Our Picks: Editors’ Favorite Events in February 2016

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month


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The Harlem Quartet performs at the Troy Music Hall on February 4

jimmy dorsey orchestra

Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the Harlem Quartet has been praised for its “panache” by the New York Times; the foursome’s performances were described as “fresh, bracing, and intelligent” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Grammy-winning group — which has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as France, the U.K., and South Africa — presents a concert of chamber music and jazz. Many of the pieces on the bill were composed by members of minority groups. Feb. 4. 7:30 p.m. $20-$30, students $15. Troy Music Hall. 30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038; www.troymusichall.org

One of the most popular band leaders of the Swing Era, Jimmy Dorsey was responsible for popular standards like “I’m Glad There Is You,” “Amapola,” and “It’s the Dreamer in Me.” The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra — which has performed in all corners of the globe — stays true to the legendary leader’s original style by combining Big Band sound with dance music. Catch the group in Mamaroneck this month. Feb. 6. at 8 p.m. $55. Emelin Theatre. 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098; www.emelin.org

abbott and costello go to mars

Comedic pals Bud Abbott and Lou Costello left audiences in stitches for decades. In their 1953 film, Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, the pair find themselves on board a rocket ship bound for the Red Planet. But the spacecraft crash-lands in New Orleans during Mardi Gras (which, to some, is as foreign as Mars), and the boys are forced by bank robbers to board another rocket, this time bound for Venus. Science fiction and comedy combine in this wacky farce. Feb. 12. 7:30 p.m. $6. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

dreams from a drowning world

Dynamic photographers Kahn and Selesnick present their new series entitled Dreams from a Drowning World. Other selections on display include works from eight other artists that examine what it means to be considered representational and abstract. Thru Feb. 2. 11-5 p.m. Carrie Haddad Gallery. 622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915; www.carriehaddadgallery.com

american stories

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center owns a vast collection of American paintings, but does not often display them. This month, however, the curtain is lifted on many of these treasured works in a new exhibit called American Stories, 1800-1950. The show displays works by Milton Bellin, John Singleton Copley, and Charles Loring Elliott as well as lesser-known Hudson River School painters like Samuel W. Griggs, Louis Remy Mignot, and Aaron Draper Shattuck. The exhibit includes portraits, landscapes, and narrative paintings that explore how American art evolved over the 150-year period. Thru Apr. 17. Tues.-Weds., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370; http://fllac.vassar.edu

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