THEATER: Cirque Éloize @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Montreal performance troupe presents the North American premiere of “Cirkopolis,” combining the world of circus, dance and theater into one breathtaking show. 7pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65. Through August 24.
MUSIC: The Evens @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The Evens are a Washington, D.C. indie-rock duo, formed in the fall of 2001, featuring guitarist-vocalist Ian MacKaye (of Fugazi, formerly of Minor Threat) and drummer-vocalist Amy Farina (formerly of The Warmers). 8pm. $6.
READING: Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With featured reader Joseph Bruchac, award-winning author of children’s books, poetry and novels, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. 7pm. $5.
FILM: “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. A one-night-only screening of the documentary about the Godfather of Trash TV, followed by a Q&A with co-director Jeremy Newberger. 7pm.
MUSIC: Astrograss @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Rockin’ on the River moves to Riverfront Park for the remainder of the summer concert series, starting tonight with the Brooklyn-based bluegrass band. With the Blind Owl Band. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Lisa Haley @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Louisiana’s award-winning fiddler, dancer, vocalist and songwriter brings her electric blue violin (named “Louie”) to America’s vacationland for an evening of Cajun, zydeco and Americana music, backed by Nippertown’s own Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers. 7:30pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Saratoga Chips” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Creative Place International presents the world premiere of Mary Jane Hansen’s new play with music that all comes together in an entertaining evening of history, comedy and music from Saratoga’s Victorian age. 8pm. $25. Through August 11.
MUSIC: Amphion String Quartet @ the Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. As art of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, the Amphio String Quartet will be joined by flutist Linda Chesis and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang for selections by Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and more. 7:30pm. $25; $15 for students aged 6-18.
MUSIC: Groovestick @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Featuring members of Timbre Coup, Dirty Paris and Funk Evolution. Groovestick is new organ trio with a mind for jazz and fingers for funk. With Virginia’s Galaxy Dynamite. 9pm.