FILM/DISCUSSION/MUSIC: “Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes” @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The 2013 Woodstock Film Festival kicks off with a screening of this documentary about one of the greatest jazz sax players of all time. Sonny Rollins will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Dick Fontaine. Following the Q&A, the JD Allen Trio will celebrate the jazz legend with a live performance. 7pm reception; 8pm screening. $40 & $55. Also film only at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck at 7pm on Thursday ($10).
MUSIC: Joe Satriani @ The Palace Theatre, Albany. The biggest selling rock-instrumental guitarist of all time fires up his fab fretwork and leads his crack band – keyboardist Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson) – in support of his new album, Unstoppable Momentum. With the Steve Morse Band. 7:30pm. $38, $58 & $78.
FILM/TALK: “Film” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Screenplay by Samuel Beckett; directed by Alan Schneider; starring Buster Keaton. Need we say more? The screening will be followed by a talk by curator-film theorist Ed Halter. 7:30pm. $6.
MUSIC: Not the Wind Not the Flag @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The duo of Colin Fisher (guitar, bouzouki, ney, tenor sax, guzheng, hulusi, misc. percussion) and Brandon Valdivia (trap set, mbira, slit drum, percussion). With Lea Bertucci. 8pm. $5.
THEATER: “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. 29 years old and forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play about contemporary Iran and those born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. He turns his isolation to his advantage with a play that requires no director, no set, no rehearsal and a different actor for each performance – tonight it’s Chad Larabee. 7:30pm. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Students & seniors $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Through Saturday.