4/12/16: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

April 12th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Empire State Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady. The big band is joined by special guest composer-bassist Rufus Reid to perform his “Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project, a five-movement suite based on the sculptures of one of the most important African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The EJO will also be performing music of Miles Davis & Gil Evans, Charlie Parker, Harold Arlen and others. 8pm. $20; $6 students.

ARTIST TALK: Nick Cave @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Hear the artist best known for his Soundsuit sculptures and performances share his vision for converting MASS MoCA’s Building 5 (a football field-sized gallery) into a seductive, performative gathering space this October. A discussion with MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish. 5pm. $8.

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THEATER: “The Lion King” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is helmed by director Julie Taymor, who brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Also featuring the choreography of Garth Fagan and the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. 7:30pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC/MORE: Hip Hop 4 Human Rights @ West Capitol Park, Albany. Aimed at raising awareness of solitary confinement, the rally and concert will feature music by Ahmen, DJ Kay Slay, Chi Ali, Mysonne Linen and Peter Gunz, as well as speeches by Ricky Jones, director of the Harlem Restoration Project; Iesha Sekou, founder and director of Street Corner Resources; the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, founder and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus; and Tyrrell Muhammed of the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement. 3-5:30pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC/COMEDY: The Low Beat Comedy Open Mic @ the Low Beat, Albany. Blaze hosts with featured comedian Jaye McBride. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm show.

MUSIC: Auriel Camerata @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Music, Troy. The Music at Noon lunchtime concert series continues with an hour-long program featuring choral works by Vaughan Williams, John Stainer, Gustav Holst, C. V. Stanford and Edward Elgar, as well as several arrangements of American folk tunes. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: The Sea Chanters @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Accompanied by a three-piece rhythm section, the U.S. Navy’s 20-voice chorus performs sea chanteys, patriotic fare, opera, Broadway and contemporary music. 7pm. FREE.

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