Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in February 2014

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for February 2014

Along His Own Lines, which opens this month at the Dorsky Museum, is the first museum survey of the works of realist painter Eugene Speicher (1883-1962) since 1963. Born in Buffalo, Speicher moved to New York in 1907. There, he studied with fellow artists William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri, and formed close bonds with George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and other noted realists. Eventually, Speicher split his time between the city and Woodstock, painting portraits of artists and friends, as well as still lifes, landscapes, and nudes. Feb. 5-July 13. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. SUNY New Paltz campus. 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or

Acclaimed flutist Carol Wincenc is the featured soloist at the Symphony of Westchester’s Mostly Mozart concert this month. Wincenc, who has played with numerous U.S. orchestras and premiered works by many contemporary composers — including the Valley’s own Joan Tower and Peter Schickele — performs Mozart’s Flute Concerto no. 1 in G major. The composer’s Symphony no. 40, one of his most admired and frequently performed works, is also on the bill. Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. $50, $35 seniors, $15 students. Murphy Auditorium, Iona College. 715 North Ave., New Rochelle. 914-654-4926 or

What happens when 1940s comedic duo Abbott and Costello make a movie with horror film icons Béla Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., and Vincent Price? Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, which screens at the Bardavon Opera House this month. Number 56 on the American Film Institute’s list of the funniest movies ever made in the U.S., this frightening fiasco has Count Dracula (Lugosi) attempting to “reactivate” Frankenstein using Lou Costello’s brain. The Wolf Man (Chaney) and the Invisible Man (Price) enter the fray, and mayhem ensues when all three cinema monsters pursue the funnymen through Dracula’s castle. We can’t think of a better way to banish those winter blues. Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. $6. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

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Based on the band Green Day’s rock opera of the same name, American Idiot is a sung-through musical (there’s no spoken dialogue) that tells the story of a trio of disaffected young men who escape the stifling life of the suburbs in order to find freedom and excitement in the city. Their plans are interrupted, though, by drug use, apathy, shattered relationships, military service, and other vagaries of the post-9/11 world. The national touring production of this Broadway smash (it won two Tonys in 2011) hits this stage at Albany’s Palace Theatre. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. $35-$68. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or

Rock and roll and a trio of comics are on the February bill at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Rock music fans can choose between Get the Led Out, the Led Zeppelin tribute band (Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. $30-$40) and They Called It Rock, a dance performance set to music by Hendrix, Bowie, The Who, et al. (Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. $25-$45). Get your belly laughs with stand-up stars Jim Breuer (Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. $35), Bobby Collins (Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. $38-$48), and Mario Cantone (Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. $38-$58). 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or

Founding Father George Washington turns 282 years old this month — and what better way to celebrate than by singing “Happy Birthday” to the general himself? Visit Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site during the President’s Day weekend to serenade George and watch him cut his birthday cake — which he’ll even share with you. Take a tour of his winter residence during the Revolution, visit the site’s newly revamped museum, and watch military demonstrations and presentations; you’ll even get a souvenir of the party to take home. Feb. 15-17 from 12-4 p.m. Liberty & Washington St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195.

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