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We did a triple take when we first saw this announced: Slick Rick—the Slick Rick—is coming to Putnam Den on Friday. In case you have not been properly educated or were raised in a barnyard setting, Slick Rick is a hip-hop legend who came along in the late 1980s and turned the genre upside down with memorable, storytelling hits including “La Di Da Di,” “Children’s Story” and “Hey Young World.”

Even if you have somehow never heard his music, you’ve heard his music sampled by Beyonce, Mos Def, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Eminem and many others. And if you don’t know the greatest achievement of ex-Gov. David Paterson, Google his name and Slick Rick’s together.

The Capital Region’s own DJ Trumastr will open.

Slick Rick will perform Friday (Nov. 28) at 9 PM at Putnam Den (63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs). Tickets are $25. This is an 18-and-up show, but you’ll pay a $5 surcharge if you’re under 21. For more info, call the club at 584-8066.



The carousel at the New York State Museum was built by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tonawanda (now a Buffalo suburb) sometime between 1912 and 1916. This Saturday, then, is as good a time as any to celebrate its centennial, which the Museum will do with an afternoon of family fun and a lecture for adults.

The carousel spent much of its working life in the western end of New York’s Southern Tier, first in Wellsville and then in Cuba. (We’ll bet you fancy eastern New Yorkers don’t know that there’s a Cuba, N.Y. Well there is, and they have a Cheese Museum.) And now it’s a much-loved attraction at one of our most popular museum destinations.

The family-friendly event is Celebrating 100 Years of the New York State Museum’s Carousel, and will be held from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday (Nov. 29) on the 4th Floor. It’s an afternoon of crafts and rides for the whole family, with history presentations geared toward younger members. Admission is free.

John Scherer will give a talk on “Preserving the Carousel: The History and Conservation of the New York State Museum’s Carousel” at 2 PM Saturday (Nov. 29) in the Huxley Theater. Admission is free.

The New York State Museum is located on the Madison Avenue side of the Empire State Plaza in Albany. For more info, call 474-5877.



As you will see when you browse through this week’s calendar listings, we are about to be awash in wonderful theatrical productions of The Nutcracker, It’s a Wonderful Life and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

And the more the merrier, we say. Give the people what they want.

On Monday, Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s celebrated—for its drama, cheer, costumes and sets—version will be presented for one show only at Proctors. Come see what makes the critics rave, and get a little Christmas spirit in the bargain.

Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol will be presented Monday (Dec. 1) at 7 PM on the Mainstage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady).

Tickets are $20-$45. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.


This three-hour musical journey back to the grooviest decade doesn’t merely aim to re-create the music of such legends as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, Ian Anderson and more; the performers—pretty much all from the Capital Region—do their best to look and dress like the real deal, to give audiences a taste of what those ’60s festivals really looked and sounded and felt like. Director-producer Gary Weinlein (who recently was inducted into the Albany Metro Mallers Football Hall of Fame—how about that?) aims to get this production to Broadway; in the meantime, he and the cast of 20 musicians will roll back the years on Proctors’ Mainstage Saturday. We assume the cast will stop short of performing under those . . . um . . . influences. . . . (Nov. 29, 7 PM, $20-$35, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)


What can we tell you about Bob Seger that you don’t already know (besides that that long mane of hair isn’t black–or long–anymore)? Born in 1945 and raised in the Detroit area, Seger broke into the big time in the mid-1970s with singles like “Night Moves,” “Mainstreet,” “Still the Same,” “Hollywood Nights,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” and his quintessential take on life on the road, “Turn the Page” (which he recorded live before the Night Moves album catapulted him to fame).

Touring on his latest album, Ride Out, Seger will bring his patented Midwestern, once-was-working-class sensibility to the Times Union Center.

(Dec. 2, 7:30 PM, $51-$865, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000)



Wednesday (Dec. 3) will see the premiere of local filmmaker Ellie Bernstein’s documentary Ghost Town: The Hebron Story. Bernstein has made many trips to Israel and the West Bank over the years, and here tells the story of Hebron in an attempt to “show the result of the more than 40-year Israeli military occupation on a historically important city for Muslims, Jews and Christians.”

No less than Noam Chomsky has written, “Ellie Bernstein’s documentary should go a long way toward overcoming the general lack of awareness of what has been happening for years in Hebron.”

Ghost Town: The Hebron Story will be screened Wednesday (Dec. 3) at 7 PM at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy).

Tickets are $10 suggested donation, $5 low income. For more info, e-mail info@mediasanctuary.org or call 272-2390.



It’s really the holiday season now, and we know this because the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are returning to the Times Union Center to make it snow for two shows this Sunday. This all-new extravaganza is the concert premiere of their classic album The Christmas Attic, which is their only magnum opus they’ve never performed live. All of the TSO trademarks will be in place: lasers, pyrotechnics, snow, canons, violins and electric guitars.

“Even Santa Claus would be hard-pressed to keep pace with Trans-Siberian Orchestra,” joked USA Today in describing TSO’s current tour. TSO will perform 120 shows in 52 days; this is accomplished not by magic, but by two simultaneously touring companies.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform Sunday (Nov. 30) at 3 and 7:30 PM at the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl St., Albany).

Tickets are $33-$74. For more info, call 487-2000.



The Moscow Ballet returns to the Palace this weekend with their colorful Great Russian Nutcracker, opening what we in the culture-watching biz like to call “Nutcracker season.” Beautiful costumes and scenery, virtuoso dancers and that great Tchaikovsky score make for classic holiday entertainment.

The critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, “What exists in the current incarnation, which abounds in references to the country’s traditions, is elegant and soft-edged choreography that reveals the clarity of line so vital to Russian classical style. . . . The level of dancing . . . was impressive, with the corps of snowflakes almost effortlessly graceful and various other ensemble sequences full of sophistication and buoyancy.”

In other words, we think you’ll like it.

The Moscow Ballet will perform the Great Russian Nutcracker at 3 PM on Saturday (Nov. 29) at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany).

Tickets are $27.50 to $68. For more info, call 465-3334.


This Saturday, the Dorian Wind Quintet—flautist Gretchen Pusch, oboist Gerard Reuter, clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, bassoonist Adrian Morejon and horn player Karl Kramer-Johansen—will be joined by pianist Spencer Myer for a Friends of Chamber Music concert at Emma Willard School.

The program will feature J.S. Bach’s Four Chorale Preludes, Lee Hoiby’s Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano, George Perle’s Wind Quintet No. 2, and Francis Poulenç’s Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet.

The Dorian Wind Quintet with Spencer Myer will perform Saturday (Nov. 29) at 7:30 PM in Emma Willard School’s Kiggins Hall (285 Pawling Ave., Troy).

Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 students. For tickets and info, please call 273-4843.



Black Veil Brides formed in 2006 in Cincinnati, but their make-up, black-studded wardrobe and long hair are straight out of the ’80s. Inspired by glam-metal bands Kiss and Motley Crue, the Brides have put our four studio albums, which have earned them numerous awards and nominations by publications such as Alternative Press and Revolver. Variously described as glam rock, shock rock and metalcore, Black Veil Brides and their lyrics tend to resonate with those who feel like outsiders.

“We stand up for the underdog and the disenfranchised,” bassist Ashley Purdy said in a 2010 interview with Barebones music. “Anything strange, odd or unique . . . we embrace that.”

Falling in Reverse will open.

(Nov. 28, 7 PM, $29,1208 Route 146, 371-0012)