5/1/18: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

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THEATER: “The King & I” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical makes its Schenectady premiere, starring Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam). 7:30pm. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Tom Jones @ Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie. It’s the Baradavon Gala. His 50-year career includes selling more than 100 million records. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist, he has garnered – at the age of 77 – the best reviews of his career for his most recent album, Praise & Blame. Although he is known for his Top 40 hits including “It’s Not Unusual,” “Kiss,” “Delilah” and “What’s New Pussycat,” he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Steel Wheels @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, this dynamic four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia address the joys and sorrows of home, family and community through the voice of old-time musical traditions. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Saxman Keith Pray brings his 21st century big band back for their monthly Van Dyck gig. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Blithe Spirit” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. One highly spirited wife is fun, but two is fertile ground for this smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages from the witty pen of Noël Coward. Meet cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine (Gary Lindemann), re-married to Ruth (Brenny Rabine) but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira (Yvonne Perry), who has been conjured up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati (Eileen Schuyler). 7:30pm. Through Sunday, May 6. GO HERE to read a review…

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

READING: David Tomas Martinez @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The prize-winning poet is a former San Diego gang member and teenage father whose work addresses themes of street life, poverty, masculinity, drugs and violence in the barrio, and the redemptive potential of art, poetry and self-knowledge. Currently a professor of creative writing at Columbia University, Martinez is the author of the new poetry collection, “Post Traumatic Hood Disorder.” UAlbany students will join Martinez on stage in the evening to perform their own spoken word poetry. 7pm. FREE. ALSO a free 4:15pm craft talk @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany.

PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. Open mic and poetry slam. 7pm.

TALK: Shira Brisman @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The author and assistant professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison delivers her lecture, “The Provisionality of Sixteenth-Century Designs.” 5:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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