12/16/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

December 16th, 2016, 7:05 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany. Mike Gent, Pete Donnelly and Pete Hayes return for their annual hometown holiday rock ‘n’ roll show. Don’t miss it. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Lapalux @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Postponed from October 6, the London-based producer/electronic musician Stuart Howard makes good on re-scheduling his audio-visual spectacle. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

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MUSIC: The Mountain Snow Orchestra @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. After 24 years, the husband and wife team of folk faves Chris Shaw and Bridget Ball retired from their annual Christmas show, but their always-reliable and very funny backing band – Kevin McKrell, Brian Melick and John Kirk – carry on the tradition on their own. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Toby Walker @ Caffe Lena at Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Veteran acoustic blues/folk/ragtime guitarist. 8pm. $20.

ART/BOOK EVENT: “MHR-80” Book Launch @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Celebrating the publication of the catalog for the 80th annual Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit. 5:30pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Cannon the Brave @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Led by identical twin sisters Allyson (vocals) and Whitney Smith (keyboard), the Local 518 indie pop group celebrates the release of their self-titled debut EP. With Jasper. 8pm. $10.

FILM: The Found Footage Festival @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett co-host the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students.

MUSIC: Rock Your Ugly Sweater Party @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. With music by Firestarter, Young Culture, Summer Legs, Viewpoints and the Steadfast Son. 7pm. $12

BOOK EVENT: “New York’s Capital Region in 50 Objects” Book Launch @ the Albany Institute of History & Arts, Albany. 3-5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jen DuBois @ the New York Restaurant, Catskill. The Dust Bowl Faeries’ guitarist plays a solo show. 8pm.

MUSIC: Tony Harnell @ Chrome, Waterford. The frontman for hard-rockers TNT is accompanied by guitarist Andre “Virus” Karkos. With Hairband Riot going acoustic to open the show. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Mendelssohn Club @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The 60-voice men’s chorus is conducted by Jeffrey Vredenburg with accompanying pianist Michael Clement. Joining the Club will be the Capital District Youth Chorale conducted by Diane Warner. 7:30pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

THEATER: “Holiday Memories” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory” adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke and directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 age 21 & under. Through December 18.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Jack & Katie @ the BOOM Room, Pittsfield. Boston-based indie folk-rock duo. With singer-songwriter Jordan Franklin. Also the BOOM raffle with lots of big prizes. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Caveman @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Eamon Hamilton. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Camelot” @ theREP, Albany. “In short, there’s simply not a more congenial spot. For happily ever aftering than here in Camelot…” The classic Lerner and Loewe musical stars Kevin McGuire as King Arthur. 8pm. $25-$65. Through December 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. With Thirsty Bear. 6pm.

MUSIC: Strangelove: The Depeche Mode Experience @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Electric Duke: Tribute to David Bowie. 8:30pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. The annual holiday show featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with special guests Fireworks Ensemble, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. 7pm. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. Directed by Jenna Ware. 7pm. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: truTV Impractical Jokers @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Two shows by the NYC comedy quartet the Tenderloins. 6:30 & 9:30pm.

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

THEATER: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Homemade Theater’s production based on the classic television special. 7:30pm. $18; $12 children age 12 & under. Through December 18.

ICE SHOW: Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Skating into the holiday season with the heroic stories of four Disney princesses. 7pm. $18-$63. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Travis G. Daly directs the annual community production adapted from Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. 7pm. $38; $28 children ages 16 & under. Through Thursday, December 22.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Trio @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. 9pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The holiday classic presented by Staging Youths’ Future, Inc. 7pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 10pm. $15.

THEATER: “‘Twas the Land of the Night Before” @ Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery, Schenectady. A holiday musical. 7:30pm. $20; $18 seniors & kids age 12 & under. Through December 18.

Is there an event that we overlooked? Add it to the comment box below…