MUSIC: Bang On a Can All-Stars @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A new multimedia project featuring hot-off-the-presses, new commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds (performing live), Julia Wolfe and Nick Zammuto (also performing live). 8pm. $24; students $15.
THEATER: Blue Man Group @ Proctors, Schenectady. They’re bald. They’re blue. They’re brilliant. And they’re back at Proctors after a dazzling stand last year. Don’t miss ’em… 8pm. $20, $30, $45, $60 & $75. Also at 1 & 5pm on Sunday.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day Three of the four-day fest. Today’s line-up features Hot Rize, Mountain Heart, the Gibson Brothers, Tony Trischka & Territory, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the Claire Lynch Band, more… Music officially starts at 10am.
FILM: “Elles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Malgoska Szumowska’s provocative exploration of female sexuality, starring the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article. 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
FESTIVAL: Hats Off Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Free live music all over town by such folks as MaryLeigh & the Fauves, Aged in the Hills, Jeff Strange, Bob Warren, the Jack Russell Terrorists and lots more. 7pm. FREE.
ART/MUSIC/TALK: “Lawyers, Guns & Photos” @ the Foundry, Cohoes. In celebration of his just published book of the same title, longtome Warren Zevon pal and road manager George Gruel hosts an exhibition of never before seen photographs, offers a talk and does a book-signing. BONUS: ’80s Nippertown rockers the Sharks will be reuniting to perform selections from Zevon’s songbag. 6-9pm. FREE.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society’s Blues Celebration @ Stockade Imports, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Holly & Evan, the Resonators, Ubuntu, Sonny Speed & Juan Becerra and lots more. 5:30pm. FREE. More info & complete schedule here…
THEATER: “A Thousand Clowns” @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. It’s opening night as Kyle Fabel directs Herb Gardner’s moving play about a young boy named Nick who lives with his eccentric Uncle Murray. When Murray walks off his job as a joke writer for “Chuckles the Chipmunk,” it’s time for “the system,” to make life normal. As Nick and Murray find a way to stay together, the path becomes filled with laughter, warmth, sweetness and inspired madness. 8pm. $37, $47 & $57. Through Saturday, July 28.
FILM: “Elena” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s gripping, modern twist of the classic film noir thriller as the winner of Cannes’ Special Jury Prize. With music by Philip Glass. 7:30pm. $7; students $5.
DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the final ballet performance of SPAC’s 2012 season, featuring Jeu de Cartes (Stravinsky/Martins), DGV (Wheeldon) (Nyman/Wheeldon) and Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine). 8pm.
FILM: “Patience (After Sebald)” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Grant Gee’s richly textured offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald. 3:30pm. $7; students $5.
FUNDRAISER: “Crickets, Critters & Cocktails” @ the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. An evening of fantastic food, music, silent auctions and libations inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dragon to benefit Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries’ school outreach program. 6pm. $65.
THEATER: “Filming O’Keeffe” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Adirondack Theatre Festival offers a new, script-in-hand reading of Eric Lane’s play inspired by the time Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz spent at his family home on Lake George. Followed by a discussion. 2pm. $20. Also 7:30pm on Sunday.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “The Musical Life of Peter Schickele” @ the Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. This benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers a retrospective of the works of Peter Schickele and the legendary PDQ Bach. Professor Schickele will be joined by a group of instrumentalists and vocalists. 8pm. $25, $65, $85; VIP tix $175, including dinner and more.
MUSIC: The Catskill 45s @ the Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock. Playing their fave tunes from 1967. With Greg Englesson, the Carl Mateo Group, Mambo Kikongo, Naked, Marc Black and Noel Fletcher. 1pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Slink Moss Orchestra @ the Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. Slink Moss (song-writer, artist, actor, poet), Joe and Uncle Billy X will performing a mix of kids songs, rock anthems, rockabilly classics and weird originals. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Christine Ebersole @ the Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. The Tony Award-winning actress-singer has starred on stage “Grey Gardens”), screen (“Richie Rich” with Macauley Caulkin) and television (the brand new TBS comedy “Sullivan and Son”). Now see her live in concert… 8pm. $25, $36, $46, $56 & $66.
READING: Poets in the Park @ Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featured readers include Women Poets of Willett St.: Sylvia Barnard and Carolee Sherwood. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Jimmie Jazz Trio @ 74 State, Albany. 8pm.