MUSIC: The Celestial Septet @ UMass Amherst’s Bowker Auditorium, Amherst. A heaven-sent avant mashed-up supergroup featuring the ROVA Saxophone Quartet and the Nels Cline Singers. Yowzah! 8pm. $12; students $7.
THEATER/INSTALLATION: “Habit” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The groundbreaking Berlin-based theater artist David Levine presents his installation/realist play that reorients the way we watch performance. Inside a four-walled, fully furnished, functioning ranch house (stocked fridge, working stove & plumbing) designed by Marsha Ginsberg, actors inhabit the set for extended periods each day, performing the play on a loop, communicating only through the dialogue, improvising staging as it suits their needs. Audiences, meanwhile, circulate around the outside of the set, and watch the action through the windows of the house or on a live, eight-camera video feed. 12noon-5pm. $10. Through Sunday.
ART LECTURE: Timothy Archibald’s “Echolillia” @ Room 215 in Union College’s Visual Arts Building, Schenectady. In conjunction with the Union Photography Invitational 2011, featuring Archibald as well as Clarissa Amaral and Ray Felix, which is on view through Friday, March 11 at Union’s Arts Atrium Gallery. 2:30pm. FREE. Followed by a reception with the artists in the gallery at 4-5:30pm. Also FREE.
READING: “Frequency North” @ the College of St. Rose Events and Athletics Center’s Standish Room, Albany. The reading series continues with Aaron Belz and Melissa Broder, two poets who inject plenty of wry humor into their verse. 7:30pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Shakespeare & Company brings the tragic tale of the Danish prince to the Troy college. Jonathan Croy directs. 12noon. FREE.
ART LECTURE: “The Art of Melancholy” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Michael Ann Holly, the Director of Research and Academic Program, offers a talk exploring melancholy in visual art in conjunction with the current exhibition of “The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer.” 5:30pm. FREE.