3/10/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

THEATER: Blue Man Group @ Proctors, Schenectady. Blue Man Group creates an experience that’s both intellectually witty and slapstick silly. They have evolved from an intimate fringe performance art group to a world-wide manstream multi-media franchise, but it’s still an astute look at the foibles of contemporary human life through the eyes of three bald, blue and mute characters. 7:30pm. $20-$85. Also at 7:30pm on Wednesday.

MUSIC: Les Violons Du Roy @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Featuring music by Haydn and Mozart conducted by Mathieu Lussier and featuring piano soloist Marc-Andre Hamelin. The orchestra plays on modern instruments, but in the style of the periods in which the music was written and uses replicas of period bows. 7:30pm. $40 & $50. Also, a free pre-show talk with Maestro Lussier at the Rensselaer County Historical Society at 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Cowtown @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Prefer fiddles to violins? Check out the western swing of Elana James and her bandmates. With the Gypsy Wranglers. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Lunasa @ Celtic Hall, Colonie. Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day with a fine traditional Irish band. 7:30pm. $25.

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at the Ritz Carlton. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through March 22.

READING: Caryl Phillips @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The award-winning British novelist, playwright and essayist is the author of the new novel, “The Lost Child,” which intertwines the life of Heathcliff, the dark-skinned orphan of Emily Brontë’s classic Victorian novel, “Wuthering Heights,” with the modern tale of a young woman struggling to raise her sons in the wild moors of northern England after she is cast out by her family for marrying a Caribbean man. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at 4:15pm at UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room.

MUSIC: Triskele @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Celtic folk music. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Silver Arrow Band @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Low Down Comedy Open Mic @ the Low Beat, Albany. With featured comic Adam Izzo. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm laughs.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6:30pm sign-up; 7pm performance. FREE.

TALK: Clark Conversation @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Jacqueline Lichtenstein (professor of the philosophy of art at the University of Paris-Sorbonne) and Iris Moon (Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) discuss – what else? – art. 5:30pm. FREE.

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