4/21/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

MUSIC: Rhiannon Giddens @ The Egg, Albany. A founding member of the supergroup the New Basement Tapes as well as the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings her first solo tour to town in support of her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, serving up an exuberant mix of folk, jazz, gospel and blues. With singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman. 7:30pm. $34.50.

MUSIC: Jeff Beck @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. As innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton and as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, the legendary Jeff Beck is one of rock’s true virtuosos and one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock history. His current band features vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. 8pm. $79 & $89.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

MUSIC EVENT: Jazz Hero Award Presentation @ the Commune Saloon, Woodstock. The Jazz Journalists Association presents the Jazz Hero Award to musician/dentist Dr. Bruce Milner for helping out musicians in need of dental work. The celebration features live music by Paul Duffy, John Menegon, Teri Roiger and the honoree, complimentary Brother Thelonious Belgian-style abbey ale and a cash bar. P.S.: Yes, Dr. Milner was the keyboardist in the ’60s pop group Every Mother’s Son. 6pm.

MUSIC: Skidmore Guitar Ensemble @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.

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

TALK: “(No) Easy Prey: Animals in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Italian Art” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Kathrin Müller, associate professor of art history at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, highlights her work on Western Medieval and early Renaissance art, with particular attention to intersections between art and science. 5:30pm. FREE.

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