TALK/PERFORMANCE: “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The award-winning radio pioneer and his team have pushed the boundaries of radio journalism with their inventive show, “This American Life.” Hear about it all live onstage as Glass mixes humorous, heartwarming and thoroughly intriguing stories from the show, as he recreates the sound of the show as the audience watches. 8pm. $25, $36, $48 & $52. Win FREE TICKETS here…
ART/GALA/FUNDRAISER: “Through The Decades: Albany Center Gallery’s 35th Anniversary Masquerade Gala” @ the State Room, Albany. Elegance, mystery and art come together in Albany Center Gallery’s gala fundraiser featuring silent auction of artworks and retail items, as well as masks designed and decorated by Local 518 artists. 6pm. $75, $100 & $175.
ARTS WALK: Winter Walk @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Chili and cornbread dinner with music by Claudia Bruce and Friends (Ryder Cooley, John Musall, Gerald von Stoddard). 5:30pm.
THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “Hell and High Water (Or Lessons for When the Sky Falls)” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. A reading of playwright and Berkshire-based Katrina survivor Jamuna Yvette Sirker’s play to benefit the Actors Fund to provide Hurricane Sandy relief for performing arts professionals. 7:30pm. $10 minimum suggested donation. More info here…
MUSIC: Marco Benevento @ Red Square, Albany. Celebrating the release of his new album, TigerFace, the pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter has been on the road with his band and his 1927 upright acoustic piano rigged and modified with numerous effects boxes, pedals and amplifiers His band features bassist Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and drummer Andrew Borger (Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco). With jazz-funk trio Way Down. 9pm. $16. More info here…
ART/MUSIC: Holiday Artisan Market @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Locally handcrafted gifts – jewelry, glass, fiber, artisan soap, pottery, hand-dyed silk, aromatherapy, metalwork, photography and more. Also donations accepted for Hurricane Sandy victims. 9am-3pm.
THEATER: “My Arm” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Tim Crouch’s story is told through a combination of live performance and the animation of everyday objects supplied by the audience before the performance. Simple, honest, intimate and painfully funny, the piece is an extraordinary work of solo theater about modern art and how the things we do when we’re 10 years old stick with us for life. 8pm. $16; students $10. More info here…
COMEDY: Pumps & Punchlines @ Proctors, Schenectady. Girls just wanna have fun? These five female comics – Christina Pazsitzky, Jill-Michele, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Arden Myrin and Marina Franklin – provide the laughs and the fun. 8pm. $20, $25 & $30.
OPERA ON FILM: “La Clemenza Di Tito” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The virtuosic Elina Garança sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito, and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts. 12:55pm. $22; students $15.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Alexis P. Suter Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Suter’s second annual holiday concert serves as a benefit for the Washbourne House Domestic Violence Shelter. With the Lindsey Webster Band. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: The Williams College Percussion Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The program – titled “barcode” – features Juan Felipe Waller’s “Plato Plastic Dialogues,” (a musical mapping of the topographical features of four disposable plastic plates), Joan Tower’s “DNA” for a quintet, Eve Beglarian’s “Spherical Music” with six of its twelve marimba parts live, accompanied by our their recording of the other six parts), two quieter John Cage percussion works (“Ryoanji” and “The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs” and works by Nick Didkovsky, David Lang and Steve Reich. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC/CABARET: The Singing Anchors @ the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, Salem. TV news anchors Jerry Gretzinger, Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn in their annual holiday show, a seasonal celebration of songs and stories. 5 & 8pm. UPDATE: The 5pm show is sold out. $25 includes $6 for coffee and dessert.
MUSIC: The Nellies @ the Troy Farmers Market at the Uncle Sam Atrium, Troy. Americana-bluegrass with a rootsy, happy twist and fine harmonies, featuring Karen Ann Gilpin & Peggy Lecuyer. 9am-12noon. FREE.
MUSIC: Christmas at the Colonial with Mary Verdi @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Singer-songwriter Verdi and her seven-piece band are joined by a bell choir, dancers, children singers, and of course, Santa Claus. With special guest Tony Lee Thomas. 2 & 7pm. $20; children 16 and under $10.