MUSIC: Mike Watt & the Missingmen @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Yes, the legendary punk bassist Mike Watt – formerly of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, as well as the current bass-basher with Iggy & the Stooges – brings his MissingMen band to Nippertown as part of their “2nd heapin’ helpin’ of 3rd opera tour 2012.” Firing it up in the opening act slot is Local 518 politico-punksters the Last Conspirators with the dynamic Tim Livingston at the helm. 8pm. $14.
MUSIC: The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Two generations of acoustic music greats – Jay & Molly with Mike + Ruthy. 7:30pm. $10. Read more here…
MUSIC: Morrissey @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yeah, he cancelled his scheduled concert here back in November, 1991, on the day of the show due to “fatigue,” but it looks like the former Smiths frontman is really gonna make it to Nippertown this time for his loooong overdue Local 518 debut. With Kristeen Young. 8pm. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.
MUSIC: The Colin L. Orchestra @ 51 3rd Street, Troy. The sprawling, Brooklyn-based band – featuring four guitarists, two drummers, 2 keyboardists and a bassist – spins into Nippertown to serve up a healthy dose of psychedelic funk, rock and maybe even some out-of-this-world Sun Ra. With Saturday Giant and Invisible Circle. Potluck dinner at 7pm; music at 8pm. $5 donation for the bands.
FILM: “Radio Unnameable” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This documentary film by Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson paints a fascinating portrait of influential WBAI-FM radio personality Bob Fass, who revolutionized the airwaves by developing a patchwork of music, politics, comedy and reports from the street, effectively creating free-form radio. 6pm. $7; students $5.
TALK: Joseph Kahn @ Union College’s Nott Memorial, Schenectady. The award-winning music video director – the winner of a Grammy and several MTV Video Music Awards – will speak about his career working with such diverse artists as U2, Faith Hill, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Britney Spears, Aerosmith and Justin Timberlake. 7pm. FREE.
FILM: “Stars in Shorts” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Seven short films (all from the last year and a half or so) featuring famous actors – Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Julia Stiles and Lily Tomlin. The films are a real mix – comedy, sci-fi, drama, even a musical – and they come together nicely as a well-rounded theatrical presentation. 8pm. $7; students $5.
ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. The final 3rd Thursday of 2012 features plenty of visual art, a children’s costume contest and parade, as well as music by HuDost, David Grover & Friends, Lobo Loco, Berkshire Rocks, Rock On and more… 5-8pm. FREE.
READING: David Quammen @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Assembly Hall, Albany. One of America’s leading nature writers, Quammenis reads from his new book, “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” about his travels to the remote corners of the globe with field researchers investigating disease outbreaks in a variety of animal species… with the potential to “spillover” to humans. 8pm. FREE. Also at the same venue, a free seminar at 4:15pm.
FILM: “Caravaggio” @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Derek Jarman’s 1986 bold experiment in portraiture tells the story of the scandalous Italian baroque painter (played by Nigel Terry) and his muse (Tilda Swinton). 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Keb Mo & His Band @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The three-time Grammy Award-winner brings his brand of the blues to Great Barrington in support of his latest album, “The Reflection.” 7:30pm. $55, $65 & $75.
READING: Anne Trubek @ the College of Saint Rose’s Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, Albany. In celebration of National Writing Day, the author reads as part of the Frequency North series. 7:30pm. FREE.
READING: Third Thursday Readings @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Local poet Anna Elena Eyre is tonight’s featured reader of the monthly series hosted by Dan Wilcox. 7pm open mic sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3 donation.