MUSIC: The Ben Allison Band @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Jazz bassist-composer Ben Allison leads his all-star band – guitarist Steve Cardenas, guitarist-banjo player Brandon Seabrook and drummer Rudy Royston – in support of his latest album, Action-Refraction, featuring a sprawling range of tunes by PJ Harvey, Samuel Barber, Neil Young and Thelonious Monk, to name a few. With Nippertown’s own Lee Shaw Trio. 7:30pm. $20. Win FREE TICKETS here…
FILM: “The Rolling Stones: Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965″ @ Proctors, Schenectady. Behind the scenes documentary of the early Stones – including performances of such classic songs as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “The Last Time” and “Time is on My Side” – directed by Peter Whitehead. 7:30pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Tragically Hip @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Although they’re huge stars in the Great White North, Gordon Downie and his bandmates are only normal-sized down here in the States. But they know how to rock… 9pm. $35.
FILM: “Barrymore” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer stars as John Barrymore, one of the greatest Shakespearian actors of all time in this play by William Luce. With “Backstage with Barrymore,” a making-of documentary. 8pm. $15; students $7.50. Also at 6:45pm at the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany ($15; children $12).
MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Bluegrass and other wry tunes. 12noon. FREE.
MUSIC: Eilen Jewell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The deliciously eclectic Queen of the Minor Key returns to Helsinki with her first rate band and a songbag full of rockabilly, blues, country, gospel, jazz, folk and more. 8pm. $18.
FILM: code warriors: a decade of processing @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The first half of the onedotzero double feature screening of innovative short films that celebrate the anniversary of the Processing programming language and imagine futuristic urban landscapes. 7pm. $6.
FILM: future cities @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The second half of the onedotzero double feature screening of innovative short films that celebrate the anniversary of the Processing programming language and imagine futuristic urban landscapes. 9pm. $6.
DISCUSSION: “Exploring Nirvana: The Art of Jessica Park” @ the Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Dr. Tony Genarelly presents a discussion of the Williamstown autistic artist’s work and life in conjunction with Park’s current exhibition, “Visions on the Spectrum II,” which remains on view through January 2. 6-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Doctor Magnum @ Red Square, Albany. The instrumental band blends funk, rock, hip-hop and more as they record tonight’s show for potential release. With Nobody for President and Linear North’s Bob Forget. 8:30pm. $5. More info here…
READING: James Belflower @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Award-winning poet Belflower – the author of such collections as author of “Commuter,” “And Also a Fountain” and “Bird Leaves the Cornice” – is the featured reader. With an open mic for poets. Sign-up at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.
MUSIC: The Slaughterhouse Chorus @ the Limbo Bar, Gloversville. With NYC duo the End Men, Albany punk rock animals New Red Scare, Amsterdam pop-punks Boxer Brown and brand new Albany rock trio the Hard Bargain. 8pm. $5.
FILM: “Lust for Life” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Vincente Minnelli’s 1956 adaptation of the Irving Stone novel starring Kirk Douglas in an impassioned performance as Vincent Van Gogh and Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin. 7pm. FREE.
TALK: “America Divided, Then and Now: The Civil War in Our National and Local Imagination” @ New York State Museum’s Clark Auditorium, Albany. Historian, scholar and author David W. Blight is the featured speaker for the 2012 Researching New York Conference. 7:30pm. FREE.