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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, August 7, 2014

Clubs

August 7

Andy Serling

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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Family

August 7

Animal Tales

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Part of the Barker Park Kids' Summer Series, this event is a hands-on educational event involving animals. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Children's Museum presents this event in which participants can listen to ...

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Family

August 7

Anime Day

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

Celebrate anime and manga at the library. Snacks and drinks will be provided, we’ll also be making candy sushi, watching some anime and having a cos play contest (please come in costume)! For teens

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Concerts

August 7

Boz Scaggs

by The Staff August 7, 2014

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Theater

August 7

Dancing Lessons

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Julianne Boyd directs this world premiere

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Performance

August 7

David Rousseve/REALITY

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Doris Duke Theatre

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Family

August 7

Electrifying Science

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

CMOST is zinging and zapping a good time at Howe

0 comments Albany Public Library Howe Branch

Clubs

August 7

Garland Nelson and the Soul Session

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

0 comments Gaffney's

Theater

August 7

Guys and Dolls

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Damon Runyon's unforgettable characters paired with Frank Loesser's great songs

0 comments Mac-Haydn Theatre

Clubs

August 7

Halfstep

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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Theater

August 7

I Love a Piano

by The Staff August 7, 2014

A melodic evening of great Irving Berlin tunes

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Clubs

August 7

Liz Longley

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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Clubs

August 7

Mike Lampkin

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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Clubs

August 7

Mike Lawrence

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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Workshops

August 7

Music for Children

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Shelly Ley will conduct an energetic music class for ages 3-5.

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Family

August 7

Music from Salem Children’s Workshop

by The Staff August 7, 2014

This even explores classical chamber music with participatory and hands-on activities.  This is a free event for children between grades K-6. Call for more information

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Performance

August 7

Pacific Northwest Ballet

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Ted Shawn Theatre

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Family

August 7

Reptile Adventure

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

Meet some cool reptiles up close! Also, kids will learn a little about biology, ecology, zoology, and chemistry in the process

0 comments Albany Public Library Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Theater

August 7

Seussical the Musical

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group family fun production

0 comments Colonial Theatre

Concerts

August 7

Sheila E., Conehead Buddha

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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Literary Events

August 7

Shorts Out Loud

by The Staff August 7, 2014

Ten minutes of live acoustic music, followed by a reading of a contemporary short story. This week, Garth Gree with play the guitar and Barb Stubblebine will read. For ages 16 and up

0 comments Troy Public Library

Classical

August 7

The Philadelphia Orchestra

by The Staff August 7, 2014

An Evening on the Rhine, with pianist Jeremy Denk

0 comments Saratoga Performing Arts Center