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This Week’s Previews

This Week’s Previews


The Egg, Albany, Tuesday, 12/13, 7:30 PM

This Portland trio of sisters made up of Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner released their sophomore album “I’m Alone, No You’re Not” this past August. The record is full of mesmerizing harmonies and acoustic folk style that has earned them a spot in national festivals such as Bonnaroo and Pickathon. In songs like “Blood and Tears” and “White Flag,” the trio maintains a distinct sound and message of perseverance through the strength of their solidarity.


Cherish the Ladies

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday, 12/15, 7:30 PM

“I’m dreaming of an Irish Christmas. . . .” If this is the case–and in this market, it really is likely to be the case–then the delightful Cherish the Ladies will provide the holiday green you’re craving. The Irish ensemble have released three Christmas albums over a decade or so, the most recent being last year’s Christmas in Ireland. Their mix of traditional carols, secular classics and contemporary holiday faves will make the Troy Music Hall feel like a little bit of old Ireland.



Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday-Sunday, 12/15-18, various times

If Die Hard is the most bizarre choice among film buffs for “best holiday movie,” then Joe Dante’s horrific and hilarious Gremlins is a close second. It’s not just Phoebe Cates’ immortal monologue about death at Christmas (though that is wonderful); it’s the sheer glee with which the little green monsters destroy a town and wreck the holidays that’s so satisfying. Part 1950s horror flick, part 1980s satire, Gremlins hits all the right notes–including an appearance by Disney’s Snow White and her small pals that would be, for corporate reasons, inconceivable now. (The latter scene was given a “tribute” in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. Yeah, that’s it–a tribute.)

Found Footage Festival

Proctors, Schenectady, Friday, 12/16, 7:30 PM

It Came From Schenectady, those purveyors of cinema classics and film oddities, will present the latter this Friday with the 2016 Found Footage Festival. Some might call organizers Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher “curators,” other might prefer “dumpster divers” for their herculean efforts to retrieve VHS gold like home movies, industrial films, TV promos and God only knows what else from yards sales,Goodwills and . . . dumpsters. Buy some popcorn and grab a seat, your cinema spelunking is about to begin.

Cannon the Brave

Madison Theater, Albany, Friday, 12/16, 8 PM

Do you like indie pop-rock? Why not try Albany’s own Cannon the Brave. Identical twins Allyson (vocals) and Whitney Smith (keys) will be joined by drummer Eric Margan, guitarist Mike Campana and bassist Brian Beverly on the stage at the Madison Theater on Friday night to celebrate the release of Cannon the Brave’s self-titled EP, which has been available via a variety of formats since Nov. 25. Jasper will open the show.


The Figgs

The Low Beat, Albany, Friday, 12/16, 8 PM

Howe Glassman, musical sage, proprietor and exalted grand poobah of Albany’s home of the midtown sound, The Low Beat, has posted on the club’s website that Friday’s show will represent the “magnificence, pomp, splendor, grandeur of the annual holiday show” presented by Saratoga Springs natives and indie-rock gods, The Figgs. From long experience, we do not doubt him. While the band has a swell new long player, On The Slide, we expect catalog cuts and holiday faves as well. ’Tis the season! (Try the Schaefer Beer, it’s delicious . . . and economical, too.)

Christmas Sinatra Style with The Joey Thomas Big Band

Proctors,  Schenectady, Saturday, 12/17, 7:30 PM

The premiere local act keeping the old-school, big-band sound alive are, of course, The Joey Thomas Big Band. And on Saturday night, they’ll channel the classic sound of Frank Sinatra to create a jazzy, brassy and (sometimes) intimate holiday mood. You’ll hear Sinatra holiday standards like “The Christmas Waltz,” and generally be lured into a holiday groove by Thomas and company. How do jingle bells sound? Ring-a-ding-ding, baby.

North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Celebration

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, Saturday, 12/17, starting at noon

Celebrate a mindful holiday spirit with the Sanctuary’s “justice and peace” party in their North Troy neighborhood. From noon to 4:30 PM there will be art, toys, music, food and fun, and Brenda Ann Kenneally will be taking holiday portraits (Space is limited: Families in the North Troy area, please call 272-2390 to reserve a time for a professional portrait.) At 4:30 PM there will be an interfaith celebration at Freedom Square, followed from 5 to 7 PM with a final exhibition party at the North Troy Peoples’ History Museum.


Boston Camerata

Union College Memorial Chapel,  Schenectady, Sunday, 12/18, 3 PM

The return of the Boston Camerata as part of the Union College Concert Series is one of the Capital Region’s most beloved holiday traditions. Part of the reason is that they change up the program every year; this year’s theme is titled In Dulci Jubilo: A German Christmas.The main reason, however, is the gorgeous choral sound. For ticket into, call 388-6080.

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