I’m starting to see a lot of Christmas stuff out there, CivMixers. And it makes me feel downright uncomfortable.

Don’t get me wrong. I like the holidays as much as the next person. (OK, if we’re being honest, maybe a TINY bit less than the next person, but still). What I don’t understand is why we’re trying to rush things? Can’t we enjoy Thanksgiving first before we move on to the next big thing?

So, that’s my rant. I’m sorry if you find it Grinchy. You know who isn’t Grinchy in the least, though? The Mistress of Fun. Now THERE is a woman who knows a good time when she sees one. And she has seen plenty of things in the wide variety of local happenings that she thinks might be interesting and worth attending.

Give a look and see if anything catches your eye. I’ll just be over here in the corner grumbling to myself.

Thursday, November 21:

Ann Cvetkovich: Artist Curation as Queer Archival Practice. Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy

Young Professionals Mixer. Savoy Taproom, Albany

Secrets, Science & Techniques of Breath, Mind and Manifestation. Yoga Shala, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Belphegor, Suffocation, Necronomicon, Abiotic, Disciples of Berkowitz, Malefic. Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park

The Office Trivia. Fort Orange Brewing, Albany

Vocal Performances Inspired by Time and Space. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Winterlights. Through December 31. Naumkeag, Stockbridge, MA

Friday, November 22:

Dollar Baby Film Festival. Hudson Valley Community College, Troy

Cohoes Music Hall 145th Birthday Celebration. Through Saturday. Cohoes Visitor Center

Beatlemore Skidmania. Through Saturday. Arthur Zankel Music Center, Saratoga

The Front Room Featuring Intell Hayesfield. The Night Owl, Saratoga

The Object of Performance. The Clark, Williamstown, MA

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer with Front Biz. The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany

Static X with DevilDriver, Dope, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black. Skyloft, Albany

Cretin Hop. Fuze Box, Albany

Saturday, November 23:

Circus Open House. Good Karma Studio, Albany

Eliza: A Musical Narrative. Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany

Film: Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive. Proctors, Schenectady

Herculadies vs. Mid-Hudson Misfits Roller Derby. Rollarama, Schenectady

The Figgs. The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo. Through Sunday. Kingston, NY

Back to Back to Black – Amy Winehouse Tribute with Remember Jones. Revel 32, Poughkeepsie

At the Howland! Mid-Hudson ETSY Makers Pop-up Market. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

Met Live in HD: Akhnaten. The Clark, Williamstown, MA

Festive Holiday Market. Greylock WORKS, North Adams, MA

Sunday, November 24:

Pakistani Treasure Returns to Nighthawks. Nighthawks, NY

3rd Annual Flannel Fest. The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy

Taste of the Holidays: Chili, Chowder and Soup Festival. Washington Park Lake House, Albany

Rosendale International Pickle Festival. Rosendale, NY

National Theatre: All About Eve. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale, NY