READINGS: “A Celebration of the Work of Pierre Joris” @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany. Poet, translator, editor and former UAlbany professor Pierre Joris returns to town for a series of events in his honor, including a panel discussion featuring Robert Kelly, Don Byrd, Belle Gironda and others at 2pm; a conversion with Joris moderated by Tomas Urayoan Noel at 4:15pm; and a reading by Joris at 8pm. All events are free.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rosanne Cash @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The sublime singer-songwriter makes her Music Hall debut in a benefit concert for CARES and the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness. A Grammy Award-winner and member of country music’s most illustrious family, Cash will perform hits from throughout her career, including her magnificent new album, The River and the Thread, with her guitarist-producer-husband John Leventhal. 7:30pm. $28, $35 & $39.
ARTIST TALK: Steve Lambert @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with the exhibition “Classless Society,” the artist engages in the Dunkerley Dialogue with Skidmore faculty members Janet Casey and Mehmet Odekon. 7pm.
THEATER: “Middletown” @ the Black Box Studio at Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Playwright Will Eno has created seemingly everyday characters with an extraordinary ability to articulate the deepest truths about being human: the clawing anxieties we cover up, the hopes and fears we cultivate, and the desperate need for connection with others. Directed by Daniel Shure. 8pm. $12 general admission; $8 students & seniors.