MUSIC: Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Egg, Albany. In celebration of Frank’s 70th birthday, his son and all-star band plays “Apostrophe” in its entirety, as well as other Zappa favorites. 8pm. $32.50, $44.50, $69.50.
FILM: “The Philosopher Kings” @ The Linda, Albany. In search of wisdom found in unlikely places, this documentary takes us on a journey through the halls of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America to learn from the staff members who see it all and have been through it all: the custodians. Reception at 6pm; screening at 7pm. $6.
HOLIDAY EVENT: Main Street Winter Mixer @ various locations, Amsterdam. Santa, cookies, cider, caroling, storytelling, and lots of music by such folks as Holly & Evan, more. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: “Melodies of Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s the 31st anniversary of the annual holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Youth Choral, the Northeast Ballet, the Orlando School of Dance, Arthur DeLuke and the roots-rockin’ Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. Proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. 7pm. $25. (Through Sunday)