MUSIC: Ben Allison’s Jim Hall Project @ the Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Planet Arts kicks off its fall “Jazz one2one” concert series with the bassist-composer Allison, guitarist Steve Cardenas and saxman Ted Nash. Jazz talk with the musicians at 7pm; music at 8pm. $10.
FILM: “Turning Pages” @ Proctors, Schenectady. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the graduation of Niskayuna High School’s Class of ’62, this documentary film presents a vibrant mosaic of 25 candidly intimate portraits of a generation of individuals who struggled with Vietnam, redefined identity and gender roles, entered or left relationships, went to work, raised families and are still seeking to live authentically with optimism as they face their seventh decade. Created by photographer Bob Van Degna, artist Anna VA Polesny and journalist Don Wilcock. With a reception following the screening. 2pm. FREE. More info here…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Kickin’ It Country @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Radio station 104.9 The Cat presents a day-long country fest fest featuring Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Steel Magnolia and Local 518 faves Chelsea Cavanaugh and Skeeter Creek. Gates open at 9am; music kicks off at 11am. $35; ages 10 and under FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Spirit of Johnny Cash @ the Mohawk Theater, North Adams. The Johnny Cash tribute band – featuring Harold Ford as Johnny Cash and Laura Lucy as June Carter Cash – performs in concert to raise funds for the reopening of the Mohawk Theater. 8pm. $29; standing room $19; students $12; VIP $75.
MUSIC: Michelle Shocked @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. If you missed the always outspoken singer-songwriter at Caffe Lena on Wednesday, well, now you’ve got another chance to catch her Roccupy tour. 9pm. $30.
MUSIC: Four Bitchin’ Babes @ The Egg, Albany. The Babes – Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint and Marcy Marxer - showcase their signature brand of estrogen-infused mayhem and award winning songwriting with “Mid-Life Vices.” With tongue in cheek, this Fabulous Female Folkestra brings you a hilarious stage revue that musically examines the lives of the boomer generation with whimsical songs and shtick. 7:30pm. $28.
FESTIVAL: Saratoga Native American Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. The fest showcases the full range of Native American culture from art and crafts to dance and music. Today’s featured performers include singer-songwriter Darryl Tonemah, flute player Al Cleveland, storyteller Perry Ground, the Iron River Singers, the Rez Dogs, the Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers and the Onondaga Dancers. 10am-7:30pm. $12; seniors $10; ages 6-12 $5; children under 5 FREE. More info and a complete schedule here… Also on Sunday.
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. 8pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday.
FILMS: Architecture X2: 2 Short Movies @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Two films about architecture – “Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower” and “Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.” 4pm. $7; students $5. Also 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: The Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College’s Music Building, Schenectady. Following a special School of Music Open House from 2-4pm, the EJO will perform big band music. 4pm. 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. 6pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: BoDeans @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Yes, Sammy Llanas has left the fold, but Kurt Neumann and his crew carry on the BoDeans tradition admirably on their recently released 11th album, American Made. With Sarah Borges – bonus! 9pm. $25 & $40.
MUSIC: Woody’s Roadhouse Reunion Concert @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Relive those glory days of the out-of-the-way Berkshire roadhouse hosted the finest regional bands and packed houses nearly every weekend for 30 years. Featured performers for this one-night-only flashback reunion include the Commander Cody Band, Fat, the Spampinato Brothers and Burnt Bacon & the Home Fries. Woody himself will be making an appearance, too. 7:30pm. $35 & $45.