12/18/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

December 18th, 2015, 7:01 am by Greg

MUSIC: Heather Maloney @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed singer-songwriter returns to the Caffe in support of her latest album, Making Me Break, on the Signature Sounds label. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Molly Durnin @ The Hangar, Troy. The alt singer-songwriter is back in the Local 518 for her Winter Getaway Tour. With Anthony Fallacaro. 8pm. $15.

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MUSIC: “Be the Light: Songs for the Christmas Season” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Featuring the Jamcrackers, the folk trio of Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren and Dan Duggan. 8pm. $20; $5 for children 12 and under.

MUSIC: Hot Cousin @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s “Hot Cousin: The Rock Awakens – Star Wars Happy Hour Birthday Bash” – a very special “Star Wars”-themed celebration. And it’s band bassist Charlie Monroe’s birthday, too. With birthday cupcakes and a “Star Wars” costume contest. 6pm. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: P.J. Katz @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Tribute to Amy Winehouse. 9pm.

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.

COMEDY: D.L. Hughley @ the Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. 7:30 & 10pm. $30.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Smith’s, Cohoes. 8pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Sounding Joy 2015 @ Levon Helm Studio, Woodstock. Elizabeth Mitchell helms an all-star benefit holiday concert for Maddie’s Mark featuring Christmas songs from the Ruth Crawford Seeger songbook. Featuring Kate Pierson, Low, Marco Benevento, Cindy Cashdollar, Gail Ann Dorsey, Amy Helm, Connor Kennedy and more. 8pm. $35 & $60.

MUSIC: Old Dominion @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The five-piece country band rolls into town in support of their new album, Meat & Candy. With Clayton Anderson. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Soul Sky with Joe Mele @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

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. 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Guilderland. The saxman is joined by pianist Rob Lindquist. 7pm.

THEATER: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” @ The Linda, Albany. Confetti Stage presents Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez’s madcap romp through the tales of the holiday season. Directed by Barbara Davis-Dickman. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Fahqstaines @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Blank Slate. 8pm.

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: Gang of Thieves @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Cousin Earth. 9:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Featuring moe.’s Vinnie Amico. 10pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm. $10.

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

MUSIC: River Junction @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Triskele @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Celtic Christmas show. 7pm. $5.

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: Kevin Green & Douglas Chilton @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “It’s a Wonderful Life” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. 7pm. $5.