MUSIC: Festival of Contemporary Music @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Main Theater, Albany. Bang a gong! Performances by the University Percussion Ensemble, the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble and the Empire State Repertory Percussion Ensemble. 7pm. $6; $3 students & seniors.
TALK: Christopher Durang @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The 18th annual Burian Lecture is delivered by the playwright and author of the Broadway hit “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at the Recital Hall at 4:15pm.
MUSIC: Simi Stone @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The Woodstock singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist brings her mountain Motown music to the Falcon for her Monday-nights-in-March residency. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
READING: Amy Hempel @ Bard College’s Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. The highly acclaimed fiction writer reads from 2007′s “The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel,” which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, an Ambassador Book Award winner, and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times. 2:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Faux Meek @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring members of some of the region’s most popular bands, the relatively new band has a moody style of organic drone-rock featuring vocal harmonies, electric guitar and dreamy keyboards. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Andy Wrba & Friends @ Mission Bar + Tapas, Pittsfield. Tonight’s weekly Monday shindig led by Andy Wrba features guitarist Jeff Howard, vocalist Nora Ritchie and drummer Colin Jalbert. 8pm. FREE.
FILM: “West Side Story” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The winner of 10 Academy Awards – including Best Picture – and one of the great film adaptations from the world of Broadway musicals. 7pm. $5; $3 kids.