12/15/13: Today’s Tips: Sunday
MUSIC: Mountain Snow & Mistletoe @ The Egg, Albany. The 22nd annual down-home concert tradition of holiday songs and stories with Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball with the Mountain Snow Orchestra, featuring fiddler John Kirk, guitarist Kevin McKrell and percussionist Brian Melick. 2pm. $24. UPDATE: Due to the cancellation of Saturday night’s performance, a 7pm show has been added for today. Saturday tickets will be honored for tonight’s show…
MUSIC: The Wooten Brothers @ The Egg, Albany. The fab family band features bassmaster Victor Wooten and drumitar inventor-player Roy “Futureman” Wooten, along with their two brothers Regi on guitar and Joseph on keyboards. Expect a funky blend of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, rock and blues. 7:30pm. $34.50.
MUSIC: The Sweetback Sisters @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Brooklyn’s favorite band of honky-tonkers bring the Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular to town with plenty of holiday cheer. Lots of fun and audience participation (lyric sheets will be provided). 8pm. $18. UPDATE: This performance cancelled due to the storm…
MUSIC: A Fine Winter’s Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Matt & Shannon Heaton, Lissa Schneckenberger and Corey DiMario with special guest storyteller Bairbre McCarthy. 7pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. A holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra & Youth Chorale with special guests Everest Rising, Amy Platt & Randy Crafton and the Northeast Ballet. 3pm. $15 & $25.
THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 2pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.
MUSIC: Rejoice in This Place @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. RPI’s annual holiday concert featuring both the Rensselaer Orchestra and the Rensselaer Concert Choir as well as a group of professional musicians, all under the direction of new conductor, Nicholas DeMaison. 3pm. FREE.
THEATER: “White Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild’s production directed by Ed Bablin and brimming over with Irving Berlin’s classic songs. 2pm. $18.50; $15.50 seniors & students.
THEATER: “Elephant Room” @ Bard College’s Theater Two, Annandale-on-Hudson. Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It’s time to add it all up… Part satire, part off-the-wall magic, part sublime comedy and part absurd theatrical documentary. Starring Geoff Sobelle as Dennis Diamond, Steve Cuiffo as Louie Magic and Trey Lyford as Daryl Hannah. Directed by Paul Lazar. 7:30pm. $25.
THEATER: “Tuesdays with Morrie” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. One performance only. Dick Griffin and Bill Douglas perform in a staged reading of the play by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on Albom’s New York Times best seller. 2:30pm. FREE.
TALK/FILM: Francine Segan @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. It’s “Downton Abbey and Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining,” an amusing lecture on the fascinating time period when high society was at its peak. A time of calling cards, horse-drawn coaches, high tea, cotillions, lawn parties, formal dinners – a time when even picnics were served on fine china. Discover the elaborate etiquette, enchanting entertainments and dishes Mrs. Patmore would have been proud to send to the table. 3pm; followed by a screening of the 1980 film “Somewhere in Time.” $10.
FILM: “Enough Said” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Nicole Holofcener’s 2013 insightful comedy humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again. Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) is a divorcée and single parent who enjoys her work as a masseuse but is dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini in his last role), who is sweet and funny and also facing an empty nest. And their romance blossoms. 3pm.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. One of the great horror movies of the Silent Era and a classic of the German Expressionist movement, “Caligari” has influenced generations of moviemakers, from Billy Wilder to Alfred Hitchcock. Followed by a conversation with Skidmore College German Professor Mary-Elizabeth O’Brien, who has taught and written about German Expressionist and silent cinema. 7:30pm.