Yo La Tengo and Sam Green, Saturday at 7:30 p.m, Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall: Music, science and film collide at Cornell Cinema’s most monumental fall event. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) will present, in wholly unique fashion, his latest “live documentary,” The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. A collection of rarely-seen videos and photos of the acclaimed writer, futurist and architect (inventor of the geodesic dome), the film projects besides Green, who narrates from the stage. He will be accompanied live by Yo La Tengo, the indie rock trio from Hoboken responsible for some of the best music of the last three decades. The band will also host a Q&A session at 9:30 p.m. This “Freewheeling” session will be easygoing, with the band answering questions and taking song requests. Check CornellCinemaTickets.com for passes before they’re all gone. — Zachary Zahos
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio, Friday at 8 p.m., Bailey Hall: Catch versatility at its finest when the Cornell Concert Series hosts the Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio. Rubalcaba, a Grammy-award winning Cuban pianist and composer, blends Afro-Cuban jazz with classical Cuban works and traditional American music. This eclectic mix will surely satisfy music lovers of all genres. For tickets, visit concertseries.cornell.edu. — Yana Lysenko
Race, Activism and Art: A Conversation with Danny Glover, Tuesday at 5 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Africana Studies and Research Center: Actor and political activist Danny Glover, known for his roles in The Color Purple and Lethal Weapon, will head a panel discussion on Tuesday alongside faculty members from Cornell’s Africana Studies and Film Studies departments. Glover has spoken openly about myriad causes, such as the importance of education in the U.S.
On Monday, two films Glover produced will be screened at the Schwartz Center: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-75 plays at 4:30 p.m. Bamako, which examines poverty alleviation in Africa, runs at 7 p.m. Both the discussion and the film screening are free, but tickets are required. For details, see events.cornell.edu.
UPDATE: Tickets are sold out, but the College of Arts and Sciences will livestream the event from their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CornellCAS. — Charley Du