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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 31, 2014

Theater

July 31

A Number

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Caryl Churchill's psychological thriller

0 comments Chester Theatre Company

Clubs

July 31

Amir ElSaffar Quintet

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments Iron Horse Music Hall

Comedy

July 31

Angel Salazar

by The Staff July 31, 2014

0 comments Comedy Works Saratoga

Family

July 31

Animals Nobody Loves

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A live animal show with Dean Davis. Call for more information

0 comments Schenectady County Public Library Duane Branch

Family

July 31

Casey Bats Valley Cats

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A baseball game as well as a performance of Casey at the Bat. The first 1,500 attendants will receive a bobble-head of Johnny Evers. Call to order tickets

0 comments Guilderland Public Library

Performance

July 31

Circa

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Ted Shawn Theatre

0 comments Jacob's Pillow

Performance

July 31

Dance Heginbotham with Brooklyn Rider

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Doris Duke Theatre

0 comments Jacob's Pillow

Family

July 31

Engineer It: The Science of Ice Cream

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A hands-on investigation in which participants will explore what makes ice cream so cold. This event is for children ages five and up. This event is free for CNSE CMOST members. Call for more information

0 comments CNSE CMOST

Concerts

July 31

Grand Funk Railroad, Wild Adriatic

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments Alive at Five

Family

July 31

Ink-ventions

by The Staff July 31, 2014

A creative writing program that targets the writing skills of young teens. This program is for teens between the ages of 13 and 16. This program is free. Call for more information

0 comments Guilderland Public Library

Family

July 31

Ivy Vine Players

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Part of the Barker Park Kids' Summer Series, Ivy Vine Players is a show of 75 different puppets for children of all ages. This show is free. Call for more information

0 comments Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Clubs

July 31

Manchester Orchestra

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments The Upstate Concert Hall

Family

July 31

Mirror Magic

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Experiments with hinged mirrors and the museum's collection of unusual kaleidoscopes help explain the how and why of reflection. Each child makes a kaleidoscope to keep

0 comments Albany Public Library Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Family

July 31

Mothmania!

by The Staff July 31, 2014

An educational event focusing on moths. No prior training is required. This event is for children from the ages of 14 and up. This event is free. Registration is required. Call for more information

0 comments Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Family

July 31

Music from Salem Children’s Workshop

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Explore classical chamber music in a participatory, provocative and fun way. This event is for children in grades K-6. This is a free event. Call for more information

0 comments Salem Courthouse

Clubs

July 31

Slowshine, Beaked Whale, And the Kids, Careers

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

0 comments The Low Beat

Theater

July 31

The Visit

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Chita Rivera and Roger Rees star in this Kander & Ebb musical drama

0 comments Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Family

July 31

Traveling Tang Museum

by The Staff July 31, 2014

Explore the fun activities and exhibits from the Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery

Albany Public Library Howe Branch