12/19/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 19th, 2015, 6:47 am by Greg

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sean Rowe @ the Takk House, Troy. A benefit for Joseph’s House & Shelter. With the Sea the Sea. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: “Sing Solstice” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The annual winter solstice celebration features Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) and Kim & Reggie Harris. With the Pokingbrook Morris Dancers. 7:30pm. $26 & $35.

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MUSIC: “Holiday Folk Show” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The annual Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany celebration featuring John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Addie & Olin and new this year Sarah Milovovich. 8pm. $22. Also at 3pm on Sunday. UPDATE: Tonight’s performance is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Matt & Kim @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Brooklyn indie dance-pop duo take the stage in support of New Glow, released earlier this year. With Good Old War and Grizfolk. 8pm. $28. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out, and no tickets will be available at the door.

MUSIC: Happy Traum & Friends @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s annual Winter Solstice tradition continues this holiday season with another all-star musical gathering. 8pm. $27, $47 & $67.

MUSIC: John Pizzarelli’s Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The multi-faceted jazz guitarist, vocalist, bandleader and radio host celebrates the music of Old Blue Eyes. 8pm. $25, $60, $80 & $100. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: “Ghosts of Hardcore Past” @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The 14th annual tribute show features New Red Scare as U.S. Bombs; Private Parts as Cro Mags; After the Fall as NoFx; Guy Stuff as Black Sabbath; the Spins as the Briefs; Sugar Eater as Bad Religion; Billgazi as Inside Out; and Bare Mattress as Wire. 8pm. $10, one admission charge for both venues.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra’s “William Tell & More” @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. With guest pianist Joyce Yang. Featuring Rossini’s William Tell Overture; the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. 7:30pm. Also at 3pm Sunday.

MUSIC: West Point’s Benny Haven Band @ The Linda, Albany. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan Band @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Ed Palermo Big Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 21st century big band renditions of the music of Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, the Stones, the Beatles, the Move, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Kinks, the Who, Cream, and many more – all mashed up with plenty of Christmas songs and, of course, Frank Zappa. 7:30pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Stellar Young @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Niverville Pub, Niverville. 9pm.

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

THEATER: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Park Playhouse’s second annual holiday production. 2 & 7pm. $20; FREE children 12 & under. Also at 2pm Sunday.

MUSIC: The Country Jamboree @ the Madison Theater, Albany. A tribute to the classic days of old-school country music, including the songs of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and more. 8pm. $20.

EVENT: North Troy Peace and Justice Holiday Celebration @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Free arts activities, a coat give-away, Toys for Tots, the Troy Bike Rescue bike gift-away, and, back by popular demand, free portraits for families in the North Troy area by internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally. 12noon-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jam for Tots @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Steven Repka & the Space Cadets, IS, Positive Mental Trip, Ice Nine and Pat Decker. 7pm. Admission is a new (unwrapped) toy donation or a $5 minimum.

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. 3 & 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Towne Tavern, Averill Park. 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.

MUSIC: Dar Williams @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. With the Nields. 7pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes @ the Palmer House Cafe, Rensselaerville. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Spiritual Rez @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With the Cornerstone. 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. 2 & 7pm. $37; $27 age 16 & under. Through Tuesday, December 22. GO HERE for more info…

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ The Egg, Albany. The Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its annual holiday production. 1:30 & 5:30pm. $25-$39.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Blu Stone Bistro, Loudonville. 7pm.

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.

THEATER: The Puppet People @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. This puppet production of “A Christmas Carol” features handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles. 2pm. $15; $10 for children 12 and under.

MUSIC: Incontinence @ the Parish Public House, Albany. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. With Skeptic, Glass Skeleton Death March and Goblet. 9pm. $10.

ICE SHOW: “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” @ Times Union Center, Albany. 11am, 3 & 7pm. $18, $48 & $63. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Auriel Camerata @ Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville. The Greater Nippertown professional vocal chamber ensemble presents its debut Christmas concert, featuring three works by composer and Scotia native Michael Harrison, including the world premiere of “The World’s Desire.” 7:30pm. $25: $15 students (ages 12-22); FREE children age 12 and younger with the donation of a non-perishable food item.