MUSIC: Cherish The Ladies: A Celtic Christmas @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Joannie Madden leads her ensemble of Celtic singers, dancers and musicians through an evening of classic carols and holiday fun. 7:30pm. $20, $25 & $29.
MUSIC: “Mountain Snow & Mistletoe” @ The Egg, Albany. A down-home concert of holiday songs and stories with Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball with the Mountain Snow Orchestra, featuring fiddler John Kirk, guitarist Kevin McKrell and percussionist Brian Melick. 8pm. $24. Also at 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Aaron Lewis @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Yes, it turns out that the howling vocalist of Staind is really just a good ole country boy at heart. In support of his new full-length solo debut album, The Road. With Nippertown native Randy Montana (yes, the son of country singer Billy Montana). 8pm. $28.
OPERA ON FILM: “Aida” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s classic drama starring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, sung by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts. 12:55pm. $25; students $15.
MUSIC: Sing Solstice @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Magpie and Kim & Reggie Harris celebrate the Season of Light: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, La Posada, Santa Lucia, Yule and more. With Joe & Jesse Bruchac and the Pokingbrook Morris Dancers. 7pm. $24.
THEATER: “Seagull (Thinking of You)” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A new live performance that works with, against and beneath Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Director Tina Satter and her Half Straddle collaborators put a unique, contemporary spin on the beauty and darkness of Chekhov’s play in a beautiful act of theatrical rethinking. 8pm. $14. More info here…
THEATER: “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog: A Musical by Joss Whedon.” 2pm. $10. Also 2pm Sunday and 7pm Monday & Tuesday.
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. 8pm. $7; students $5.
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). 5:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Aaron Lewis @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Multi-platinum selling artist Aaron Lewis debuts
into the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Albums charts with his recent full-length
solo album, The Road, released on Blaster Records. Earning the No. 7 spot on the
charts and selling over 20k albums in its first week of sales, it is obvious that
the rock front man has found his new home in country music.
With Randy Montana. 8pm. $28.
THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Eric Hill directs his adaption of the oft-told Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. 7:30pm. $25 & $37. Through December 30.
MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ the Carondelet Hospitality Center, Latham. “A Winter Wonderland” is a festive program of inspired seasonal music embracing the secular and sacred aspects of Christmas, including some sing-along carols. 7:30pm. $25 & $35. Also at 3pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Blue Chicken @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s a pre-Christmas party with the all-star band featuring Jim Weider, Brian Mitchell, Byron Isaacs, Tony Leone, Clark Gayton and Sid McGinnis. 9pm. $20.
READING: Tony Fletcher @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The local author presents a reading and leads a discussion of his new book, “A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths,” chronicling the ever-popular band led by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. 5pm.
FILM: “People v. The State of Illusion” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. The inspiring new film is set in the notorious “Old Main Prison” of the New Mexico State Penitentiary, it tells the story of Aaron Roberts, as it explores the science and power of perception and imagination, documenting the evidence that answers the central questions of “how can we be truly happy?” and “can people really change?” Followed by a discussion with the writer-producer Austin Vickers. 6pm. $15 (buy tix here).