MUSIC: The Fresh Kicks @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Torn Shorts (celebrating the release of their new CD Through the Mill) and Bryan Thomas (celebrating the release of his video EP Basement Live). 9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The two acclaimed singer-songwriters celebrate their third album collaboration – and their first in 22 years – with Evidence of Happiness. 7:30pm. $20 in advance; $24 at the door.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the orchestra for Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and more. 7pm. $45, $60, $80 & $95. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: Midge Ure @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. In addition to a wide-ranging career that includes stints in Slik, Thin Lizzy, the Rich Kids, Visage and most notably as frontman of Ultravox, Ure also co-wrote and produced the blockbuster charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” With Right the Stars. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: Solas @ The Egg, Albany. led by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, the Irish-American supergroup performs their new multi-media show “Shamrock City.” Canadian roots band the Duhks will open. 7:30pm. $24.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Consuming Spirits” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan’s film is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques – cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage and stop-motion animation – into a distinct visual style, constructing a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town. Followed by Q&A with the director. 7pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: The Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. “A Concert of Wonderful Music for Plucked String Instruments” featuring performances by Ray Andrews (Baroque guitar); Fred Hellwitz (classical guitar); Harry George Pellegrin (classical guitar); Eugenio Reis (Brazilian guitar); Andy Rutherford (lute); and Spiral Tango (featuring guitarist William Simcoe and flutist Karen Klevanosky). 8pm. $25 suggested donation.
MUSIC: Catherine MacLellan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter kicks off the Caffe’s Maple Leaf Music Series, showcasing the talents of Canadian musicians. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door. NOTE: Award-winning blues guitarist Bill Bourne, who was originally slated to share the stage, will not be performing due to difficulties crossing the Canadian/U.S. border.
DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. The Egg’s resident dance company performs a mix of audience favorites and world premieres – all with contemporary movement that celebrates rhythm, energy and musicality. 8pm. $24.
OPERA ON FILM: “The Troyens” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft. Fabio Luisi conducts. 12noon. $25; students $15.
MUSIC: Tapestry Duo @ the Pub and Grill Too, Green Island. 9pm. FREE.