FESTIVAL/READINGS: Albany Word Fest Kick-Off Party & Founders Reading @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. A cocktail party and special reading with Dan Wilcox, Don Levy, Mary Panza, R.M. Engelhardt, Marcus Anderson, A.C. Everson, Mojavi and Thom Francis. 6pm.
MUSIC/DANCE: “Keeping Company with Cage” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. A program of sound, dance, and music celebrating the centennial of the birth of composer John Cage. “Moratorio,” a layered sound experience by Margo Mensing and Brendan Gaffney begins at 6pm. David Porter will perform Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano at 7pm with choreography by Debra Fernandez. FREE; tix to the piano/dance portion of the program are required and may be reserved here.
MUSIC: “A Celebration of the Saxophone in Jazz” @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, Schenectady. Featuring Brian Patneaude’s “Tribute to Michael Brecker”; Keith Pray’s “Songs From Home”; the Adirondack Sax Quartet Plus Two; and Lee Russo’s “Tribute to Hank Mobley.” 3pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Lenore Snow @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Faculty recital. 3pm. FREE.
FILM: “Simone de Beauvoir” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Two interviews, recorded 16 years apart, illuminating the historic role, personality, and thoughts of the novelist, philosopher, and political activist who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism. Featuring “Premiere Plan” (filmed in 1959) and “Why I Am a Feminist” (filmed in 1975). 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
ART TALK: Photography Panel Discussion @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. In conjunction with the 34th Annual Photography Regional (which is on view through Sunday, April 22), there will be a panel discussion with this year’s curator Danny Goodwin, and panelists Melissa Stafford, Nicholas Kahn and William Jaeger. 5pm. FREE.
FILM: “Chuck Close” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Marion Cajori’s documentary follows the famed artist as he creates one of his enormous self-portraits over the span of many months. A beautiful blend of representation and abstraction, this film portrays the community of artists who came out of Yale in the early sixties. 2pm. FREE.
DANCE: Nacre @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Guest choreographer Heather Acomb premieres her new work “Of Harmony and Chaos.” Also Doris Humphrey’s “Air for the G-String” and “Shakers”; Ruth Currier’s “Brandenburg Concerto #4”; and excerpts from May O’Donnell’s “Dance Sonata.” With artists from the American Dance Legacy Institute. 2pm. $20; students & seniors $15.