couldn’t think of anything new to say about the Trans-Siberian
Orchestra’s annual visit, so here’s what we said last year:
if Queensr˙che were to perform something called Operation:
Nütcracker and you’re in the ballpark of what the Trans-Siberian
Orchestra might have to offer. Since 1996, Paul O’Neill,
Robert Kinkel and ex-Savatage vocalist (we just had to mention
that) Jon Oliva have been slicing, dicing and mostly shredding
traditional holiday music to create their unique spin on
the seasonal standards. By pairing heavy-metal guitars and
drums with full orchestration, the TSO have sold millions
of albums and become something of a seasonal standard in
their own right. It’s definitely not your mother’s Christmas
music, but it might appeal to your mullet-haired, Camaro-driving
Need we say more?
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring the holiday rock
to the Pepsi Arena for two shows (yes, they’re that popular)
this Monday (Dec. 26). Performances are at 2:30 and 7:30
PM, and tickets range from $30 to $50. For more information,
contact the arena’s box office at 487-2000.
is here! And so is Hanukkah! And Kwanzaa! And solstice!
And Festivus! Hurrah! Yippee! Ho ho ho! You know what this
means: The kids are out of school!
Uh-oh. The kids are out of school. How the hell are
you going to keep the youngsters out of your hair, and entertained,
without going to the mall everyday? That’s an easy one:
Steamer No. 10 Theatre’s Holiday Vacation Daze.
Vacation Daze is a series of late-morning/early-afternoon
performances by enchanting performers for kids of all ages.
On Tuesday (Dec. 27), Andy Morse the Music Man (pictured)
will mix traditional songs and stories with his own tunes,
to create a “great show” at 10 AM for “preschool and early
elementary school-aged children.” On Wednesday (Dec. 28),
magician Dave McDonald will be up to his clever tricks,
suitable for kids and adults, for two shows, at 10 AM and
1 PM. On Dec. 29, the Puppet People will stage their version
of A Christmas Carol at 10 AM and 1 PM; on Dec. 30,
Roger the Jester—a silent comedian—will jest his jests at
10 AM and 1 PM.
Holiday Vacation Daze will be held at Steamer No. 10 Theatre
(500 Western Ave., Albany) Dec. 27-30. Tickets per show
are $12 adults, $10 kids and seniors. For more info, call