MUSIC: James Blackshaw @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. The dazzling British 12-string guitar master goes electric on his new album, “All Is Falling,” with hypnotic, mesmerizing results. With the NYC ambient group Mountains. 7:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur @ The Egg, Albany. They’re the key players in the classic Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the kingpins of the 1960’s jug band revival. They hadn’t played together in many, many years, but a show celebrating Caffe Lena’s 50th anniversary back in May proved that these two still have that special magic at their fingertips. 7:30pm. $28.
READING: Kwame Anthony Appiah @ Performing Arts Center, UAlbany. Presented by the New York State Writers Institute, Kwame Anthony Appiah, whose work encompasses the fields of moral philosophy, cultural theory and Africana Studies, is best-known for his powerful argument that “race” and “culture” are arbitrary constructs. 7:30pm. In addition, Appiah will lead a seminar at 4:15pm in the Science Library’s Standish Room. Both events are free and open to the public.
MUSIC: Drone-Along @ The Arts Center, Troy. Presented in partnership with The Albany Sonic Arts Collective and the soundBarn, all are welcome to grab a sound-maker of choice and join in creating hypnotic and meditative sonic art. 7pm. FREE
ART: Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition @ The Teaching Gallery, HVCC, Troy. Works in a wide range of media by seventeen alumni of Hudson Valley’s Fine Arts programs. Artist Talk: Valerie Rafferty: 3pm. Opening reception: Reception: 4-6pm (Through December 11)
MUSIC: The Commander Cody Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Ye olde piano pounding Commander gets the call to officially inaugurate the Collar City’s long-awaited new rib joint. How can you go wrong? 9pm. FREE.
READINGS: Alexander Chee and Kathleen Rooney @ the College of Saint Rose’s Standish Rooms, Albany. The follow-up to Chee’s award-winning first novel, “Edinburgh,” is “The Queen of the Night,” due for publication in the fall of 2011. Meanwhile, poet Rooney’s latest book is a collection of essays, “For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs.” 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Darryl Worley @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Worley headlines “The Red, White & Thank You Concert,” a special Veteran’s Day country music show that also features Rockie Lynne and Buddy Jewell. 7pm. $30, $40.
THEATER: “A Piece of My Heart” @ Sage College’s James L. Meader Little Theater, Troy. Dramatizes the true stories of six courageous nurses sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of both a war that changed them and a nation that shunned them. Directed by David Baecker. 8pm. $10; seniors/students $8. (Through Sunday)