11/1/11: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

MUSIC: Hayes Carll @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. He won the Americana Music Association’s Song of the Year award for “She Left Me for Jesus,” which Don Imus declared to be “the greatest country song ever written.” Along the way, he’s also collaborated with the likes of Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Clark, to name a few giants. With Caitlin Rose. 8pm. $13 in advance.

FILM/MUSIC: “Blackmail” @ RPI’s Sage 3303 Auditorium, Troy. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 film will be accompanied by the live improvised performance by the experimental music duo soundBarn. 7pm. FREE.

TALK: Dr. Robert Gates @ MCLA Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium, North Adams. The former U.S. Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) addresses such topics as global politics, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. intelligence and defense strategies. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 8pm. FREE.

READING: Colson Whitehead @ the UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. The prize-winning novelist reads from his lastest book, “Zone One,” a post-apocalyptic zombie horror novel set in Manhattan. 8pm. FREE.

OPERA ON FILM: “Tosca” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Puccini’s classic from London’s Royal Opera House starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. 2 & 7pm. $20.

TALK: Jamie Bennett @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed enamel and metal artist delivers the Rosanne Brody Raab Lecture. 6pm. FREE.

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