DANCE: “Radio & Juliet” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Shakespeare’s timeless love story is beautifully translated by choreographer Edward Clug and performed by Ballet Maribor against the epic soundtrack woven from the catalog of Radiohead. 8pm. $20, $30, $35, $40 & $50.
FESTIVAL/FILM: FilmColumbia 2011 @ various locations in Columbia County. It’s Day Two of the five-day fest, and our pick is “Melancholia,” the latest film by the ever-controversial director Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst (who won Best Actress at Cannes) and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It screens at 7:30pm at the Crandall Theater in Chatham; tix are $11. Full schedule is here.
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Blue Factory @ the Midtown Tap & Tea Room, Albany. The band has been somewhat under the radar lately as they’ve been writing and recording their next CD, “Primates, Drunks and Cowboys,” with Barry Breckinridge at the control board. Expect to hear lots of new music from the upcoming album. This show is a benefit for the Center for Disability Services in Albany. With Bent Rail Blues and Ian Hunter (no, not that Ian Hunter). 6pm. $10.
THEATER: “Pilgrims of the Night” @ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. At a ferry landing on a stormy night, a rag-tag group of strangers arrive and to pass the time each one tells a story. Each story gets stranger and stranger. 8pm. $12; students and seniors $8. Through Tuesday, October 25.
READING: Wayne Koestenbaum @ the UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. The award-winning poet and cultural critic reads from his most recent book “Humiliation,” a philosophical meditation on the nature and meaning of personal embarrassment. In advance praise, filmmaker John Waters called it, “the funniest, smartest, most heartbreaking yet powerful book I’ve read in a long time.” 8pm. FREE.
TALK: “The Long Emergency vs. NYC’s Resurgency: A Debate about the Future of Cities” @ Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium at Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs. Author James Howard Kunstler and Transportation Alternatives’ Paul Steely White debate. Meet and greet at 5pm. Talk at 6om. FREE.
READING: Judy Collins @ the Church of the Messiah’s Parish Hall, Rhinebeck. The Grammy Award-winning folksinger/cabaret artist reads from her latest children’s book, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” 7pm. FREE.
TALK: Soledad O’Brien @ the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Church Street Center, North Adams. The journalist and author offers an insider’s look at what it takes to report for CNN, explaining about the strategies, hard work and attention to detail that is needed to report on those untold, in-depth stories that reflect what America is today. 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “The Interrupters” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An epic documentary by producer-director Steve James and author-producer Alex Kotlowitz that explores the solutions to violence in America. 7pm. $7; students $5. Through Saturday, October 22.
READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Hosted by Dan Wilcox, the monthly reading features an old mic session and featured poet Mike Jurkovic of Beacon. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3 suggested donation.