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Jethro Tull

In this, the 39th year of Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson brings guitarist Martin Barre and the current lineup to the Palace for another celebration of . . . folk-rock? Jazz-blues? Metal-pop? Jethro Tull have consistently pulled off the delicate trick of being eclectic without becoming dilettantes.

Tull pioneered some genres and co-opted others, but Anderson and his band have continued to engage and entertain through the years. And they almost always sounded credible, from the jazz rock of Benefit to the bizarre synthpop of Under Wraps; their latest project is a live DVD/CD chronicling a 2003 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Opening for Tull will be the Calliandra String Quartet.

Jethro Tull will perform tonight (Nov. 29) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $41.50 to $51.50. For more info, call the box office at 465-3334.

Holiday Greens Show

It’s that fa la festive, hall-decking, tree-trimming time of year again, and they’re celebrating in old (and we mean old) -school style at the Hart-Cluett House this weekend. The Rensselear County Historical Society and the Van Rensselaer Garden Club have teamed up for a colonial revival holiday with the 51st annual Holiday Greens Show.

The rooms, halls and courtyard of the historic Federal-style townhouse have been decorated to evoke the classic Chrismas spirit of Colonial Williamsburg, with fresh trees, greens, fruits and flower arangements. Garden club members will be on hand in period costume for questions and demonstrations.

The house will be open daily for self-guided tours. Browse the museum’s Christmas shop, or bid on one of 50 wreaths in the silent audtion. Tonight is family night, with kids’ crafts, story time and photos with Santa. On Friday, garden club members offer holiday arrangement demonstrations and, in the evening, guided candlelight tours of the house.

The Holiday Greens Show begins tonight (Thursday, Nov. 29) at noon in the Hart-Cluett House (57 2nd St., Troy), with special events scheduled throughout the weekend. Admission is $5, $4 for seniors and children, and free for children under 5. On family night, admission if free, and photos with Santa are $10. For more information, call 272-7232.

Cities @ Night

They don’t call it the Electric City for nothin’.

Once upon a time, Schenectady illuminated the world, thanks in large part to the GE Illuminating Engineering Laboratory, which is credited for transforming “exterior lighting from pure functionality to a science and an art.” To, um, illuminate the subject, the Schenectady Museum is presenting Cities @ Night, an exhibit featuring images of cities, national landmarks and World’s Fairs, with images drawn from the GE Photograph Collection. The exhibit also will include a bunch of interactive components so you can get all hands-on with the electricity and whatnot.

Cities @ Night opens at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium (Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady) on Saturday (Dec. 1), and runs through April 20, 2008. It’s free with regular museum admission. Call 382-7890 for more information.


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