MUSIC: Ensemble Congeros @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Led by Eddie Ade Knowles, the Troy-based Afro-Cuban percussion group performs in concert to celebrate the release of their debut DVD, “Chasing the Rhythms.” 8pm. $15.
MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Roots Music Festival @ The Linda, Albany. Host band the Red Haired Strangers will be joined by the versatile Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the genre-bending Annie & the Hedonists, the delta style blues of Street Corner Holler and strolling troubadour Michael Eck. 8pm. $15.
THEATER: “Graven Image” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A staged reading of Stephen Kilduff’s new play, a three-person drama about the creation of art, youthful exuberance and the terrible secrets we keep hidden even from ourselves. 7:30pm. FREE; post-show reception with actors and playwright $12.
FILM: “The Miners’ Hymns” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The entirely wordless film features an original score by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson and rare archival footage selected and edited by American filmmaker Bill Morrison to tell the tale of an ill-fated mining community in Northeast England. 4pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC/ART: Michael Eck @ Desolation Road Studios, Altamont. The maximum solo acoustic singer-songwriter plays an unamplified set in conjunction with the closing reception for his exhibition of of portraits of American folk, blues, jazz and country music icons. 3pm. FREE.
FILM: “Gerhard Richter Painting” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Corinna Belz gives us a glimpse inside the studio and the creative process of one of the world’s greatest living painters. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: The Talea Ensemble @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The Talea Ensemble performs the wild, wonderful works of composer Fausto Romitelli, who twisted the sound field of psychedelic rock to create his own artificial palette for composition. 8pm. $18; students / seniors $13.
ROLLER DERBY: Albany All Stars @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. The gals strap on their skates as the Honey Bees battle the Tenacious Tulips. Live music by Red Brick Road. 7pm. $12; kids 12 and under $4.
DANCE/FESTIVAL: Next Move Dance Festival @ Proctors, Schenectady. The two-day Next Move fest concludes with performances by Jonah Bokaer Dance and Nippertown’s own Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. 7:30pm. $25; students $15.
WORKSHOP: “The Inspiration and Craft of Songwriting” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Songwriters Panel – Nancy Walker, Bob Warren, Michael Jerling – takes you one step beyond the basics. 10:30am-2:30pm. $50.
FILM: “Guerrilla Midwife” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The story of a war waged gently in the belief that peace on earth can be achieved, one baby at a time. Community potluck at 6pm; screening at 7pm.
FILM/MUSIC: “Never Say Goodbye” @ Villa Valenti Pub, Troy. John Law of the NYC band Statues of Liberty screens the Capital Region premiere of his new film, followed by sets of live music by the Velmas, the Blisterz and John Law. 9pm. $5.
MUSIC: Peter Mulvey @ Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington. The veteran singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his new CD, “The Good Stuff,” a collection standards from the songbags of Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson and others. 8pm. $22.