MUSIC: The Mississippi Hot Dogs @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s no exaggeration to say that Tony Markellis – bassist, producer, member of the Tret Anastassio Band – is one of the cornerstones in the foundation of the Saratoga music scene. In this, the fourth in a series of monthly shows that he’s curating, Markellis straps on his bass to play electric blues with slide guitarist Kevin Maul, Railbird’s Chris Carey on drums and special guest guitarist-vocalist Sam Whedon (of Grim Orchestra). 9pm. $5.
FILM: “Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A mesmerizing portrait of the artist Anselm Kiefer by acclaimed filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, the documentary is part tribute and part deconstruction; aided by beautiful widescreen cinematography. 5:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Saturday.
ART TALK: Ursula von Rydingsvard @ Skidmore College Palamountain Hall’s Gannett Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The award-winning sculptor best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams will deliver the Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture. 6pm. FREE.
SPORTS: Syracuse vs. UConn from Madison Square Garden @ Junior’s Bar & Grill, Albany. Syracuse alum and fans will be gathering to cheer on the Orange in the Big East tournament. New York’s College Team went 30-1 in the regular season and are looking to make a run at another championship. Game time is 12noon today; 7pm on Friday and 9pm on Saturday. Orange drink specials will be on tap for Syracuse fans, so wear your orange and cheer on the ‘Cuse!
READING: Masha Gessen @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. Moscow-based Russian-American journalist reads from her new biography, “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.” Timely, eh? 8pm FREE. Also a seminar at 4:15pm at UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room. FREE.