I Love the ’90s Tour
Times Union Center, Albany, Thursday, 12/1, 7:30 PM
We bid adieu to nostalgia for the 1980s, and warmly welcome the hitmakers of 1990’s with this time-tripping show featuring Vanilla Ice (of “Ice Ice Baby” fame, last seen on reality TV); Salt n Pepa with Spinderella (“Push It,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man,” also last seen on reality TV); and Color Me Badd (“I Wanna Sex You Up,” last seen playing a gig at the late, lamented Valentine’s a decade and a half ago). There are going to be a total of eight acts on the bill: Will we see Tone Loc? Kid n Play? Coolio? Buy your ticket and find out!
Ted x Albany
Overt, Albany, Thursday, 12/1, 9 AM
Overit’s church of the future on New Scotland Avenue will again play host to Ted x Albany (“x” = an independently organized Ted event), “a full day of talks intended to inspire, inform and provoke you to take action in your community and globally.” This year’s day-long lineup of speakers will include renowned chef Ric Orlando (pictured), Mal Harrison (of the Museum of Sex), Philip Kim (on “The Power of Small”) and Cristin Steding (on “The Remarkable Power of Doing Things You Hate”). This is already a sold out event, but head over to @overit on Twitter during the day for updates and a live stream.
Laure Prouvost In Conversation
EMPAC, Troy, Thursday, 12/1, 7 PM
The Belgium-based French artist Laure Prouvost is about to being a production residency at EMPAC; to mark the beginning of this, Prouvost will screen some of her past work as part of an evening of conversation with EMPAC curator Victoria Brooks. The discussion will center on her 2014 work Magic Electronics. According to the show notes, this work “is exemplary of Prouvost’s approach, which slips between formats (video, sculpture, installation) and registers (speech, image, object, light), deliberately mistranslating and misunderstanding as it goes.” Admission is free, but contact EMPAC for a reservation.
Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Friday, 12/2, 7 PM
Harlem’s Darold Ferguson Jr. is part of A$AP Rocky’s A$AP Mob but that doesn’t mean he plays second fiddle. Ferguson looks to be a major up and coming talent in the rap game and is known for having the star making je ne sai quoi that outshines the rest of his crew. His 2015 release, Always Strive and Proper demonstrated a wisdom beyond his years and an eclectic production style that crossed genres. Catch him at Upstate Concert Hall while you can.
Gravity and Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer Sculpture
Opal Gallery, Albany, opens Friday, 12/2, 6-8 PM
The month kicks off, as usual, with 1st Friday Albany; in conjunction with this, the Sage’s Opalka Gallery is holding the opening reception for their new, career-spanning exhibition of sculpture by the Austrian born, Paris educated and now upstate New Yorker Caroline Ramersdorfer. The gallery notes describe her process: “Starting with huge blocks of Vermont Danby marble, Ramersdorfer carves intricate interiors as if from the inside out, harnessing light and the marble’s glittering whiteness.” The exhibit runs through March 5. (Pictured: Trilogy)
Sick Shit Fest 8
Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday, 12/3, 1:30 PM
Are you ready for some death metal? You better be. The 8th annual Sick Shit Fest is bringing together some of the nastiest local acts and putting them on the stage with internationally known growlers like Internal Bleeding (pictured), Dehumanized and Begat the Nephilim.Gunther Weezel, featuring Kasey Dorr of Section 8 fame, rounds out this brutal billing.
Brother Sun CD Release Show
The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday, 12/3, 5:30 PM
Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jenck have all built solid careers as touring singer-songwriters, but together as Brother Sun their tight folk harmonies bring their music to another level. Their Saturday show at the Eighth Step is a CD-release event for their new album, Weights and Wings. Sirius XM host Mary Sue Twohy describes the new disc as “Folk on steroids. . . . Nimble, strong and soothing all at once!”
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday, 12/3, 8 PM
With his smooth sound, Chris Botti is one of the most famous (and successful) trumpet players in the world. When he brings his band to Troy this weekend, expect tight yet chill arrangements of standards ranging from Burt Bacharach to Leonard Cohen. Though he hasn’t released an album since 2013’s Grammy Award-winning, chart-topping smash Impressions, relax. It’s all gonna be cool.
Albany Symphony Orchestra: The Magic of Christmas
Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday, 12/4, 3 PM
Maestro David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony continue one of the region’s most beloved musical traditions this weekend with The Magic of Christmas. The program will feature your favorite classical and pop holiday favorites, of course; there will also be carols to sing along with and a visit from Mr. Claus himself. It’s perfect family fun.