THEATER: “Speed Curses” @ Collar Works, Troy. Writer-director Josh Chambers fuzes together theater and baseball in a multimedia neo-operatic performance event that utilizes music, collage, writing and film. 8pm. $15. Through Saturday.
TALK/READING: Linda Mussmann @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The artist discusses the Civil War and her exhibition “Antietam,” which is currently on view in the gallery. Also a reading of Mussmann’s play, “Cross Way Cross,” by Claudia Bruce, Gerald von Stoddard and Bryce Courbois. 7pm. FREE.
FILM: “The Other Dream Team” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and a victory over the USA) at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Lithuanian basketball stars Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for their oppressor’s sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism and willing the newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics. 7:30pm. $9; students $5.
FILM: “Starlet” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Director/co-writer Sean Baker’s film explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and the elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson). 7:30pm. $7; students $5.