FILM: “12 Monkeys” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Terry Gilliam’s 1995 dystopian vision, inspired by Chris Marker’s “La Jetée,” in which a convict is sent back in time to save humanity from a ravaging man-made disease. 7:30pm. $6.
MUSIC: Songwriters’ Showcase @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. Host Doug Irving welcomes Nancy Walker, Kate McDonnell and the prodigal Rosanne Raneri for an evening of top-notch acoustic music. 7pm. $8.
FUNDRAISER: “An Evening With Angels” @ Mohawk River Country Club & Chateau, Rexford. Help provide Christmas gifts for children from families enduring financial hardships. Silent auctions, raffles and music by the Terry Gordon Quartet. 6-9pm.
MUSIC/THEATER: “Four Seasons, Four Years” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Singer-musicians Greg Artzner, Dan Berggren, Betsy Fry, Steve Fry, Reggie Harris, Terry Leonino, John Roberts, Bill Spence, Toby Stover, Susan Trump and George Wilson play and sing songs from the Civil War era interspersed with historical narratives. Written and directed by Andy Spence. 7pm. $20; 12 & under $5. Through Saturday (November 19).
READING: Tony Horwitz @ the New York State Museum’s Clark Auditorium, Albany. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author reads from his new book, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.” 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM: “Being Elmo” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Documentary about the Sesame Street puppet and the puppeteer who brings him to life, Kevin Clash. 7:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday, November 27.
READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the monthly reading which features an open mic as well as featured reader/performance poet ILLiptical, The WizARd of MARS. Sign-up at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.