MUSIC: Amos Lee @ The Egg, Albany. Taking inspiration from folk and soul music, singer/songwriter Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Mutlu opens the concert. 7:30pm. $28
FILM: Howl @ Time and Space Limited, Hudson. A drama centered on the obscenity trial Allen Ginsberg faced after the publication of his poem, Howl, in 1957. From 2010. 7:30pm. $5-$7. (Runs through Sunday, 11/17)
MUSIC: The Bad Plus @ Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. The trio is best known for its radical jazz interpretations of songs by such rockers as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Rush, Wilco and the Pixies, but their new album, “Never Stop,” showcases their original compositions. 8pm. $11; seniors $8; students $3.
MUSIC: James Otto @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Country boy James Otto comes roaring into Clifton Park in support of his new album, “Shake What God Gave Ya.” With special guests the Back 40 Band. 8:30pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
TALK/DEMONSTRATION: Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss @ Proctors Theater, Schenectady. TLC’s Cake Boss will share the stories behind his hit series and his colorful Italian family, answer audience questions, and give a live demonstration of the techniques that have made him one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the nation. 8pm. Tickets: $25.50, $35.50 & $45.50
LECTURES: TEDxAlbany @ The Linda, Albany. A day of TED-style talks designed to share ideas and insights to provoke thinking and conversation. Presenters include James Howard Kunstler, David Greenberger, Eban Bayer, Paul Rapp, Edward M. Cupoli, Kat Koppett, Carole Murko, Jeff Gaines, EJ Krans, Kes Sampanthar, Casey and Corey Wright, and Mark Menard. 9am-5pm. $40.
TALK/BOOK SIGNING: Amy Goodman @ The Community Theatre of Catskill, Catskill. The award-winning host of Democracy Now! gives a talk and book signing to launch her new book, Breaking The Sound Barrier. Proceeds benefit WGXC Community Radio. 6:30pm. $20 | $25
MUSIC: Gene Watson @ Glad Rags Saloon, 29 Holmes Road, Porter Corners. The country music veteran has racked up 23 Top 10 hits in his career, and on his latest album, “A Taste of the Truth,” Gene Watson sounds as good as ever. 8:30pm. $25
FILM: The Jazz Singer @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies, the 1927 film features a mesmerizing performance by Al Jolson that helped usher in a talking-pictures revolution and still resonates today. Film historian Audrey Kuperferberg will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. 7pm. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Bandaoke @ Savannah’s, Albany. Yes, it’s karaoke with a live band – the Ruddys – so if you’ve ever wanted to be the lead singer in a band this is your chance. 7pm. Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Green Drakkoman Foundation.
ARTISTS TALK: Warren Seelig @ Skidmore College’s Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs. The renowned fiber artist and art professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia will speak about his work. 5:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project @ The Wood Theater, Glens Falls. A 6-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare pays tribute to the genius and artistry of the icon’s music. 8pm. $22
FILM: VISION – From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen @ Time and Space Limited, Hudson. Margarethe von Trotta directed this film starring Barbara Sukowa on the life of the medieval abbess and visionary. From 2010. In German with English subtitles. 5:30pm. $5-$7 (Runs through Sunday, 11/17)