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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 [...]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Theater

July 17

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park production

0 comments Springside Park

Museums & Galleries

July 17

A Nod to the Past

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Reception 7/18, 6-8 PM

0 comments Carrie Haddad Gallery

Readings/Signings

July 17

Alice Carter

by The Staff July 17, 2014

The biographer will discuss and sign her book, Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in a Gilded Age

0 comments Norman Rockwell Museum

Theater

July 17

Avenue Q

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Family Players of NENY production of the Broadway smash

0 comments GE Theatre at Proctors

Performance

July 17

Ballet 2014

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Principals and soloists of the New York City Ballet. Ted Shawn Theatre

0 comments Jacob's Pillow

Theater

July 17

Breaking the Code

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Hugh Whitemore's drama about Brit codebreaker Alan Turing

0 comments Barrington Stage Company Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

Clubs

July 17

Colleen Pratt

by Josh Potter July 17, 2014

0 comments Stockade Inn

Family

July 17

Drop-in Card Gaming

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Kids and teens are welcome to bring their Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and other cards for an hour of play

0 comments Guilderland Public Library

Clubs

July 17

Empire Empire

by Josh Potter July 17, 2014

0 comments Pauly's Hotel

Classical

July 17

Festival of Contemporary Music

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Chamber works by American composers James Matheson, Anna Weesner, Jacob Druckman, Fred Lerdahl, John Harbison and Seung-Ah Oh

0 comments Tanglewood Ozawa Hall

Family

July 17

Percussion

by The Staff July 17, 2014

All those ages 3-and-up are invited to make and play their own percussion instruments.

0 comments North Chatham Library

Family

July 17

Portable Planetarium

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Dudley Observatory's inflatable planetarium, Starlab, with astronomy educators from miSci

0 comments Kinderhook Memorial Library

Literary Events

July 17

Shorts Out Loud

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius and New World Jazz will perform, followed by a reading by Debra Zaffuts. Ages 16 and up

0 comments Troy Public Library

Clubs

July 17

Sonny and Perley

by Josh Potter July 17, 2014

0 comments Jazz on Jay

Literary Events

July 17

The Poetry Motel Foundation

by The Staff July 17, 2014

Third Thursday Poetry Night. Susan Maurer will be reading from her latest book of poems Josephine Butler: a Collection of Poetry. Open mic will follow, sign-up at 7 PM

0 comments Social Justice Center

Sports

July 17

TriCity Valley Cats vs. Aberdeen

by The Staff July 17, 2014

NY-Penn League baseball

0 comments Joseph L. Bruno Stadium