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Christmas shows

Elf: The Musical

by The Staff December 19, 2014


  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 ...


Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue

by The Staff December 19, 2014


  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 ...

The Egg

EQXmas Party with Robert DeLong

by The Staff December 19, 2014


  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 ...

Putnam Den

Songs to Amuse

by The Staff December 19, 2014


  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, ...

Caffe Lena

It’s a Wonderful Life

by The Staff December 19, 2014


  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 ...

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African Children’s Choir

by The Staff December 18, 2013


  They’ve performed with Alicia Keys, on American Idol and for President Obama. On Friday night, the African Children’s Choir will bring their special Christmas concert to the GE Theatre. A 2009 performance with the Cincinnati Pops ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

Christmas With the Rat Pack

by The Staff December 18, 2013


  We know that a lot of you people are sick of  “winter” already, even though—ha! ha!—it isn’t even winter yet. If you want to bring some old-school Las Vegas heat to this Northeast deep freeze, ...


Donnie & Marie Christmas

by The Staff December 12, 2013


  They did a variety show when they were wholesome American kids in the ’70s. They did it all over again as wholesome adults in the ’90s. Marie refreshed the brand yet again with a stint ...

Times Union Center

A Christmas Carol

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  No Yuletide tale has held as much interest for generation after generation as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For this holiday season, Capital Repertory Theatre is presenting a new take on this beloved tale, adapted ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

It’s a Wonderful Life

by The Staff December 20, 2012


  Frank Capra’s holiday classic is about a hero who doesn’t know he’s a hero. George Bailey (James Stewart) doesn’t realize he’s the glue that’s held his hometown together; he also doesn’t realize what a “wonderful ...

Palace Theatre

The Magic of Christmas

by The Staff December 6, 2012


  Ho ho ho! It doesn’t really feel like the holidays are here until the Albany Symphony Orchestra present their annual Magic of Christmas concerts at the Palace; the holidays must be here, then, because the ASO’s ...

Palace Theatre

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 29, 2012


  When it comes to dance, the holidays are Nutcracker season. First up this year is the Moscow Ballet’s lavish Great Russian Nutcracker at the Palace. How lavish, you ask? There will be 40 dancers, nine hand-painted ...

Palace Theatre

A John Waters Christmas

by The Staff November 28, 2012


  Best known as the iconoclastic director of such trash cinema classics as Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Female Trouble and that ongoing fountain-of-cash Hairspray, Waters is also an accomplished author, essayist, social activist and raconteur. It’s ...

The Egg

This Wonderful Life

by The Staff November 20, 2012

  Take a moment and reach into your pocket—did you find Zuzu’s petals? As you might have guessed from the slightly altered title, This Wonderful Life is an adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Kenny Rogers

by The Staff December 21, 2011


There’s a man who—whenever he gets a couple Steel Reserves in his belly—sings a damn fine rendition of “Lucille” on the bus stop bench outside the Metroland offices. However, it will probably never measure up ...


Boston Camerata

by The Staff December 14, 2011


A two-decade-plus-long tradition continues this Sunday afternoon as the Boston Camerata return as part of the Union College Concert Series to present a holiday concert. Dubbed “America’s foremost early music ensemble” by La Monde, Boston Camerata ...

Blue Suede Christmas

by The Staff December 14, 2011


Are you getting enough Elvis in your life? Are you filled with the holiday spirit? If your answer is “yes” to either of these questions, then we’ve got a way for you to get even ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff December 1, 2011


David Alan Miller dons his Santa cap and the Albany Symphony Orchestra joins forces with hundreds of talented young performers for a performance that has become an area holiday tradition: The Magic of Christmas. The family-friendly ...

Palace Theatre

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 10, 2011


If the arrival of Christmas cards in your grocer’s “seasonal goods” aisle didn’t tip you off, we’ll let you in on a secret: The holidays are more-or-less here. And let’s face it, nothing says “Christmas ...