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Nickelback @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Chad Kroeger and Co. are still riding 2008’s “Dark Horse” around the rock & roll arena circuit. With Three Days Grace and Buckcherry. It’s an early show: 6:15pm. $59.50, $69.50, $79.50.