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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, September 6, 2014

Classical

September 6

Albany Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell

by The Staff September 6, 2014

Bruch's Violin Concerto, plus music of Clint Needham and Elgar's Enigma Variations

0 comments Palace Theatre

Clubs

September 6

Big Fez

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments The Parting Glass

Family

September 6

Bringing it Back Restoration Hike

by The Staff September 6, 2014

Come witness the transformation of the Pine Bush. For ages 8 and up

0 comments Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Discussions/Speakers

September 6

Clark Symposium

by The Staff September 6, 2014

Make It New? Conversations on Midcentury Abstraction

0 comments Clark Art Institute

Clubs

September 6

Clutch

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments The Upstate Concert Hall

Readings/Signings

September 6

Debra A. Knapp

by The Staff September 6, 2014

The author will sign her new children's book, Montana: The Police Horse

0 comments Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery

Sports

September 6

Fern Walk

by The Staff September 6, 2014

Ferns are some of the oldest living organisms on the earth and their graceful fronds decorate the cool shady forests. Explore the woodland trails at the Nature Center and discover a variety of ferns with ...

0 comments Thacher Nature Center

Family

September 6

First Saturday for Families: Sing-Along

by The Staff September 6, 2014

Join the children’s room staff as we play guitar and sing children’s favorites as a group. Musical instruments and song books provided

0 comments Albany Public Library Main Branch

Clubs

September 6

Hamell on Trial

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments The Low Beat

Clubs

September 6

Hard Soul

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Readings/Signings

September 6

Jean Marotta

by The Staff September 6, 2014

The author will sign her book, Mama Jean's Kitchen: Featuring Marrotta Family Recipes

0 comments The Book House

Clubs

September 6

Jimmy Tingle

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments Iron Horse Music Hall

Family

September 6

Lake Shores Fishing

by The Staff September 6, 2014

A family friendly fishing and casting demonstration. Call to RSVP

0 comments Moreau Lake State Park

Clubs

September 6

Lizz Wright

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments Club Helsinki

Fairs & Festivals

September 6

LocalFest: Stuff Made Here

by The Staff September 6, 2014

A celebration of all things locally made, with 80-plus artist studios, specialty shops, healing arts, creative services and galleries

0 comments The Shirt Factory

Clubs

September 6

Mod Fiction, Real Blue Sky

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments Pauly's Hotel

Clubs

September 6

Pete’s Posse

by Josh Potter September 6, 2014

0 comments Caffe Lena