4/29/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

April 29th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Noura Mint Seymali @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Diva of Mauritania reflects the intersection of Arab and Black African cultures — effortlessly linking tonal and rhythmic modalities from opposite sides of the Sahara and setting it to a righteous back beat. 7pm. $15; $10 students/low income. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo @ The Egg, Albany. Really? Is she really finally going to show up this time? After how many – is it seven? no, eight! – postponed Albany concert dates in the past year, it looks like La Benatar will FINALLY be stepping into a Nippertown spotlight. In support of their brand-spankin’-new DVD/2CD set, 35th Anniversary Tour (Live). 8pm. $59.50, $72.50 & $99. UPDATE: This concert is officially sold out. GO HERE to follow the trail of Pat Benatar’s postponed Albany concerts…

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MUSIC: Hawthorne Heights @ Bogie’s, Albany. With Artisan, Like Lions, the Primrose Path, the Hapless Romantic. Doors open at 7pm. $15. GO HERE for more info about the closing of Bogie’s…

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

MUSIC: Carol Carroll’s Piano All-Stars @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 9:30pm.

MUSIC/ART: “Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration” @ Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls. Opera Saratoga has created a program featuring pieces composed by Enrique Granados, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Ben Moore and Stephen Sondheim. It’s all inspired by great artists and great works of art. Featured singers include soprano Christine Suits, tenor Dominick Corbacio and bass baritone Jesús Murillo. 5:30pm. FREE.

FILM/FUNDRAISER: “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only. a powerful feature documentary about Matthew Shepard, the gay young man who was the victim of one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Michele Josue. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Pride Center of the Capital Region. 6:30pm. $12.