ART TALK: The Real State of Art @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Troy. Abstract painter George Hofmann will discuss popular misconceptions in the art world concerning money, prestige and fame. He will explain how art has a life of its own and some of the surprises that a life in art reveals. Hofmann will talk about where he believes real thinking about art is alive: the blog world and other remote outposts. 12noon-12:50pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Hotels & Highways @ Saratoga City Tavern, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the release of their brand new debut CD, “Lost River,” H&H are a trio of singer-songwriters – Erin “Syd” Sydney, Patrick Thomas and former Skidmore student Lisa Piccirillo – who crafted their mix of Americana, rock, gospel and more in an isolated lakeside cabin. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: SCCC Jazz Showcase @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Performances by the seven-piece Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo, as well as the Schenectady County Community College Jazz Ensemble with guest soloists Peter Bellino and Brian Patneaude. 7:30pm. FREE.
WORKSHOP: Gallery Proposal Workshop @ the Arts Center at Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. To help familiarize artists with the art gallery selection process, this workshop covers a wide range of topics relating to submitting artwork for gallery review. 6pm. FREE.
COMEDY: Comedy Underground Live @ Savannah’s, Albany. A cavalcade of local comics including Jason Smith, Tony Jackson, Brendan Joseph, Sandy Beach, Jon Hausman and Russ Davignon. Hosted by Mo Haskins. 8pm. FREE.
READING: Elaine Handley @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Elaine Handley, professor of writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College, is the featured reader at this month’s open mic night for poets. 7pm. $3.
MUSIC: Festival of Contemporary Music @ the Main Theater at UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. The University Percussion Ensemble and the Empire State Youth and Repertory Percussion Ensembles perform works by Richard Albagli, David Johnson, Chuck Mangione, Chris Cockarell, Owen Clark and David Amram. 7pm. $6; students and seniors $3.
LECTURE: “Roots of Revolution: Egypt, Tunisia and Beyond” @ the Sullivan Lounge in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Amsler Campus Center, North Adams. Dr. Robert Bence, political science and public policy professor at MCLA will lead a discussion on the current state of affairs in the Middle East. 6pm. FREE.