TALK: TedX Albany @ The Linda, Albany. The second annual day-long conference of speakers aims to present a full day of information, inspiration and entertainment with a wide variety of speakers sharing ideas. 9am. $75; students $37.50. Related story.
MUSIC: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & the New Century Chamber Orchestra @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Electrifying, fearless violinist Salerno-Sonnenberg leads the 19-member orchestra. 8pm. $40; students $20.
ART RECEPTION: David Greenberger and Mary Gaynier @ the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. An exhibition of Greenberger’s recent drawings and Gaynier’s cut-paper artwork go on view today with an opening reception from 4-6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Pep Torres @ Daisy Baker’s, Troy. Blending ’50s-style rock & roll, rockabilly, doo-wop and R&B, the dynamic California-based Latin rocker has been called “the new Ritchie Valens.” Nippertown’s own rockabilly kingpins the Lustre Kings will serve as Torres’ backing band. 10pm. $10.
MUSIC: Jed Davis @ the Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. Multi-talented and tireless, Davis brings his skewed pop sensibilities back to the HVCH. With Olivia Quillo, Private Party and Bryan Thomas. Bryan Thomas? YES, Bryan Thomas, too. 8pm. FREE. Related story.
MUSIC: The Woodstock Era Experience @ The Egg, Albany. Classic rock tribute act. 7:30pm. $22.50, $30, $35.
MUSIC: Location Ensemble @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Sonic explorers soundBarn + Albany Sonic Arts Collective = Location Ensemble, performing new works by members Holland Hopson and Thomas Lail, as well as an expanded score of Valerian Maly’s fluxus-inspired “Electric Guitar II.” 8pm. $8; students $5. Related story.
MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Students and faculty team up for their annual tribute concert to the music of the Fab Four. 3pm. $7; seniors $5. UPDATE: Sold out.
THEATER/MUSIC: “James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet” @ Fisher Center, Bard College’s Fisher Center,
Annandale-on-Hudson. This theatrical adaption of John Cage’s 1982 radio play celebrates the coming of its author’s centennial year. 8pm. $15, $25, $35 & $45.
MUSIC: Christopher O’Riley @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Host of public radio’s “From the Top” and concert pianist with a contemporary rock repertoire, O’Riley will likely perform a selection of tunes Radiohead, Arcade Fire and the Cocteau Twins in concert. 8pm. $15-$45; VIP tix $55, including a post-concert reception. UPDATE: Postponed to Friday, August 10.
COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ Chipshots Sports Bar & Restaurant, Colonie. Greg Aidala hosts a laugh-filled evening with headliner Maureen Langan. Opening the show are up-and-coming comedians Matt Kelly, Dan Rossi and Josh Sperber. 8pm. $15.
CABARET: Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan @ the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The singer-comedienne presents “Accentuate the Positive, Baby: Songs I Love to Sing.” 8pm. $20 includes $5 for coffee and dessert.
DANCE: “Great Russian Nutcracker” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yes, the holiday shows are rollin’ into town already. The 40-dancers-strong Moscow Ballet’s production features 40 dancers, 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life puppets and hand-painted backdrops. And of course, Tchaikovsky’s great music. 2pm. $27.50, $37.50, $48 & $68.