1/27/14: Today’s Tips: Monday

WORKSHOP/MUSIC: Music Matters: Hip Hop @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Led by veteran Local 518 emcee Sev Statik, this is the second of six hour-long sessions for anyone interested in learning the various musical aspects of hip hop, including tips and tricks to make your own beats and rhymes. No experience is necessary. Open to all ages. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

FILM: “An American in Paris” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. With songs by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly. 2:30pm, 5pm & 7:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Arya Chowdhury @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Multi-instrumental experimentalist. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Sweet Dreams” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. No, not the Patsy Cline bio-pic. Rather a documentary about Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe, made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Offering a place of support, healing and reconciliation, the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop. Followed by a Skype Q&A with the director. 6:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The daughter of Levon Helm and Libby Titus continues her month-long Monday night residency with her band, featuring Byron Isaacs, Daniel Littleton and David Berger. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

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