12/13/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: A Saratoga Christmas with the McKrells @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Kevin McKrell and his merry band of musicians serve up an evening of Christmas favorites, including their popular (and hilarious) rendition of “A Visit from St. Nick (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas).” 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Nowell Sing We Clear: A Pageant of Mid-Winter Carols @ St. John’s Lutheran Church, Altamont. Returning for its 40th – and final – season, a Mid-Winter Pageant of Carols features songs, stories and more by John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis. Presented by Old Songs. 3pm. $20; $5 children age 12 and under.

COMEDY: John Oliver @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award-winning writer and host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” comes to the Palace for an evening of stand-up comedy. 8pm. $39.75.

MUSIC: Dar Williams @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The singer-songwriter celebrates the 20th anniversary of her classic album, The Honesty Room. With Jill Sobule. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Winster Solstice 2014 with Happy Traum & Friends @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Happy Traum hosts a benefit concert for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild featuring John Sebastian, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, Mike + Ruthy, Amy Helm, Ben Vita, Byron Isaacs and more. 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.

COMEDY: Hari Kondabolu @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. What do you do after you’ve earned a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics? Become a stand-up comedian, of course. A very smart one… 8pm. $18 & $22; $10 students.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Jam For Tots @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the High Peaks Band, En Knee Given Daze, BombMob, Annie in the Water, iS and Sonic Metanoia. 6pm. FREE with donation of a new unwrapped toy; $5 without.

EVENT: The Athens Victorian Stroll @ various locations, Athens. An array of free activities for the entire family including dance, music and puppet performances, a chocolate fountain, face painting, ice sculpture demonstrations, costumed carolers, an ornament contest and sale, Victorian Santa, art show and sale, Coxsackie-Athens Community Band concert, horse drawn trolley, and more. The finale in Riverfront Park starts at 4:30pm with fire dancers, caroling and tree lighting. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Webby @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Jitta on the Track, AMJ and Quale Jak. 8pm. $20.

EVENT/MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Valatie Bar & Grill, Valatie. Singing “Christmas in Albany” and more in conjunction with the Valatie Winter Walk. 6pm.

MUSIC: Winterpills @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. In support of their brand new covers album, Echolalia. With the Sun Parade. 7 & 9pm. $10. UPDATE: The 7pm show is sold out.

MUSIC: Annual Holiday Folk Show @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Addie & Olin-Unleashed!, John Kirk & Trish Miller and David Kiphuth serve up Nippertown’s only “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event,” complete with humor, swanky décor, audience participation and loads of lovely songs performed with humor, harmony, peace and goodwill. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Chuck Ragan @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Hot Water Music frontman goes solo. With Adam Faucett. 8pm.

MUSIC: Society High @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Teenage Shred, Savage Randys and Spilt Milk. Doors open at 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict Trio @ the Howe Branch Public Library, Albany. Drummer Michael Benedict leads his band featuring saxman Lee Russo and bassist Erik Johnson. 1:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 3 & 8pm. $20-$65. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 9pm.

COMEDY: Jennifer McMullen Presents “Holiday Ha Ha’s” @ The Linda, Albany. Some of the Local 518’s fave funny comedians, including Shawn Gillie, Bill Nettleton, David Louis, Jaye McBride and headliner Erin Harkes. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Albany Gay Men’s Chorus @ the First Congregational Church, Albany, Singing their holiday program, “Christmas Bells Are Ringing.” 7:30pm. $12; $9 students; FREE under age 12. Also 3pm on Sunday at the First Reformed Church of Hudson, Hudson.

MUSIC: Frank McGloughlin @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Playing early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Gang of Thieves @ NaNola, Malta. Vermont-based funk-rockers. 9pm.

MUSIC: Soul Clap with DJ Jonathan Toubin @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Voted “Best DJ” in the 2014 Village Voice Readers’ Poll and named “the only DJ we actually like” by VICE, Jonathan Toubin concludes a banner year that took him everywhere, from Australia to Brazil and from Bonnaroo to Iceland Airwaves, with the release of his first ever vinyl LP compilations on Norton Records. $200 in prizes to the best dancers. With Twin Guns. 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Taste, Albany. 7pm.

THEATER: “Max & Ruby’s Nutcracker” @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Bunny siblings Max & Ruby let their imaginations whisk them away to a magical land where they become stars in the beloved holiday ballet. 11am & 3pm.

MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ the Carondelet Hospitality Center, Latham. As APM Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo explains, “It’s the Christmas story told through carols from various cultures and traditions.” With members of the Musicians of Ma’alwyck. 7:30pm. $25 & $35; $10 students. Also at 3pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Dry Town Drifters @ the Tavern at the Williams Inn, Williamstown. Old country and cowboy music. 8pm.

THEATER: “Welcome Home Jimmy” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A new play by Brian Sheldon about a solider returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, directed by Patrick White. Part of the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga’s inaugural New Play Festival. 2pm. $15.

THEATER: “Chasing Charles” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A new play by J.J. Buechner about friendship set in Manhattan during the AIDS crisis, directed by Hollie Miller. Part of the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga’s New Play Festival. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Garfield Moore @ Columbia-Greene Community College’s Arts Center Theatre, Hudson. The noted cellist performs “Romantic Cello in Song and Dance” with Jackson McKinnon on piano. 7pm. $8.

MUSIC: “Swinging With the Rat Pack” @ The Egg, Albany. A musical tribute to the glory days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. (and Marilyn Monroe?) in Las Vegas. 8pm. $50.

MUSIC: Good Sir @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: True Grit Outlaws @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

FILM: Holiday Movie Cavalcade @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. It’s a fa-la-la film fest featuring “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1pm), “Scrooged” (3pm), “Home Alone” (5:15pm) and “Elf” (7pm). Also on the Mainstage, it’s “The Polar Express” at 2, 4:30 & 7pm. All films are FREE.

MUSIC: Rob Fleming @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm. FREE.

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