TALK: Ray Kurzweil @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. The famed Futurist and relentless innovator delivers the opening keynote speech to kick off Being Human In an Inhuman Age, a two-day conference that asks “What does it mean to be human amidst super-human technological advances?” 11am. FREE.
DANCE: Rioult @ The Egg, Albany. Pascal Rioult’s NYC-based contemporary dance company trips the light fantastic in Nippertown tonight, performing “Views of the Fleeting World” (set to Bach’s classic “The Art of the Fugue,” as well as dances sourced to Ravel’s “Bolero” and Stravinsky’s “Les Noches.” 8pm. $26; seniors $22; children $13.
FILM/MORE: Zombie Film Feast @ The Linda, Albany. Gobs of gory, ghastly films and plenty of other zombie events. (See preview with videos) $30 for a full Film Feast weekend pass; individual film and event tix sold as well. 7pm. FREE til 10pm tonight. (Through Sunday)
MUSIC: “Open Wings, Broken Strings” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Rockers Eddie Kowalczyk (of Live), Art Alexakis (Everclear) and Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) leave their respective bands at home and join forces for a triple-header of solo acoustic performances. 8pm. $25, $45.
THEATER: “Death of a Salesman” @ Curtain Call Theater, Latham. It’s Miller time! Yes, it’s the closing weekend of Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” at Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield, but it’s also the opening weekend for Miller’s ode to the working man, “Death of a Salesman” directed by Steve Fletcher and starring Phil Rice as the downtrodden Willy Loman. Attention must be paid! 7:30pm. $20. (Through Saturday, November 13)
MUSIC: The Bruce Barth Trio and the J.D. Allen Trio @ A Place for Jazz at the First Unitarian Society Whisperdome, Schenectady. Here’s hoping that this pair of threes draws a full house, as A Place for Jazz offers a killer double-bill of jazz trios led by pianist Barth and saxman Allen. 8pm. $15; students $7; children under 12 free.
MUSIC: David Rovics @ Delmar Reformed Church, Delmar. Internationally acclaimed social and political singer-songwriter Rovics plays a concert to benefit Women Against War and their Afghan well project. Potluck dinner at 5:30pm (with music by the Solidarity Singers and Sybil Allyson & Dave Pallas); concert at 7pm. $10 suggested donation.
FILM/MUSIC: “The House of Usher” with Marco Benevento @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Yes, it’s Halloween season once again, but things don’t get any trickier (or treatier) than jam-band keyboard master and sonic manipulator Benevento providing an original, live soundtrack to one of Vincent Price’s classic films. 8pm. $18; students $10.
THEATER: “I’m Not a Feminist, But…” @ Russell Sage College’s James L. Meader Little Theatre, Troy. Developed during improvisational workshops, written by Russell Sage students and directed by Leigh Strimbeck, this production examines the current state of the feminist movement at a crucial time. 8pm. (Also at 8pm Saturday)
COMEDY/FASHION SHOW: Sumgetalil Comedy Show Special @ the FYE Theatre at the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. It’s the kick-off event at the newly re-configured, 1,200-seat FYE Theatre, which is really just a downsized version of the armory. (See preview with video)