12/9/12: Today’s Tips: Sunday

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Bob Buckley @ Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. A benefit for the Regina Chadwick Fund as Regina battles AML. Wine tasting, beer, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, wine sales and, of course, music by Mr. Buckley (Kamikaze Hearts, These Are the Hits). 1-4pm. $20.

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. 1:30 & 4:30pm. $25, $33 & $39; discounts for seniors and children.

MUSIC: Mary McCaslin @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran folk favorite will be joined by singer-songwriter Rick Shea of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men. 7pm. $17.

MUSIC: The Zucchini Brothers @ The Egg, Albany. The Zucchini Brothers perform their original holiday songs, tunes from their new recording as well as their greatest hits from their two-decade reign as the Capital Region’s favorite family band. 3pm. Children $10; adults FREE when accompanied by a child.

MUSIC: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 7pm. $35 & $50. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

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MUSIC: Capital Region Blues Network Jam @ the Fuller Roadhouse, Albany. Hosted by Holly & Evan. 8pm.

OPERA ON FILM: “La Clemenza Di Tito” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The virtuosic Elina Garança sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito, and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts. 12:55pm. $22; students $15.

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

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). 6pm. $7; students $5.

ART/FILM/MUSIC/MORE: “the end, again: Electronic Arts Graduate Show” @ RPI’s West Hall, Troy. Artworks range from music performances and bio art to experimental game design. Presenting work by Allison Berkoy, Helen Bullard, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Anton Hand, Ryan Jenkins, Raven Kwok, Ryan Ross Smith and Joshua Thorson. Exhibition and performances at 4-7pm. Films at 6-7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kevin Maul & Peter Bearup @ the Ale House, Troy. With special guest Kyle Esposito. 7pm.

MUSIC: Sweetbriar @ Historic Grooms Tavern, Clifton Park. A Renaissance and baroque holiday concert. 1pm.

READING: B.A. Shapiro @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The author of The New York Times’ best-selling novel “The Art Forger,” will read as part of the ongoing Profession of Words Author Series. With a Q&A session and book-signing to follow. 3pm. FREE.

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