ART/FUNDRAISER: Black Velvet Art Party @ dockside on the Lake George Steamboat Company’s Lac du St. Sacrement, Lake George. It’s the 25th annual Black Velvet Art Party – a fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project – renowned for its out-of-the ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel by local artists. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art and fashion awards and dance music with the Bad Chaperones. 7pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: World Blues @ Proctors, Schenectady. A celebration of the global impact of American blues featuring the Taj Mahal Trio, African guitar master Vusi Mahlasela and Fredericks Brown (featuring Taj Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal). 8pm. $20-$55.
MUSIC: Bob Warren Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Greenwich-based singer-songwriter and his band celebrate the release of their brand new CD, The Poet in Me. 6:30 & 9pm. $18. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Hope Villanueva’s “Pacific” is a multi-media examination of the impact of technology on connecting and disconnecting six individuals from across the world in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami that rocked Japan’s nuclear power plants. 7pm. $15; $10 students.
DANCE: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble @ The Egg, Albany. One of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, preserving the dances and traditional costumes of Hungary, accompanied by the Folk Orchestra performing on the authentic, traditional instruments. 3pm. $26.
THEATER ON FILM: “National Theatre: 50 Years On Stage” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Nicholas Hytner directs a thrilling evening of live theater with rare glimpses from the archives featuring the original actors who have performed on NT Live’s stages over the past five decades. 4:45pm. $22; $15 for children under age 12.
OPERA ON FILM: “The Nose” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. William Kentridge stormed the Metropolitan Opera with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Pavel Smelkov conducts. 12:55pm. $25; $15 students.
THEATER: “Humoresque” @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. It’s a benefit performance of Byron Nilsson’s hour-long, light-hearted comedy about love, child support, Art Tatum records, the world’s most beautiful model and the possible resurgence of polka. A benefit for Plays in Progress. 7pm. $15.
MUSIC/CABARET: “Jerry Times Four” @ Fort Salem Theater. It’s a four-way Jerry Gretzinger-Palooza. CBS6 news anchor Jerry Gretzinger, as well as his father and his son, star in a family excursion into great Broadway and movie songs along with shared family experiences. Rounding out the family is Brendan Dailey, who portrayed Gretzinger in this summer’s Fort Salem hit, “No Boundaries.” 8pm. $25 (includes $6 credit toward coffee and dessert). GO HERE for more info…
ARTIST TALK: Tom Doyle @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. Bill Maynes, director of The Fields Sculpture Park, conducts an informal conversation with sculptor Tom Doyle, who is currently exhibiting five large-scale works, cast in bronze from original wood forms. 3pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Aimee Norwich/Ian Cook Duo @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The bass-and-drums duo headlines the Albany Sonic Arts Collective’s next show, along with Carl Testa/Anne Rhodes/Louis Guarino, Jr., and well as Matt Weston and Parashi. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Marina Piccinini & Guests @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed classical flutist is joined by pianist Michael Shepperd and flutist Jan Vinci for a program of works by Uebayashi, Ferroud, Taffanel, Higdon and Strauss. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; students & children FREE.
MUSIC: Solid Gold Saturday Night: Remember the Fifties @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. An oldies performance featuring the Drifters, the Platters and the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue. 7pm. $37.50 & $47.50.
MUSIC: Day of the Dead Festival @ the Parlor Cafe, North Adams. Don’t put those Halloween outfits away yet. Head over to the Parlor for an evening of costumed craziness with music and shenanigans by Saratoga Springs’ External Crimes, Northampton’s Two Tree and Hill Haint from parts unknown. 7pm. FREE.