5/5/14: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

MUSIC: Halestorm @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Frontwoman Lzzy Hale leads the rockers in support of their new album, Into the Wild Life. With the Pretty Reckless and Starset. 7:30pm. $29.50 & $35. UPDATE: Originally scheduled for the Washington Avenue Armory, but relocated to the Palace…

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

MUSIC: Ari Hest @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The NYC singer-songwriter plays guitar and piano beautifully, but it’s his sweet/sad melodies and understated, exquisitely crafted lyrics that really grab your attention. With Chelsea Berry. 7pm. $24.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. 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.

READING: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. With featured poet Christopher Johnson. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam.

MUSIC: Zex @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Canadian punks kick off their U.S. tour… With Scuzz and New Red Scare. 9pm.

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

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

TALK: “The Back of the Painted Beyond” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Michael Ann Holly, Clark Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College, presents a lecture that considers the following: In the history of art, the dominance of representational questions is, perhaps, slowly giving way to issues of presence. 5:30pm. FREE.

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