10 of the Coolest Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This February

Our top picks for the month.


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Photo by Angela Fraleigh

Out From the Shadows

Closing this month, Angela Fraleigh’s Shadows Searching for Light exhibition uses Edward Hopper’s marriage to artist Jo Nivison as a jumping-off point for a series of enigmatic portraits that reasserts the significance of Nivison’s work, lost for so long in the shadow of her husband’s mammoth legacy. In the process, this site-specific installation aims to free women from their supporting roles in art history, rendering them subjects in and of themselves.

Through Feb 17, Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, 845.358.0774, www.edwardhopperhouse.org

 


Photo by Amanda Clark

A Spooky Good Time for a Great Cause

Actors — and local residents — Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan bring their Ghost Stories — a Cold Winter’s Night back to UPAC for a third year. Burton, Morgan, and special guests will provide their own spins on classic midwinter ghost stories, providing some warmth and more than a little chill to this benefit for Rhinebeck’s Astor Services for Children & Families.

Feb 9, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org

 

A Lover’s Lounge Singer

Contemporary singer-songwriter and Woodstock local Simi Stone will perform a special Valentine’s Day show. Her sultry pipes will bend around all manner of classic love songs, as well as her many originals from afro-punk pioneers Suffrajett, and her solo collaborations with Simone Felice, Amy Helm, and more.

Feb 14, Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 


Photo courtesy of Red Light Management

High-Class Hootenanny

Bluegrass luminaries Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan bring their virtuoso chops to the Egg for a night of reels, breakdown, jigs, and assorted hootenanny miscellanea performed at the absolute limit of skill. Think of a down-home jug band composed of Berklee alumni. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton bring a more old-fashioned approach as openers.

Feb 17, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 


Photo courtesy of Troy Music Hall

Dating Tips from Outer Space

Off-Broadway hit Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus — Live! makes a stop in Troy as part of its national tour. Comedian Amadeo Fuscia brings a mix of stand-up, storytelling, and more than a little soul-baring to this series of vignettes based on the New York Times #1 best-selling dating advice book of the same name. For adults.

Feb 13, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 


Photo by Ed Berger

One Jazzy Weekend

Some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians are coming to town for the Hudson Jazz Festival. This weekend-long shindig, held in the historic Hudson Opera House, will bring in a variety of styles and approaches, from the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché to Saturday’s “Piano Summit,” letting many variations bump up against one another and strike creative sparks.

Feb 15–17, Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 


Photo by Joan Houghton

A Doggone Good Time

Mutts Gone Nuts provides an afternoon of hijinks with a message. These shelter dogs wow the audience, with Scott and Joan Houghton controlling the chaos through a series of comical, high-energy stunts sure to impress even the adults in attendance.

Feb 17, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 


Photo by Oscar Florianus Bluemner

To the Moon and Back

Featuring select works from the Hudson River Museum’s collection, The Color of the Moon — Lunar Painting in American Art will focus on the many forms our satellite has taken, from the physical to the purely aesthetic to the mythological. This romantic exhibition will feature rare work from Thomas Cole, Norman Rockwell, and Jamie Wyeth.

From Feb 8, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 


Photo provided by Dominick Farinacci

Paying Homage to a Great Musician

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci will lead his quartet in tribute to jazz great Clifford Brown in a pair of shows in Tannersville and Millbrook. Though Brown lived a brief 25 years, a scant four of them spent recording, his works like “Joy Spring” and “Daahoud” have proven foundational to several generations of musicians who have been emulating his mix of bebop, ballads, and R&B for the better part of 70 years. Free.

Feb 15, Mountaintop Library, Tannersville; Feb 16, Millbrook Public Library, Millbrook, www.23arts.org

 


Photo courtesy of UPAC

Ease on Down to Kingston

Diana Ross and Michael Jackson headline The Wiz, this classic of ’70s cinema, updating every aspect of The Wizard of Oz, from the costumes to the tunes. Co-starring Richard Pryor and Nipsey Russell with music by Quincy Jones. Free admission as part of Kingston Black History Month.

Feb 15, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org

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