CONCERT/FILM: Latitude 14: Red Fly/Blue Bottle @ EMPAC. Staged as a concert that unfolds within a densely layered video installation with a plethora of found sounds, ticking clocks, and analog tone generators and miniature noir films projected onto floating surfaces with live and pre-made video animating still objects. 8pm. Tickets: $5 | $10 | $15
MUSIC: Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar @ The Egg, Albany. Tabla master Zakir Hussain teams up with sitar great Niladri Kumar for an evening of Indian music. 8pm. $34 (NOTE: There will be an open rehearsal at The Egg at 5:30pm. The public is invited and admission is free.)
MUSIC: Hot Club of Detroit @ The Whisperdome, First Unitarian Society, Schenectady. A Place For Jazz winds up its fall concert series with a this celebrated group that specializes in performing the repertoire of guitar great Django Reinhardt. 8pm. $15
MUSIC: Birthdays @ Kings Tavern, Saratoga Springs. Sub-Bombin alum now based in Boston returns to the Spa City. With Firefighter Font, Matthew Carefully and Philip Seymour Hoffman (not the actor). 8:30pm. $6.
ART/GALA: Black Velvet Art Party @ Roaring Brook Ranch, Lake George. The 22nd annual gala event celebrates the fine art of black velvet paintings and costumes to benefit the Lake George Arts Project. 8pm. $20 (advance); $25 (door)
ART RECEPTION: African American Abstract Masters @ Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany. A group exhibition by 14 artists born between 1914-1937 who have enlisted a variety of approaches and aesthetic influences over the span of six decades. Featuring Robert Blackburn, Betty Blayton, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, Harlan Jackson, Norman Lewis, Sam Middleton, Joe Overstreet, Thomas Sills, Merton Simpson, Alma Thomas, and Frank Wimberley. 5-9pm. FREE (Exhibit continues through December 12)
COMEDY: Ralphie May @ The Egg, Albany. Controversial comedian Ralphie May unveils his latest evening of stand-up, and his new t-shirt merch, which proudly declares, “I’m more stoned than a Biblical whore.” 8pm. $30
MUSIC: Lorenza Ponce @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Fresh from her tour with Bon Jovi, violinist-vocalist Lorenza Ponce showcases her latest solo album, “Soul Shifter.” With special Chris Maxwell. 9pm. $10
ARTS WALK: Albany First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops, restaurants and live entertainment. 5-9pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: First Friday Ballston Spa @ various locations, Ballston Spa. Live music, art openings and special events in several downtown shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. 6-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: April Verch Band @ The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. In case you missed her at Caffe Lena last month, the Canadian fiddle and step-dancing champion and singer is back with her band for another evening of Celtic, jazz, folk & bluegrass. 7:30pm. $22
MUSIC: Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem @ The Linda, Albany. The four-piece string band returns with its enchanting gumbo of country blues, vintage swing, modern songwriter fare and Appalachian fiddle tunes. 8pm. $17
MUSIC: Dave Matthews Band @ The Times Union Center, Albany. DMB is back, and they’re threatening to take next year off from touring, so see ’em now or wait… With special guests mandolin master Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers. 7pm. $41-$85
MUSIC: The Alternative Routes @ Jillian’s, Albany. The Connecticut rockers made a name for themselves with their 2009 single, “The Future’s Nothing New.” Now they’re back in support of their new album, “Lately.” With special guests the Kin. 9pm. $10 | $13
ART: Fundraiser for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society @ Davey Jones Gallery, Albany. A silent auction of artworks to benefit the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. FREE. 5-9pm. (Part of Albany First Friday)