MUSIC: Chris Botti @ Proctors, Schenectady. Yeah, he might be on the smooth end of the jazz spectrum, but don’t lump trumpeter Botti in with the “smooth jazz” crowd. He can play, and he’s got a serious band that packs a wallop. 8pm. $20-$75.
THEATER/COMEDY: “Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional” @ The Egg, Albany. With his new one-man show, the stand-up comedian and “SNL” veteran tackles 226 years of American history in 70 minutes, beginning with the U.S. Constitution’s preamble and going through the various amendments. He also looks at the evolution of politics and political leaders, media outlets, popular celebrities, U.S. Presidents and why the Kardashians are the perfect embodiment of the American Dream. 8pm. $37.50.
LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION: Tomorrow Never Knows: Deconstructing the Beatles’ Revolver @ Proctors, Schenectady. Composer-producer Scott Freiman virtually takes Beatles fans into the studio with the Beatles as they create their seminal 1966 album, Revolver. Using rare audio and video clips, as well as anecdotes about the creation of the songs, his multi-media presentation explores the groundbreaking production techniques that went into producing this landmark piece of music history. 3:30 & 7:30pm. $20-$25.
MUSIC: Roy Book Binder @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Torchbearer and ambassador of the blues since the late ’60s, Book Binder is one of the finest fingerpickers working today, with an eclectic repertoire that includes blues, country tunes, bluegrass and folk. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Klezmatics @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Blending instrumental and vocal virtuosity and experimentation with theatricality firmly rooted in klezmer and Yiddish tradition, the Klezmatics brought the revival of klezmer into the rock era, blazing the path for the klezmer renaissance with one foot in the shtetl and the other in the downtown avant-garde. 8pm. $25, $48 & $68.
PERFORMANCE/LECTURE: “Small Narration” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Wojtek Ziemilski’s presentation is a combination of various forms of public address and artistic expression with elements of personal confession, academic lecture, video art and contemporary choreography. Theater intermingles with reality, private narration with historical commentary—all to cope with the painful problem of memory and the manipulations it undergoes. 7pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
FILM/MUSIC: “The Yellow Ticket” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. A forgotten gem from the silent era is resurrected with a new score composed and performed by Klezmatics co-founder Alicia Svigals, the world’s foremost klezmer violinist. Featuring a larger-than-life performance by the great Polish silent movie star Pola Negri, “The Yellow Ticket” was the first film to explore anti-semitism in Imperial Russia, and Svigals breathes new life into this old classic. 8pm. $16; $10 students.
ART EVENT/FUNDRAISER: “A Night For Jack: A Benefit for the Zebrowski Family” @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Celebrating the life of Jack Gannon Zebrowski, a 14-year-old boy from the Local 518 whose life has ended far too soon. Artists are joining together to raise funds for his family in their time of need with musicians and bands, fabulous art, drinks, delicious finger foods and many unique silent auction items. 7pm. $4 suggested donation.
THEATER: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites” @ The Egg, Albany. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia combines puppetry, black light, original music and storytelling to bring three beloved Eric Carle classics to the stage. 11am. $15 for children; adults FREE when accompanied by a child.
MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Local 518 singer-songwriter takes time out from the recording of his upcoming album to step into the Helsinki spotlight. 9pm. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled.
WORKSHOP: “Flyer Design for Beginners” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Do you feel like a clip-art captive? Do experience an irrational fear of fonts? Artist/activist Andrew Lynn will help you work through your design dilemmas and learn to make interesting and attractive event materials using a mixture of media and whatever tools you have. 1-5pm. $40.
THEATER: “If All the Sky Were Paper” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. A multi-media staged reading of Andrew Carroll’s play, based on his best-selling books, “War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars” and “Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters – And One Man’s Search to Find Them.” Performed by Jonathan Albert, Mike Banks, Robyn Belt, Lary Opitz and Yvonne Perry. This evening’s performance will be narrated by the playwright. 8pm. $10; $5 students & seniors; veterans FREE.
MUSIC: Williams College Percussion Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The program is titled “Pixels,” featuring Iannis Xenakis’s “Okho,” Claude Vivier’s “Pulau Dewata,” the world premiere of Casey McLellan’s “The Law of Any Numbers” and more. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Sensational Francis Dunnery Electric Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Since his tenure with prog-rockers It Bites, the vocalist-guitarist has written, produced and performed music with the likes of Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, John Mellencamp, Chris Difford, Lauren Hill and Steve Hackett, as well as turning out 10 albums and three DVDs in his own right. 9pm. $25.
READING: “Here, Now” @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. A community reading featuring Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Karen Crumley Keats, Maggie Estep, Sara Kendall and Norman Douglas. Hosted by Karen Schoemer. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Back County Crimes” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Dave Demke directs Lanie Robertson’s small-town tale full of forbidden love affairs, black comedy, sordid murders, music and tragic misunderstandings. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, November 24.
MUSIC: Bill Carmichael @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The Broadway vetyeran offers a program of love songs from “Cats,” “Les Miz,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Ragtime,” and other shows. With Heather-Liz Copps. 8pm. $25 (includes $6 credit toward coffee and dessert).
THEATER: “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. While she may be best known for her 15-year liaison with Voltaire, Emilie Du Chatelet (1706-1749) was also one of the leading interpreters of modern physics, as well as a master of mathematics and linguistics. In its regional premiere, WAM Theatre’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s play is directed by Kristen van Ginhoven and stars Kim Stauffer. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students. Through November 24.
DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ Russell Sage College’s James L. Meader Little Theatre, Troy. 8pm.
OPERA ON FILM: “Tosca” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Puccini’s timeless score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze portrays the villainous Scarpia. 12:55pm.
FILM: “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” @ the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Robert Altman’s 1971 classic starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and a great soundtrack of Leonard Cohen songs. 7:30pm. FREE.