12/29/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Christine Spero Group @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The jazz pianist and her band dip into the songbag of Laura Nyro. That’s right, it’s Spero plays Nyro. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Blue Hand Luke @ the River Street Pub, Troy. 10pm.

FILM: “Let Fury Have the Hour” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. This documentary explores the last three decades of “creative response”: using art as a political statement in response to reactionary politics. Interviews with more than 50 artists include Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Tom Morello, Lewis Black, Billy Bragg, Wayne Kramer, Eugene Hütz, Elizabeth Streb, John Sayles and more. 7pm. $5. Also 7pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: The Ryan Montbleau Band @ Red Square, Albany. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Blues Sanctuary @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The Bennington-based blues band features Rick Burgess on vocals and guitar, Ken Pallman on drums, Bruce Mariani on bass, Joe Candal on keyboards and John O’Rourke on lead guitar. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Red Haired Strangers @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. With M.R. Poulopoulos. 7pm.

OPERA ON FILM: “Un Ballo In Maschera” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s take of jealousy and vengeance starring Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. 12:55pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: The Rustic Overtones @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. With Bohemian Slackers. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Killswitch Engage @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Shadows Fall, Periphery and Acaro. 7:30pm. $28. UPDATE: Periphery will not be performing tonight.

FILM: “Celeste” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A 1981 film written and directed by Percy Adlon that depicts the creative process of Marcel Proust and his relationship with his young French housekeeper, Celeste Albaret. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Dennis Most & the Instigators @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Bourbon Scum and Pick Your King. 8pm.

MUSIC: Dead Horse Beat @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Capital Zen. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: Cirque Dreams Holidaze @ Proctors, Schenectady. Broadway director Neil Goldberg has concocted an extravaganza in which gingerbread men flip mid-air, toy soldiers march on thin wires, snowmen balance, penguins spin, puppets dance and reindeer soar. 2 & 8pm. $20, $40, $45 & $50. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Lucky Jukebox Brigade @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band, Headband Jack and Betty Bonneville & Alice Mammalis. 8pm.

FILM: “Ninotchka” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Written by Billy Wilder and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, this 1939 classic stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. 5:45pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Low ‘N Lonesome @ the Living Room, Saratoga Springs. Rob Adkins and Phil Drum whip up some blues and ragtime. 8pm.

MUSIC: Titanics @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 9pm.

DANCE ON FILM: The Nutcracker @ Proctors, Schenectady. Performed by the Royal Ballet of London. 2:30 & 6pm. $15; ages 17 & under $10. Also at 3pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ Druthers, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: New Year Reggae Jam @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring Royal Khaoz, DJ Queen Tubby and special guests. 9pm. $15 & $20; students $10; Woodstock Food Pantry donations gratefully appreciated.

MUSIC: Bobby Dick’s Rock ‘n’ Roll 101 @ the Pub on 9, Bolton Landing. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is cancelled due to the weather.

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