Out & About: Featured Events in February 2015

Stripped down: As the weather gets colder, the culture heats up

We Heart This

Musician Michael Franti’s most recent single, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” is perfect to listen to on Valentine’s Day, since the song gives a rundown of some of our most celebrated couples from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Jay-Z and Beyoncé. You can keep Franti’s romantic groove going when he brings his appropriately named “One Heart One Soul” tour to the area. You’ll have two chances to catch his performance nearby, which will both be all-acoustic. All you have to do is scrounge up a date. Feb. 9 at 7:30. $35-$50. Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org. Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. $31-41. The Egg. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845; www.theegg.org

hannibal buress

On the Rise

Perhaps you caught a glimpse of comedian Hannibal Buress in the movie Neighbors, where he plays a cop that hassles Seth Rogen. Or maybe you’ve seen him on Comedy Central, where he’s been in Broad City and had his own stand-up special. Or maybe you’ve seen him on one of his late-night appearances, on shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel Live. Wherever you’ve seen him, one thing is clear: Hannibal Buress is everywhere, and he’s only getting more and more popular — and rightly so. Check out his stand-up, which the New York Times called a presence between “cerebral and swagger,” when he brings his Comedy Camisado tour to two spots in the area. Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. $28. The Egg. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845; www.theegg.org. Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. $30. The Capitol Theatre. 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. 914-937-4126; www.thecapitoltheatre.com

Video Stars

We think of TV as mindless entertainment, but some artists have used television as a medium of change. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz celebrates these artists in a new exhibition, Videofreex: The Art of Guerilla Television. There, you can see the art of Videofreex, a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists who created the first pirate television station in the United States. Once you see how they disseminated information through their pirate TV station, you’ll feel extra guilty about going back to those Real Housewives. Feb. 7-July 12, Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. SUNY New Paltz campus, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz. 845-257-3844; www.newpaltz.edu/museum

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Black and Blue

We’ve all heard of “Rhapsody in Blue,” but what about LeLand Gantt’s Rhapsody in Black? Turns out, it’s not quite so rhapsodic. Gantt wrote and developed his one-man show, about his personal struggles with racism, at New York City’s Actor’s Studio under the direction of the famed Estelle Parsons. His show follows his life, starting with his underprivileged childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, all the way through to his acting career, and how his race has shaped his experiences. The Huffington Post writes that Gantt’s story “is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions on the hearts and minds of anyone who isn’t a robot.” The actor will perform Rhapsody in Black at two one-night-only performances in the area. Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. $30-$65. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org. Feb 12 at 7:30 p.m. $30. Proctors. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204; www.proctors.org

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