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    Elf: The Musical

      People can’t seem to get enough of Buddy the Elf. He was introduced by Will Farrell in the movie Elf, which has become a holiday classic alongside A Christmas Story and White Christmas; he was featured in a new animated TV special last week, voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons; and there’s [...]
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    Albany Symphony Orchestra

      The Winter’s Tale is name the ASO have given to this weekend’s concerts in Troy; it’s also the name of the world-premiere cello concerto by Michael Torke that will be featured on that program, and with guest soloist Julie Albers (pictured). When Albers served as a last-minute replacement with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra [...]
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    Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue

      One of Nick Lowe’s greatest fears, he told an interviewer as he was moving into his later years, was “sticking with what you did when you were famous. . . . I didn’t want to become one of those thinning-haired, jowly old geezers who still does the same shtick they did when they were [...]
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    EQXmas Party with Robert DeLong

      It’s appropriate that Washington state native Robert DeLong is headlining this show, because WEQX was one of a handful of stations nationally that first played his 2013 breakthrough hit, “Global Concepts,” from the same-titled EP. DeLong released his first album last February, and followed up last month with a new EP. Wired has dubbed [...]
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    Songs to Amuse

      If you have an ambivalent relationship with the holidays in general—and Christmas music in particular—then Caffe Lena has a show for you, Friday night. On Friday, the trio Songs to Amuse, which consists of Amy Prothro, Malcolm Kogut and B.A. Nilsson, will present The Longest Holiday. According to Nilsson, the trio will “try to [...]
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    It’s a Wonderful Life

      This image of James Stewart captures his character, George Bailey, at the lowest moment of his life. It’s as perfect and terrifying image of despair as you’ll find in the history of cinema. Part of what makes Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life such affecting holiday entertainment are the emotional depths the protagonist plumbs [...]
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    Jewmongous

      Sean Altman is the founder of the group Rockapella, who had their heyday on the Emmy-winning PBS series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (which was based on a video game inspired by the poor geography skills of American kids . . . but we’re getting sidetracked here). And never mind kids anyway, [...]
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    Darren Lyons Group

      Drummer-percussionist Darren Lyons began his training as a preschooler in Rochester and went on to perform in his high school jazz ensemble there. The Darren Lyons Group, now in their 18th year, began performing at NYC’s Knitting Factory in 1996; Lyons has since played numerous notable clubs and festivals around the world, and has [...]
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    Matisyahu

      Matisyahu is the Hebrew stage name of Matthew Paul Miller, but though the plaintive-voiced hip-hopper incorporates Orthodox Jewish lyric themes into his reggae-heavy songwriting, his appeal is universal, which is probably why he was the opening act for Sting in 2006, following a guest spot with Trey Anastasio at Bonnaroo. The former Phish-head combines [...]

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Readings/Signings

May 10

Barbara Thompson

by The Staff May 10, 2014

The psychotherapist and Sage professor will sign her book, Expressive Arts: Practices for Creative Meaning

0 comments Market Block Books

Clubs

May 10

Bobby B

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

0 comments Rustic Barn Pub

Workshops

May 10

Chinese Brush Painting Class

by The Staff May 10, 2014

In this four week series of classes, artist and Union College art professor Lefu Gu will demonstrate various techniques common to his art. Ages 18 and up. Please call 482-7911 ext. 230 to register

0 comments Albany Public Library Pine Hills Branch

Comedy

May 10

Comedy Show

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Hosted by Jennifer McMullen, with Erin Harkes, Shawn Gillie, Jaye McBride, Luke Donovan, Dwayne Murphy Jr., Jon and Dylan. Mother's Day door prize; doors at 7 PM

0 comments The Linda

Discussions/Speakers

May 10

David Fiske

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup, Overcame Adversity

0 comments Schenectady County Historical Society

Clubs

May 10

Dead Ahead

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

0 comments The Ale House

Workshops

May 10

DSLR Crash Course with Bhawin Suchak

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Explore creative and technical aspects of DSLR-based digital filmmaking

0 comments Sanctuary for Independent Media

Concerts

May 10

Finest Kind

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

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Sports

May 10

Herculadies vs. Hill City Rollers

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Hellions of Troy Women's Roller Derby

0 comments Rollerama Skating Center

Clubs

May 10

Jeff Brisbin

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

0 comments Carney's Tavern

Clubs

May 10

Kongos

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

0 comments The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Family

May 10

Marvelous Mamas

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Learn about animal mothers in nature, and craft a surprise for your own mom. For kids with an accompanying caregiver

0 comments Grafton Lakes State Park

Clubs

May 10

Mike Purcell

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

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Family

May 10

Mother’s Day Craft

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Make something special for Mom! We’ll supply the craft materials, you supply the love

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Family

May 10

My Parent & Me

by The Staff May 10, 2014

A five-week session for preschoolers that provides parents and kids, ages 2-4, the opportunity to discover the wonders of science. Pre-registration required

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Museums & Galleries

May 10

New Offspring

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Reception 5/10, 4-8 PM

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Fairs & Festivals

May 10

Tulip Festival

by The Staff May 10, 2014

Tulips, food and craft vendors, kids' activities, live music on two stages, much more

0 comments Washington Park

Clubs

May 10

Willie Nile

by Josh Potter May 10, 2014

0 comments Iron Horse Music Hall