FILM/MUSIC: “David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure” @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. Kicking off the Woodstock Film Festival is a new feature-length documentary about the multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist-and-more. Followed by a live performance by Bromberg. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: The Melodious Thunk Ensemble @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Jazz vocalist Teri Roiger, bassist John Menegon, pianist Francesca Tanksley, drummer Tani Tabbal and saxman Dan Faulk pay a tribute to the late, great Thelonious Monk on his birthday. Followed by an open Monk jam at 10pm. 7pm. $15; students $5.
MUSIC: Hamell on Trial @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Hamell’s Wednesday night October residency at Valentine’s continues as he showcases new material for his new one-man show “Eddie’s Bar,” in which he plays Eddie, your colorful, irreverent, foul-mouthed host for an evening of songs, jokes and tales from the urban underbelly. 7pm. $7.
ART: Live Painting @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. In the gallery, a variety of artists – including Christopher Brown, Virginia Hoeppner, Tony Iadicicco, Stephanie Levay, Ryan Lewis Merritt, Patrick Porter, Tony Thompson, Alex Waters and Sarah Wawrzynowski – will be painting live. 5-8pm. FREE.
FILM/MUSIC: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. It’s the kick-off of the month-long Wednesday night Silent Film Spectacular series with Local 518 musicians Ryan Slowey (Maggot Brain) and Sean Fortune (Maggot Brain and Goldtooth) providing a live, original soundtrack to the 1920 classic film. 7pm. FREE.
TALK: “Hip-Hop: Theatre of Now” @ Skidmore College’s Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs. In an interactive lecture-demo by Daniel Banks, one of the founders of DNAWorks, he discusses the origins, politics, and aesthetics of the recent international wave of Hip-Hop Theater, addressing such questions as the origin of hip-hop, its connection to other Afro-centric modes of cultural production and the future of hip-hop. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The inaugural concert for college president David Szczerbacki, featuring works by Andrey Rubtsov, David Bebe, Astor Piazzolla, George Gershwin and others. 7:30pm.
TALK: “Art Fraud: Recognizing Authenticity in Art” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Peter Matthaes discusses the complexity of determining the authenticity of an art object. The classic approach, which studies style, is supported by numerous new methods of scientific investigation and by the ability to use our senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing and to a much lesser extent, taste, substituted by our sixth sense. 6pm. FREE.
THEATER: “An Evening With Groucho” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante offers his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast-paced, two-act evening of hilarity. The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Jim Furmston. 7:30pm. $36. Also at 7:30pm on Thursday.
MUSIC: Michael Bellar & the AS-IS Ensemble @ the Garage, Pittsfield. The versatile keyboardist Michael Bellar and his band – who have played and/or recorded with the likes of Amos Lee, Bjork, Imogen Heap, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel and Slavic Soul Party – describe their sound as “ecstatic improvisational groove music.” 8:30pm. $15; students $12. Also a free improvisation workshop at 4pm.
FILM: “They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. A one-night encore screening of Robert H. Lieberman’s impressionistic journey that explores the depth and vastness of Burma, from its vibrant indigenous culture to its revolving door of pre- and post-colonial dictatorships. 7pm. $9.25; seniors $7.50; children $6.50.