12/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

December 17th, 2015, 8:03 am by Greg

MUSIC: Fuel @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. It’s Q103’s Christmas Chaos party, and Bret Scallions is back at the microphone, as the band readies its new album, Puppet Strings, due in March. With Red Sun Rising. 8pm. $18.

FILM: “Jingle Bell Rocks” @ The Linda, Albany. The documentary delves into the world of Christmas music collectors and fanatics. 7pm. $8.

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Capital Region’s annual holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with special guests Grand Central Station, Marquise Productions and the Northeast Ballet. 7pm. $15 & $25. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Elise Testone’s All-Star Band @ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The sixth place finisher in season 11 of “American Idol” – and her All Star Band featuring Todd Stoops and Eric Kalb. 9pm. $15.

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. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 5pm.

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The Chubster and his band perform Electric Chubbyland, featuring the music of Jimi Hendrix. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. It’s Berkshire Theatre Group’s 10th annual community production of the Charles Dickens classic co-directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly. 7pm. $37; $27 age 16 & under. Through Tuesday, December 22. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Budder @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Lord Electro. 9pm.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC/POETRY: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Poet Kate McNairy will read from her work – including “June Bug” – as the featured poet. Dan Wilcox hosts. And the annual holiday visit from Sanity Claus. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm readings. $3.

THEATER: “Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Big Splash” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. 4:30pm. $32.50, $39.50 & $45.

READING: Steampunk Holiday: Readings from “License to Quill” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Giacomo Calabria reads from his new book, a James Bond-esque spy-thriller starring William Shakespeare. 6pm. FREE.

ICE SHOW: “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” @ Times Union Center, Albany. 7pm. $18, $48 & $63. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Directed by John Trainor, the Circle Theatre Players present Neil Simon’s comedy about Barney Cashman, a 47-year-old faithful husband who tries to keep the 1960’s sexual revolution from passing him by. 8pm. $18; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, December 20.

MUSIC: Bronte Roman @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $3.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic Night @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Tonight’s theme is “Movin’ On: Out With the Old.” 6:45pm sign-up; 7pm open mic; 8:15pm jam.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic Night @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With Chris Neary and Jeffery T. 8pm.