MUSIC: “Oliveros at 80” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Celebrating the 80th birthday of Pauline Oliveros, complete with a musical performance in a sonic re-creation of the two-million-gallon Fort Worden Cistern. With birthday and party favors, too. 7:30pm. FREE. (Additional info here…)
LIVE SIMULCAST: “This American Life’s Things You Can’t Do on the Radio” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This special live broadcast is a celebration of visuals and performance, including music, dance, comedy, video and more… In other words, things that just don’t work on the popular audio-only radio show. 8pm. $18; students $10.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Academy of the Holy Names’ Performing Arts Center, Albany. Jim and the boys whip up their wry tunes and hot pickin’ for their annual concert to benefit the local Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment charity, recently featured on “The Rachel Ray Show.” 7pm. $20.
MUSIC: Bert Pagano & the Big Idea @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. A bit of soul, funk, jazz, pop and rock all blended together. It looks like this will be one of keyboardist Larry Pape’s last gigs with the band, too. And if you missed the Penny Knight Band at the J.B. Scott’s Reunion last weekend, you’ve a second chance to catch ’em tonight. They’ll be opening the show at 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons @ Proctors, Schenectady. “Sherry.” “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” “Walk Like a Man” and so many more. If you saw “Jersey Boys” at Proctors earlier this year, this is your chance to hear the real Frankie Valli. 8pm. $20, $50, $60, $70 & $85.
FILM: “The Beat Hotel” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This new film by Alan Govenar delves deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957-1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the U.S. surrounding the publication of Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Amy Collins & the Whomevers @ the Moon and River Cafe, Schenectady. Collins is back for her second-Thursday-of-the-month residency, serving up a blend of Celtic, singer-songwriter and folk music in a completely acoustic setting. 8pm. FREE.