12/6/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

December 6th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

EVENT: Troy Victorian Stroll @ Various locations. Enjoy a festive stroll through the streets of Troy with lots of music, entertainment, refreshments, crafts and more family fun. 11am-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lonely Heartstring Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Trained at Berklee College of Music and boasting some serious performance credentials that belie their youth, the hard-working Boston-based quintet combines instrumental virtuosity, three-part harmonies and a deep understanding of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music. 7pm. $20.

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MUSIC: The Zucchini Brothers Holiday Show @ The Egg, Albany. Greater Nippertown’s favorite family rock n’ roll band – Jack, Steve & Sam Zucchini – return with their “Words of Wisdom Set to Foot-tapping Music” and a batch of original holiday songs. 2pm. $12; FREE adult when accompanied by a child.

MUSIC: Victorian Stroll Entertainment @ O’Brien’s Public House, Troy. The Lustre Kings at 3pm; Soul Sky at 6pm.

MUSIC: Ben Lane & Groove Train @ the Ale House, Troy. It’s a post-Stroll get-down. 6pm.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The orchestra is joined by singers, dancers and Santa to celebrate “The Magic of Christmas.” 3pm.

MUSIC: The Stony Creek Band @ the Stony Creek Inn, Stony Creek. It’s the Inn’s closing party for the season… 6pm.

MUSIC: John Medeski Trio @ The Falcon, Marlboro. A new and exploratory ensemble with organist John Medeski joined by guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski and drummer Calvin Weston. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Washington Park Lake House, Albany. Playing their holiday song “Christmas in Albany” and other selections in conjunction with Holiday Lights in the Park. 5pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The modern holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle – now with music and songs. 2pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its 41st anniversary tour of the holiday classic. 1:30 & 4:30pm.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Northeast Ballet’s production of the holiday classic under the direction of Darlene Myers. 2pm. $20-$65.

MUSIC: Modern Baseball @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Pup, Jeff Rosenstock and Tiny Moving Parts. 7pm. $18.

THEATER: “Scrooge & Son” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The second annual Kaaterskill Actors Theater’s production takes on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, re-set in the Catskills after the Civil War. 2pm. $10; $5 children.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Built for Battle @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With the Power, Tyranize, Totally Gnarly, Life’s Not Fair. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate. 4pm. $8.

MUSIC: Bill Kirchen’s Honky-Tonk Holiday Show @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. With Rocky Roberts & Friends. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Celtic Rays of Hope Gift-Giving Event @ Ancient Order of Hibernians, Albany. Music by Erin Harkes and Chris Gill. Please bring donating a gift card, unwrapped toy, a new household item or monetary donation. 2pm. FREE.

THEATER: Kickwheel Ensemble Theater @ Shire City Sanctuary, Pittsfield. A reading of “Passage,” the ensemble’s newest collaborative theater piece, along with three short works. The event is part of Climate Change Theatre Action, a joint initiative of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring awareness to climate change. 3pm.

MUSIC: Andy Kelly & the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. An evening of holiday jazz. 6pm.

THEATER: “Macbeth” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! The Shakespeare classic directed by Holly L. Derr. 2pm. $12; $8 students & seniors.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Hamlet” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by London’s National Theatre. 11am. $15.