Events: Out & About in February 2013

Dance fever — Celtic style, Met Opera antes up, and spring comes early to the Capital Region


Leg up: Lord of the Dance step-dancers perform in Poughkeepsie

Photograph by Mary Rozzi

Fancy footwork

A worldwide theatrical phenomenon — performances have taken place in venues from Toledo to Taiwan — Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance high-steps its way into the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Based on Irish mythology, the show revolves around a good-versus-evil story in which the benevolent Lord defends his turf against the dastardly Don Dorcha. But let’s face it, the plot is of secondary importance; it’s the lightning-fast Irish step-dance choreography that brings folks to see this Celtic extravaganza — which has grossed over $1 billion since it premiered in 1996. Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. $37-$57. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800 or


Lost in Vegas

Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century masterpiece Rigoletto gets the modern treatment in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production. Inspired by the wild ways of Frank Sinatra’s legendary “Rat Pack,” director Michael Mayer sets the opera in 1960s Las Vegas — an apropos site for a tale of infidelity and lost innocence. Catch a high-definition simulcast of the Met’s February 16 performance at venues in both Hudson and Poughkeepsie. 12:55 p.m. $25, $15 children at Time & Space Ltd. 434 Columbia St., Hudson. 518-822-8448 or 1 p.m. $26, $19 children at the Bardavon Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

Growth spurt

Right around this time of year, winter’s dreariness really starts to wear on our nerves. Thankfully, New York in Bloom reminds us that spring isn’t all that far away. A fund-raiser for the New York State Museum’s after-school programs, this annual flower show features more than 100 colorful displays, set up among the exhibits in the museum’s first-floor galleries. The three-day event also includes floral design demonstrations and seminars, as well as activities for kids. Feb. 22-24. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, under 12 free. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-474-5877.

david cassidy

Heartthrobs and humorists

Love songs and laughs at Tarrytown Music Hall this month. First up: David Cassidy, the 1970s teen idol who became a star singing “I Think I Love You” on TV’s The Partridge Family, performs in concert (Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.; call for tickets). The next night, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood — those ad-lib aficionados from Whose Line Is It Anyway? — bring their unique (and hilarious) brand on interactive improv to the stage (Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. $38-$95). 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or


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