12/5/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

FESTIVAL: Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The annual holiday celebration is highlighted by a tree-lighting celebration as well as more than 45 sites with free entertainment throughout downtown Saratoga. 5-10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Lead vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe and her high-energy, rip-snorting band roar into town in support of their new EP, Fight, produced by ex-”American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. With Connor Kennedy. 8pm. $15. GO HERE to win FREE TICKETS

DANCE: Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Forty star-studded dancers perform in the ballet classic brimming over with magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees and astounding leaps across the stage. 7:30pm. $27.50, $37.50, $48 & $68.

EVENT/MUSIC: City of Albany Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Academy Park, Albany. With performances by the Albany High School Albanettes and Dr. Charles Semowich on the Albany City Carillon. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The multi-platinum rock opera “The Lost Christmas Eve” ain’t no cozy, intimate holiday gathering around the fireplace at Grandma’s. Rather it’s a whiz-bang, laser-laden, arena-rockin’ uber-extravaganza that’s become an annual prog-rock Christmas tradition. 7:30pm. $33, $43, $53, $63 & $73.

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MUSIC: Big D & the Kids Table @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With the Fighting Jamesons, Another All-Nighter and Good Guys Bad Guys. 7:30pm. $15. UPDATE: The Fighting Jamesons will not be performing tonight due to “an intra-band personnel problem which has caused their entire Northeast tour to be cancelled.”

MUSIC: Chops, Sauerkraut & the Velvet Frog @ the Half Moon, Hudson. A hard edged rockabilly-honky tonk-garage band featuring upright bassist Chops Laconte (Luster Kings, Slick Pelt, Blind Pharaohs, Wanda Jackson), Sauerkraut Seth (of the Wiyos on vocals, guitar and organ) and Jay “The Velvet Frog” Gerald (on drums, vocals and guitar). 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Moya Brennan @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The voice of Clannad offers “An Irish Christmas” celebration, an evening of joy and reflection. With Fireseed. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Nine Votes Short @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jody Shayne @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Ria Curley Trio @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Squid Parade @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 9pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 7:30pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.

FILM: “Mullholland Drive” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. David Lynch’s last work on real celluloid film, the 2001 surrealist neo-noir thriller scrutinizes the collective dream that is Los Angeles through a famously disjointed narrative. 7:30pm. $6.

BURLESQUE: Diamond Street Dames @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 8pm. Also at 9pm on Friday. UPDATE: Both performances are now officially sold out…

THEATER: “Don’t Dress for Dinner” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the saucy farce written by Mark Camoletti and directed by Sky Vogel. 8pm. $16; $10 students under 18. Through December 8.

FILM: “Wadjda” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Haifaa Al-Mansour’s 2012 film is not only the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, but also the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is an 11-year-old Saudi girl who passes a green bicycle in a store window every day on her way to school. She is determined to one day own that bicycle so she can race against her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Algohani). 7:30pm. Also at 7:30pm on Friday and Sunday.

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