Events: Polly’s Picks in February 2012

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for February 2012



The current show at Windham Fine Arts is entitled “White Spaces” — how apropos for an art gallery in the Catskills in February. Painter Lisa Lebofsky’s solo exhibit includes nontraditional landscapes, many of which (says the artist) are “images of reverie.” Lebofsky paints on sanded aluminum, giving her works a luminescent quality. Fri.-Mon. through Feb. 12, call for hours. • 5380 Main St. (Rte. 23A), Windham. 518-734-6850 or www.windhamfinearts.com

leon botstein

Photograph by Karl Rabe

Bard College President Leon Botstein — who also happens to be music director of the American Symphony Orchestra — leads his players in a pair of programs this month. First up: Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, a choral retelling of the life of the Old Testament prophet, features members of the ASO as well as the college’s Chamber Singers and Cappella Festiva (Feb. 17-18 at 8 p.m. $15-$20 suggested donation). Ravel’s La valse, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 2 (with violin soloist Jiazhi Wang), and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring are on the bill for the full orchestra’s concerts on Feb. 24-25 (8 p.m. $20-$35). • Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900 or www.fishercenter.bard.edu

all my sonsPhotograph by Walter G. Arce

Now in its 54th season, the County Players stage Arthur Miller’s All My Sons this month. This gripping drama tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful businessman who knowingly sold defective equipment to the army during World War II, inadvertently causing the deaths of 21 soldiers. Miller’s description of Keller’s struggle with personal responsibility — pitted against his desire to have his family live the “American Dream” — took the 1947 Tony Award for Best Play. Feb. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 at 8 p.m., Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. $15, $12 seniors & children under 12. • County Players Falls Theatre. 2681 W. Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491 or www.countyplayers.org

peter wolf

Throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, Bronx-born Peter Wolf was the frontman for the J. Geils Band, an R&B/rock group that had a Billboard number-one single with “Centerfold” in 1981. Wolf and the band parted company in 1983, and the singer launched a solo career that has included seven album releases (the most recent: Midnight Souvenirs in 2010) and appearances with Bruce Springsteen, Phil Lesh, and Kid Rock. Wolf howls into the Egg on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. $34.50. • Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org

the time of their lives

After undergoing extensive renovations over the past few years, Ellenville’s Shadowland Theatre is returning to its roots: The circa 1920 movie house is once again screening films as part of its Saturday Matinees at Shadowland series. This month’s feature, the 1946 comedy The Time of Their Lives, features Abbott and Costello in a wacky plot that — appropriately enough — centers around George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. $8, $6 seniors & children. • 157 Canal St., Ellenville. 845-647-5511 or www.shadowlandtheatre.org

eaglefest

Biologists estimate that approximately 150 bald eagles spend the winter in the lower Hudson Valley. Learn all about these formerly endangered birds and (with any luck) see them in the wild during EagleFest, the Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual salute to our national symbol. The daylong celebration includes educational and entertaining programs on eagles, as well as raptor shows, storytellers, children’s activities, bird walks, and bus tours to prime eagle-viewing areas. Feb. 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (snow date Feb. 5). Suggested donation $5 (additional charges for Eagle Theater shows and bus tours). • Croton Point Park. Rte. 9, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-762-2912, ext. 110 or www.teatown.org

 

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