MUSIC: “From the Top” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A live taping of the popular NPR radio show with host-pianist Christopher O’Riley and special guest maverick cellist Matt Haimovitz showcasing selections from their 2CD collaboration, Shuffle. Listen. Play., which delves into the repertoire of Igor Stravinsky and Radiohead, Astor Piazzolla and Arcade Fire, Leos Janacek and John McLaughlin. And lots more. 7:30pm. $25, $35, $49 & $55. Win FREE TIX here… Also a free pop-up concert by Haimovitz and friends at Market Block Books in Troy at 11:30am.
DANCE: “Miriam” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A powerful new dance-theater performance from choreographer-dancer Nora Chipaumire, inspired by Miriam Makeba. 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13. Win FREE TIX here… Also at 8pm on Saturday.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ART: O Positive Festival @ various locations, Kingston. It’s Day One of the three-day fest which kicks off at 6pm with a parade down Main Street led by the Hungry March Band. Among tonight’s featured performers are the Felice Brothers, Richard Buckner and Alta Mira. $25 for the entire three-day fest.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Cuddle Magic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Brooklyn/Philadelphia chamber-pop collective heads to the Spa City in support of their third record, Info Nympho. With the instrumental acoustic guitar duo Rosary Beard. 8pm. $16.
FILM: “Detropia” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This new film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city in the midst of the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. 8pm. $7; students $5.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Joyful Noise Jazz Project @ First Presbyterian Church, Schenectady. Featuring trumpeter Terry Gordon, saxman Keith Pray, pianist Dan Dobek, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Matthew Maguire. 7pm.
FILM: “Side By Side” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh and many more. 6pm. $7; students $5.
ARTIST TALK: Ellen Driscoll @ College of St. Rose’s Saint Joseph Auditorium, Albany. In conjunction with her exhibition at the Massry Center Gallery, the sculptor talks about her art and the process behind it. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Hot Cousin @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. They’re callin’ it “Dirtbag Friday,” and the band plans “to play all rock to salute the awesome dudes and chicks that hung out behind the high school and really knew what ’80s rocking was all about. Expect to hear plenty of fist-pumpin’ AC/DC, Judas Priest, Joan Jett, Lita Ford and more. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Jonny Monster Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The New Paltz-based blues-rockin’ trio celebrates the release of their new CD, “Bad Times Before.” With Black Horse Riders. 9pm. $5 suggested donation.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Roadmap to Apartheid” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. A riveting new documentary film that juxtaposes the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa with the harsh reality of life in Palestine today. Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Ana Noguiera and Eron Davidson, moderated by UAlbany Professor of Judaic Studies Dr. Barry Trachtenberg. 7pm. $10; student & low income $5.
FILM: “Avalon” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Director Mamoru Oshii pushes the envelope of computer-generated worlds on film by utilizing digital versions of vintage, sepia-tone photographs to create a battle simulation game set in Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century. Made with a Polish cast and a Japanese crew. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Elizabeth Morse @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. A solo harp recital featuring the works of George Fredric Handel, Lou Harrison, John Williams and Carlos Salzedo. 8pm. FREE.
DANCE/MUSIC: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Chester & Linda Freeman offer swing dance lessons at 7:30pm, while Peter Davis & Friends (Don Young, Sam Zucchini and Bernie Mulleda) serve up the music at 8:30pm. $15.