FILM: “Voices in Wartime” @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. The Center for Documentary Arts hosts a screening of Andrew Himes film about the convergence of poetry and war. Followed by a discussion with Dr. Edward Tick about poetry as witness and healing force. 4pm. $5.
MUSIC: Thula Sizwe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The extraordinary a cappella song and dance group from South Africa is composed of 11 voices ranging from the deepest bass to the highest of tenors, singing in the traditional Zulu call-and-response style. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Billy Jonas @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s a family fun concert with lots of audience participation, as Jonas makes innovative use of found objects – such as buckets, broom handles and key chains – to help audiences discover the music within common items… and within themselves. 3pm. $14; children $10.
MUSIC: Gospel Jubilee @ Proctors, Schenectady. A music, roof-raising tribute to Dr. Georgetta Dix of Refreshing Springs Church of God In Christ in Schenectady, featuring Bishop N.D. Lewis, a soul-stirring combined mass choir directed by host Rev. Elgin Joseph Taylor of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany and others. 5pm. $20.
MUSIC: Leland Sundries @ Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Colonie. The Brooklyn indie-folk, post-roots band Leland Sundries showcases their recent sophomore release “The Foundry EP.” With singer-songwriter Joan Hutcheson. 6:30pm.
OPERA ON FILM: “La Traviata” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera’s production of the great Verdi classic featuring Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 1pm. $25; students $15.
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.
MUSIC: Gema Corredera @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The popular Cuban vocalist delivers a concert that mixes Cuban rumba, son, bolero, jazz, Brazilian music and flamenco. 3pm. FREE.
FILM: “Waste Land” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Lucy Walker’s Academy Award-nominated film follows Vik Muniz, an artist famous for his unusual materials – such as a Madonna in chocolate syrup – as he returns to Brazil to create portraits of the people who eke a living out of recyclable materials from Jardim Gramacho, Rio’s largest landfill. 2pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Blood on the Dance Floor @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The oh-so-controversial electro-popsters have been called “the most vile music band in human history,” as well as things far worse. With Brokencyde, Deuce, Polkadot Cadaver, William Control, the Bunny the Bear, New Years Day and Hailey Rose. 5pm. $17.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Lord God Bird” @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition “Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds,” the museum is screening George Butler’s documentary about the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. Followed by a Q&A session with the director. 2 & 7pm. $8.