TALK: Laurie Anderson @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. EMPAC’s artist in residence discusses “Designing and Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording.” 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: All of the seats for the talk are spoken for, but the talk will also be streamed live into EMPAC’s Concert Hall. Free admission. No reservations required.
MUSIC: The Albert Lee Band @ The Egg, Albany. One of the most unique and busiest electric guitarists of the past 40 years is well known for his work with Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, the Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Rosanne Cash and many others, as well as for leading his own roots-rock bands. Singer-songwriter Kate Taylor – yes, the sister of James & Livingston – opens the show. 7:30pm. $24.
OPERA: “La Traviata” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a 22-piece orchestra, it’s Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre’s production of the Verdi classic directed by Heidi Lauren Duke. 7:30pm. $40; students $30. Through February 17.
FILM: “Long Distance Revolutionary” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke, and inspire. 5:45pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Werner Herzog presents this visually stunning documentary about indigenous people living deep in the heart of the Siberian wilderness. 8pm. $7; students $5.
THEATER: “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night of the Broadway musical that tells the story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback. With a batch of fun-filled disco hits. 2 & 8pm. $20, $35, $45, $50, $60 & $70. Through Sunday.