ART RECEPTION: “Other Hudson, Chapter Two” @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Dennis Herbert and Kahn & Selesnick team up for a joint exhibition full of poetic imagery and mysterious narrative. Opening reception from 6-9pm. FREE. The exhibit continues through July 21.
CRUISE/FUNDRAISER: The Summer Sunset Cruise @ Shoreline Cruise’s SS Adirondac, Lake George. The annual fundraising cruise for the Lake George Arts Project begins boarding at 6:30pm. On board for the two-hour cruise will be tasty food from several area restaurants, a silent auction featuring seasonal items and dining certificates, a raffle and music by Rich Ortiz. Proceeds from the outing will help fund upcoming LGAP events and exhibitions. 7pm. $30.
FILM: “Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One-screening-only. 7pm. $9.50; $7.75 seniors; $6.75 children.
READING: Neil Gaiman @ Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. In a reading sponsored by Northshire Books, the acclaimed author reads from his brand new novel, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” 6pm. $35 (includes a copy of the book).
ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. On the eve of the Solid Sound Festival, downtown North Adams comes alive with art, music, performance events and a dance party throughout town. Featured performers are the Montreal-based, multi-culti hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive. 6-10pm. FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Park Playhouse 25th Anniversary Concert @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Actors from throughout Park Playhouse’s history perform tunes from such productions as “West Side Story,” “The Producers,” “The Sound of Music,” “Cabaret,” “Hairspray” and many others backed by an orchestra. 8pm. $20.
ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Art exhibits, food, drink, shopping and live music by the Corey Zink Band, Berkshire Bateria, Resident Frequency, Modest Me, T-Bone Daddy, Barely Blue and more. 5-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Vikesh Kapoor @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Having won a 2010 Boston Phoenix Best Music Award, the singer-songwriter is currently wrapping up his debut album with producer Adam Selzer. With Liv Carrow. 8pm. $5.
READING: Third Thursday Reading @ Social Justice Center, Albany. Mid-Hudson poet and host of Poetry Beacon, Glenn Werner is the featured reader. Hosted by Dan Wilcox. Open mic sign-up starts at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.