4/14/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

April 14th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady. Concert with guest trumpeter Ray Vega, who has played with such legendary Latin jazz bandleaders as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Mario Bauza, to name a few. 8pm. $20; $6 students.

TALK: The Secret History of “the little match girl passion” @ Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. David Lang – the composer and co-founder of Bang On a Can – discusses the genesis of his Pulitzer Prize-winning composition. 4:15pm. FREE.

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READING: Albany Word Fest’s Haiku Battle @ Justin’s, Albany. It’s the return of the Haiku Battle, pitting two poets against each other on stage in a battle of 17 syllables. Participation is limited to the first 16 poets who sign up. 7pm.

MUSIC: PULSE Live! @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. An evening of electronic dance music by student DJs, VJs, producers and designers performing live with all the technological power of EMPAC at their disposal. 8pm. FREE; open to students with ID only.

MUSIC: The Broad Street Chamber Players @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A lunchtime recital featuring flutist Elizabeth Chinery, pianist David Smith and cellist Jay Shulman. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Helen Maksymicz @ Proctors, Schenectady. Playing a lunchtime concert with Goldie, Proctors’ mighty Wurlitzer organ on the Mainstage. 12noon. FREE.

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

COMEDY: Low Down Comedy Open Mic @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by Carlisle Carey with featured comic Jon Tenace. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm open mic.