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Our Picks: Editor’s Favorite Events in February 2015


Umphrey’s McGee is a road band. In any given year, the progressive-rock group performs more than 100 concerts. With all of that touring under their belt, you can believe that, when you see them take the stage in Albany, they’ll have honed their live show to perfection. When they visit the Palace Theatre, you can hear them perform old favorites in addition to songs from their most recent album, 2014’s Similar Skin. Rolling Stone called the album “some of the zestiest overthinking you’ll hear all year.” • February 21 at 8 p.m. $25-30. The Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334; www.palacealbany.com

thomas allen harris

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what is a documentary about photography worth? If it’s Thomas Allen Harris’ Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, the answer is quite a bit. The award-winning film — inspired by Deborah Willis’s book, Reflections in Black — explores the way African American photographers define their culture through photography, and how that differs from the way the same culture has been historically captured by white photographers. • Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. $6 (suggested donation). Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

the kennedys

Husband-and-wife duo Pete and Maura Kennedy, known collectively as The Kennedys (naturally), are always up to something, be it an album, a tour, a special release — or a combination of all of the above. Recently, the pair released a holiday single, “Beneath the Mistletoe,” as well as a limited-edition album, Dance a Little Closer: The Kennedys Sing the Songs of Nanci Griffith. The latter is special in that it was recorded at the Turning Point Café in Piermont, where the pair will return on Feb. 6 to perform songs from all of their far-reaching projects. • Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. $30. Turning Point Café. 468 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-359-1089; www.turningpointcafe.com


Artist and storyteller Frohawk combines art, history, and writing to present a vision of Colonial America you’ve likely never seen before. The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers presents his creation in the exhibition Frohawk Two Feathers: Kill Your Best Ideas, The Battle for New York and Its Lifeline, the Hudson River. There, you’ll find his account of his imaginary “Republic of Frengland” (an amalgam of France, England, and Ireland) and its exploits in our area — a combination of fact and fiction that forms the artist’s commentary of colonialism. • Feb. 7-May 10, Wed.-Sun., 12-5 p.m. $3-6. Hudson River Museum. 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550; www.hrm.org

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