10/18/16: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

October 18th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers @ the Upper Room, Albany. The six-time Blues Music Award winner and his band crank up the blues in support of his latest album, Method to My Madness. 7:30pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: The Empire Jazz Orchestra @ @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady. The professional jazz repertory ensemble plays the music of Jimmy Heath, Billy Strayhorn, Benny Carter, Local 518 saxman Keith Pray and more. 8pm. $20; $6 students.

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THEATER: “Romeo & Juliet” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. The American Shakespeare Center’s production of Shakespeare’s great love story, directed by Benjamin Curns. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

THEATER: “An American in Paris” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The touring production of the four-time Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, launches with previews in Schenectady. 7:30pm. $25.75-$95.75. Through Friday, October 21.

ARTIST TALK: Tommy Hartung @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. In his film “The Bible,” Tommy Hartung brings the Old Testament into conversation with current events through a combination of stop-action animation, found footage, fictive news bulletins and hand-made sets. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Twiztid @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Still more scary clowns… With Mac Lethal and Zodiac Mprint. 7pm. $25.

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

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7:30pm. $3 before 7:30pm; $5 thereafter.

FILM: “Friday the 13th” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. 7pm. $5.