MUSIC: “The Eighth Step: 45 Years and Singing” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. It’s Part Two of the Step’s 45th anniversary weekend, featuring Cris Williamson, David Jacobs-Strain, Bob Franke and John Kirk & Trish Miller. 7pm. $28 & $35.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “A Night of Murder Ballads” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The second annual Halloween fundraiser for the Caffe, featuring emcee Michael Eck, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Addie & Olin – Unleashed!, Lost Radio Rounders, the Broken String Band, Greg Clarke and Roland & Janet Vinyard. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The duo features Jeremy Barnes (of Neutral Milk Hotel) and his wife Heather Trost (who were both also early members of Beirut). With Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and Brian Dewan. 8pm. $13. Win FREE TIX here…
OPERA ON FILM: “Otello” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Metropolitan Opera with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renee Fleming. Semyon Bychkov conducts. 12:55pm. $25: students $15. Also at 12:55pm at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown ($25; students $18).
MUSIC: Disposable Rocket Band @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The fifth annual Halloween Freakout! With the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Slaughterhouse Chorus, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, SCORE and Secondhand Roses. 7pm. $5.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Festival of the Dead @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. The on-again/off-again fest is definitely ON! With the Erotics, Sirsy, Jocamo, These Are the Hits, the Swing Docs, Barb Wired and lots more. Doors open at 7:30pm. $28. Costumes required.
GUITARS: The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Guitars, guitars and more guitars. Stare at ‘em. Hear ‘em. Touch ‘em. Play ‘em. Join the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, at a gathering of handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world. 11am-6pm. $20; or $30 for both days. Also from 11am-6pm on Sunday.
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. 8:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: “The Classical Mystery Tour” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Beatles tribute group Classical Mystery Tour joins the Albany Symphony Orchestra in performance of the greatest Fab Four hits performed with full orchestra – a rare treat that gives these classics new life and vitality. 7:30pm.
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. 6pm. $7; students $5.
THEATER/MUSIC: “The Evolution of Rhythms” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield.
A one night only, world premiere of an original musical by 25-year-old musician-educator Jerome Edgerton that explores the history of beats and hip-hop. Featuring Youth Alive. 7pm. $10; seniors & students $5; ages 11 and under FREE.
MUSIC: Moonalice @ The Linda, Albany. Featuring drummer John Molo, guitarists Barry Sless and Roger McNamee, keyboardist Ann McNamee and bassist Pete Sears. With Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Jez Lowe @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. For the past 30 years, the British singer-songwriter has taken his songs of life in his native North East England to audiences across the world. His latest album, his fifteenth, is titled Wotcheor! 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Nellies @ Jose Malone’s, Troy. Playing “Americana-bluegrass with a rootsy, happy twist,” Karen Ann Gilpin, Peggy Lecuyer, Gene Lemme, Mike McMann and Kevin Maul celebrate the first anniversary of their debut CD release with a Halloween party. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Kim Buckley Band @ the Ale House, Troy. It’s reunion time! 9pm.
MUSIC: Adrenaline Pumpkin @ Sunnyside Gardens, Saratoga Springs. Guitarist-vocalist John Kribs teams up with 1984 banjo champion Chris Leske and bassist-vocalist Arlin Greene. 12noon-4pm, unless the weather is nasty.
READING: The Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest Winners @ the Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. Contest winners – including D.A. Bird, Carol Graser, Tess Lecuyer and others – will read. 1pm. FREE.