MUSIC: “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio (David Gleason, Mike Lawrence and Pete Sweeney) play the classic holiday music of Vince Guaraldi (as heard in the vintage Peanuts Christmas specials) with a splash of humor, family fun and a milk-and-cookies reception. 3 & 5pm. $20; students & children $10; under age 5 FREE. Win FREE TICKETS for the 5pm show here…
MUSIC: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife blues-rockers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks lead a big band featuring singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge, dueling drummers J.J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, the horn-section of trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxman Kebbi Williams and trombonist Saunders Sermons and – last but certainly not least – the great New Orleans bassist George Porter, Jr. 7:30pm. $39, $59 & $79.
HOLIDAY FUN: Troy Victorian Stroll @ various locations, Troy. The 30th anniversary Stroll. 11am-5pm. FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Red Square for Red Cross: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Show @ Red Square, Albany. Featuring Alta Mira, Matt & the Bad Ideas, the Sunny Side of the Street Band, Matt Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos. Plus 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. Clothing and non-perishable food donations collected. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy victims. 7pm. $10; $7 with food or clothing donation.
PERFORMANCE: “A John Waters Christmas” @ The Egg, Albany. The legendary raconteur and filmmaker (“Pink Flamingos,” “Hairspray,” “A Dirty Shame” and the Odorama-riffic “Polyester”) celebrates the season with a performance that’s part storytelling, part stand-up comedy, part whatever. Chances are you’ll have more than just visions of sugarplums dancing in your head when this one is over… 8pm. $35 & $50.
THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “Hell and High Water (Or Lessons for When the Sky Falls)” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A reading of playwright and Berkshire-based Katrina survivor Jamuna Yvette Sirker’s play to benefit the Actors Fund to provide Hurricane Sandy relief for performing arts professionals. 7:30pm. $10 minimum suggested donation.
MUSIC: The Temptations @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Founding member Otis Williams leads the group through such Motown classics as “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Just My Imagination” and more. 7pm. $50, $65 & $80.