4/28/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Amy Regan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. As part of the caffe’s Emerging Artists series, the singer-songwriter and 2007 Skidmore College grad returns to the Spa City. She’s been on quite a roll lately, not only racking up fans on YouTube, but also starring in the new national Hertz car rental commercial, which features her song, “Carry On.” 7pm. $5.

TALK: Marlee Matlin @ Union College’s Nott Memorial, Schenectady. The Academy Award-winning actress, author of the autobiography “I’ll Scream Later” and leading advocate for the deaf speaks about diversity in her talk, “Nobody’s Perfect: Achieving Inclusion, Diversity and Access.” 7pm. free.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Lillian’s, Saratoga Springs. A benefit for the Northeast Food Bank and the Southern Adirondack Musicians’ Fund. With John Kribs. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Brand New @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Led by vocalist Jesse Lacey, the Long Island alt-rockers land in Clifton Park in support of their latest album, “Daisy.” With P.O.S., Robbers. 7:30pm. UPDATE: This concert is SOLD OUT.

MUSIC: Brian Melick & Friends @ the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy. It’s the final night of percussionist Melick’s annual springtime four-part concert series. Dubbed Global Gumbo Night, the concert features John Hughes on kora, balaphon and percussion; Charlie Tokarz on saxophone and flute; and, of course, Melick on percussion. 7:30pm. Free.

READING: Raul Zurita @ Bard College’s Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. With translator Anne Deeny, the Chilean poet and former political prisoner reads from his works, including a new bi-lingual edition of “Purgatory.” Zurita is a poet who thinks outside the box – way outside. Excerpts from his poems have been sky-written over Manhattan and plowed into Chile’s Atacama Desert. 6pm. Free.

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