We are entering the holiday season, and that means there’s a TON of stuff to do. There’s the big bird meal, of course, followed by a whirlwind of shopping and Santa visits, and tree cutting, and hall decking and office parties, and, and, and…

It can all be downright overwhelming.

Thankfully, the Mistress of Fun is here to help us chart a pass through all the many events and happenings our region has to offer. You can both indulge AND relax, opting one day for a drinking and eating extravaganza and the next for yoga. Read on for options.

Thursday, November 14:

Kurt Hentschläger: “EKO”. Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy

Super Dark: The Prids, Natvral, Eternal Crimes, Deep Red. Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga

A Gangster’s Paradise Book Release. Saratoga Springs History Museum

Mary Hood, Katie Jones, & Ella Ray Kondrat. BSP Kingston, Kingston, NY

Friday, November 15:

Yoga Flow & Throw. The Lazy Axe, Albany

Body Shine. Fuze Box, Albany

Soul Night. Lost & Found Albany

Ska-Mageddon III with SMITTIX, Girth Control, Millington, and Hans Gruber & The Die Hards. Savoy Taproom, Albany

Pints + Pies. Superior Merchandise Company, Troy

Crime Alley Sketch Comedy. The Mopco Improv Theatre, Schenectady

Kung Fu with Strange Machines. Putnam Place, Saratoga

Shoreline Mafia. Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park

Saturday, November 16:

Primal Feast. Nine Pin Cider, Albany

Fuzionz: A Multi-Genre EDM Event. Fuze Box, Albany

EXQ Presents: White Denim with Spaceface. Putnam Place, Saratoga

BLACKOUT Dark Dance Party with NØIR, DJ Katred, & DJ Father Chad. The Half Moon, Hudson

Das Lied von der Erde. First Presbyterian Church, Hudson

Berkshire Natural History Conference. The Clark, Williamstown, MA

Rebel Beat Sound System. HiLo North Adams, North Adams, MA

Sunday, November 17:

Kid’s Thanksgiving Cookie Decorating . Bountiful Bread, Albany

Nutcracker Tea. Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Ignite Volunteer Festival. Albany Capital Center

Ramallah, All Out War, Crimson Mask, Departed, Beast, and Shun. Fuze Box, Albany