12/26/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 26th, 2015, 7:32 am by Greg

COMEDY: Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. The headliner is Myq Kaplan, a 2010 “Last Comic Standing” finalist and a semi-finalist on this season’s “America’s Got Talent.” 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Racquette River Rounders @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Guitarist Danny Gotham and singer-songwriter John Kribs led the Racquette River Rounders from 1978-82, but they’ve continued to reunite for their annual Boxing Day concert. 8pm. $18.

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MUSIC: Pony in the Pancake @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s the annual holiday show. With Rechorduroys, Haley Moley, Los Espejos and Electric Turtle. 8pm.

MUSIC: Wizards of Winter @ The Egg, Albany. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan Band @ Mt. Ellen Base Lodge at Sugarbush Mountain Resort, Warren, Vermont. 3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chuck D’Aloia @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Eric Margan Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: “A Very Jerry Xmas” with Half Step @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. $5.

COMEDY: “Mad Laughs” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Hosted by Mo Haskins, the laugh-filled show features the improv group Sorry Not Sorry, stand-up comdedian Erin Harkes and more. 8pm.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Charlie Smith Blues Band @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Not the film, but rather the big stage musical adaptation of the beloved classic movie. 2 & 8pm. $20-$75. Through Sunday.

FILM: “Heart of a Dog” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Lolabelle was Laurie Anderson’s beloved rat terrier. “Hello, little bonehead. I’ll love you forever,” is how she greets the puppy in the movie’s hilarious first scene in which she gives birth to her dog. Dreams, memories, and stories of childhood trauma and loss form a kind of emotional wallpaper against which Anderson foregrounds her story. The musician/composer/poet/philosopher creates a humorous, deeply moving meditation on the relationship of woman and dog, and in the process comments with wit and prescience on the changes in post-9/11 America. 2pm.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ Mingle on the Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: Bump @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The Spa City trio plays in support of their new album Broken Fix. With Phillips Head. 9:30pm. 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. 3 & 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Dayna Kurtz Duo @ the Falcon, Marlboro. With Seth Davis. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Bigger Boat @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 9pm. FREE.

FILM: “The Silence” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Regarded as one of the most sexually provocative films of its day, Ingmar Bergman’s 1963 film offers a brilliant, disturbing vision of emotional isolation in a suffocating spiritual void. 3:45pm.

FILM: “Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A film by Lisa Immordina Vreeland. A legendary figure who was not only ahead of her time but also helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the twentieth century, she collected not only art, but a personal connection with artists—from Max Ernst to Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp and countless others. 4:30pm.

FILM: “The Amazing Nina Simone” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A documentary film by Jeff L. Lieberman. Described as difficult and, sometimes, utterly confusing, the director speaks to Nina’s friends, family, band members and civil rights activists to understand the true person and the inspiration behind the songs that, for 60 years, have moved people to both tears and elation. Simone was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. 6pm.

FILM: “Home Alone” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. It’s been 25 years since the world fell in love with the 8-year-old Kevin McCallister as he defended himself and his home from burglars in the Christmas comedy classic. The 1990 film not only took in almost $500 million at the box office and spawned four sequels, but also launched the career of child actor Macaulay Culkin. 4pm. $7.