12/9/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 9th, 2017, 8:49 am by Greg

MUSIC: Joe Henry @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. In support of his new album, Thrum, the super singer-songwriter-producer brings along his whole band – Jay Bellerose, Dave Piltch, Patrick Warren and Levon Henry. With Rose Cousins. 8pm. $35 & $20.

MUSIC: The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The legendary gospel greats raise their voices in a Christmas show, as well as songs from their vast catalog and selections from their new album, Almost Home. 8pm. $37.50, $42.50 & $51.50. GO HERE to read an interview…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SKI-QX Winter Music Festival @ Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain. Lovelytheband, the Rebel Light, Northern Faces, Wild Adriatic, JD McPherson, Brian Fallon and Juiceboxxx rock the mountain just as the first snow of the season rolls in. 3pm. $30. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: David Bromberg @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. A solo show. With a solo performance by dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas, too. 8pm. $36.

THEATER: “A Star Has Burnt My Eye” @ Skidmore College’s JKB Theater, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! A multimedia theatrical meditation on the life and music of Elizabeth “Connie” Converse, who some have taken to calling “the first singer songwriter.” A prototype of the DIY artist, Converse wrote and self-recorded an extraordinary collection of songs in the early 1950s before deliberately vanishing years later in despair of ever finding her audience. The show features a group of New York musicians, led by playwright-composer Howard Fishman, who perform her songs, read from her letters, and make the case for Converse’s particular genius, and her belated status as a great lost American artist. 8pm. $18; seniors $12.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. “1786: Mozart’s Miraculous Year” features “Marriage of Figaro, Overture and Selections,” “Piano Concerto No. 23” and “Piano Concerto No. 24.” 7:30pm. Also at 3pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Ellis Paul @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Having performed more than 5,000 shows over the course of the past 25 years, the singer-songwriter and 15-time Boston Music Award winner will perform a family show at 2pm, as well as his regular evening show at 8pm.

COMEDY: Trevor Noah @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The host of “The Daily Show” brings his stand-up skills to the Palace stage. 7pm. $39.50, $49.50, $69.50 & $85. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

EVENT/FUNDRAISER: Cohoes Winterfest @ Spindles on Remsen, Cohoes. The fourth annual fest features music by Rick Surano & 1-4-5 and Spancil Hill. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bill Kirchen @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The Titan of the Telecaster and his band bring his annual Honky Tonk Holiday show back to the Collar City. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for a sample…

MUSIC: Chris Pasin & Friends @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. The jazz trumpeter celebrates the release of his new album Baby It’s Cold Outside (Planet Arts) in concert with Patricia Dalton Fennell (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano), Ira Coleman (bass) and Jeff Siegel (drums). 7pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Ryan’s Wake, Troy. The Collar City Players bring a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story to the pubs
of Greater Nippertown. 12noon. $10.

MUSIC: Garland Jeffreys @ The Linda, Albany. The veteran NYC rocker is joined by guitarist JJ Jordan and keyboardist Charly Roth to play songs from throughout his long career as well his latest album, 14 Steps to Harlem. 8pm. $18.

BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Revue @ Hudson Harbor Steak and Seafood, Albany. A night of fun-filled hi-jinx-infused burlesque from the golden age of jazz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: OWEL @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Parallel, Perfect Score and Imaginary Friends. 6:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Enter the Haggis @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Canadian Celtic rockers. With Black Mountain Symphony. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: “In Praise of Christmas” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. It’s the annual program of songs and carols of Christmas and mid-winter celebrations with John Roberts, Lisa Preston and John Kirk. 7:30pm. $22; $5 for children 12 and under.

MUSIC: Big Mean Sound Machine @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Nautilus. 9:30pm.

THEATER: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The romantic musical is a Broadway classic with six Tony nominations garnered by its recent NYC revival. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the show features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Sun Natives @ Madison Pour House, Albany. With Mystery Girl. 9pm. FREE.

EVENT: Valatie WinterWalk & Parade @ Main Street, Valatie. Parade kicks off at 5pm. The walk features music by The Reverberators, Abby Lappen, Marilyn Miller and Dawn Danis from 6-9pm. FREE.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of the holiday favorite. 1:30 & 5:30pm. $25 & $40.

THEATER: “Finding Neverland” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, the stage musical follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. 2 & 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Lady Moon & The Eclipse @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Lady Moon is back – back as in she’s moved back home to Hudson, and tonight she’s celebrating her return with her jazzy, soul-funk, multicultural seven-piece band. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Le Jardin’s Coffeehouse, Valatie. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Under the Den @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With Caribbean Sun. 8pm.

MUSIC: Mammal Dap @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Haley Moley. 9pm. $7.

FILM/TALK: “Quest” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, this moving portrait of a North Philadelphia family is set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil. Plus discussion with director Jonathan Olshefski and producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Nude Party @ Colony, Woodstock. With Schmave and Moon Unitt. 8pm. $12.

THEATER: “As Bees in Honey Drown” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Mark Stephens directs Douglas Carter Beane’s satirical comedy. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Auriel Camerata @ Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville. A journey through time with the music of the season with Greater Nippertown’s only professional choral ensemble. 7:30pm. $25; students $15.

EVENT: Athens Victorian Stroll @ various locations, Athens. 12noon-5pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Annie” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. It’s opening night! The kids of the City Orphanage in their Hard-Knock Life try to escape the evil Miss Hannigan and find a better life. 8pm. $20; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, December 17.

MUSIC: The Resonators @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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

THEATER: “Miracle on 34th Street” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theater Guild’s production of the holiday favorite. 2 & 7:30pm. $20; students & seniors $19. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Katie Louise @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…