MUSIC: Sara Milonovich & Daisycutter @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The fine singer-songwriter-fiddler will be joined by guitarist Greg Anderson and Railroad Earth’s Andy Goessling on mandolin, dobro and banjo, as they preview new material from their upcoming album. 8pm. $20. Win FREE TIX here…
MUSIC: The Grand Slambovians @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Yes, Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams changed their name, but the band, their sound and their enchanting performances haven’t changed. The kick off concert for the Eighth Step’s 45th anniversary season. 7:30pm. $26; Gold Circle $35.
MUSIC: Deer Tick @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Rock ‘n’ roll wildman John McCauley and the boys off their short northeastern tour at Putnam Den tonight and wrap it up at the end of the month at Carnegie Hall. Now that’s a journey… With Wild Adriatic and Barons in the Attic. 9pm. $20. Win FREE TIX here… An interview with Deer Tick’s Rob Crowell here…
MUSIC: Zoe Keating @ The Egg, Albany. Keating uses her cello like a one-woman orchestra, using a foot-controlled laptop to loop layer upon layer of her artistry to create lush, compelling and otherworldly music as featured on her most recent recording, Into the Trees, which spent 49 weeks on the Billboard classical charts. 8pm. $24.
DANCE/THEATER: “The Silver Lining” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Tap dancer Tina Baird presents an evening of dance interspersed with stories about family and faith, including a tribute to the great works of the Copasetics Club. She’ll be joined by tap dancers Chrystie Greco, Jennifer Jones, Rebecca Kim and Stefanie Weber, as well as vocalist Karey Hall Trimmings and musicians Carl Landa, Dean Sharp and Brenda Vredenburg. 7pm. $15; children, students & seniors $10.
OPERA ON FILM: “L’Elisir D’Amore” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera opens its 2012-13 season with a new production of Donizetti’s delightful comic gem starring Russian diva Anna Netrebko – in her second consecutive Met opening night — as the irresistible heroine Adina. 12:55pm. $25; students $15. Also at 12:55pm at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown ($25; students $18).
MUSIC: Waka Flocka Flame @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. In support of his new album Triple F Life and mixtape Salute Me or Shoot Me, Vol. 4. With special guests Wooh Da Kid and Reema Major. 8pm. $25.
??????: Nerd Night @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Funny-yet-smart presentations about “Mumblecore: The Film Movement That Didn’t Roar” and “Hey, Where’s My Robot Girlfriend? The Singularity, Sperm Bots and the Future of Sexual Technology.” 8pm. $18; students $10.
MUSIC: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Mixing up American roots music, western swing, rockabilly and traditional country twang, Big Sandy and the boys roll into Hudson in support of their latest album, Turntable Matinee. With SHEL. 9pm. $18.
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. 4:30pm. $7; students $5.
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. 6:30pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “The Sun” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Acclaimed Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov creates an incisive, eerie portrait of the enigmatic Japanese Emperor Hirohito during the twilight of World War II, as he faces surrender and renunciation of his divine status. 8:30pm. $7; students $5.
THEATER: “The Old Mezzo” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. It’s opening night of the world premiere of the new play by Berkshire playwright Susan Dworkin. Starring Eileen Schuyler and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 8pm. $25; students $15. Through Sunday, October 28.
MUSIC: The New England Jazz Ensemble @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. In support of their latest CD, It’s a Grand Night for Swinging, the ensemble is joined by flutist Ali Ryerson and vocalist Giacomo Gates as part of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. 8pm. $15 & $25. More info here…
DANCE: The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts, Cambridge. ESDC joins musician-composer Donald “The Junkman” Knaack for an evening of modern dance, live music and art. Featuring dances “Coming & Going” and a premiere of “Filament,” as well as solo work by Knacck and an audience participation jam session held during intermission. 7pm. $20; children 12 and under $10.
COMEDY: Comedy for a Cause @ the Albany Hibernian Hall, Albany. Putting down the guitar and making her official comedy show debut is Erin Harkes. Also performing will be Jennifer McMullen, Sharon Dyer, Sandy Beach, Michael McLaughlin and host Shawn Gillie. 8:30pm. $10.
FESTIVAL: Upper Union Street Harvest Fest & Art Show @ Upper Union Street, Schenectady. A wide variety of food served inside and outside, farmers’ market, an art exhibit, sidewalk sales, children’s activities and music by Doc Spring’s Rehabilitated Dixieland Band and Everest Rising. 10am-3pm. FREE,