MUSIC: “New York Banjo: A 5-String Summit” @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring banjo masters Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, Pete Wernick and Mac Benford with Russ Barenberg, Alex Hargreaves, Jesse Cobb and Corey DiMario. 7:30pm. $34.50 & $44.50. More info here…
FUNDRAISER/ART/MUSIC: The Black Velvet Art Party @ Lake George Steamboat Company’s Lac du St. Sacrament, Lake George. It’s art party time with a silent auction of original black velvet art by local artists, a limbo contest, art and fashion awards, dance music with the Garland Nelson Ensemble. Proceeds help fund the Lake George Arts Project. 7pm. $25.
MUSIC: Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Jazz, electronica, trip-hop and more… Featuring TK Wonder, Jennifer Charles, Michael Blake and David Baron. 8pm. $16; students $10. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to complications from Hurricane Sandy.
FILM/MUSIC: “Cluster” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The next phase in Kurt Hentschlägerʼs generative video and audio work moves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena. A simple, yet absurd setting is proposed — 3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. By its never fully predictable generative nature, “Cluster” describes a meta-organism with a decidedly anti-individualistic character. 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13.
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.
FILM: “Photographic Memory” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Filmmaker Ross McElwee finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to the virtual worlds of the internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. 6pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “The Revisionaries” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Scott Thurman examines the 15-member Texas State Board of Education, which determines the teaching and textbook standards for nearly five million schoolchildren. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: The Moon @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The duo of guitarist Adam Caine and drummer Federico Ughi takes a highly individual approach to experimental music, playing improvised music that is influenced in equal parts by contemporary classical composition, jazz, noise and psych-rock. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Fossils @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Sonic adventures… With Belltone Suicide & Parashi, Martin Freeman, Isa Christ and Case. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Ronan Tynan @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The singer with the big voice and equally big heart was originally introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, but he’s established quite a solo career for himself not only as a singer, but also as an author, athlete and humanitarian. 8pm. $30, $45 & $55.
READING/DISCUSSION: “What’s the Matter with White People?” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. On the eve of the crucial 2012 election, author and journalist Joan Walsh – Salon.com editor-at-large and MSNBC political analyst – discusses the fact that as the U.S. become a truly multiracial country, the notion of e pluribus unum – out of many, one – is going to matter more to all of us. 8pm. Suggested donation $10; student/low income $5.
MUSIC: “The Patriotic and Political Songs of Gershwin” @ the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Broadway performer Bill Carmichael serves up an evening of pre-election standards from the pens of George and Ira Gershwin. 8pm. $25 (includes $6 for coffee and dessert).
MUSIC: Mark Donato @ the Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. The local singer-songwriter will be joined by his musical cohorts Mark Lerner and Eric Parker. NYC-based alt-country singer-songwriter Amy Allison opens the show. 8pm. $15.