FILM: “The Miners’ Hymn” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Bill Morrison’s inspired documentary depicts the ill-fated mining community in North East England. The film, which tells its story entirely without words, features a original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. It’s the first screening in a three-film Morrison fest with Morrison on hand to introduce the films. 5pm. $8; $6 students.
FILM: “Decasia” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Often compared to Stan Brakhage, director Bill Morrison created “Decasia” entirely with decaying, old found footage, melded to the music of Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon, performed by the 55-piece Basel Sinfonietta. Magnificent and utterly mesmerizing. 6:10pm. $8; $6 students.
FILM: “The Great Flood” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A collaboration between director Bill Morrison and guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, the film examines the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 – the most destructive river flood in American history – inundating 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers to Northern cities. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago and led to innovations in R&B, rock ‘n roll and jazz. 7:30pm. $8; $6 students.
MUSIC: Sheesham & Lotus & Son @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With stories and participatory songs, S&L&S offer a children’s folk concert with a rich variety of instruments, amusing songs and bouncy ragtime string music. 3pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Sheesham & Lotus & Son @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Bringing high style to old-time music, S&L&S serve up a playful, elaborate stage show with vaudeville-era outfits, footlights that cast wild shadows across the ceiling, a homemade voice amplifier plumbed from iron pipes as they revive the early 20th Century with fiddle tunes, hokum blues songs and ragtime string music. 8pm. $18.
THEATER: “War Horse” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The five-time Tony Award-winning drama about a young boy and his horse in World War I. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life the breathing, galloping, charging horses. 2 & 8pm. $20, $45, $60, $80 & $95. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The soulful pop-rock trio bulks up to a seven-piece combo for some tunes as they celebrate the release of their new album, Big Suspicious. With Aqueous and the Black Fox River Project. 8pm. $15.
TALK: Izhar Patkin @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The Israeli-born, New York-based artist discusses his new exhibition – the maze-like, multi-media “The Wandering Veil” in the museum’s largest gallery – with writer and curator David Ross. 2pm. $7. GO HERE for more info…
DANCE: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. The Egg’s resident company highlights its provocative and richly imagined choreography with world premieres, audience favorites, live music composed and performed by violinist Cornelius Dufallo and visual art by Willie Marlowe projected as a backdrop. 8pm; 7:15pm pre-show talk. $26.
DANCE: Beth Gill @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The Bessie Award-winning choreographer offers a work-in-progress performance of her latest dance, “New Work for the Desert,” with an all-star cast of dancers and designers. 8pm. $15; $10 students. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia @ The Egg, Albany. Performing three children’s stories by Leo Lionni – “Swimmy,” “Frederick” and Inch by Inch” – utilizing puppetry, black light, original music and storytelling. 11am. $12 for children; adults free of charge when accompanied by a child.
MUSIC: Section 8 @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Troycore takes over Clifton Park. With Stigmata, Skinless, Wartime Manner, the Final Sleep and Born Low. 6:30pm. UPDATE: This show is sold out.
MUSIC: Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins and featuring Two Gun Man, Chops, Sauerkraut & the Velvet Frog, Chris Neumann and special surprise guests. 9pm. $10.
SPOKEN WORD/FUNDRAISER: Albany Poets Presents @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. A celebration of poetry and spoken word featuring Dan Wilcox, Mary Panza, Bless, Brian Dorn, Adam Tedesco, Team Nitty Gritty 2013 (Kevin Peterson, Poetyc Visionz, Algorhythm, Daniella Watson), Shannon Shoemaker, Avery Stempel and more. 8pm. $10 with proceeds to benefit the 2014 Albany Word Fest and the Nitty Gritty Slam team..
MUSIC: Connor Kennedy @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. As part of the guitarist’s Cover to Cover concert series, Kennedy and his band play George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass. 9pm. $20 suggested donation.
THEATER: “Don’t Iron While the Strike Is Hot!” @ Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany. DRAMAcademics Educational Youth Theater presents a play about Irish immigrant and union pioneer Kate Mullany. 2pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ the Falcon, Marlboro. A unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits mixed and shaken to create a fresh and vivid take on roots reggae. With M’Bollo playing a blend of ethnic musical traditions from Senegal. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
THEATER: “W;t” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Troy Civic Theatre kicks off its third season with Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the story of a renowned professor of English who has spent her life studying and teaching the poems of John Donne and now finds herself undergoing an aggressive treatment of ovarian cancer, and at the same time, a dramatic personal transformation. Directed by Barbara Davis-Dickman and starring Katherine Ambrosio. 8pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.
THEATER: “Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show” @ Hubbard Hall Freight Depot Theater, Cambridge. Directed by Brenny Rabine, this play by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney takes a decidedly wicked and hilarious look at men, women and modern America. A co-production with Pauline Productions. 8pm. $25; $15 students.
THEATER: “Good People” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play examines the dangerous consequences of holding onto the past… or leaving it behind. Regional premiere directed by Chris Foster. 8pm.
THEATER: “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” @ the Albany Masonic Hall, Albany. Confetti Stage presents Paul Rudnick’s comedic and heartwarming re-imagining of the Bible from the perspective of Adam and Steve, the world’s first couple. 7:30pm. $15 Through Sunday, January 19.