FUNDRAISER: “TSL: The First 40 Years” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Guests will be greeted by Highland piper, Neil A. Roberts, who will begin playing outdoors just after 6pm, calling all to assemble. There will be music by pianist extraordinaire Lincoln Mayorga. And you can bet on Linda Mussmann saying some words, too. Hors d’oeuvres, cheese, supper and, of course, anniversary cake. 6:30pm. $40.
READING/PERFORMANCE: Albany Word Fest Invitational Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Albany’s own Nitty Gritty Slam will be joined by Verbal Slap (CT), Underground Poetry Spot (Syracuse), Suffern Slam (NY), Jersey City Slam (NJ) and Buffalo Slam (NY) to compete for prizes and wrap up Albany WordFest 2013. 6pm. $12. GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…
THEATER/MUSIC: “Echoing Back: The Songs of Johnny Mercer” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. This revue of tunes from the man who wrote such gems as “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Moon River” was created and directed by Broadway performer Karin Baker with arrangements by musical director David Hancock Turner. 8pm. $25 (including $6 credit for refreshments).
READING: Nancy Kricorian @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The author reads from her new novel “All the Light There Was,” about an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s. 4pm.
I was not always the brightest bulb in the tree. I was a hardworking guy, but in my opinion I was not one of the most talented people at Juilliard. I didn't have that brilliance that some people really have, but I had a tremendous appetite for the work.