12/6/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: A Solstice Celebration: The Festival of Lights @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Turtle Island Quartet with special guest vocalist Tierney Sutton serve up a joyous concert holiday music from around the world, showcasing music associated with the Jewish and Hindu traditions, as well as old English carols of the 16th century and music from Vince Guaraldi’s beloved “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” 7:30pm. $25, $30, $32 & $38. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Aaron Parks @ Skidmore college’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Jazz pianist Aaron Parks has recorded for Blue Note Records, as well as ECM, who released his new album Aborescence. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE for students and children.

MUSIC: Bare Mutants @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Led by Jered Gummere, formerly of the Ponys. With Slowshine and the Safety Nets. 8pm. $10. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets…

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Three-O @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Chandler returns with his quartet for a Christmas concert. But he’s also bringing along his old Travis Shook & the Club Wow duo partner Steve Shook, who is celebrating the release of Dignify, his comeback disc after a looong musical hiatus. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: The Popa Chubby Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The blues-rock behemoth brings his band to town for a pair of rip-snorting shows. 7 & 9:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: Craig Taborn @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The jazz pianist teams up with Canadian new music pianist Vicky Chow to present a pair of contrasting solo piano sets. 7:30pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. It’s a special celebration of Vince Guaraldi’s holiday jazz music, made famous in the “Peanuts” holiday television specials. Performed by the Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio – featuring pianist Dave Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Pete Sweeney – as a musical journey reminiscent of a 1940s radio serial. 6pm. $20; $10 students; FREE children 5 and under. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 8pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.

MUSIC: The Stone Thoreaus @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. With M.R. Poulopoulos. 8pm.

THEATER: “White Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild’s production directed by Ed Bablin and brimming over with Irving Berlin’s classic songs. 7:30pm. $18.50; $15.50 seniors & students. Through Sunday, December 15.

COMEDY: MOPCO’s Spontaneous Broadway @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv comedy. 8pm. $14; $6 students & seniors.

DANCE/ART: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery, Albany. With these site-specific performances, the dancers interact with and are inspired by “An Armory Show,” curated by artists Michael Oatman and Ken Ragsdale. 7pm. FREE.

BURLESQUE: Diamond Street Dames @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 9pm. UPDATE: This performances is now officially sold out…

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Solas @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The Irish-American band – featuring Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, low whistle, guitars, bodhran); Winifred Horan (violins, vocals); Mick McAuley (accordians, contertina, low whistle, vocals); Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals; and Niamh Varian-Barry (vocals) – performs age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers and a special selection of holiday standards. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: The Jim Ketterer Jazz Caravan @ Midtown Tap & Tea Room, Albany. Back from a two-and-a-half-year stint in Egypt, the former Arch Stanton Quartet/Tern Rounders drummer debuts his new band featuring Roger Noyes on guitar and Michael Hurt on bass. 7pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Albany. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Off the Record @ the University Club, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free dance lesson by Shawn Hershey & Joy Arico at 7:30pm. Dance with the BluesSHOUT All-Star Jazz Band at 8:30pm. $15; $10 for seniors & students.

MUSIC: Formula 5 @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With NYC prog-rockers Tauk. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ Grappa 72, Albany. 6:30pm.

THEATER: “Don’t Dress for Dinner” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the saucy farce written by Mark Camoletti and directed by Sky Vogel. 8pm. $16; $10 students under 18. Through December 8.

MUSIC: Teri Roiger & her Vocal Jazz Students @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. A holiday music celebration and singers showcase hosted by Teri Roiger and featuring Nicole Artus, Meghan Caldwell, Maddie Chilton, Gabby Frometa, Julia Marzano and Casey Richards with surprise guests. 7:30pm. $10; $5 students.

MUSIC: The Williams College Wind Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. As conducted by Heidi Johanna Miller, classic works by Percy Grainger and Richard Strauss contrast with exciting modern pieces by composers Jayce Ogren, Alan Hovhaness, Ferenc Farkas and Ron Nelson. Also the world premiere of “The Improbable Organ” by Casey McLellan. 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “An Affair to Remember” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Directed by Leo McCarey, the romantic 1957 film stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dave Render @ the Towne Tavern, Averill Park. 9:30pm.

FILM: “Wadjda” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Haifaa Al-Mansour’s 2012 film is not only the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, but also the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is an 11-year-old Saudi girl who passes a green bicycle in a store window every day on her way to school. She is determined to one day own that bicycle so she can race against her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Algohani). 7:30pm. Also at 7:30pm on Sunday.

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