11/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

November 17th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Sublime with Rome @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Bassist Eric Wilson, drummer Josh Freese and guitarist-vocalist Rome Ramirez head into UCH in support of their newly released sophomore album, Sirens. With the Expendables and Northern Faces. 8pm. $38.

FILM: “Heart of a Dog” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Laurie Anderson’s wry, wondrous and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death and language. Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, the film is is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. 6:45pm. $10.25.

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THEATER: “Motown the Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night! Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” the musical tells the story behind the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. 7:30pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday.

COMEDY: Preston Lacy @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, the “Jackass” guy brings his Fat Chance Comedy Tour to town. With Tom Garland. 9:30pm.

READING: Jason Reynolds @ NYS Museum’s Huxley Theatre, Albany. The award-winning young adult novelist writes smart, engaging books for “teenage boys who don’t like to read,” including “When I Was the Greatest,” “The Boy in the Black Suit” and “All American Boys.” 7pm. FREE.

SPOKEN WORD: Shane Koyczan @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The internationally recognized author and spoken word artist has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 16 million views. With Chris Gonzalez. 7pm. $18.

THEATER: “The Poisoned Pigskin” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Love a good murder mystery? Love a delicious lunch? Check out the Matinee Theater Players’ first murder mystery luncheon. 12noon. $15, includes a box lunch provided by Paula’s Country Kitchen.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm.

TALK: “The Prearchitectonic Condition: Architecture Before Architecture” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Spyros Papapetros presents a lecture based on a new book project, “The Prearchitectonic Condition,” which examines the legacy of prehistory in architectural culture from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. 5:30pm. FREE.

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

OPEN MIC: JWK Music Open Mic @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 9pm.