POETRY/SPOKEN WORD POETRY + PROSE: open mic for literary enthusiasts @ The Arts Center, Troy. Hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox, the Capital Region’s newest open mic venue for poetry and spoken word happens the second Sunday of each month. 2pm. FREE
MUSIC: Lara St. John @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Presented by Troy Chromatics Concerts, violin virtuoso Lara St. John plays a program of Beethoven, Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel and more. With Martin Kennedy on piano. 3pm. $30, $35.
MUSIC: Benefit for Tony Perrino @ Jay’s Bar & Grill, Ballston Spa. Nippertown music vet Tony Perrino has a big stack of medical bills and his friends are helping out. With performances by Blue Hand Luke, Jocamo, Killer B, Loose Cannons, Mantraz, the Penny Knight Band, Johnny Rabb, Gary Brooks and members of the Refrigerators, E.B. Jebb and more. 3pm. $10 suggested donation.
MUSIC: Uncle Rock @ Proctors, Schenectady. Multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter Robert Warren Burke assumes his award-winning childrens’ music personna for an afternoon as he leads his band, the Playthings. 2pm. $9; under 17 $7.
MUSIC: Contemporaneous: Breaking Sound Barriers @ The Hudson Opera House, Hudson. This emerging ensemble presents works that break barriers of style, genre, influence, and sound, with works by Philip Glass, Marc Mellits, Jordan Nelson and Julia Wolf. 3pm. FREE.