MUSIC: Tim Hecker @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. One of the leading figures in ambient and experimental electronic music today, Canadian composer’s work juxtaposes distortion and noise with tranquility and spirituality. Investigating new “pulse-based” works that use sound samples of prepared piano, organ, string synthesizer and other instruments, Hecker has spent a week designing a site-specific multiple speaker arrangement for this performance. 8pm. $18; seniors & students $13.
MUSIC: Mary Stallings @ the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The second A Place for Jazz concert of the season features the sublime jazz vocalist. 7:30pm. $15; students $7; and children under 12 FREE.
MUSIC: Nate Danker @ The Linda, Albany. The Viking’s frontman celebrates the release of his hushed, acoustic debut album Texture. With Nightmares for a Week and Charlie Phillips. 8pm. $10. More info here…
MUSIC: Eric Andersen @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran singer-songwriter returns to Nippertown, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his classic album Blue River with a solo show. 8pm. $30. More info here…
WORKSHOP: Ben Allison @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. The acclaimed jazz bassist-composer will discuss his creative process – from the initial germ of an idea through the final realization of a new work, from assembling a band to making a record. The presentation will be informal and free flowing, questions and interaction from the audience encouraged. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Bob Irwin & Friends @ the Cask & Rasher, Coxsackie. The Martian Denny Orchestra guitarslinger rounds up a bunch of A-list musical pals – Chris Fisher, Jennifer DuBois, Ed Wasilewski, Richard M. Surrano, Philip Massaro, Mike Dunn, Matt Bowe and others – for evening of impromptu music. 8pm.
FILM: “LCD Soundsystem: Shut Up and Play the Hits” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The concert/documentary film of LCD Soundsystem’s final show on April 2, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. 6pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Visual art, live music, shopping and more… 5-9pm. FREE.
FILM: “Compliance” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Based on true events, Craig Zobel’s film tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: “Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I A Woman” @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Jazz bassist-composer Avery Sharpe and his sextet – pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs, drummer Yoron Israel, saxophonist Craig Handy, trumpeter Duane Eubanks and vocalist Jeri Brown – serve up compositions based on the life of Sojourner Truth and her famous speech for women’s suffrage. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Moby Dick – Rehearsed” @ the Garage, Pittsfield. Eric Hill directs this staged reading of Orson Welles’ adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic tale, which follows Ishmael on his epic journey sailing across the world under the infamous Captain Ahab in pursuit of Moby Dick, the Great White Whale. 7:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: Mike Shiflet @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Albany Sonic Arts Collective welcomes the Ohio-based experimentalist. With Grab Ass Cowboys and Rambutan. 9pm. UPDATE: The start time for this show has been changed from 8pm to 9pm.
COMEDY/MUSIC: “Chords & Comedy” @ the Daily Grind, Troy. Stand-up comics Kevin Marshall, William Hughes and Vernon Payne will be joined by fave Nippertown singer-songwriter-uke-strummer Olivia Quillio. 9pm. $5 suggested minimum donation.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Kinyarwanda” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Alrick Brown’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival award-winner is based on the heroic true story of local Muslim clergy who risked their lives to save both Tutsi and pacifist Hutu-Christians as well as Muslims-during the Rwandan genocide. Reception with producer Darren Dean and actress Hadidja Zaninka at 6:30pm; film at 7:30pm. FREE.