12/17/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

December 17th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Heather Maloney @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With a startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting style, she explores themes of spirituality, transformation and impermanence. No Depression raved “Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking…” 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Airborne Toxic Event @ the Newbury Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Nippertown’s newest live music venue isn’t even officially open yet, but they’re unofficially kicking things off in a big way. 8pm. You can’t buy tickets to this invite-only show, but you can win them from WEQX-FM.

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MUSIC: The Bluebillies Old-Time Country & Bluegrass Christmas Revue @ Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. A nice, old-fashioned, family-friendly Christmas concert hosted by the Bluebillies. With their guests the String Dusters, Brian Jiguere and Ken Meyer. 7pm. $10; $8 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ World of Beer at Crossgates Mall, Guilderlnad. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: SCCC Jazz Combos @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Community Auditorium, Schenectady. Two student quintets play classic jazz compositions by Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Herbie Hancock and Nat Adderley. 7:30pm. FREE.

PERFORMANCE: “Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes!” @ the Times Union Center, Albany. 7pm. $27, $47 & $62. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

FILM: “The Neighborhood That Disappeared” @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. Who was living there before the Empire State Plaza was built? 7:30pm.

TELEVISION ON FILM: “Downton Abbey” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a sneak preview screening of the first episode of season five of “Downton Abbey.” which won’t be broadcast until Sunday, January 4. 7pm. FREE; reservations are available by contacting WMHT at 518-880-3400 or rsvp@wmht.org.