12/18/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas Party @ the Ale House, Troy. Eddie Angel, Pete Curry, Sugarballs, Johnny Rabb, Mark Gamsjager, Ian Carlton and others serve up a rollicking rockabilly yuletide celebration. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Matisyahu @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Matisyahu blends Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip-hop on his annual Festival of Light tour. With Judith Hill (“20 Feet From Stardom,” NBC-TV’s “The Voice”) opening. 8pm. $22.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night. The annual holiday extravaganza features the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with Grand Central Station, the McKrells, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. Proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. 7pm. $15 & $25. Through Sunday.
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.
THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Celebrate the timeless holiday tale with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. 7pm. $37; $27 children. Through Monday, December 22.
READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the monthly poetry open mic night with special guest featured reader Adam Tedesco and the annual holiday visit from Sanity Clause, with a gift of poetry for all who read in the open mic. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3 suggested donation.
OPEN MIC/JAM SESSION: Eighth Step Open Mic & Jam @ Proctors’ Apostrophe Cafe, Schenectady. Cathy Winter hosts Eighth Step’s monthly Third Thursday session. Sign-up at 6:45pm; Open mic at 7pm; jam at 8:15pm. FREE.
FILM: “Videotape” & “Dead End” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Festival Cinema Invisible hosts a rare screening of two short films from Iran. Also featuring live music by KoriSoron, a photo exhibit by Afshin Katanchi and Persian tea and sweets provided by Schenectady’s own Persian Bite. 7pm. $10.