2/5/19: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

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MUSIC: M Is Black Enough @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. An extraordinary spoken-word-meets-new-music collaboration – cellist Jeffrey Zeigler teams up with composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, poet Roger Bonair-Agard and percussionist Sean Dixon for a program of spoken word and music, both complex and aggressive. 7:30pm. $15; students $5.

THEATER: School of Rock: The Musical @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night! Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber’s high-octane Broadway hit based on the 2003 Richard Linklater film. 7:30pm. $25-$100. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band. 8pm. FREE.

ARTIST TALK: Oliver Wasow @ UAlbany University Art Museum, Albany. The photographer will present a lecture about his recently published book of photographic portraits, “Friends, Enemies and Strangers.” 4:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: Red Maple @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. A dinner party. Two couples. Old friends all. What could go wrong? Greater Nippertown playwright David Bunce’s comedy is a love story for empty nesters, directed by Margaret E. Hall. This is its world premiere. 7:30pm. $22-$57. Through Sunday, February 17. GO HERE for more info…

READING: Ibi Zoboi @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. New York State Writers Institute presents the National Book Award finalist for her first novel, “American Street” (2017), the story of a Haitian girl’s immigration experience, and her new life in an American city. Her widely-acclaimed new novel, “Pride” (2018), is an Afro-Latino retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” set in the Bushwick neighborhood of modern-day Brooklyn. 7:30pm. FREE.

SPOKEN WORD: Brass Tacks @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm readings.

FILM/DISCUSSION: Community Conversation @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A screening of “Coming Home,” a documentary about five people returning to their Vermont communities from prison. The film focuses on the innovative Circle of Support and Accountability program that helps reintegrate former prisoners back into their daily lives. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Bess O’Brien and a couple of the people featured in the film. 6pm. FREE.

ART ON SCREEN: “Young Picasso” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Three cities play a key role in the development of Pablo Picasso’s art: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. “Young Picasso” visits each, working closely with all three Picasso Museums, to explore each city’s influence on the artist. Looking carefully at his so-called Blue Period and Rose Period, the film takes us all the way back to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 2 & 7pm. $12.

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