Where to Catch “Weird Al” Yankovic, Plus 9 Great Things to Do This February

Dr. Seuss, country boy charmer Brantley Gilbert, and more awesome activities around the Valley this month.


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Give a Musical Hoot for Winter 

The 6th Annual Winter Hoot Festival produced by folk-roots musicians Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar of The Mammals once again bring their down-to-earth celebration of music, food, nature, and community to the Ashokan Center. The weekend kicks off with a documentary screening with wine and cheese and continues with arts and crafts, workshops, square dancing, plus local food. Some featured performers include The Mammals, Connor Kennedy, Tracy Bonham, and more. Feb 2–4, Fri 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–12 a.m., Sun 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Advanced weekend passes are $50 adults, children free, or “give-what-you-can” tickets at the door. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333; www.homeofthehoot.com

 

Dr. Seuss is on the Loose in Poughkeepsie

The Beacon Performing Arts Center will be showing their rendition of Seussical Kids this month, transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus. The Cat in the Hat narrates this blended tale of Dr. Seuss stories where ultimately the power of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Feb 2–3, Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 12 p.m., 3 p.m., $20 adults, $17 seniors and children. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, 845.486.4571; www.beaconperformingartscenter.com

 

An Italian Love Story

A screening of the 1953 classic romantic comedy, Roman Holiday, is just in time for Valentine’s Day. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it was one of the first productions filmed on location and features gorgeous shots of picturesque Italy. Feb 14, 2 p.m., 7 p.m., $8 members, $13 non-members. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, 914.747.5555; www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Getting Jazzy in Hudson

Hudson Hall presents its inaugural Hudson Jazz Festival in its restored theater at the Historic Hudson Opera House (the oldest surviving theater in the state). Hudson-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian is curating the festival with a cross-section of today’s jazz talent, from emerging artists to established jazz masters. The festival opens with the Middle Eastern sounds of the Ara Dinkjian Quartet. Jazz matriarch Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade headline on Saturday evening, and the fiery, improvisational Brazilian samba and baião-inspired Quarterto Moderno closes the festival on Sunday. A free documentary screening and a hands-on jazz workshop are also planned. Feb 16–18, check website for schedule, $25+. Hudson Hall, 327 Warren St, Hudson, 518.822.1438; www.hudsonhall.org

 

Lovin’ that Country Boy Charm 

Taking his “The Ones that Like Me” tour on the road, Georgia native Brantley Gilbert dedicates this one to the hardcore fans who have supported him year in and year out. Gilbert started out several years ago writing songs for Jason Aldean and has five albums under his belt with many No. 1 hits such as “Bottoms Up,” “Halfway to Heaven,” and “Back in the Day.” Feb 3, 7 p.m., $29.75+. Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St, Albany, 518.487.2000; www.timesunioncenter-albany.com

 

All Dolled Up in Newburgh

The annual charity hair show, The Hairdressers Ball, features outrageous, wildly creative hairstyles and costumes in a spectacular show put on by local hair salons, spas, and beauty schools. Showcasing some very unique hairstyle creations, with matching costumes, the show creates quite a hair-raising experience for all who attend. Feb 11, 6 p.m., $30. The Lobby at the Ritz, 107 Broadway, Newburgh, 845.562.6940;                     www.safe-harbors.org

 

Mandatory Fun with “Weird Al”

In his show, “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour with Special Guest Emo Philips, the Grammy-winning musical satirist will be performing songs from his 14-album catalog and his most recent album, Mandatory Fun, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Feb 27, 7:30 p.m., $44+. Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072; www.bardavon.org

 

A Winter Cabaret


 Photo Courtesy of Maike Schulz

The Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret is an annual Hudson tradition featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy, and musical entertainers with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatics, sword swallowing, juggling, and physical comedy. Internationally renowned street performers and featured acts from Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, and artists from America’s Got Talent will be onstage with entertaining spectacles. This show is for ages 21 and over. Feb 17, 9 p.m., $25+. Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St, Hudson, 518.828.4800; www.helsinkihudson.com

 

A Crazy, Chaotic Engagement in Wappingers Falls

Set within the Depression era, You Can’t Take It With You is all about the Sycamore family, a kooky clan who sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high-society fiancé home to meet her parents, chaos ensues with zany antics and unconventional conundrums. Feb 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 8 p.m., see website for costs. County Players at the Falls Theatre, 2681 W. Main St, Wappingers Falls, 845.298.1491; www.countyplayers.org

 

Warhol’s Timely Insights

Andy Warhol took notice of various social practices to mark occasions such as births, deaths, and celebrations, representing them in his photography. Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries is the first exhibition to explore Warhol’s insights into the social and personal significance of such moments in time. Works included are prints such as the centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge, the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and photographs that record feminist milestones. Feb 10–July 15, Wed–Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sara Bedrick Gallery, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz, 845.257.3844; www.newpaltz.edu/dorskymuseum

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