2/3/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

February 3rd, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in 30 years and one of the most successful African recording artists in North America. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band music. 8pm. FREE.

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THEATER: “How Water Behaves” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The world premiere of Sherry Kramer’s zany comedy about the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. 7:30pm. $20-$60.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. With featured slam poet Bryan Roessel. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.

ARTISTS TALK: Monica Bill Hughes @ Sage College of Albany’s Opalka Gallery, Albany. The Wynantskill artist kicks off the spring season of the Opalka’s 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series. Her most recent body of work consists of acrylic paintings and drawings inhabited by hybrid female figures in patterned domestic spaces. 6:30pm. FREE.

READING: Peter Carey @ UAlbany’s Lecture Center 20, Albany. The Australian novelist is one of only three writers to have received the Man Booker Prize twice – for “Oscar and Lucinda” (1988) and “True History of the Kelly Gang” (2000). His new novel is “Amnesia,” a cyber-terrorism political thriller set in a counter-historical Australia that has endured American interference in its governmental affairs. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at 4:15pm at the UAlbany Campus Center’s Room 375, Albany.

MUSIC: The Silver Arrow Band @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Claudia Bracaliello & Rob Kleinschmidt @ Proctors, Schenectady. A lunch-time concert featuring “Goldie,” Proctors’ mighty Wurlitzer organ. 12noon. FREE.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Neighborhood That Disappeared” @ City Hall, Albany.
Written and directed by local filmmaker Mary Paley, the documentary tells the story of the vibrant ethnic neighborhood lost to the construction of the Empire State Plaza in the 1960s. A discussion with the director follows the screening. 6:30pm. FREE; for reservations email bsmith@albanyny.gov

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6:30pm sign-up; 7pm show. FREE.