12/16/18: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

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Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker blows into Woodstock

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

MUSIC: Bop Island Big Band @ Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The 16-piece big band returns to the Playhouse with special guest trumpeter Randy Brecker. 4pm. $38, $48 & $55.

MUSIC: Lou’s Blues @ Lost & Found, Albany. Blues singer-songwriter Leslie Barkman leads her new band – featuring Joe Lowry, Christopher Peck and Al Kash – in the CD release party/brunch for their debut CD, Romanticizin’. 12noon. GO HERE to read CD review…

MUSIC: The McKrells @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. It’s the annual “Saratoga Christmas” show. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: David Aram’s Amram Jam @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Celebrating the mega-talented David Amram’s 88th birthday with a global holiday salute. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: WinterWonderGrass @ Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton. The final day of the three-day fest features Billy Strings, Railroad Earth, Grant Farm Gospel, Upstate, the Ghost of Paul Revere, Lindsay Lou, more. 1:45pm. $59. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Holiday Folk Show @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Featuring John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Addie & Olin and Sara Milonovich. 3pm. $22.

THEATER: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill invites you to spend the holiday season with your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters, as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. 2pm. $22-$65. Through Sunday, December 23. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Tony Trischka @ Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. Banjo master Tony Trischka and his band of extraordinary musicians put a warm spin on their highly textural and diverse holiday concert, “Of a Winter’s Night.” 7pm. $30; age 25 & under $15; kids age 12 & under FREE.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Conductor David Alan Miller (who earned a Grammy nomination last week) leads the orchestra through Viennese Classics, featuring selections by Strauss, Bruckner and a world premiere by Benjamin Wallace. 3pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! Featuring Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Grand Central Station, Empire State Youth Orchestra & Youth Chorale, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. 3pm. $25 & $30.

MUSIC: Gabe Butterfield @ Colony, Woodstock. The bluesman and his all-star band pay tribute to the music of his father, the Woodstock’s legendary blues harmonica master Paul Butterfield. 8pm. $10.

ICE SHOW: Disney On Ice’s 100 Years of Magic @ Times Union Center, Albany. Last chance! A cast of more than 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, many Disney princesses and “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. 12noon & 4pm.

THEATER: A Christmas Carol @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Last chance! A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic directed by Brian Sheldon and Melanie Douglas. 2:30pm. $18; under age 18 $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: President’s Holiday Concert @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Featuring the Rensselaer Orchestra and Concert Choir, conducted by Nicholas DeMaison. 3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Holidelic @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor and dancer Everett Bradley leads his annual holiday-funk spectacular – part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show. 8pm. $25.

THEATER: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Proctors’ The Addy, Schenectady. Adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, this comedy tells the tale of a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant with a cast that includes the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. 2pm. $20; students/seniors $18.

THEATER: A Christmas Carol @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic celebrates the joy and redemptive power of Christmas. 2 & 7pm. $39; children age 16 & under $29. Through Saturday, December 22.

DANCE: “Christmas in Oz” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. A performance by the Spendwood School of Dance and Gymnastics to benefit the Cohoes Community Center. 2pm. $10, $12 & $15.

GO HERE for the latest info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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