MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “The Songs of Pete & Dottie Spoor” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Phil Spoor pays tribute to the folk and country music of his parents in a benefit concert for the GottaGetGon Folk Festival. 7pm. $15.
FILM: “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. 6pm. $7; students $5.
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: The Lee Shaw Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. The Swingtime Jazz Society presents a concert by the Grande Dame of the Nippertown jazz scene and her exquisite band. Followed by an hour-long open jam session. 4pm concert; 6pm jam. $15; students $5.
READING: Frank Lentricchia @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The acclaimed mystery writer – dubbed “the Dirty Harry of literary criticism” by The New York Times – reads from his new crime novel “The Accidental Pallbearer,” which is set in the author’s hometown of Utica. 4pm.
FILM: “The Sessions” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Ben Lewin’s acclaimed film about a poet paralyzed from the neck down due to polio (John Hawkes), who has long been confined to an iron lung but decides he wants to lose his virginity, so he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). 3pm. $7; students $5.