12/9/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday
MUSIC: Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun @ the Ale House, Troy. The Twangmaster of the Telecaster’s Holiday Honky-Tonk Tour makes a stop in the Collar City with lots of super cool yule songs for good little girls and boys, including “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas,” “Silent Surfin’ Night” and “Truckin’ Trees for Christmas.” With the Lustre Kings. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Sadie & the Hotheads @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. You probably haven’t heard this eclectic, seven-piece British band, but really, all you need to know is that singer-actress Elizabeth McGovern (yes, she of “Downton Abbey”) is the band’s frontwoman. And you can bet that they’ll play some selections from the new Christmas at Downton Abbey album, too. 7:30pm. $35; VIP $100.
ARTISTS TALK: Colin C. Boyd & Michael Oatman @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The Tang Museum’s Ian Berry moderates a discussion with the two artists in conjunction with their joint exhibition “Abecedarius.” 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the weather.
THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 21.
MUSIC: SCCC Jazz Combos @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Community Auditorium, Schenectady. Two student quintets play classic jazz compositions by Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Herbie Hancock and Nat Adderley. 7:30pm. FREE. UPDATE: Due to the weather, this concert has been postponed til Wednesday, December 17.
TALK: “Dust to Digital: Loose Remarks on the Economy of ‘Craft'” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Curator Dieter Roelstraete will discuss wide-ranging practices invested in the notion of craft, and the relationship of these practices to issues such as time and materiality. 6pm. FREE.
FILM: “The High Cost of Cheap Gas” @ the Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery, Albany. The documentary explores some of the real costs of natural gas development from America to the deserts of Southern Africa. 7pm. $5. UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Thursday, January 29, due to the weather.