12/20/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

December 20th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Figgs @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Yes, it’s the Figgs’ annual holiday homecoming bash – this time celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic Lo Fi at Society High album. With Blockhouses, led by former Figg Guy Lyons. 9pm. $10; $15 if under age 21. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Marco Benevento @ Parish Public House. Somebody gave a microphone to the keyboard kingpin of the jam-band scene… With Bump. 9pm. $15.

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MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The devastatingly good EPBB fires a big Christmas show – mashing up the music of Frank Zappa with your fave holiday carols. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Driftwood @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Drawing on old-time recordings to ’60s R&B, this Binghamton five-piece electrifies with upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and lead vocalist Claire Byrne shredding the fiddle. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Terminals Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A one-off performance of the all-star quartet led by drummer-composer Bobby Previte performing music from his recently released Terminals album – featuring Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, MM&W keyboardist John Medeski and jazz saxman Greg Osby. 9pm. UPDATE: This concert has been postponed to an as-yet-undetermined date…

MUSIC: The Bruce Katz Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The award-winning blues keyboardist and his band celebrate the release of his new album, Homecoming. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. The annual holiday extravaganza features the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with Grand Central Station, the McKrells, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. Proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. 7pm. $15 & $25. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ the Fuze Box, Albany. It’s the Nightmare Before Xmas Rock Show! With Blase DeBris, Blackcat Elliot and Murdersmile. 8pm. $7.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Los Angeles stand-up comedian Dan St. Germain – named by Variety as one of “10 Comics To Watch” and by Past Magazine as one of “Top 10 Great Underrated Comedians” – headlines the monthly laugh-fest. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Hawbuckees @ Victory Cafe, Albany. Rootsy American music… 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Pony in the Pancake @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Party Boat, Great Mutations and Los Espejos. 8pm.

MUSIC: Lee Shaw Trio @ Taste, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Blue Machine @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: DigiTour @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Andrea Russett, Brent Rivera, Lohanthony, Andrew Lowe, Sammy Wilk, Rickey Thompson, Kenny Holland, Daniel Skye, Gabby Berry, Casey Berry, Skate Maloley. 4pm. $28.

DANCE: The Albany Berkshire Ballet @ The Egg, Albany. Performing the holiday fave “The Nutcracker.” 1:30 & 5:30pm. $38; $25 children under 12.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Chicken Run, Windham. 6pm.

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. 3 & 8pm. $20-$65. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: The Darren Lyons Group @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Niverville Pub, Niverville. It’s the annual Christmas Bash… 9pm.

MUSIC: Gravity @ the Caroline Street Pub, Saratoga Springs. After nine years, Gravity is going on hiatus, and this is their last club show. 10pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Clapper’s Glass Bar, Schoharie. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Emma Torncello @ Route 66 Pub & Eatery, Troy. 8pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Celebrate the timeless holiday tale with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. 2 & 7pm. $37; $27 children. Through Monday, December 22.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Classics On Hudson: Messiah Sing @ First Presbyterian Church, Hudson. Gwen Gould conducts Handel’s oratorio and invites the audience to be the chorus. Supported by a string ensemble and vocal soloists, participants seat themselves in the Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass sections to sing along to the Christmas portion of Handel’s 1741 masterpiece. Scores and refreshments will be provided. Hallelujah! 4pm. $15; FREE students age 18 & under.

PERFORMANCE: “Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes!” @ the Times Union Center, Albany. 11am, 3 & 7pm. $27, $47 & $62. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Lee Russo Trio @ Capital American Eatery & Lounge, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Rev Tor @ the Tavern at the Williams Inn, Williamstown. solo. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Sonny Daye @ the Crown Grill, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

THEATER: “Welcome Home Jimmy” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A new play by Brian Sheldon about a solider returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, directed by Patrick White. Part of the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga’s inaugural New Play Festival. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Life in 3D” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A new play written and directed by Christina Asselin about a recently single woman finding love again and her mother accepting her daughter’s lifestyle. Part of the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga’s New Play Festival. 2pm. $15.

THEATER ON FILM/DISCUSSION: “Of Mice and Men” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Broadway production starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. With a live, pre-screening panel discussion onstage with the team that produced and managed the production – producer David Binder, executive producer Wendy Orshan and associate producer Eric Schnall. 7pm. $17.

FILM: Holiday Film Cavalcade @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. It’s a fa-la-la film fest featuring “Disney’s A Christmas Carol (1pm), “Elf” (3pm), “Home Alone” (5pm) and “Scrooged” (7pm). All films are FREE.