MUSIC/DISCUSSION: “The Albany Cycle: Songs Inspired by William Kennedy Novels” @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Rebel Darling performs M.R. Poulopoulos’ songs inspired by William Kennedy’s Albany books “Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game” and “Legs.” Part book discussion, part music performance, this is a one-of-a-kind event. Kennedy will be on hand for a Q&A. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed jazz guitarist is joined by pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Orlando Le Fleming and drummer Kendrick Scott. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.
MUSIC: Hilary Hahn @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Troy Chromatic Concerts welcomes the acclaimed classical violinist and two-time Grammy Award-winner. Pianist Cory Smythe will accompany her on a program that includes Abril, Three Sighs and Barrett, Shade, both parts of “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores Project,” a new project for Hahn concentrating on contemporary music. 7:30pm. $40 & $50.
MUSIC: Cantrip @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The trio of Scottish traditional musicians has been delighting audiences on all sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with driving fiddle, bagpipes and guitar. 7pm. $18.
MUSIC: Bunnybrains @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Led by Hudson icon Daniel Bunny Seward, the musical freewheelers kick off their Rolling Asunder Tour with a hometown launch. With Odwalla88, Piglet Angelino and DJ Dog Dick. 8pm.
READING: Lydia Davis @ RPI Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies’ Biotech Auditorium, Troy. The short story author, translator and winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize will read from her newest story collection, “Can’t and Won’t.” Masterpieces in miniature, the stories feature complaint letters, reflections on dreams and small dilemmas. 8pm. FREE.
FILM: “Brothers of the Black List” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Filmmaker Sean Gallagher to speak at the screening of critically acclaimed documentary film focusing on the longest litigated civil rights case in U.S. history. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.