12/8/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Starting Gate Bar & Grill, Saratoga Springs. Funky acoustic Americana sounds and plenty of fun. 7pm.

DANCE: “Primal Matter” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou offers a performance using the least possible means — an experiment investigating personal and national identity. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Patty Larkin and Rory Block @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Two great acoustic musicians team up for fab folk double-bill. 7:30pm. $28 & $35. Win a pair of FREE TICKETS here…

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Visions of sugarplums! Choreographed by Madeline Cantarella Culpo, the performance spotlights area dance students alongside the Albany Berkshire Ballet professional company. 2:30 & 7pm. $25, $33 & $39; discounts for seniors and children. Also at 1:30 & 4:30pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby @ the Ale House, Troy. The fab husband-and-wife duo celebrate the release of their new album, A Working Museum. 9pm. $10.

OPERA ON FILM: “Un Ballo In Maschera” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s take of jealousy and vengeance starring Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. 12:55pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: The McKrells @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Kevin McKrell’s annual holiday show with his daughter Katie McKrell, percussionist extraordinaire Brian Melick and fab fiddler Sara Milonovich. In support of their brand new holiday CD, Snowday. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Guthrie/Bell Holiday Party @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. Featuring Eastbound Jesus, School Bus Yellow and the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 9pm (FREE draft beer from 8-9pm)

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MUSIC: Natalie MacMaster @ The Egg, Albany. One of the finest fiddlers in the world, MacMaster performs both traditional and contemporary music of Cape Breton, along with some music of the season – featuring her great band and fancy footwork. 7:30pm. $29.50.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ Proctors, Schenectady. More visions of sugarplums! Darlene Myers’ Northeast Ballet Company’s annual holiday production, starring Wendy Whelan and Chase Finlay. 7pm. $20, $25, $28 & $40. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Jaquelyn Schwab @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

FILM: “A Royal Affair” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This film by Nikolaj Arcel is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution – all centered on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander). 8pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: “Chasing Ice” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Jeff Orlowski and acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog explore the Earth’s evolving climate change at the Arctic. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Nowell Sing We Clear @ St. John’s Lutheran Church, Altamont. Old Songs presents the annual pageant of mid-winter carols with John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis. 3pm. $20; ages 12 and under $5.

MUSIC: John & Orion Kribs @ Moon and River Cafe, Schenectady. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Albany Gay Men’s Chorus @ First Congregational Church of Albany, Albany. The annual Peace In Your Heart concert. 7:30pm. $10; students $7; kids FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Gordon Webster’s Quintet featuring Jesse Selengut @ First Unitarian Universalist Society, Albany. 9pm. Free swing dance lesson by Damon Stone at 8pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: The Josh Fialkoff Trio @ First Unitarian Universalist Society, Albany. Late night swing dance party. 12:15-4am.

MUSIC: Small Axe @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Total Overcomers, Sun Voyager and Krak Starts. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Woodstock Era Experience @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A tribute to the 1969 Woodstock festival and classic rock. 9pm. $20, $30 & $40.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain Restaurant, Albany. New Orleans-rooted early jazz. 10pm.

MUSIC: Nicole DeMarco @ the College of St. Rose’s Jack’s Place, Albany. The Long Island singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her debut CD, Passing Tones. With Adam Sickler and Ryan Leddick. 7:30pm. $3; students $2.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Band @ Maggie’s Sports Bar, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Siobahn Hotaling @ More Bread & Jam, Cohoes. With Erin Powers. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ Portofino’s, Latham. 7pm.

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